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ESC Region 11 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

SEPTEMBER 2019

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

Colleen Wilcox

It's a new school year!

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  • Is your contact information current?
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  • Have you shared the Engage newsletter with families?


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Updated Crossroads Website

The Crossroads website has a new look! As the website is being redesigned and links are being updated, your patience is appreciated. (https://www.txssn.org/texasdeafed)

GOOD NEWS TO SHARE

Fund for Teachers Fellowship: Congratulations Dana Smith & Deborah Tubbs

Dana Smith and Deborah Tubbs successfully completed their Fund for Teachers Fellowship. They were able to visit three programs for the deaf in London, tour the National Institute for Young Deaf in Paris (the world’s first school for the deaf established in 1721), and attend AB Bell’s Global Symposium for Listening and Spoken Language in Madrid. They look forward to implementing and sharing what they have learned with students, colleagues, and parents.

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PROGRESS IN THE GENERAL CURRICULUM

Information to Share with General Education Teachers and Other School Personnel

General information about providing services to D/HH students can be accessed by clicking the button below. Please share this information as needed.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING AND GROWTH

Moving Up with Avenue: Progress Monitoring with Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Presenter: Dr. Sue Rose

September 26, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

@ ESC Region 11 AND available via livestreaming

How do you monitor the academic progress of students who are D/HH? This presentation will provide strategies to monitor students' academic progress in language, early reading, reading (grades 1-6), and written expression. Discussion will focus on an overview of formative assessments used with students who are hearing, hard of hearing, or deaf; the implications of ESSA; and the application of valid and reliable data to determine the effectiveness of instruction. This session will include problem-solving opportunities, case-study evaluations, and evidence-based resources to enhance instructional strategies for students who are D/HH. All participants will be given free access to the newest edition of Avenue -- PM -- which is a gamified app used to monitor reading and writing progress.

Moving Up with Avenue: Progress Monitoring (ONSITE @ ESC Region 11 PARTICIPATION)

Moving Up with Avenue: Progress Monitoring (REMOTE PARTICIPATION via livestream)

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FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE: Third Annual Transition Fair for High School Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

October 10, 2019 @ ESC Region 11

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


What to expect at the Transition Fair for D/HH Students:

  • Breakout sessions that focus on independent living skills and post-high school opportunities
  • Technology tools and devices
  • Games and ice breakers
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with students who are D/HH from all over North Texas
  • A variety of exhibitors
  • An abundance of helpful information
  • Mock interviews for seniors
  • GREAT FUN!

For Administrators...

2019-2020 ESC Regions 10 and 11 RDSPD Supervisors Meetings

All of the 2019-2020 RDSPD Supervisors meetings are open for registration.


New RDSPD Administrators Webinar Series

In this multi-day webinar series, examine best practices that facilitate the management of deaf education programs in Texas. Information for new RDSPD Administrators will be shared that addresses topics in the areas of fiscal management, programming, and structure. Participants will also explore tools for effective leadership.

October 2, 2019 - April 29, 2020

Offered through ESC Region 4

Session #1478579

Instructor: Kristin Pfeiffer

For Audiologists...

Hearing First: Powering Potential

FREE learning opportunities

CEUs are available through the American Academy of Audiology.

For Interpreters...

NEW! Mentor Program for K-12 Educational Interpreters

  • October 2019 - June 2020
  • Persons interested in participating must complete the online application by September 13, 2019.
  • Selected participants will work online with a mentor who is an Advanced or Master Interpreter.
  • Limited spots are available!

Questions? Please contact Twyla Loftin


E-LEARNING SERIES: Educational Interpreters

These are online courses for Educational Interpreters provided by Boys Town. Each course has been approved for BEI Interpreting CEUs.


Bathing the Message in Effective Transliteration: Do Not Throw the Meaning Out with the Structural “Bathwater”

October 14, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ESC Region 11

Presented by Sammie Sheppard

Registration is now open! Please click on the link above.

