Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools
March 18, 2015
ESC Today is published twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video below. A collaboration between ESC Region 11 and Crowley ISD, this video of a classroom at Crowley High School highlights three of Crowley ISD's Best Practices - Effective Classroom Management, Authentic Student Engagement, and Critical Thinking. Enjoy!
Reminder: Financial reports are due on March 31, in TXUNPS.
Distance Learning/Digital Learning
Technology Vendor Fair, April 24, at ESC Region 11. Free registration, vendors, breakout sessions, door prizes, and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register here.
Digital Learning Tip
Would you like to incorporate some new tech tools into your primary lessons? Do you need inspiration from early elementary teachers who are walking the walk in a future-ready classroom? Have you always dreamed of multiplying yourself to better serve your students? If so, check out these resources from the ESC Region 11 Digital Learning Team! Need more info? Contact Erin Griffith, and be sure to follow our conversation on Twitter at #Gueri11aEd.
District/Campus Administrators and Teachers
Learn to harness the power of today's digital tools and social media to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a brand presence, increase student engagement, transform learning spaces, discover opportunity, and grow professionally. More information.
Leaders and Future Leaders
What is the happiest job?
According to the online job site CareerBliss, school principal is at the top of the list of Happiest Jobs for 2015. Read the article on Forbes.com.
Leading innovation in schools
Most of our schools have mission and vision statements focused on preparing and launching students toward future success. A very lofty goal, to say the least, as many students will work in careers that do not even exist today. How do we shift the current educational paradigm to meet the needs of these students? Coming in July - a learning series, developed by ESC Region 11, designed to guide leaders and their teams in this process, and offering face-to-face as well as online training. In the meantime, join us for the Future Ready Innovators Symposium, April 28, featuring a group of educators who are leading the charge for innovation in their schools. More information about the symposium here.
Teachers - Certified or in a certification program
Teacher Job Fair set for May 5
The annual North Central Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators job fair will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Arlington Convention Center. Registration to participate will be open until Sunday, May 3, 2015. Candidate registration information will be provided to the school districts that attend the fair. Registration and more information.
Teaching and Learning
New Teacher Induction Program to begin soon
Would your district like to be a pilot district for this program?
First-year teachers begin work, and immediately are expected to perform as well as veteran master teachers. If support is available to them from throughout the district, first-year teachers improve collaboration and instruction. For more information on the New Teacher Induction Program, visit our website. If your district would like to partner with ESC Region 11 as a pilot district for this program, contact Elita Driskill, (817) 740-7641.
School Business Officials
Meet our new business director
Brandilyn DePalma is the new Business Center Director at ESC Region 11. She has worked in school finance since 2000 and provides expertise in accounting, business management, purchasing, facilities, and construction. Brandilyn has more than 13 years of school finance experience, is an active member of TASBO, and is dedicated to servicing our districts and charters. Learn more about Brandilyn as well as the rest of the Business Center team on our website.
Have a topic you want discussed at the next Roundtable meeting?
This is your opportunity to help create our agenda, so we want to hear from you! Is there a specific topic on which you would like more information? Is there an area where you would like to receive additional training? Please email us with your suggestions by April 3. If you still need to register for the meeting, access the registration link here.
School finance questions?
In partnership with the Business Center, Hank Johnson, CPA, reviews TEA correspondence as well as questions submitted by districts and charters related to school finance. Have a question you would like to ask? Email us.
If you are a webmaster or site director for your Schoolwires website, be sure to attend the Schoolwires User Group meeting on Tuesday, March 24. Schoolwires staff will be here to discuss new features and updates. Register here.
IT Academy orders due by April 24
Microsoft hosting Lunch ‘N Learn webinar
Orders for the IT Academy must be received by Katie Favara at ESC Region 11 by April 24 for deployment for the 2015-16 school year. The price per yearly IT Academy subscription is $1,550. On Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m. Microsoft will demonstrate the IT Academy portal administration, and will discuss how it can complement Certiport testing to make it better. More information, and to access the webinar.
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