Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

October 12, 2016

ESC TODAY is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays throughout the school year.

Take a moment and watch the video below about the great things happening in Region 11 schools. Featured this month are Denton ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, and Fort Worth ISD.

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Accountability Overview for Teachers

All teachers are invited to attend an accountability overview on October 21 for a step-by-step walkthrough of the accountability system. During the workshop, we'll explore how assessments affect the overall state and federal accountability systems for schools and districts, and debate the question “performance or progress?".

Teachers will leave with a solid understanding of all four indices and ideas for how to use this information to plan for effective instruction, increase student progress and performance, and improve overall teacher quality.

Registration information is on the ESC Region 11 website.

Connect2Texas: Why Connected Learning?

Connect2Texas is an outstanding educational resource that connects your students with various Texas-based organizations and experts. Our curriculum-based programs are designed to be entertaining and educational by offering learning possibilities that aren’t readily available in the classroom. Integrating “connected learning” can play an essential role in your instruction and create opportunities for new discovery. Connection options include:

  • Amarillo Zoo
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Bass Hall Performance Hall
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Fort Worth Library
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • Grace Museum
  • Houston Zoo
  • John R. Erickson (Author of the Hank the Cowdog series)
  • McDonald Observatory
  • National Archives Fort Worth
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Old Jail Art Center
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Sixth Floor Museum
  • Texas State Aquarium
  • Texas Wildlife Association

Register today at and start connecting!

Full STEAM Ahead for K-12 Teachers

NASA and Trash4Teaching will present FREE professional learning sessions for teachers throughout the STEAM Carnival, October 17-19, to help teachers continue to impact the learning of students in Region 11.

NASA will discuss and demonstrate a collection of NASA-unique lesson plans, hands-on activities, and education resources for engaging K-12 students in STEAM using NASA’s MMS Mission. Participants will explore worlds of magnetism, spacecraft, engineering design, and 3D printing.

Register here:

1/2 day sessions (9 a.m. - noon)

October 17, 2016

October 18, 2016

October 19, 2016

Trash4Teaching (T4T) will offer STEAMopolis, a fun, hands-on experience designed to engage all learners using an environmental stewardship approach to STEAM education. Students will use the Engineering Design Process and their own creativity to turn recycled materials into innovative products.

Register here:

STEAMopolis (

Full-day sessions (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.)

October 17, 2016

October 18, 2016

October 19, 2016

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Join the K-12 STEAM PLC Network

You are invited to join a community of STEAM/STEM teachers in Region 11 to network and learn through a series of face-to-face collaboration times with continued partnership and learning through Canvas.

Face-to-face network collaboration times include:

  • Action Time: TEKS-based, hands-on investigations for Grades K-5 and 6-12.
  • Unconference: informal participant exchange of information, ideas, and solutions related to current issues.
  • Reality Check: industry connections and trends related to STEAM careers.
  • Product Development: extended collaboration time for planning classroom instruction with colleagues.

Canvas network collaboration times include:

  • Product Implementation: extended collaboration time for planning classroom instruction using discussion chats about lesson integration.
  • Unconference Part Deux: new monthly discussions and follow-up.
  • STEAMCenter: spotlights campus-based STEAM in Action during December, January, and March.

The STEAM PLC Network is free. To register, visit and click on Register. For questions, please contact Alison Lentz, (817) 740-3636, or Thais Mitchell, (817) 740-3679 or visit

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Texas SUCCESS ( Student Success Initiative Support) programs accelerate student learning through online instructional resources. ESC Region 11 is offering several levels of teacher training and comprehensive overview of each program:


November 14, 2016

9 a.m.-noon - Novice User

1-4 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced User


November 15, 2016

9 a.m.-noon - Intermediate/Advanced User

1-4 p.m. - Novice User

Think Through Math

November 17, 2016

9 a.m.-noon - Novice User

1-4 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced User

Compass Learning

November 18, 2016

9 a.m.-noon - Novice User

1-4 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced User

For more information, contact Michelle Bateman, (817) 740-3691.

Transition Specialists, Vocational Coordinators, Service Agency Representatives, Other Educators, and Youth with Disabilities and their Families

The Texas Transition Conference is a two-day event, February 22-24, 2017, with a pre-conference session, focused on providing evidence-based practices that result in a smooth transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Participants will receive intensive training in five focus areas: student-focused planning, family involvement, interagency collaboration, student development, and program structure.

Conference attendees come from all over the state of Texas and include educators, transition specialists, vocational coordinators, service agency representatives, and youth with disabilities and their families.

Beyond Barriers to Postsecondary Education and Employment: Passion and Possibilities!

2017 Texas Transition Conference on February 22-24, 2017

Westin Galleria Houston

Online Registration is available

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