Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools


August 17, 2016

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2016 Teacher of the Year Winners

Northwest, Lake Dallas teachers named Regional Teachers of the Year

Monica Maynor Lemke, a third-grade teacher at Roanoke Elementary School in Northwest ISD, and Denise Kennedy, a band director at Lake Dallas High School in Lake Dallas ISD, were named the 2016 Region 11 Teachers of the Year at a special awards banquet at the Hurst Conference Center on August 10, 2016. The banquet, hosted by the Education Service Center Region 11 and generously funded by the EECU credit union, recognizes all of the teachers of the year from school districts in the north central Texas region.

In addition, 12 teachers were recognized for having written outstanding essays as part of the Teacher of the Year application process.

Read more including a list of the essay winners.

View photos from the event.

Arlington leader named Regional Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, has been selected as the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year for 2016 by a selection panel today. The Superintendent of the Year Award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, honors outstanding Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school administration.

As the Region 11 winner, Cavazos will move on to the state level of the competition. The state selection committee will interview all regional winners on August 26-27 and choose five finalists. The finalists will be called to participate in a second interview by the state selection committee on September 23. The state winner will then be announced at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) joint annual convention later that day.

Read more.

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD wins Regional School Board Award

The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Board of Trustees has been selected as the 2016 Region 11 Outstanding School Board by a panel of school superintendents on July 11, 2016. The award, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), was created in 1971 to recognize those school boards that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and have rendered ethical service to the children of Texas. The criteria emphasize evidence of support for the improvement of educational performance.

EMS ISD’s application will now be forwarded to TASA in Austin to be considered for the state award. During the month of August, the TASA selection committee will review all 20 regionalentries and announce five finalists, which are designated as “Honor Boards.” These honor boards should be named no later than August 25. Each of the five honor boards will then be interviewed by the state selection committee and the state winner will be named the “Texas Outstanding School Board” for 2016. All five boards will be recognized at the TASA/TASB Convention on September 24, 2016.

Read more.

Former Birdville ISD administrator named to ESC Region 11 Board of Directors

Dr. Jay Thompson has been named to Place 5 on the ESC Region 11 Board of Directors. Thompson will represent Tarrant County, replacing long-time educator William "Bill" Anderson who left the position in July. With a total of 40 years of experience in education, Thompson retired in 2011 from Birdville ISD after 19 years at that district. At the time of his retirement, he was the interim superintendent. Read more about Dr. Thompson.
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Celebrating ESC staff for successful year of training for new evaluation system (photo above)

ESC staff who were involved in any way in the T-TESS, T-PESS, and AEL training were celebrated this week for their hard work. During 236 days of training and 87 sessions, ESC Region 11 staff trained 3,652 administrators in the new state evaluation system for teachers and principals, serving ALL Region 11 districts.

Other News Around the Region

Jasmine Saavedra, Slidell ISD, won third place in her division in the State School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The winners were named during the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation conference. Jasmine had already won $25 for winning at the regional level, and she will receive an additional award of $50 for her state win. The top three posters (including Jasmine's) will be displayed at the Texas State Capitol in October.

Katie Hernandez, Trinity Basin Preparatory School in Fort Worth, was among the top three candidates for the 2015-2016 Intern of the Year award sponsored by the Texas Alternative Certification Association (TACA). Hernandez completed her alternative certification training through ESC Region 11's Teacher Preparation Program. There were 41 nominees from throughout the state.

Digital Learning

New ESC student advisory board members begin the year at the PRIME Digital Learning Conference

Students serving on this year's ESC Region 11 Digital Learning Student Ambassador Board (SABre) had an opportunity to meet each other and share ideas with educators at the PRIME Digital Learning Conference on August. 4. From Region 11 districts, the students were nominated, submitted applications, and were selected to SABre. During the PRIME conference, they served as co-keynote speakers. They were also tasked with creating a product that conveyed what school should look and feel like to best meet the needs of today’s students. We look forward to hearing more from SABre in the 2016-17 school year!

View the video below of the students as they experienced the PRIME conference.

Sabre Project

Distance Learning - Bring Unique Learning Experiences to Students without Leaving the Classroom

It is an exciting time in distance learning as the former barriers of equipment cost, connectivity, and ease-of-use have all but disappeared! The Connect2Texas distance learning programs provide many student benefits including:

  • educational experiences outside of the classroom
  • stimulates deeper understanding & curiosity
  • increases critical-thinking skills
  • enhances retention of important academic detail
  • delivers lesson reinforcement
  • creates opportunities for access and engagement with content experts
  • highlights artifacts, historical documents, works of art, technology, and other resources
  • introduces students to various careers/professions
  • fosters cultural enrichment
  • exposes underserved, high risk and rural students to unique learning experiences
  • inspires on-site visits to a variety of institutions (museums, zoos, etc.)

Connect2Texas offers numerous topics aligned to state and national standards for the K-12 curriculum. To see available programs go to Flexible scheduling available upon request.

Instructional Math Coaches, Teachers (3rd & 4th Grade)

Looking for practical ideas for your Mathematics Interactive Notebook? Join this innovative online course to get notebook inspiration that aligns to your grade’s TEKS!

The course will provide materials with mathematical concepts that you can use to design journal entries for your class. Once a month, participants will have an opportunity to video chat with peers about implementation tips and techniques.

More information

Registration for 3rd-grade staff

Registration for 4th-grade staff

Secondary Teachers, Reading Coaches, Administrators

In June, nearly 100 teachers attended the Write for Texas Summer Institute where sessions focused on literacy across the curriculum. A Canvas blended-learning course will continue to support teachers during this upcoming school year. Check out the photos from the institute here.

The Write for Texas initiative was created to promote reading and writing across content areas in secondary schools. Write for Texas uses proven, research-based strategies to teach students the thinking skills and processes that go into writing effectively.

ESC Region 11 currently has two Write for Texas coaches who will be working with several secondary schools this school year. For more information on the initiative, please check out the website at where you can access guiding principles of effective writing instruction, professional development resources, and teacher videos modeling instructional practices.

ESC Region 11’s Write for Texas coaches are Dr. Cheryl Hunt and Kathy Meek. Please contact Tammera Moss, program assistant, at (817) 740-3644 with any questions about Write for Texas.

TEA releases 2016 accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as for 8,600 campuses statewide.The ratings reveal that approximately 94 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard. Districts, campuses, and charters receive one of three ratings under the accountability system: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required.

Read more and find your district, charter or campus on the TEA website.

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