Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools
Sept. 30, 2015
ESC Today is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays.
Take a minute to watch this video about BrightBytes Clarity, a service included with the Administrative Services Contract.
Administrators - BrightBytes Clarity Fall Refresh due
Digital Learning - VoiceThread
VoiceThread is available to every district and charter school in ESC Region 11 through the Educational Technology Digital Learning Contract. VoiceThread can be a highly powerful tool to facilitate communication and collaboration at all instructional levels and across content areas. Click here for a great introduction to VoiceThread.
If your district is ready to get started with VoiceThread, please contact Linda McDonald for assistance.
Distance Learning - REATA Robots
Attending school isn't possible for some students because of injuries, extended illnesses, or physical challenges. WIth Region Eleven Assistive Technology Access, or REATA Robots, homebound students virtually attend classes, actively participate in lessons, and stay connected to their teachers and peers. This service helps students stay current on classwork, but it also provides social benefits that can improve student morale.
Find out more about REATA Robots, including how districts benefit from using it with homebound students.
K-8 Math Teachers, Instructional Leaders
Science Teachers with Science Clubs...Want to Try a Virtual Science Club?
Connect2 Texas (RETN) and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History want to help inspire a love of science in students throughout the Region. Through videoconferencing, you and your students will have the opportunity to participate in this virtual collaboration of students throughout Region 11. The focus will be on science topics that support the work you are doing in the classroom. Club meetings are set for every other week, with Tuesdays designated for grades 3-6, and Thursdays designated for grades 5-8. Although the program targets these grade levels, other grades are welcome to participate.
For complete information on the Virtual Science Club, please view the flier here.
As a result of your discussion at last month’s Superintendents’ Advisory Council meeting, ESC Region 11 is creating a video series showcasing some of the terrific things our districts are doing. This new video series is a great opportunity for our Region 11 districts to join together in an effort to spotlight exciting, positive stories going on right here in north Texas. For more details, or to find out how YOUR district can be featured in this series, please visit our website for the email sent out by Communications Coordinator Lori Burton.
SPOTLIGHT on the Website - Business Center
We will be scanning the ESC website for programs or services pages with extraordinary content, visual appeal, and ease of use for viewers. Selected Web pages will be spotlighted here.
If you find a a department or program page particularly helpful and user-friendly, please let us know so we can spotlight it. Email the Communications Department here.
House Bill 2610 (Required Instruction Time)
The 84th Legislature amended Texas Education Code, §25.081, by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction and replacing this language with a requirement that districts provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess. The bill also allows school districts to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, fuel curtailment, or another calamity.
For more information, check the House Bill 2610 Frequently Asked Questions from TEA's website.
Texas secures conditional ESEA waiver for 2015-2016
The U.S. Department of Education has approved the state’s request for renewal of flexibility from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, through the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
However, federal officials also indicated that the state must meet specific conditions to continue ESEA flexibility beyond 2015-2016, placing Texas on "high-risk status." ESEA flexibility beyond this school year would be dependent on the state meeting specific conditions that would require statewide use of specific teacher and principal evaluation and support systems as well as utilizing them to inform personnel decisions at the local level.
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