1. School Counselors' Symposium

    Elementary through high school counselors are invited to gather with us as we provide a day of professional learning.   Additionally, participants will be provided the opportunity to participate in discussions related to best practices, cutting edge research-based programs, and the latest updates from the Texas Education Agency regarding counselor roles and responsibilities.

    Topics to include, but are not limited to:

    1. Social & Emotional Wellness
    2. College & Career Readiness
    3. Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention
    4. Safe School Services and Student Support

    In addition to engaging in professional learning, participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues across the region and state.  Invite your principal, social worker, school psychologist, and fellow teachers to attend with you! 

     



  2. CACFP INSPO
    CACFP INSPO is a one-day conference to help Contracting Entities (CEs) meet training requirements, inspire new menu ideas, and learn more about the CACFP.  As CE’s face the challenge of meeting the new meal pattern requirements, it is important to make sure CEs are equipped with tools to succeed.  This year we are excited to bring expert speakers from Texas Department of Agriculture, cooking classes with a culinary chef, and much more!

  3. Child Nutrition Showcase - Raising the Bar
    Join fellow child nutrition professionals at this annual event to explore important issues facing child nutrition programs in schools. Participate in breakout sessions as presenters deliver new and creative ideas for managing federal feeding programs. Participants are invited to stay for the afternoon Region 4 Expo highlighting new and innovative products, equipment, and services that support school food service and promote a healthy environment.

  4. Access to the General Curriculum (AGC) Institute
    Join education professionals at this Institute as we explore evidenced-based practices for creating effective learning environments for all learners. AGC Institute strands will include Solutions 4 accessing academic content, navigating federal and state accountability systems, achieving rigorous state assessment standards, creating 21st century digital learning environments, increasing student engagement, supporting post-secondary transition, and implementing effective inclusive practices. Participants will leave the AGC Institute with practical strategies to promote access to and progress in the general curriculum. The AGC Institute will include general sessions from national speakers, the opportunity to attend concurrent break-out sessions, and our digital café where you can explore digital tools for the classroom. For more information, visit our website at http://www.esc4.net/agci. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.  

  5. Instructional Technology Leadership Academy

    The Instructional Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA) provides a unique opportunity for new or existing professionals and teams to build their capacity as leaders who support technology-enhanced instruction. During our full-day workshop on Day 1, Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad joins us to help develop our skillsets for everyday instructional coaching. Regardless of your coaching model or time constraints, his seven daily drivers help make the coaching experience manageable and successful. Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad has been a teacher, assistant principal, director of curriculum and instruction, university adjunct professor, consultant, and educational strategist. He is a Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and 2016 Apple Teacher. Dr. Lang-Raad is the author of Everyday Instructional Coaching: Seven Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness and co-author of the soon-to-be-released The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics with Robert J. Marzano. All participants will receive a copy of his Everyday Instructional Coaching book to refer to during the Day 1. On Day 2, participants dive into developing personal skill sets within our work of supporting technology-enhanced instruction. All participants will receive lunch on Day 1 of the academy.


  6. Region 4 STEAM Conference

    Explore the power of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) as it applies to real-world connections, creativity through collaboration, and innovation through art and engineering.  This 1-day conference incorporates workshop-style sessions organized by grade bands and identified by STEAM strands, allowing you to personalize your conference experience. Discover innovative ways to make instructional connections that transform engaged students to empowered learners.

    For more information please call Richard Armand at 713.744.6819 or  email Richard.armand@esc4.net


  7. School Safety Summit 2019

    Joint Region 4 ESC and Crime Stoppers Safe School Institute for this 2 day summit on school safety! Topics will include: human trafficking, trauma informed care, transportation, facilities, drug alcohol issues, school health nursing, gangs, internet safety, mental health, juvenile justice, restorative practices, domestic violence, response to active shooter, threat assessment, and many others. 

    This summit is open to school-based law enforcement, school administrators, teachers, counselors, emergency management, safety personnel, and community partners with interest in school safety. 

    More details will be coming!


  8. Signing Exact English (SEE) Skillshop
    This week-long workshop for adult learners is designed to meet the needs of beginning as well as advanced users of Signing Exact English.  Participants will improve their expressive and receptive signing skills, sign vocabulary, visual features of sign language, and song and storytelling techniques.  All skill levels will be addressed through intensive work in level-matched small groups.  Recent research findings on the effectiveness of Signing Exact English will also be presented. Session materials and costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.

  9. Summer Evaluation Institute Preconference

    Attend this preconference to acquire the latest information regarding student evaluation processes. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.

    Speaker:  David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. - author of Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

    The early bird registration fee of $25 is available until March 15, 2019.  After March 15th, the registration fee will change to $35.


  10. Summer Institute- Section 504/ADA
    Attend this one day session to hear from leading national experts about how Section 504/ADA have been interpreted by the courts through recent case law. Learn about similarities and differences among these federal laws and effective ways to identify and serve students under Section 504/ADA.  Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.

  11. Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference
    Register to attend the Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide conference. This annual multi-day conference provides a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced level sessions from nationally invited presenters, district level Assistive Technology (AT) practitioners, and AT vendors. Additionally, an exhibit hall is available to preview the latest technologies. The Texas Assistive Technology Network provides statewide leadership for the provision of AT devices and services for special education students in public schools.


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