1. TDA/Region 4 Child Nutrition Summer Workshop - Growing Healthy Texans
    Join fellow child nutrition professionals at this annual event to attend training sessions related to managing compliant school nutrition programs.  Receive updates and guidance on operating the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and After School Care Programs to comply with federal and state guidelines.  Topics include counting and claiming reimbursable meals, offer versus serve, eligibility guidance, food production records, meal pattern requirements, menu planning, kitchen math and HACCP.  

  2. TexQuest Mini-Conference

    The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) offers state supported digital resources for K-12 public and open enrollment charter schools.

    • Learn about the new additions to the TexQuest program and resources to promote and integrate TexQuest resources into the curriculum.
    • Find instructional material to support curriculum including articles from reference books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as images, videos, and full text, simultaneous access eBooks.
    • Support differentiation and accommodations with features including text to speech, translations, TEKS alignment, and Google® functionality.
    • Explore authoritative, credible resources for student-centered investigation, exploration, and research.

    Traditional breakout sessions from TexQuest Providers will include Britannica, EBSCO eBooks, Gale, ProQuest SIRS Discoverer, and TeachingBooks.net.

    Round Table sessions will provide professional growth with each participant as a key contributor and collaborator sharing ideas, success stories, and strategies around TexQuest.

    Participants will need to bring their own device.


  3. Summer Evaluation Institute 2018 Preconference & Conference
    Register for the Summer Evaluation Institute 2018 Preconference and Conference together and save on registration fees!! Separate registration cost is $160!

    Attend the preconference (1-day) and conference (2-days) to acquire the latest information related to comprehensive and integrated evaluations of students, and promote knowledge and application of best practices in the area of student evaluation. Topics include ELL/Bilingual, autism, early childhood, reading & writing, behavior, response to intervention, communication, brain rules & school success, and legal issues. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.

    Preconference speaker & topic: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D. - Best Practices in Assessment of ELLs with Potential Language Impairment

    Conference speakers and topics include:

    Marilyn J. Monteiro, Ph.D., LP, LSSP - Autism Evaluation Methods and Differential Diagnosis Issues

    G. Thomas Schanding, Jr., Ph.D., NCSP, LP, LSSP - Early Childhood: Eligibility Decision-Making and Considerations for Inclusion

    Sherry Sancibrian, M.S., CCC-SLP - Assessing Communication Skills for Low Incidence Populations and Brain Science & School Success

    Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D. - Case Study Analysis of ELLs with Language Impairment

    Jan Cook, Dyslexia Specialist, Region 4 - Reading & Writing

    Amy Ten Napel, LSSP - Practical & Proactive Strategies for Behavior Assessment and Intervention

    Andrea Ogonosky, Ph.D., LP - RtI-Sustainable Systems of Support: Data Analysis to Integrate into PSW Analysis

    Ellen Kester, CCC-SLP - Determining Whether Language Concerns for Bilingual Students are a Difference or Disorder and Easy & Effective Dynamic Assessment Procedures

    Paula Maddox Roalson, Attorney - Legal Issues Related to Evaluation


  4. Fiscal Compliance and Funding Conference
    Join us for two exciting days of federal and state funding!  The first day will be a federal perspective with our keynote Tiffany Winters-Kesslar, Esq. from Brustein and Manasevit, Attorneys.   Our second day will be a state focus with Cory Green as the morning keynote and strands addressing CTE, IDEA, ESSA, Title, & SEFA/CAFR.  Lunch will be provided each day and each participant will receive an EDGAR book.

  5. 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 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!

  6. 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!

  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

    DLC Logo

    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 visit the DLC website, call 713.744.6819, or email Richard.Armand@esc4.net.

    This year's conference features two exciting keynote speakers:

    The DLC Opening Keynote will be Alice Keeler.

    Alice Keeler

    Alice Keeler holds a master’s degree in educational media design and technology and is a Google Certified Educator, New Media Consortium K–12 ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and LEC Administrator and Online & Blended certified educator. She is coauthor of the books 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom and 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom, a Student-Centered Approach.

    The DLC Closing Keynote will be Michael Matera.

    Michael Matera

    Michael Matera is an engaging, fun, and inspiring nationwide speaker who delivers keynotes, workshops, and small-group professional development to teachers and administrators. Additionally, he is the author of Explore like a Pirate, a highly practical book on incorporating gamification and game-inspired course design into any classroom.

    ALL ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF ALICE KEELER'S BOOK

    50 THINGS TO GO FURTHER WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM, 
    A STUDENT-CENTERED APPROACH
    !

    Book Cover: 50 THINGS TO GO FURTHER WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM,
A STUDENT-CENTERED APPROACH


  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 two intensive workshops provided by national speakers on Day 1, all participants will be engaged in developing their skill sets as instructional coaches and shifting their thinking regarding marketing themselves and their services to others. On Day 2, participants dive into developing their personal skill sets in the areas of instructional design and EdTech pedagogical best practices. To promote success and collective efficacy, Day 2 also provides collaboration time for teams and individuals to grow mindsets in light of new learning and create actionable steps to increase their impact on classroom instruction.


  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. 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.  

  12. 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.

    This year, we welcome Sylvia Libow Martinez as our keynote speaker. Sylvia is co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the "bible of the classroom movement." She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She is president of CMK Futures, creating books and professional development to help educators invent the future of learning.

    Sylvia is also principal advisor to the Stanford University FabLearn Fellows, a research group of global educators sharing hands-on, minds-on projects and curriculum. She also led educational non-profits and headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies.

    Sylvia started her career as an electrical engineer designing high frequency receiver systems and software for the GPS navigational satellite system. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.

    All attendees will receive a copy of her book, "Invent to Learn: Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom"

    For more information please visit the DL conference website, or call Richard Armand at 713.744.6819 or  email Richard.armand@esc4.net


  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.

    Topic:  Best Practices in Assessment of ELLs with Potential Language Impairment

    Speaker:  Celeste Roseberry McKibbin, Ph.D.

    Please note that you are registering for the SEI 2018 Preconference only.  If you are planning to attend both the preconference and the conference, you can save $25 by registering for Session #1371160-Summer Evaluation Institute 2018 Preconference and Conference.


  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.

  17. Texas Behavior Support State Conference
    Build knowledge and skills for districts, campuses, and educators in the use of positive behavior supports for students. Explore the relationships among discipline, behavior management, and achievement, and identify strategies and supports to promote access to and participation in the general curriculum. Consider how culture, research, and promising practices can inform implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants.

  18. Texas Behavior Support State Conference - Administrator Pre-Conference
    Join administrators from across the state to receive an overview on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in a one day preconference for the Texas Behavior Support State Conference.  Learn about the multi-tiered system of supports designed to increase student academic achievement while decreasing student discipline.  Presenters will include national, state and regional professionals.


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