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  1. 26th Annual Texas Autism Conference
    The goal of the 26th Annual Texas Autism Conference is to provide parents, educators, and campus leadership with strategies, resources, tools, and evidence-based practices in the education and service of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The conference will include a general keynote address, breakout sessions, and a parent panel discussion.  The event also provides networking opportunities for conference participants to exchange successes, challenges and ideas on how to increase student performance and success in life.

    Sponsored by the Texas Education Agency and coordinated by the Education Service Center, Region 2

    The conference will be held August 2-3, 2018 at San Marcos Convention Center, San Marcos, Texas.
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    Make checks payable to:

    Education Service Center, Region 2
    Attention: Registrar
    209 North Water Street
    Corpus Christi, TX 78401

    For more information about this event please visit the following website: http://txautism.esc2.net

    The conference is open to educators and other professionals who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as parents of students with ASD.

    Cancellation and Payment Policy:

    Please visit the following website: https://txautism.esc2.net/content/cancellation-refund-policy


    Online registration ends Friday, 7/27/2018 @ 4:00p. On-site check-in available as per the schedule below.
    • Wed, 08/01/2018 -- 5:30p to 7:00p
    • Thu, 08/02/2018 -- 7:30a to 5:00p
    Click Here for Livestream registration details.

    Target Audience

    • Educators
    • Related Services
    • Administrators
    • Parents

     


  2. Curriculum Directors Meeting
    Directors from Region 2 will meet regularly throughout the school year to share legislative updates, professional development opportunities, and network with one another.

    This is a closed meeting designed for Region 2 Curriculum Directors only.



  3. Special Education Directors Meeting
    Meeting relating to special education topics for Region 2's special education directors.  Legislative updates, legal updates and professional development opportunities will be shared. 

    This is a closed meeting designed for Region 2 Special Education Directors only.


    If you would like to receive this videoconference remotely at your district, please have your District Technology Coordinator / Site Manager send an email request to dltech@esc2.net at least 3 business days prior to the event.

  4. 2018 Texas Behavior Support State Conference

    The 2018 Texas Behavior Support (TBS) State Conference is offering the option for live-streaming of selected conference sessions to Education Service Centers (ESC).

    The conference theme is PBIS: Serving All Students, Support at All Tiers.

    This live streaming event will allow participants to access national presenters at ESC Region 2 hosted by ESC Region 4..


  5. Improving Student Performance in the Inclusive Setting

    The goal of this workshop is to provide educators with effective high yield strategies to increase positive student outcomes.


  6. Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Full & Individual Evaluation (FIE) to Annual Goal Development
    This workshop offers participants an opportunity to understand: the IEP process (THE BIG PICTURE), the alignment of the FIE, PLAAFP and annual goal, state and federal legal references, specially designed instruction and the link between the PLAAFP and annual goal.

  7. Differentiated Strategies for Diverse Learners
    Because improving student performance is the primary goal for all educators, the diverse needs of learners create many challenges in classrooms today.  This session will provide strategies that are specifically designed to meet the needs of struggling learners. 

  8. Treasuring Our Paraprofessionals (TOPS)

    This three-day training will prepare paraprofessionals to assist in instruction of reading, writing and mathematics.  Additional topics include classroom management and diversity awareness.  Attendance of all three days and the passing grade of 70% or higher on a cumulative assessment are required for a certificate of completion.

    Payment in full is required one week before the start of class. For questions concerning payment, please email ‘workshop@esc2.net’.

  9. Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    This training is designed to target students with disabilities served in general education settings, but will assist teachers with all struggling learners in all setting/grades.

  10. Equity in Gifted Education

    Based on the research of Payne and Slocum, and using the website www.gtequity.org developed by TEA, participants will learn how to ensure equitable access to GT services for their students. Topics will include characteristics of non-traditional students, assessing identification processes, and how to provide learning opportunities to build bright futures for all students through assuring access to GT services for students from diverse populations.

     

    May be used for GT 6 hour update and administrator 6 hour training.


  11. A {R}evoluntionary Approach to Inclusion in an Age of Accountablity

    This workshop will feature guest presenter Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Preschool author and speaker.

    During this professional development and learning event, we'll spend time "re-imagining", "reinventing", and "redefining" the practices that ensure meaningful inclusion of all children. We'll also explore (and challenge) several core concepts related to delivering intentional and tiered instruction to groups of children. 