For Itinerant Teachers...

Itinerant Teacher Online Networking Group

Itinerant teachers from all over Texas meet online several times each semester to discuss topics, troubleshoot issues, answer questions, share successes, and receive updates. To participate in these meetings, please register using the links below. For more information, contact Anne Darr. Click on the links below to register.

2019-2020 Dates for Itinerant Zoom Meetings:

*Note the date change for the November meeting.


Online Book Study: The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

October 1 - November 22, 2019

  • 100% online book study
  • A copy of the book will NOT be provided.
  • 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit
  • Course limited to 30 participants
  • Facilitated by Anne Darr


D/HH Issues for Itinerant Teachers and Parent Advisors (Fall Face-to-Face Session)

November 14, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ESC Region 11

Presented by Anne Darr


Literacy Toolbelt: The Superpowers Within!

Webinar + Canvas Learning Series

Unlock AT supports built into the Instructional Technology tools already in your classroom! Explore software supports and features that already exist in iDevices, Google Chrome, and Windows-based machines to support literacy. Readily available tools like text-to-speech, speech-to-text, word prediction, graphic organizers, and authoring tools can enable students with disabilities to access curriculum and be successful learners. Partial Credit may be allowed. Contact Linda Walker if you have additional questions.

For Speech-Language Pathologists...

Are you receiving The SLP Scoop, the ESC Region 11 Speech-Language Pathology Newsletter? Click on the button below to access the May edition, and contact Katie Adams, ESC Region 11 SLP Consultant, if you have questions or need additional information.

For Parent Advisors...

AI/VI Parent Advisor, TVI, and COMS Online Book Study: The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook by Rush & Shelden

September 13 - October 31, 2019

  • 100% online book study
  • A copy of the book will be provided to participants who register before September 15, 2019.
  • 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit
  • Course limited to 40 participants.
  • Facilitators: Danielle Battle, Perkie Cannon, & Anne Darr


Birth - Three DHH Training

Presented by Mari Hubig

September 23, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

Please let Mari know ASAP if you'll need accommodations such as CART or a sign language interpreter.


Have you joined the D/HH Parent Advisor Online Networking Group?

Parent Advisors from across Texas meet online several times each semester to discuss topics, troubleshoot issues, answer questions, share successes, and receive updates. To participate in these meetings, please email Mari Hubig and ask to be added to the distribution group.

Upcoming Zoom Meetings (click on the date to register):


D/HH Issues for Itinerant Teachers and Parent Advisors (Fall Face-to-Face Session)

November 14, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ESC Region 11

Presented by Anne Darr

For Teachers...

NEW! Online Book Study: The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

October 1 - November 22, 2019

  • 100% online book study
  • A copy of the book will NOT be provided.
  • 12 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit
  • Course limited to 30 participants
  • Facilitated by Anne Darr


ESC Region 11 Fall Literacy Newsletter

TONS of great workshops and professional learning opportunities to meet the literacy needs of students, PreK-12.


Literacy Toolbelt: The Superpowers Within!

Webinar + Canvas Learning Series

Unlock AT supports built into the Instructional Technology tools already in your classroom! Explore software supports and features that already exist in iDevices, Google Chrome, and Windows-based machines to support literacy. Readily available tools like text-to-speech, speech-to-text, word prediction, graphic organizers, and authoring tools can enable students with disabilities to access curriculum and be successful learners. Partial Credit may be allowed. Contact Linda Walker if you have additional questions.


ASL Storytelling Classes through the Educational Resource Center on Deafness

Click on the link above for more information and the registration form.

Registration closes on September 10, 2019.

Watch this VIDEO to see how ASL Storytelling Classes work.

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2019 DeafTEC Math Conference

SAVE THE DATE!

DeafTEC Math Conference

November 4-6, 2019

ESC Region 13 in Austin, Texas

FREE!

