Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

February 17, 2016

ESC Today is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays.


Cherry Lane Construction - Detours to Our Building from I-30

Do you have plans to atttend a workshop or meeting at ESC Region 11? Please be aware that for several weeks Cherry Lane will be blocked at I-30 for road construction. You still will be able to take the Cherry Lane exit from I-30 and then follow detour signs for an alternate route to the service center building at 1451 S. Cherry Lane. You may want to allow a few extra minutes in your travel time.

Administrative Assistants and Secretaries - SAVE THE DATE

Administrative Assistant/Secretary Conference

May 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at ESC Region 11

Keynote speaker, breakout session, vendors, and working lunch

Watch for more information soon.

Charter Schools

Thank you to the ESC Region 11 Charters that attended the Charter Symposium. We had a full house and look forward to hosting this event next year!

Register for the next Charter School Roundtable scheduled for March 9 at Westlake Academy. We will be discussing HB 2610 & funding implications, sharing accountability updates, and exploring innovative practices.

Registration here.

Digital Learning

Digital Learning Tip - App Smashing

Ready for students to take technology devices to the next level of creation? Try encouraging app smashing in students’ future digital creations. The term was coined by Greg Kulowiec and is defined by him as “the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.”

No matter what type of device you have, add app smashing as a strategy in your toolbox to encourage students’ creativity and critical thinking while empowering students with choice and ownership of their learning.

Learn more here:

Directors - Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Accountability; Superintendents

ESC Region 11 Data Analysis program offers a robust repository of test questions through specifically-designed item banks that partner with ESC Region 11. Users can effectively create benchmark or classroom assessments resulting in tailored instruction in areas in which students are struggling. The item banks are aligned with the TEKS and updated as the TEKS change.

Visit the Data Analysis website for more information.

Early Childhood

High-Quality Kindergarten Grant Program

Are you looking for funds to enhance prekindergarten? House Bill (HB) 4 High-Quality Kindergarten Grant Program applications will be accepted Feb. 26-April 8. More information on the TEA website. If you have questions, please contact Rick Schuft, (817) 740-7547.

House Bill (HB) 2610 - Shifting Days in School to Minutes

TEA will grant a one-time waiver for the 2016–2017 school year to Alternative Education Programs (AEP), Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP), and charter schools that provide an instructional day of less than 420 minutes. TEA will also grant a one-time waiver for the 2016–2017 school year to prekindergarten programs that offer a school day of less than a 210 minutes but offer at least 120 minutes of instruction per day. Instructions and information regarding the waivers are available on the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook under Additional Resources.

ESC Region 11 and Edivate: A Personalized Learning Experience!

ESC Region 11 has a new partnership with School Improvement Network and the result is an exciting opportunity for campuses to purchase access to Edivate (formerly known as PD360). Edivate is an on-demand professional learning resource that creates a highlypersonalized learning experience for the educators of Region 11, helping them improve their practice and, in turn, raise student achievement. Edivate is also aligned with the T-TESS rubric so learning can be tailored to a teacher’s individual professional development needs/goals.

Please take a moment to watch the video below for more information.

ESC Region 11 Partners with Edivate

Five Schools in Region 11 Named Title 1 Best Practice Schools

Five schools in Region 11 met the criteria and were identified as Title I Best Practice Schools. Schools earning this award must be Title 1 Schools, and are selected for their best practices based on the Critical Success Factors. Those schools are:

  • E. Ray Elementary - Everman ISD
  • Burton Hill Elementary - Fort Worth ISD
  • Grandview Elementary - Grandview ISD
  • Alice Ponder Elementary - Mansfield ISD
  • Tarver-Rendon Elementary - Mansfield ISD

The Best Practice Schools award is part of the The Title 1 Capacity Building Initiative, a statewide project of Education Service Center Region 10, funded by a grant from the Texas Education Agency.

Of these five schools, Alice Ponder Elementary from Mansfield ISD has been selected to be featured in the statewide videos to highlight some of its best practices. These videos will be featured on the Capacity Building Initiative section of ESC Region 10's website.

Math4Texas Website Provides Help with New Math Standards

Do parents in your district call asking about the “new Math?”

Math4Texas is a new FREE website designed to help parents, teachers, and students understand the revised standards in the Math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Math4Texas showcases the Math TEKS by grade level with tips, examples, digital tools, and videos to help parents understand the math concepts and skills that their children are learning.

Math4Texas was developed under the Math Initiative, instituted through the collaborative efforts of ESC Region 11 Board of Directors and superintendents to assist parents, students, and teachers throughout the state of Texas.

Check out Math4Texas and download a brochure and a bookmark to provide to teachers and parents.

Region 11 educators named finalists and recipients of TCEA annual awards

Seven educators from Region 11 school districts were named recipients or finalists in the Texas Computer Educators Association (TCEA) awards presented earlier this month during the TCEA 2016 Conference in Austin.

Award recipients include:

  • Ryan Churchward, Burleson ISD, Classroom Teacher of the Year
  • Teresa Sumrall, Burleson ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year
  • Patrick Johnson, Lewisville ISD, Technology Administrator of the Year

Region 11 finalists in other categories include:

  • Nathan Tollison, Burleson ISD, Technical Support Person of the Year
  • Dr. Miller Beaird, Burleson ISD, and Robin Stout, Lewisville ISD, District or Campus Administrator of the Year
  • Dr. Bret Jimerson, Burleson ISD, Superintendent of the Year
  • Karen Hoag, Keller ISD, Leadership Scholarship

SuccessEd/ESC Region 11 Partnership Offers Section 504 Solution to Schools

ESC Region 11 and SuccessEd, a software provider for educators, have partnered to provide districts and charter schools with SE 504, a software solution to manage Section 504 programs. SE 504 will provide online forms and data tracking for compliance and reporting required by Section 504, a federal law which ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to an education, including accommodations and modifications. ESC Region 11 is the first education service center in Texas to partner with SuccessEd.

Read more here.

Teachers - Science Cooperative Network

The Science Cooperative Network goes virtual on February 24. The Science Cooperative Network is about teachers across the region joining in collaborative efforts within their grade level/content. The benefits for teachers include the ability to share strategies, techniques, and ideas for integrating technology; create a shared library; analyze data; identify common professional development needs; and create a professional development network for shared costs.

Meeting virtually allows teachers throughout the entire region to work together in self-selected groups in Canvas. To learn more about this, please join in a zoom preview meeting on February 24, 4:-4:30 p.m., or 4:30-5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Science Cooperative Network website or contact Cheryl Bowden, (817) 740-7755.

Technology Vendor Fair - April 8

ESC Region 11 is hosting a free Technology Vendor Fair on Friday, April 8, for administrators and educators. Participants will see and experience the newest technologies and learn how they can be used in the education setting.

The event is free and includes lunch. Please register here.

For more information about the Technology Vendor Fair, please visit the ESC Region 11 website, or contact Tammy Motheral, (817) 740-3694.

TEKS Resource System Conference - June 14-16, 2016

The 2016 TEKS Resource System Conference provides a powerful platform for educators across the state to enhance their schools' commitment to student success. The interactive professional development and networking opportunities are designed to get teachers and administrators of all levels and disciplines motivated about new strategies and tools to enhance the passion, dedication, and hard work put into their teaching every day!

The conference will provide a variety of content-specific sessions, including all core content areas, instructional leadership, digital learning, assessment, special populations, and differentiation. Breakout sessions will be available for ALL teachers, regardless of whether your district uses the TEKS Resource System.

More information is available here.

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