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  1. ParaPros Make the Difference
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for special education services, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers.
  2. Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship By Google
    Be Internet Awesome is a program from Google that aims to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. It includes a robust classroom curriculum, resources for parents, and Interland, an adventure-packed game for kids. In this online training you will explore the 5 fundamental elements designed to help students stay safe on the internet!
  3. Online Google Level 2 Educator Certification Course
    This course is for intermediate to advanced users! Participants need to have experience working with Google products. Participants are encouraged to have passed Google Level 1 prior to this training. In this training you will experience challenges that will help prepare you for the Google Educator Level 2 Exam. After the training you will need to register and take the exam. The exam will take 3 hours to complete. The exam fee for level 1 is $25. Region 16 will not be responsible for paying for the cost of your exam.
  4. Online Google Level 1 Educator Certification Course
    This course is for intermediate to advanced users! Participants need to have experience working with Google products. In this training you will experience challenges that will help prepare you for the Google Educator Level 1 Exam. After the training you will need to register and take the exam. The exam will take 3 hours to complete. The exam fee for level 1 is $10. Region 16 will not be responsible for paying for the cost of your exam.
  5. AHOY! A Pirates Take at a Cellular Digital Breakout
    Come join the crew and solve a cellular problem before you have to walk the plank. In this online course, participants will complete 10 activities that will lead them to clues to save them from walking the plank. These activities showcase Texas cell standards (4.ABC). After experiencing this online session, participants can easily convert for classroom use by using the breakout events as templates.
  6. GT Online: Assessing the Needs of G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  7. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  8. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers 19-20
    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section. Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.
  9. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students 19-20
    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  10. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education 19-20
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
Upcoming Sessions
  1. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    Region 16 New Trustee Training Video
  2. AAS/GT Focus on Curriculum, Part III
    This training provides 6 AAS/GT hours toward the 30 hour requirement, as set by the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Section 4.1.1C in accordance with TAC 89.2 (1). Participants will examine differentiated instruction through the lens of Bloom’s Taxonomy and grade level TEKS.
  3. AAS/GT 6 hour update: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Gifted Learners
    This mandatory training meets the Texas State Plan requirement, Section 4.2C for teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district's defined gifted/talented services to receive 6 hour annually of professional development in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher education standards. Participants will explore and evaluate the connection between RtI (each tier) and appropriate interventions for gifted learners at each tier.
  4. AAS/GT Focus on Gifted Curriculum, Part I
    This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1)specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. Participants will learn and practice skills for differentiating curriculum for gifted learners, as well review the TPSP for use with gifted students in their classrooms.
  5. AAS/GT Focus on Gifted Curriculum, Part II
    This training provides 6 AAS/GT hours toward the 30 hour requirement, as set by the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Section 4.1.1C in accordance with TAC 89.2(1). Participants will learn and practice using elements of depth and complexity and other strategies for working with gifted learners.
  6. AAS/GT Identification of Gifted Learners
    This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1)specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. Legal issues, nominating, assessing, and placing students in gifted programs will be addressed in this workshop.
  7. AAS/GT Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners
    This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1)specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  8. How to Create a Google Form
    This on demand course will guide you through creating a simple Google form. It has step-by-step instructions. Give it a try!
  9. Paraprofessional Training
    This online course will help lay a foundation for paraprofessionals as they work toward “highly qualified status” according to the requirements of No Child Left Behind. This course includes three components: Reading, Writing, and Math. Participants will work through activities before taking an evaluation in each of the components. Upon receiving a passing score of 70 or above on each of the 3 evaluations, participants will receive 6 continuing professional education (CPE) credits for the session. Districts make the final determination of “highly qualified status” for all paraprofessionals according to their Board Policy.
  10. ParaPros Make the Difference
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for special education services, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers.
  11. PBIS Administrator Overview
    PBIS is decision-making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students. The PBIS Administrators’ Readiness online training will familiarize administrative staff with the PBIS framework components and concepts for beginning implementation of PBIS at the school-wide level (SWPBIS). Tools and resources are provided for assessing the readiness of a school campus to build a PBIS culture to support academic and behavioral success for students.
  12. AHOY! A Pirates Take at a Cellular Digital Breakout
    Come join the crew and solve a cellular problem before you have to walk the plank. In this online course, participants will complete 10 activities that will lead them to clues to save them from walking the plank. These activities showcase Texas cell standards (4.ABC). After experiencing this online session, participants can easily convert for classroom use by using the breakout events as templates.
  13. Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship By Google
    Be Internet Awesome is a program from Google that aims to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. It includes a robust classroom curriculum, resources for parents, and Interland, an adventure-packed game for kids. In this online training you will explore the 5 fundamental elements designed to help students stay safe on the internet!
  14. ELAR Book Study
    Join our Book Study Community through Facebook: Like Region 16 ELAR Book Club.
  15. G/T Online: Administrator/Counselor Training
    In this course, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed. The objectives will be met through online research and examination of district information and practices. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students and meets Texas state requirements for 6-hour G/T administrator and counselor training.
  16. G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  17. G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. You will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for the design of curricula for gifted students and what best instructional practices should be followed. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  18. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education 19-20
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
  19. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students 19-20
    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  20. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers 19-20
    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section. Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.
  21. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  22. GT Online: Assessing the Needs of G/T Students 19-20
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  23. Online Google Level 1 Educator Certification Course
    This course is for intermediate to advanced users! Participants need to have experience working with Google products. In this training you will experience challenges that will help prepare you for the Google Educator Level 1 Exam. After the training you will need to register and take the exam. The exam will take 3 hours to complete. The exam fee for level 1 is $10. Region 16 will not be responsible for paying for the cost of your exam.
  24. Online Google Level 2 Educator Certification Course
    This course is for intermediate to advanced users! Participants need to have experience working with Google products. Participants are encouraged to have passed Google Level 1 prior to this training. In this training you will experience challenges that will help prepare you for the Google Educator Level 2 Exam. After the training you will need to register and take the exam. The exam will take 3 hours to complete. The exam fee for level 1 is $25. Region 16 will not be responsible for paying for the cost of your exam.
  25. Paraprofessional Training
    This online course will help lay a foundation for paraprofessionals as they work toward “highly qualified status” according to the requirements of No Child Left Behind. This course includes three components: Reading, Writing, and Math. Participants will work through activities before taking an evaluation in each of the components. Upon receiving a passing score of 70 or above on each of the 3 evaluations, participants will receive 6 continuing professional education (CPE) credits for the session. Districts make the final determination of “highly qualified status” for all paraprofessionals according to their Board Policy.
  26. ParaPros Make the Difference
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for special education services, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers.
  27. PBIS Administrator Overview
    PBIS is decision-making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students. The PBIS Administrators’ Readiness online training will familiarize administrative staff with the PBIS framework components and concepts for beginning implementation of PBIS at the school-wide level (SWPBIS). Tools and resources are provided for assessing the readiness of a school campus to build a PBIS culture to support academic and behavioral success for students.

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