Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

March 7, 2018

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Leadercast 2018 Simulcast at ESC Region 11 on May 4

Be inspired by an amazing personal story of turning hardship into opportunity and never saying “I can’t." Jen Bricker, acrobat, aerialist, author, and speaker, is just one of the exciting and inspiring speakers at Leadercast, May 4, 2018, ESC Region 11.

We're bringing Leadercast 2018 to north Texas so that everyone in this area has an opportunity to hear a group of well-respected, nationally-known, inspirational, and motivational leaders tell their success stories...without having to leave the DFW area. Leadercast is a one-day simulcast event broadcast live from Atlanta to ESC Region 11 in White Settlement, Texas. View all speakers.

Get empowered and recharged by these 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, and lunch is included! More information and registration

Texas Social Media Conference - April 17

Are you a social media novice, social media pro, or somewhere in between? The 6th annual Texas Social Media Conference on April 17 is a day of professional and personal learning and networking that is sure to benefit attendees at all levels of social media use. The conference, sponsored by ESC Region 11 and Tarleton State University's Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI), will be held at ESC Region 11.

This event is for anyone working in K-12, higher ed, non-profit, business, and municipalities. Sessions will include a variety of social media-related topics, including marketing and branding, digital citizenship, networking, leadership, the essentials, research, and social media in the learning environment. Register for the conference here.

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Administrative Assistants/Secretaries Conference - IT'S BACK!

The 8th Annual Administrative Assistants/Secretaries Conference returns to ESC Region 11 on May 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. If you have been lucky enough to attend one of these, then we know you are excited to learn about the May 7th event. If you haven't attended, then here's why you should be excited:

  • It's a full day of professional growth tailored just for you.
  • Sessions will include professional and personal topics to help you meet the growing expectations of your job.
  • You'll learn new skills, but there will also be fun, food, and relaxation (massage chairs!).
  • There will be a keynote speaker, vendors, breakout sessions, and lunch.

If you are in an administrative assistant or secretarial role, THIS IS your conference (so don't miss it). Come with your friends and coworkers; it will be a fun day with plenty of takeaways.

Download the flyer.


e-Merge Digital Learning Vendor Fair - March 21

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!

More information about vendors and sessions will be available soon.

Discovery Education: Streaming and Learning

Did you know that ESC Region 11 schools receive Discovery Education Streaming through ESC Region 11’s Digital Learning Cooperative? Discovery offers hundreds of thousands of awesome learning resources for teachers and students at all grade levels and across the curriculum. While Discovery is known for outstanding classroom videos, those videos are just one of the dozens of types of engaging learning media, digital classroom tools, instructional strategies, and professional learning resources available right at your fingertips.

By far, the most common reason that teachers aren’t taking full advantage of Discovery resources is simply that they don’t know what they don’t know! Our new "123… Go DE!" weekly newsletter highlights the latest and greatest resources that Discovery Ed has to offer, featuring one elementary and one secondary resource each week as well as one of the instructional strategy tutorials from DE’s Spotlight on Strategies series. This series helps teachers learn to integrate digital media into their classroom more effectively and provides one Discovery tip or technique to help teachers learn more about using the many features of the Discovery site. Register to receive this weekly newsletter.

For assistance with Discovery Ed Streaming access, training, and more, contact Kayla Steiner, 817-740-7659.

Certification Updates for New and Experienced Administrators

On April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Shaun Craig, Program Specialist for Educator Certification and Testing, Texas Education Agency, will provide updates on educator certifica, including new certificates, testing, and new teacher assignment requirements. The session is $50 per person and includes lunch.

By request of TEA, any specific questions that you have should be submitted by Wednesday, March 22, to Carol Scalzo, ESC Region 11, 817-740-7614.

Download the flyer.


The Fundamental 5 Experience: April 3

Experience the best practices from the popular book The Fundamental 5, by Sean Cain and Mike Laird, at ESC Region 11 on April 3. Explore five practices that have the potential to transform any classroom. This interactive, hands-on session will introduce participants to these instructional game changers, and participants will receive a copy of the book. There will also be an afternoon session with separate registration that dives deeper into the practices of critical writing and purposeful small-group talk. Registration

ELAR Spring Advisory Meeting on May 1

English Language Arts/Reading (ELAR) coordinators and district curriculum personnel need a collaborative network to exchange ideas and learn as a community. Please join us on May 1, 9-11 a.m. A short TEA and legislative update will be given, but the majority of the time will be devoted to discussion about literacy technology, TEKS rollout, and networking. Please register on the ESC Region11 website (sign-in with your ESC account). For more information, visit the ELAR webpage.

ESC Region 11 MIgrant Education Program

A family that has been a lifelong resident of your school district/charter could be eligible for the Migrant Education Program. They might have children who work during the summer in order to help parents with the cost of living.

Open the "Did You Know" flyer below for information about our Migrant Education Program.

Connect2Texas: A Wilder Vision

Big changes are coming to Connect2Texas provider Fort Worth Zoo, and things are about to get “wilder.” This fall, the zoo announced A Wilder Vision, a $100-million capital campaign. Connect your students through distance learning and find out how the zoo’s A Wilder Vision is utilizing the latest STEM innovations for new exhibit space; renovated habitats; and new ways to observe, interact with, and learn about animals. The program is a 45-minute, interactive, virtual encounter for grades K-5 and includes a live animal presentation.

Register for A Wilder Vision or any of the Fort Worth Zoo's other distance learning opportunities, filtered by Fort Worth Zoo.

Additional information about A Wilder Vision

Public Charter Schools Teacher Academy on July 16

Looking for Free Summer Professional Development for your teachers? The Public Charter School Teacher Academy on July 16 will provide teachers with strategies and resources needed to increase student learning. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Download the flyer.


Upcoming Learning Opportunities

We have so many upcoming learning opportunities, so we've created an at-a-glance flyer that allows you to see everything in one place. Open the "Coming Up for You at ESC Region 11" flyer below for all the information.

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