Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

February 8, 2018

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Spring Conference-Style Opportunities

Save the Date for these four conference-style opportunities:
  • February 28, 2018 - STAART Your Engines! Rev Up for a Winning Assessment Season
  • March 28, 2018 - Assistant Principals and Counselors: Managing the Present - Shaping the Future
  • April 18, 2018 - From Primer to Promise: Laying the Foundation for Literacy in the Early Grades
  • May 7, 2018 - 8th Annual Administrative Assistants/Secretaries Conference

Download the Save the Date flyer for additional information.

Region 11 Technology Staff Receives Award for Transforming Learning

Texas K-12 CTO Council presented the TEAM award to ESC Region 11's technology team for utilizing a unique collaborative consortium approach in the construction of our FIBER11 network, and for the far-reaching impact this will have on teaching and learning in Texas. Rory Peacock, center left, and Juan Escobar, center right, accepted the award at the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Mid-Winter Conference this week.

The ESC Region 11 Consortium is comprised of districts and charter schools in our region that have collaborated to gain competitive pricing and construction discounts from the FCC and the state of Texas. Those benefits allow us to provide ultra high-speed services at a very low cost, and districts will be able to collaborate with one another without being limited by speed and bandwidth. The FIBER11 network provides adequate bandwidth for the increasing technology needs in classrooms.

ESC Region 11 is the first education service center to receive the TEAM award and now qualifies for the national TEAM award given in March by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

The Texas K-12 CTO Council Team Award is open to a school district, consortium of school districts and education agencies, or state education network whose impact on technology's role in transforming learning has been significant.

Leadercast 2018 - ESC Region 11 is Hosting Simulcast

We're bringing Leadercast 2018 to north Texas on May 4! Leadercast is a one-day simulcast event broadcast live from Atlanta to ESC Region 11 in White Settlement, Texas. This event is tailored for anyone in any walk of life - the business world, non-profit organizations, education field, religious organizations, self-employed, or employed by municipalities. The speakers are nationally-known and respected leaders.

Two speakers recently added are Dr. Mae Jemison and Jen Bricker. Dr. Jemison became the first woman of color in the world to go to space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. Jen Bricker is an author, aerialist, and speaker whose amazing personal story is sure to inspire the audience. Born without legs, she will share her story and the lessons she learned along the way when she eliminated the words "I can't" from her vocabulary. View other speakers.

Get empowered by world-class speakers who will show you how to become a more effective leader. The cost to attend the world's largest leadership event is only $100. Find out more and sign up here:

Texas Social Media Conference - April 17

The 6th annual Texas Social Media Conference will be held at ESC Region 11 on April 17. This event is for anyone in K-12, higher ed, non-profit, businesses, and municipalities. In previous years, Tarleton State University's Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) has hosted this event, and this year we are partnering with them to promote it to K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, communications staff, or anyone else who uses social media. Sessions will include marketing and branding, digital citizenship, networking, leadership, the essentials, research, and social media in the learning environment.

We still need people to share their social media knowledge, so please complete the call for proposals form if you are interested.

Download the flyer for more information.

Behavior Conference Scheduled for October

Behavior: Beyond Management, a two-day conference, will be held October 18-19 at ESC Region 11.

We're excited to present this conference with many highly informative and interactive sessions aligned to the three dimensions of T-TESS Domain 3: Learning Environment.

Download the Save the Date Flyer.

Certification Information Meetings: Prinicipals, Superintendents

Interested in getting your principal or superintendent certification? These free meetings will provide you with an overview of the ESC Region 11 Certification programs, along with an opportunity for questions and answers. Applications are being accepted for the fall cohorts.

Principal Certification Information Meeting
Feb. 8, 6-7:30 p.m., at ESC Region 11

Superintendent Certification Information Meeting
Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., at ESC Region 11

Charter School Roundtables

The next Charter School Roundtable is February 22, 1-3 p.m., at ESC Region 11. Join other charter school leaders for networking and learning opportunities.


Charter School Roundtables flyer

Connect2Texas: Students Utilizing What They Learned

Last fall, a 5th-grade class participated in two distance learning programs from the National Archives. Those programs were The Constitution at Work: Elementary Edition focusing on how the Constitution is relevant to the daily lives of students, and Superhero Bill of Rights highlighting the five freedoms granted to Americans by the First Amendment.

These students took their recently acquired knowledge and applied it in the real world. After learning about the Bill of Rights, three of the students decided to exercise their rights by petitioning the school administration about a rule they believed was unfair. A new school policy was implemented at the beginning of the school year that required assigned seating in the school cafeteria during lunch. Students thought they should have the opportunity to choose where they wanted to sit during their social time.

