Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

April 29, 2015

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Please take a few minutes to watch the video, announcing theNetwork's Second Annual Charter School Summer Summit. Watch the video here.

Administrators and Instructional Leaders

Leadership Development

“If we are serious about teacher quality, we need to make a universal commitment to training and engaging instructional coaches and teacher mentors to regularly observe teachers, debrief with them, and help them set challenging personal goals. We also need to reorient our teacher-evaluation systems away from punitive ‘valuation’ and toward support for improvement.”

“Problems with Teaching Lie in the Profession” by Jack Schneider in Education Week, April 15, 2015 (Vol. 34, #27, p. 20-21),

Read more from the Leadership Development Blog.

Distance Learning

The National Archives at Fort Worth, a Connect2Texas provider, is featuring Sammie the eagle to introduce young students (K-2) to the concept of symbols and highlight American symbols. The videoconference will include a look at primary sources from the National Archives, including the Great Seal of the United States. Students will have the opportunity to discuss which symbols they would use to represent themselves on their own Great Seal. To request this videoconference before schools is out, contact Jenny Sweeney at the National Archives at Fort Worth.

Emergency Management Teams

The Texas School Safety Center, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, will present a Texas School Emergency Planning workshop at ESC Region 11 on May 19-20. These interactive workshops are designed to help districts define and develop comprehensive high-quality emergency management plans and processes.The Texas School Safety Center will pay for up to two nights' lodging at the contracted hotel on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more here. Register here.


The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) and Fastanal are hosting an open house for ESC Region 11 business and purchasing professionals on Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m. The open house will be held at the new Fastenal Distribution Center in Denton. Visit with national vendors at their booths and take a tour of the new Fastenal facility. Lunch will be provided by Fastenal and TCPN. RSVPs are requested for lunch. More information and RSVP here.


Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference on June 11

To continually improve teaching and learning, educators must engage in ongoing professional development and networking. Summer can be a prime time for exploring and refining practices. ESC Region 11 Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference on June 11, may provide just what you need to prepare you for a successful 2015-2016 school year. Download the flyer for more information.

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. Any teacher wishing to participate should register by Sunday, May 3, 2015. Candidate registration information will be provided to the school districts that attend the fair. Registration and more information here.

Superintendents, District and School Administrators

Legislative Brief Workshop

A half-day workshop on state and federal legislation will be held on May 13 at ESC Region 11. The workshop will begin with an overview of the 84th Texas Legislative Session and its impact on roles and responsibilities of school business officials. Other discussion will include updates on federal regulations, such as the Affordable Care Act and the OMB Uniform Grant Guidance. Please register on the TASBO website.

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