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. SHIFT: Beyond Traditional Instruction
    Make a choice to make the shift! Experience hands-on sessions that provide just-in-time training to better meet the learning needs of all students. This one-day mini-conference offers a menu of three sessions that provide pedagogically-sound approaches to designing student-centered instruction. All session choices are designed using the Four C's as a lens; Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical-thinking skills. Participants pre-select two 3-hour sessions to best meet their own personal learning needs. If you are ready to shift your mind, skill, and tool sets, this training is for you!

  3. SHIFT: Beyond Traditional Instruction II
    Make a choice to make the shift! Experience hands-on sessions that provide just-in-time training to better meet the learning needs of all students. This one-day mini-conference offers a menu of six sessions that provide pedagogically-sound approaches to designing student-centered instruction. All session choices are designed using the Four C's as a lens; Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical-thinking skills. Participants pre-select two 3-hour sessions to best meet their own personal learning needs. If you are ready to shift your mind, skill, and tool sets, this training is for you!

  4. Region 4 Bilingual ESL Conference
    Educators will expand their knowledge with evidence-based information designed for working with English Learners (ELs). Presentations will be framed around culturally relevant topics that impact the affective, linguistic, and cognitive domains of ELs. Session topics will address dual language, transitioning from L1 to L2, sheltered instruction, assessment, and technology.

  5. Summer Workshop July 31, 2019 - Day 1

    Join fellow school nutrition professionals to enhance skills and expand knowledge of managing and operating the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Participants may choose from a variety of interactive training sessions focusing on key topics such as eligibility, counting reimbursable meals, food production records, Offer versus Serve, meal patterns, and menu planning. Continuing education credits will be provided to help meet annual program training requirements.



  6. Summer Workshop August 1, 2019 - Day 2

    Join fellow school nutrition professionals to enhance skills and expand knowledge of managing and operating the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Participants may choose from a variety of interactive training sessions focusing on key topics such as eligibility, counting reimbursable meals, food production records, Offer versus Serve, meal patterns, and menu planning. Continuing education credits will be provided to help meet annual program training requirements.



  7. 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.  

  8. DLC: Connect • Empower • Transform

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    Transform education in innovative ways! Connect the classroom and the global world. Empower students to discover their own personal path to learning. Transform education using innovative instructional practices. The Digital Learning Conference features sessions by invited speakers, district educators, and Region 4 specialists to help you ConnectEmpowerTransform. For more information please call 713.744.6819, or email Richard.Armand@esc4.net.


  9. 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.


  10. Post-Conference: Access to the General Curriculum (AGC) Institute
    Join education professionals at the AGC Institute Post-Conference as we explore topics related to evidenced-based practices for supporting all learners. AGC Institute Post-Conference topics will include solutions for accessing academic content, increasing student engagement and self-advocacy, and implementing effective practices that support students with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life. Participants will leave the AGC Institute Post-Conference with practical strategies to promote access to and progress in the general curriculum. For more information, visit our website at http://www.esc4.net/agci. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.  

  11. 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


  12. Regional 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. 

    EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS May 15, 2019

    *Special Community Event June 10: Join us during lunch to view first responder agencies, including Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol and helicopter, LCC K-9 comfort dogs, and more coming! Come see what resources are available for your school/community events. 

     

     

     


  13. 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.

  14. 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.


  15. 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.

  16. 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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