URockEdu Updates

October 2019

a publication of the Education Service Center Region 11

We Lead. We Serve.

URockEdu is the digital team of ESC Region 11. We exist to honor and celebrate the work that teachers do every day!!

How We can Help You

The Digital Learning Team at ESC Region 11 provides professional development workshops, technical assistance, support for the learning tools provided through our Instructional Solutions and Support contract, and job-embedded professional learning for teachers and administrators.

Meet URockEdu's Newest Member

Maria Collins is our new Digital Implementation Coach. She is excited to support districts with the implementation of the digital tools provided in the Instructional Solutions and Support contract. Don't hesitate to contact her for support with the products you're currently using or new ones you're ready to implement. She is ready to serve!

Maria Collins comes to us from Keller ISD, where she served as a teacher, an instructional coach, and an assistant principal. She has a passion for the transformative use of technology in the classroom, digital citizenship, and inspiring educators to grow.

Instructional Solutions and Support Contract Updates

Don't miss out!

The following digital resources are available through the Instructional Solutions and Support contract:

  • Canvas
  • BrightBytes
  • TexQuest
  • Discovery Ed
  • RETN Videoconferencing
  • VoiceThread

To request professional development for any of these resources, complete the form below: District PD Request for ISS Contract.

Contact Maria Collins at mcollins@esc11.net for additional information and support.

e-Merge Call for Proposals Now Open!

To share your expertise, fill out this form! Each session will be 50 minutes long.
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Upcoming Professional Learning

Project-Based Learning Academy

Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 8:30am to Thursday, Oct. 31st, 3:30pm

ESC Region 11

2019-2020 School Year — The Academy will also meet on January 15 and February 26, 2020.

Project-based learning (PBL) is all about learning by doing, and that is exactly what you will experience in the PBL Academy. By the end of the face-to-face workshop days, you will have designed a PBL unit for your classroom. An online community and on-site coaching session will be offered to provide the support you need to implement your plan. Participants must attend each day to receive credit; partial credit will not be awarded.

TexQuest Mini Conference

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

ESC Region 11

Join us for a full day of TexQuest. Get to know the resources, best practices for implementation, and classroom uses. Customize your own schedule with how-to sessions from TexQuest providers as well as opportunities for sharing best practices in roundtable discussions or group planning with coworkers. Sessions will be available for basic/experienced and elementary/secondary TexQuest users. Bring your fully charged electronic device and find resources to use in your classroom tomorrow!

e-Merge Fusing Technology and Pedagogy

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 8:30am-3:30pm

ESC Region 11

Whatever your title, if you help educators build technology-rich learning experiences, e-Merge is for you! Come experience a day of networking with others who share your struggles and celebrations. Join our URockEdu crew to explore radical and relevant strategies, information, and resources that you can share on your campuses.

Blended Learning Academy for Administrators

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 8:30am-4pm

ESC Region 11

Participants will be immersed in blended learning while discovering what exactly blended learning is, how it is different from technology integration, and how to implement blended learning at their own campus.

Register here.

Blended Learning Academy

Tuesday, March 24th 2020 at 8:30am-4pm

ESC Region 11

The Academy will meet two additional times: 3/31/2020 and 5/27/2020.

Participants will be immersed in blended learning while discovering what exactly blended learning is, how it is different from technology integration, and how to implement blended learning in their own classroom.

Register here.


Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) that ESC Region 11 uses to provide online and blended learning opportunities. Districts that have the Instructional Solutions and Support contracts have access to Canvas.


VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. It is included in your ESC Region 11 Ed. Tech/Digital Learning contract. How can we HELP to get your district started?


BrightBytes data analytics solutions integrates purposeful data across ed tech systems, analyzes results, and delivers actionable information that drives learning. It is available to districts through the ISS contract. What are you waiting for?

Library Services

Great things are happening at your Region 11 ESC, and we are here to support your library program.

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