  12. Pathways to Adulthood

    TxP2P Pathways to Adulthood provides transition support, information and education for families of children with disabilities, chronic illness and other special health care needs


  13. Adapting Instruction for Struggling Early Childhood Learners
    When it comes to educating children, one size does not fit all! We know that not all students learn the same and not all learners need the same amount of support. When considering the Prekindergarten Guidelines, best practice is to incorporate four dimensions of adaptations for early learner success: materials and activities, instructional methods, response type and amount of support. Participants will leave with strategies they can implement on day one to adapt instruction for struggling learners.

  14. VI/O&M Networking
    Participants will discuss state, regional and district concerns and needs for students with visual impairments, in addition to necessary training and events to support our regional schools in core content areas and expanded core curriculum areas.

  15. Calendars and Routines

    Calendars and Routines

    Calendars serve three purposes 1) anticipation of upcoming events, 2) knowledge of changes in routines, 3) trust in an adult’s commitment to follow through on scheduled activities. Routines are a predictable chain of related events used to structure activities which teach a broad range of communication cognition, sensory and social skills. Routines have a clearing beginning, a specific number of steps, a clear ending and same time, same place, same material.

    Participants in this workshop will learn:

    • why use calendars and routines
    • advantages/disadvantages of calendars and routines
    • types of calendars and routines
    • developing calendars and routines
    • access to calendars and routines

  16. Writing and Utilizing Social Stories

    Social Stories help students learn routines, expectations and behavioral standards in an alternative way. They reinforce correct behavior by presenting information in a story format. They provide visual examples of behavior expectations, provides more personalized and tailored behavior interventions, and helps involve students in the learning process. This process works well with students on the autism spectrum, those with significant cognitive disabilities and those with ADD/ADHD.

    Participants in this workshop will learn:

    • how to write social stories
    • learn when to use them throughout the students’ day.
    • have access to resources that would help guide them in using Social Stories within their classroom

  17. Back To School for Teachers with Visual Impairments

    During this series, teachers of students with visual impairments will concentrate on improving their knowledge of assessment and programming for students with visual impairments. This series will allow teachers to network with other professionals in the Region 2 area and develop activities that will be able to be taken back to their district and put into practice.


  18. Language Acquistion Through Motor Planning (LAMP)

    This 2 Day Training is designed to further communication partners using speech generating devices and a motor planning approach.

    Day 1 - LAMP Training

    Participants will learn about the therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principals. Participants will learn the process used in teaching a student with limited communication abilities the progression of speech development through the use of a speech generating devices.

    Day 2 - Moving Forward with LAMP

    Participants will receive some hands-on-time on Accents and IPads. Participants are encouraged to bring their own device if available. Participants have the opportunity to assess current language level, setting goals for developmental progression, and analyzing data logging. A variety of supports, such as expanding vocabulary in natural environments, modeling, teaching the motor plan, and how to use aided language input will also be discussed during this training.


  19. VI Make and Take
    Participants will be able to create accommodated activities for visually impaired students on their caseload based on IEP goals and objectives or accommodations as requested by ARD.

  20. The Impact of Guardianship Reforms on Transition Planning

    This course is intended to provide training to families, educators and transition designees on the impact of the guardianship reforms enacted by the 84th Legislature on transition planning. 

    This training will focus on alternatives to guardianship such as supported decision-making and supports and services which could be utilized to avoid the necessity of a guardianship.  

    To prepare students with disabilities for supported decision-making and other alternatives to guardianship, educational programs must be developed to help students maximize their self-determination and engage in meaningful decision-making.


  21. We Should ALL have 18+ Programs: What is Legal, Appropriate, and Results-Driven?
    If you have students who are between the ages of 18-21 on an IEP and served by your school district, then you have an 18+ program whether you know it or not. Participants will evaluate the adult special education services using Quality Indicators for 18+ and determine priority needs for improved services for students 18-21. Participants will also receive data collection tools to facilitate improved programming and post-school results. 

  22. Making Sense of Transition Assessment and It's Role in Post-School Results
    Transition assessment is the foundation of transition planning.  There are so many tools available, it can be unclear which assessment to use and when.  Participants will learn how to organize assessment tools into a long-term structured process, the decision-making process for transition assessment, and the development of the IEP for Transition Services.  In addition, the mysterious Functional Vocational Evaluation will be addressed. 

  23. ECI Coordination Meeting
    This meeting is to update coordination efforts between LEAs and ECI.


209 North Water St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401-2528
phone: (361)561-8400 fax:(361)883-3442