For more information, please contact Teresa Johnson or Rachella Moore.

Would you like to present at this conference? Please complete the Call for Presentations form.

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Educator Evening in the Fort Worth Cultural District

Thursday, September 19, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Printable Flyer


Participating Organizations:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Kimbell Art Museum

Modern Art Museum

National Cowgirl Museum

Fort Worth Stockyards

Sid Richardson Museum

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

Cattle Raisers Museum

Monnig Meteorite Gallery

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HELPFUL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Have you joined the TxDHH Community of Practice?

  • Do you serve infants, toddlers, and/or students who are deaf/hard of hearing?
  • Do you ever wish it were easier to connect with others in your field?
  • Do you learn best in a formal setting, or do you prefer to learn in a comfortable setting of your choice?
  • Are you looking for guidance documents, rules and regulations, and best practice articles?
  • Are you willing to share lesson plans, mileage forms, and other resources with other deaf educators?
  • Do you prefer to learn and network while in your pajamas?


If you answered "YES!" to any of the questions above,

the TxDHH Community of Practice is for YOU!

Information about the TxDHH Community of Practice

Have you joined these Facebook groups?

OPPORTUNITIES & INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES

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North Texas Deaf Celebration 2019

October 5, 2019

Richardson Civic Center

FREE Admission

Registration Link

Flyer

SWAP (Sharing Wisdom Achievements & Possibilities) Symposium

Saturday, September 7, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.

Cook Children's Medical Center

Additional information below

Registration Link

Link to Flyer in English

Link to Flyer in Spanish

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FREE Texas Health & Human Services Office of Deaf & HH Services (DHHS) Webinar

Listen Up! A Cook Children's Support Group

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South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf Fall Open House

September 26, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Southwest College for the Deaf

Big Spring, Texas

Registration Form

Flyer

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Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle: A Day of Learning for Parents of Children with Autism

Education Service Center Region 11 presents a day of learning dedicated to assisting families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The program will be from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is open to parents/guardians with children with autism in the Region 11 area. The training sessions will focus on behavior strategies, visual strategies to help structure the home, communication, understanding the IEP, social skill strategies, and more.


Registration Link and Additional Information

Event Flyer

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Discovery Retreat: November 15-17, 2019

  1. Discovery Retreat is a weekend for D/HH juniors and seniors in high school.
  2. Nomination Form: Nominations are now being accepted!
  3. Information about Discovery Retreat 2019
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Deaf Pioneers Day: Your Future with Computers

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IMPORTANT: MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS HOTLINE

Text DEAF to 741741

The person on the other end of the line will know sign language.

OR

Text HOME to 741741

This hotline is for persons not requiring sign language communication.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Has your D/HH teaching certificate expired?

Qualified, certified Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing are needed throughout Texas. If you were once certified as a TODHH but your certification has expired, Anne Darr can help.

Are you interested in part-time or contract work in Deaf Education?

The need exists! Please complete this brief Google Form if you'd like to be contacted about future part-time or contract opportunities for teachers, interpreters, audiologists, and more. Do you have questions or need additional information? Contact Anne Darr.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES

What's NEWs with you?

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ESC Region 11 Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Services

Anne Darr, ESC Region 11 Consultant, D/HH Services

adarr@esc11.net

817-740-3698


Susie Tiggs, Statewide Lead, D/HH Services

stiggs@esc11.net

817-740-7580


Twyla Loftin, Educational Consultant, D/HH Services

tloftin@esc11.net

817-740-7566


Danielle Battle, Early Intervention Sensory Impairment Specialist

dbattle@esc11.net

817-740-7530


Brooke Murphy, Sensory Team Technician

bmurphy@esc11.net


Education Service Center Region 11

1451 South Cherry Lane

White Settlement, TX 76108

https://www.esc11.net/


ESC Region 11 Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Services:

https://www.esc11.net/domain/118


Crossroads Website:

https://texasdeafed.org/