Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

November 15, 2017

ESC TODAY is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays throughout the school year except during holiday breaks and summer break.

Bus Drivers Chart a Course for Success with Commercial Drivers License Test

School bus drivers are required to pass a complex and often difficult test to get a Commercial Drivers License. Without that license, they can't transport students. ESC Region 11 offers a course that is designed to help your newly hired bus drivers pass the CDL test.

The three-day course - December 2, 9, and 16 - includes classroom best practices in a small-group setting, training in a blended learning environment, and one-on-one time with the instructor on a real school bus.

Read more about the course.

Register for the course.

Connect2Texas: What Do Teachers Say About Us?

Connect2Texas, provided by ESC Region 11, is a network of Texas-based educational content providers that includes museums and authors as well as cultural, historical, and scientific organizations. Through the Connect2Texas service, these content providers use interactive videoconferencing to deliver live educational programs to schools across the country.

What do teachers say about Connect2Texas? Here are some comments about the programs highlighted in bold:

"STEM in Action: Scribblebots," presented by Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
OH, MY GOSH!!! My kids LOVED the program!!! They were fully engaged the ENTIRE TIME!!! They were so pumped that when they got back to class they had to share with their classmates!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you to ESC 11 and to FWMSH for allowing us to experience this program!!! We are truly grateful and appreciative!!!!
Willie Brown Elementary, Texas

"La Belle: The Ship that Changed History," presented by Bullock Texas State History Museum

Thank you so much for this wonderful information. You kept our students engaged! Very valuable connection for them and tying it to our curriculum!

Glenhope Elementary, Texas

"Animal Encounters: Owl Adaptations," presented by Texas Wildlife Association

This was a great program. Everyone enjoyed it and we learned a great deal. Please thank the presenter for us. He did a great job.

Fleming Elementary, Vermont

"Fishy Friends," presented by Texas State Aquarium

We love your presentations. Unfortunately, our state and county cannot hold a candle to what you provide!

Sandpiper Elementary, Florida

If you want to take advantage of Connect2Texas resources and bring scientists, experts, and authors directly to your students without leaving the classroom, visit the Connect2Texas website for more information or contact Lori Hamm-Neckar.

In the News

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UIL Competition Brought 150 Students to ESC Region 11

A feeling of excitement and anticipation filled ESC Region 11 on Monday, as 150 students from 34 schools in our region competed in the UIL Congressional Debate. The top three in each competition class will advance to the state meet in January. Three teams that participated are shown below, followed by the link to our Facebook page for more photos from the event.

Learning Opportunities for YOU at ESC Region 11

TheNetwork Charter School Summer Summit in June

Are you planning to attend the 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit June 27-29? We're excited to have George Couros and Ruby Payne as featured speakers, and more than 60 breakout sessions for campus administrators, district personnel, board members, and teachers about topics relating to operations, finance, education, and governance.

Proposals for presentations at the summit are being accepted until January 15, 2018. If your Charter is doing something innovative, please think about submitting a proposal to present! Submit your proposal.

Teachers: Join Us for Writing Preparation for STAAR by Jane Schaffer

GET READY for the 2018 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) with the Jane Schaffer Writing Program at ESC Region 11. Starting November 29, the Jane Schaffer Writing Program will conduct a series of workshops for Region 11 teachers. Additional dates are December 4, January 9, and January 11.

Each unique day of training is described in the flyer. The cost is $199.95 for the first day; if additional days are purchased, those days are $100.

The Jane Schaffer Writing Program is the premier academic writing system for students and teachers. The program includes an initial structured, organized, and logical method for novice and struggling writers in grades K-12. That same method transforms into sophisticated weaving and syntactical techniques as students evolve in their writing abilities.

Register at the Jane Schaffer website.

Texas Summit Series with George Couros and Kevin Kush set for November

ESC Region 11 is excited to partner with HUMANeX Ventures to offer the Texas Summit Series, December 6-7. This Summit features George Couros, author and leadership coach, and Kevin Kush, superintendent, author, and motivational coach. With so many people in a district who need to grow as motivators, team builders, and leaders, we are inviting superintendents, central office administrators, HR directors, campus administrators, athletic directors, special education directors, or anyone else aspiring to become a leader.

More information here (.pdf)

To reserve your spot, please contact:

Lisa Glenn – (940) 390-4838

Kate Faughn – (402) 486-1102

Teacher Alternative Certification: Free Information Meeting This Thursday

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a teacher through alternative certification? It's true that the teacher certification process may seem intimidating and confusing. But during the free information meeting on November 16, our certification team will explain the process, provide details about the ESC Region 11 preparation program for teacher certification, and answer questions. Registration is not required for the information session, which will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ESC Region 11.

Read more about the ESC Region 11 Teacher Preparation Program.

State Board of Education to Hold Meeting at ESC Region 11 to Gather Feedback for Long-Range Plan

You are invited to participate in a Community Conversation to discuss the Long-Range Plan for Texas Public Education from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on December 5.

Under Texas law, the State Board of Education (SBOE) is required to adopt a Long-Range Plan for Public Education. To help the board gather information that will shape the new plan and set long-term goals through the year 2030, it is holding public community meetings around the state.

Registration is requested. More information and registration here.

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