The students presented a collaboratively-written essay that included their main points and justification for the petition to the school’s assistant principal. They successfully collected more than 100 student signatures as well as 15 adult school staff members’ signatures.

The National Archives has been a Connect2Texas provider since 2007. Its educational content enhancement programs are FREE and feature primary sources from the holdings of the Archives, including historical documents, photographs, maps, posters, and more. If you would like your students to learn more about the Constitution or Bill of Rights, email to schedule a program. For program details, descriptions, grade levels and standards visit Connect2Texas. Let Connect2Texas programs inspire you and your students!

Disproportionality in School Discipline Webinar - April 3

How likely it is that some of your subgroups receive behavior referrals more than other groups? The Disproportionality in School Discipline Webinar, April 3, 9-10:30 a.m., will provide participants with a basic understanding about the importance disproportionality as it pertains to school discipline. Participants will learn about the use of a metric to measure and monitor these discipline disparities. PBIS School-Wide Information System (SWIS).

All registered participants will receive an email the morning of the session with the webinar link; if you cannot attend but wish to receive a recording, please make sure you are registered.

NOTE: The session will not be an in-depth look at Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) or the SWIS tools. If you are interested in that information, please contact Elizabeth Schrader for a customized meeting.

e-Merge Digital Learning Vendor Fair

ESC Region 11 is merging two popular events into an amazing day of learning on March 21. e-Merge, the one-day event for digital learning specialists, and the Digital Learning Vendor Fair will be combined into e-Merge Digital Learning Vendor Fair, a one-day expo featuring innovative learning sessions led by rock-star digital learning specialists, along with booths and presentations from vendors showcasing the latest and greatest digital learning solutions. Register today!

Do you have a success story or amazing lesson to share in an hour-long session? We would love to learn from you! Please complete the session proposal form linked below. Don't be shy; what's obvious to you is A-MAZ-ing to someone else! Session Proposals

More information about vendors and sessions will be available soon.

In the News

Christine Belle Cumberledge of Central Junior High, HEB ISD, has been named the 2017 Music Educator of the Year by Music & Arts, one of the nation's largest school music retailers and lesson providers. Cumberledge was selected from approximately 1,500 nominees nationwide. Harwood Jr. High's Doyle Bellville also was recognized as a national semi-finalist.

Granbury High School Formula One teams are advancing to the national competition after winning two of the top three places at the F1 in Schools Texas regional contest in January. F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars. The challenge inspires students to use technology to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. Leading the teams is GHS engineering teacher Todd Gibson.

Canvas Mini-Conference in June; Reserve the Date

Take your Canvas training experience to the next level and attend Leveraging Canvas, our first Canvas mini-conference on June 14 (#leveragingcanvas).

Leveraging Canvas is designed to provide hands-on opportunities for teachers to meet and support district instructional goals through innovative applications of technologies in Canvas.

Call for proposals

Interested in presenting? Leveraging Canvas is also a great opportunity for you to share your expertise and experiences with your peers. Submit your proposal today.

TEA Early Childhood Educator Meeting on Feb. 22

Early childhood educators, mark your calendars for February 22, Noon-4 p.m., when Tamala Olsby, Texas Education Agency, will conduct two workshops on prekindergarten quality and evaluations at ESC Region 11. Olsby is the program specialist in the Early Childhood Education Division. Details and registration

TEA Parent Focus Group Meetings - Feb. 23

TEA is conducting Parent Focus Group meetings on February 23 at ESC Region 11 to provide information and solicit feedback on TEA's USDE Corrective Action Draft Plan. Attendees must be parents of students with disabilities across age/grade levels residing in and receiving services in a public school district or charter school within Region 11.
Read the Corrective Action Draft Plan here.

Three meeting times are available, and parents MUST REGISTER to attend.

More information and registration - English

More information and registration - Spanish

Texas Lesson Study State Initiative Expands

Texas Lesson Study is expanding in Denton ISD. Hodge Elementary and Pecan Creek Elementary now have two teacher-led teams and two groups led by ESC Lesson Study facilitator, Tenille Shade, instructional content coach. In Boyd ISD, several returning teachers were hungry to master and perfect the art of lesson design, and they’ve jumped right back into the work of curating, researching, designing, and preparing exemplar lessons. Keep an eye on the Texas Gateway for the live lessons that are coming soon. This new state initiative is designed to elevate and celebrate the teaching profession as educators become researchers of their own practice.

Texas Lesson Study will be a featured session at SXSW on March 8. To learn more about the event click HERE!

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