Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

February 1, 2017

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Great Things JAN 2017

Citizen Bee Registration Open for Students (Grades 9-12)

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to register for the Region 11 2017 Citizen Bee set for Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at ESC Region 11. The Citizen Bee is based on civics education, giving students an exciting opportunity to show their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and current events through a multiple-choice test and an oral competition.

To prepare for the Citizen Bee, students will have use of the online study guide created by the Bill of Rights Institute. The guide covers the U.S. Constitution, other important documents, people, issues, civic values, and skills, and a Bill of Rights Institute article/current events category.

The winning student at the regional competition will be eligible to compete in the Texas Citizen Bee on April 29 at the Texas Law Center in Austin.

More information is available on the ESC Region 11 website.

Registration for the Regional Citizen Bee is here.

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Register for the Charter School Symposium (see ad above)

ESC Region 10 and 11 will host the 2nd annual Charter School Symposium, February 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Arlington Professional Development Center in Arlington.

Download a flier for more information about the Charter School Symposium.


Connect2Texas: Make Learning An Adventure

Open your classroom to a vast number of people, places, and adventures! Through the virtual encounters provided by Connect2Texas, students can explore without leaving school.

Through exploration, experimentations, and dialog with experts in the field, students will have access to engaged learning opportunities, such as:

  • Studying Texas history with the Bullock Texas State History Museum and seeing treasured artifacts firsthand.
  • Examining actual sunspots through live views of the sun from the massive telescopes at McDonald Observatory.
  • Observing the four states of matter by doing hands-on experiments using dry ice and bubbles with staff from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
  • Practicing reading comprehension strategies with fine art, while virtually moving through the galleries at Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

More information is available on the Connect2Texas website or from Lori Hamm-Neckar , (817) 740-7516. Provides Parent-Friendly Help for Math Concepts is a FREE K-8 website that provides parent-friendly explanations, example problems, digital tools, and videos by grade level to help parents understand the math concepts and skills that their children are learning.

The website was created as a component of ESC Region 11's Math Initiative, and developed through the collaborative efforts of the ESC Region 11 Board of DIrectors and Region 11 superintendents. The site was created to help parents understand the content and conceptual changes of the revised Math Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) and its impact on students' everyday learning and thinking.

Please add the link to your website and include it in communications to parents.

National Public Health Week Poster Contest for Tarrant County High School Students

Tarrant County students enrolled in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the National Public Health Week poster contest. Entries will be displayed in the lobby of the Tarrant County Public Health building during National Public Health Week, April 3-9, and throughout the month of April to increase community awareness related to current public health issues.

Posters should address one of the following topics: Tobacco Prevention, Alcohol or Drug Prevention, Healthy Eating for Kids, or Physical Activity for Seniors (65+).

Additional information and registration details are available on the Be A Local Hero website or by emailing

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Principal or Superintendent Certification: Free Information Meeting in February

If you have wondered about the process for getting a certification to be a principal or superintendent, here is your opportunity to get the scoop! A free informational meeting will be held on February 8, 6-8 p.m. We have three programs for educators interested in obtaining a principal certification, and a one-year program for those interested in obtaining a superintendent certification.

No registration is necessary for the informational meeting. ESC Region 11 is located at 1451 S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement, TX, 76108.

Project-Based Learning Opportunities

Hate Projects? Fall in love with Project-Based Learning!

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is all about learning by doing, and that is exactly what you will experience in the PBL Academy. Please join us on March 1-2 to learn about the components of PBL, while you develop a real-world, student-centered project for your classroom. The academy will conclude with a third learning day on May 17 for continued project development, success sharing, and the support you need to implement your plan. More information and a registration link are available on the PBL page.

Already LOVE PBL?

Have you attended our ESC Region 11 PBL Academy in the past? Then join us for our March 2 follow-up event. In this session, you will have the opportunity to refine your PBL lesson planning, get new tips and tricks for managing the PBL classroom, and learn about blended tools to make your PBL a success. By attending this follow-up event, you will also be added to our online community of support. Registration information is available on the PBL page. Please email Lori Cole for the registration password.

Science Resources and Lessons for K-8 Students

Texas Wildlife Association, a Connect2Texas provider, gives science teachers year-round access to Discovery Trunks. Discovery Trunks are full of science natural resource materials and lessons that are TEKS-aligned, hands-on, curriculum-enhancing, and designed for students in grades K-8. Trunks are available in two-week reservation periods and are available at no cost. Options include: Bird is the Word, Wildlife Investigations, Let's Talk Turkey, Butterflies Flutter By, Exploring Adaptations, Bats-A-Billion, and More Than a Drop.

