Region 6 Leadership Update

March 31, 2020

2:00 Governor Press Conference TODAY

Commissioner of Education will most likely be joining the Governor today in the press conference. Tune in to see latest announcements related to school

TEA Corona Virus Update

3,266 cases statewide with over 42,000 tested

124 counties are impacted

41 deaths

Sample resources for sample letters in the event that you have a staff or student confirmed or presumed exposed and need to communicate with your community.

  • Fitness Gram: Since this is a statutory requirement to administer this. The Governor has waived this requirement and the reporting of this requirement.

Leadership Collaborative Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 2nd, 1pm

This is an online event.

Summer Leadership Conference -RESTRUCTURED

With the uncertainty of what the remainder of our school year in Texas we have made the decision to alter the 2020 Summer Leadership Conference this year. While we still want to honor you and your hard work and dedication to the faculty, staff and students of Region 6, the conference will look a bit different this year.

Our plan is to host a one day event for all our district and campus leaders at our Region 6 Education Service Center in Huntsville. This will take place on Monday, June 29, 2020. Our day will consist of our original conference keynote speaker, Gerry Brooks, a steak luncheon, break out sessions, optional golf tournament, and will conclude that evening with a fish and shrimp fry.

UPDATE: South Shore Harbour has cancelled all reservations for June 29-July 1

Leadership & Accountability

** REMINDER: Appraisal process needs each district to apply for a waiver if not able to complete all appraisals

TEA Updates:

  • Assessment: Follow the link for Assessment Guidance - Chart for thinking through EOC scenarios. The assessment guidance piece on the website has been updated.

Teaching and Learning Department

Curriculum and Instructional Leaders Collaborative

WhenTue Apr 7, 2020 9am – 10am

Where (map)

Reading Academies

As you know, the first Cohort Leader screener window is currently open and will close March 31, 2020. TEA has made the following statement:

Reading Academies activities are remote and proceeding as planned. We will continue to assess and address timelines on a weekly basis.

Right before school closures began, we sent out notes from our Authorized Provider training. If you missed this info, please email to receive a copy.

All updates and important information are posted on our Instructional COVID-19 webpage. Included on the site, are links to helpful resources, specialist contact information, and the announcement of our upcoming regional collaborative webinars.


Notes from TEA webinar (3/30/2020)

Are districts still required to conduct MDRs?

Should districts and/or SSA’s be tracking COVID-19 SPED expenses?

  • Yes, TEA could possibly reimburse districts and/or SSA’s (at a later time) for these

extra costs (mailing expenses, mileage, copying, supplies/materials, extra personnel, etc.). One recommendation was that each districts or SSA create an excel spreadsheet with a local expense code to track all COVID-19 related expenses.

SB500 (SPED Fiscal Supports) Funds

  • TEA is expected to open another window for districts and SSA’s to apply for additional SB500 funds. TEA has not shared when the second window will open.
COVID-19 & Special Education

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COVID 19 & Child Nutrition Information

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Online Teaching Resources

Get More Math® (GMM) is offering complimentary use of our program across the state of Texas during these trying times. Teachers can assign work, monitor students in real time, send personal messages to kids as they are working online, and keep track of progress. We are TEKS aligned grades 4 through 8, Algebra 1 and Geometry. Although alignment for grade 3 and Algebra 2 is not complete, there is quite a bit of content already available. Feel free to add GMM to your resource offerings and you may list me as a contact person.