Cognition and Acquisition of Math Competence: Chris Woodin Grades 6-8

May 12, 2917

Learning math can be challenging, especially for students who have specific learning disabilities.  Language skills, executive functioning, motor planning, and math-specific visual processing skills all play a role in acquiring math competency.  Specific deficits and their resulting impact will be explored. Methods will be presented that use minimum language demands and whole-to-part, multi-modal strategies to help students express, relate, store, and retrieve information efficiently.

The morning will focus on research and information, in the afternoon teachers will see the strategies in action. Dr. Woodin will target algebra TEKS in these activities with an eye to the concepts of slope and rate of change. Our target audience is grade 6 through Algebra, Math teachers and those who support struggling Math learners.

Dr. Woodin is the Mathematics Department Head at the Landmark School. A grade 2-12 school serving students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

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Beat the Heat 2017

June 21-22, 2017

ESC Region 13's Beat the Heat is a multi-day professional development opportunity for educators who work with children ages 3-21 with significant disabilities.

Day 1 features full day in-depth sessions from national presenters on topics including:  Challenging Behavior, Communication/AAC, Individualized Instruction, Transition and more! Day 2 follows the popular traditional format of a keynote speaker and breakout sessions on best practices featuring area professionals and ESC staff. Content for breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers. This year's keynote speaker is Dan Habib discussing his most recent documentary "Intelligent Lives".

Topics include:

  • Curriculum & Instruction;
  • Classroom Management & Organization;
  • Behavior;
  • Autism;
  • Communication;
  • Assistive Technology;
  • Sensory Motor;
  • Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) 

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Instructional Coaching Conference 2017

June 26-28, 2017

Coaches need Coaches. Join a band of instructional leaders as Region 13 hosts the inaugural Instructional Coaching Conference! ICC is an all-access pass to collaborate, reflect, and refine your coaching practice through multiple interactive opportunities.

Amp up your learning at this three day conference, which will include 40+ learning opportunities relevant to coaching, leadership and motivation. All content will be centered on our balanced coaching framework and learning strands that will highlight the four elements of an effective instructional coach. #ICCTX

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