For more information about Discovery Trunks, contact Elanor Dean, (210) 826-2904, or visit the Texas Wildlife Association website.

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School Emergency Planning Interactive Workshop set for March

The Texas School Safety Center will present School Emergency Operations Planning at ESC Region 11, March 29-30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. This interactive workshop is designed to help schools develop and refine comprehensive, high-quality emergency operations plans and processes, and strengthen preparedness to respond efficiently and effectively to emergency situations.

Who Should Attend:

  • Administrators and Educators
  • Safety and Security Committee
  • Support Personnel
  • Emergency Management Teams
  • Board of Trustees
  • School-Based Law Enforcement

Download a flier for additional information about the workshop and registration.

STEAM PLC Network for Teachers in February and April

You are invited to join a community of STEAM/STEM teachers in Region 11 to network and learn through a series of face-to-face collaboration times, with continued partnership and learning through Canvas. The two remaining STEAM PLC dates are February 21 and April 11. The February STEAM PLC Network will focus on STEAM through the lens of architecture.

The STEAM PLC Network is free. For questions, please contact Alison Lentz, (817) 740-3636, Thais Mitchell, (817) 740-3679, or visit the STEAM website.

Register here for the sessions: February 21 April 11.

Texas Regional Science Collaborative Accepting Applications

Science teachers of 5th, 6th, 8th grades, and high school IPC science teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2017-2018 Texas Regional Collaborative (TRC) for Science. Thirty-five teachers will be accepted for the year-long program that will explore the "Chemistry of Matter," and will provide participants with opportunities for collaboration with other teachers in Region 11. Applications are due by February 10.

Additional information is available here.

TEA Wants Your Input in Survey On Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 3 Certification

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is conducting an anonymous survey to obtain stakeholder feedback about the potential addition of a Pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 Educator certification. This would be offered in addition to the existing Early Childhood-Grade 6 Core Subjects certification. Results from the survey will be used to inform agency recommendations to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The survey will be available until February 24, 2017.

Read more about the purpose of the survey on TEA's website.

Access the survey.

TEKS Resource System Conference Seeking Presenters

The Presenter Proposal Application for the 2017 TEKS Resource System Curriculum Conference is now open. Space is limited so submit your application (using the link below) by March 31, in order to be considered. Join our keynote speaker Aric Bostick and 3,000 educators from across the state of Texas in San Antonio, August 1-3, to help our teachers and administrators leave the conference "FIRED UP!" for the new school year.

Presenter Proposal Application

Information about the conference and the daily agenda

Uplifting Educator Stories: Share Your Education Success Story with TEA

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a statewide social media campaign to tell the remarkable stories of Texas educators. Uplifting Educator Stories are those that demonstrate rigorous and rewarding classroom experiences, student achievement, and student human interest going beyond success in a typical class or on a test.

If you have ideas for this project, email the story and photo to Lauren Callahan. A new story will be selected each week and shared statewide via TEA social media accounts using the hashtag #IAmTxEd.

More information here.

What's Happening in Our Schools?

In Birdville ISD, Smithfield Middle School's Battle of The Books team, consisting of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, will be headed to Washington, D.C., in April for the national competition. The teams from Smithfield Middle School and Texas School of for the Blind are the only two Texas teams that will compete nationally. Gallaudet University's Battle of the Books was created to help students improve reading skills. Gallaudet is a university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Washington, D.C.

Three teams from Granbury High School, Granbury ISD, are advancing to the F1 in Schools national competition after winning the top three places at the Texas regional contest in Austin. F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars. The challenge inspires students to use technology to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills, and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive, and exciting way.

A robotics team from Pike Middle School, Northwest ISD, has qualified for the state competition after they earned second place in the Texas Computer Education Association’s Area 11 Robotics Contest. Pike’s Laundrobot robotics team qualified for state in the advanced-level thanks to its Laundrobot invention which can fold a shirt in three to five seconds with the push of a button.

Join Our Social Community and Get Some ESC Region 11 Swag

Stay connected to ESC Region 11 through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, as well as our blogs, and email lists/listservs. Join the ESC Region 11 pages, and/or find the specific group that meets your needs. Browse through the list and click on the one you are interested in joining.

Go to our Facebook page, then "Like" our page. From the page "Likes" we receive on Facebook during the month of February, one lucky person will be selected to receive an ESC Region 11 water bottle. The QR code to the right will take you directly to the FB page.

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