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. 2018 Region 4 Bilingual ESL Conference
    Educators will expand their knowledge with evidence-based strategies and research-based information designed for working with English Language Learners (ELLs). Presentations will be framed around relevant topics that directly impact the academic success of ELLs. Session topics will address dual language, transitioning from L1 to L2, sheltered instruction, assessment, and technology.

  3. TexQuest Learning 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.


  4. 19th Annual Region 4 Dyslexia Conference
    This annual conference features various sessions in relation to dyslexia, including research, response to intervention, assessment, accommodations, legal issues, and much more.  The goal of the conference is to bring current and practical information to a diverse audience of teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, speech language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, and others.

  5. 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.  

  6. 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


  7. Houston Metropolitan Educational Diagnostician Association Conference
    Houston Metropolitan Educational Diagnosticians Association (Hou-Met), a local chapter of the Texas Educational Diagnosticians Association (TEDA), promotes professionalism, excellence, and continuing growth for diagnosticians to provide individuals with disabilities quality educational services in the Houston-Metropolitan area. The purpose of this conference is to provide the latest information on evaluation for eligibility and facilitate networking opportunities for school personnel involved in the evaluation of children with disabilities. Attend this annual conference to learn more about current special education evaluation issues.

  8. 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.  

  9. Reader’s Workshop for Secondary ELA Students: Reading Conferences and Feedback.
    My students are finally reading, now what? Explore different ways to formatively assess and question students about what they are reading. Use conferencing to drive your small group instruction, and explore techniques and strategies to use while students are reading.

  10. Reader’s Workshop for Secondary ELA Students: Reading Conferences and Feedback.
    My students are finally reading, now what? Explore different ways to formatively assess and question students about what they are reading. Use conferencing to drive your small group instruction, and explore techniques and strategies to use while students are reading.

  11. Region 4 ESC Annual Reading and Writing Conference
    The Annual Reading and Writing Conference will offer sessions on various topics including the reading and writing connection, genre integration, critical thinking skills, technology incorporation, differentiation, reaching struggling learners, and many other areas. Presentations will be given by invited speakers, district staff, and Region 4 specialists.

  12. Region 4 Mathematics Conference: Cornerstones for Success (Grades 6-8)
    Join other mathematics educators for this one-day conference focused on creating meaningful mathematics experiences and effective learning possibilities for every math student. Attend up to 6 mini-sessions that provide tools such as classroom-ready activities that bridge concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations of key mathematics concepts, strategies that include all learners, and technology-based activities.

  13. Region 4 Mathematics Conference: Cornerstones for Success (Grades 9-12)
    Join other mathematics educators for this one-day conference focused on creating meaningful mathematics experiences and effective learning possibilities for every math student. Attend up to 6 mini-sessions that provide tools such as classroom-ready activities that bridge concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations of key mathematics concepts, strategies that include all learners, and technology-based activities.

  14. Region 4 Mathematics Conference: Cornerstones for Success (Grades K-5)
    Join other mathematics educators for this one-day conference focused on creating meaningful mathematics experiences and effective learning possibilities for every math student. Attend up to six mini-sessions that provide tools such as classroom-ready activities that bridge concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations of key mathematics concepts, strategies that include all learners, and technology-based activities.

  15. Region 4 Science Conference
    Join other science educators for a one-day science conference to explore K-12 instructional strategies, assessment, and technology applications in science. Participate in research-based student learning strategies that integrate inquiry investigation with hands-on activities, collaborative and cooperative methods, and the 5E instructional model.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Writer’s Workshop for Secondary ELA Students: Writing Conferences and Feedback
    Acquire strategies to improve your writing conferences with your secondary students. Novice and experienced teachers will learn how to provide feedback and conference with students in a variety of ways. Ideas and suggestions for implementation of the writing conference and maximization of time will be addressed. These specific models of conferencing and peer editing can be implemented immediately.

  20. Writer’s Workshop for Secondary ELA Students: Writing Conferences and Feedback
    Acquire strategies to improve your writing conferences with your secondary students. Novice and experienced teachers will learn how to provide feedback and conference with students in a variety of ways. Ideas and suggestions for implementation of the writing conference and maximization of time will be addressed. These specific models of conferencing and peer editing can be implemented immediately.


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