Early Childhood Special Education

April 25, 2022

Hello All!

I hope you are all doing well!! I wanted to share with you some exciting events coming up here at Region 17.

Academy For Teachers of Young Children will be held in San Angelo again this year! I am so excited about the line-up the committee has planned! Scholarship information will be out shortly. The scholarship will cover your registration for the conference and your hotel. Scholarships are awared to ECSE teachers first, followed by General Education Pre-K teachers that have inclusive classrooms. We also scholarship para proffessionals that work in an ECSE classroom and would like to attend with the ECSE teacher that they work with. I have a very limited number of scholarships still available. Please reach out to me if you would like to apply for one at lwatson@esc17.net. The dates for Academy this year are July 13 - 15. There will be a limited online option that will only feature the Keynote presentation. You can register here https://apps.esc1.net/ProfessionalDevelopment/esc15/Registration/Workshop/201205.

You can find more information about Academy here https://sites.google.com/esc9.net/academyforteachersofyoungchild/home.

We have planned some great workshops for the summer. Please see below for dates and registration information.

It is my goal to use this SMORE to provide you updates and ideas for Early Childhood Special Education. Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My email is lwatson@esc17.net and my phone number is 806-281-5870.

Warmest Regards!

L'Rae Watson - Early Childhood Specialist



**For General Educaiton PreK Teachers, you can also contact Jean Ann Williams at jwilliams@esc17.net Click Here for the Genereal Education Pre-K Newsletter.

Clidk here for Elda DeSantiago's Inclusion Newsletter

Upcoming Trainings for Spring and Summer 2022

Early Childhood Special Education Professional Learning Communties

This PLC supports ECSE teachers and provides information for the specific needs of students qualifying for Early Childhood Special Education. All staff working with eligible children in inclusive or self-contained settings should attend. Topics have been planned based on needs assessments from program staff and from state-wide initiatives. This is an excellent opportunity for information, resources, sharing, and networking ... for veteran and new teachers alike!


05-03-22 https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=828954

Early Childhood ECSE and Inclusive Workshops

6-2-22 - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness - PRE-K


6-16-22 Conscious Discipline - An Overview in the Early Childhood Classroom


6-20-22 Building Math Skills through Blocks In Early Childhood!

Block Fest Too!!


7-6-22 (AM) Science in the Inclusive Prekindergarten Classroom


7-6-22 (PM) Social Studies in the Inclusive Prekindergarten Classroom


7-13,14,15-22 Academy for Teachers of Young Children San Angelo


7-26-22 The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms


Texas Project Restore

Trauma-Informed Training Series

As a result of school closures and remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been at higher risk of exposure due to adverse childhood experiences and first hand exposure to the effects of COVID-19. We also know that many educators have themselves experienced a prolonged state of stress over the course of the pandemic and share many of the concerns regarding loss of safety, health and predictability as students upon the return to school.

That’s why TEA has launched Project Restore and this trauma-informed training video series, which is designed to address these extraordinary and unprecedented needs and connect you to relevant science and strategies that can help you address your own emotional needs as well the needs of your students and colleagues. This series will help educators create an environment that jump starts teaching and learning and drives student achievement.

About CLI Engage

CLI Engage is a comprehensive professional development, assessment, and quality improvement platform for early care and education programs in Texas.

Since 2003, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) has been implementing and studying large-scale interventions in early education. In 2014, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, CLI formed an ambitious idea: to build a cost-effective, digital delivery system that could disseminate early childhood program improvement tools across the state. This innovative e-learning and data utilization platform became known as CLI Engage.


"The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve and support the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement an early childhood multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. The goals of the Center are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion."

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