Cheryl Myers
Education Specialist

project pathway transitioning students from high school to college or the working world

We're Helping Students find their paths.

Project Pathway is a program operated by the Homeless Education Program here at Region 13. Project pathway prepares students to progress into adulthood by providing college and career guidance along with tools for post sectondary proficiency and life skills.



What we Offer


Help us Help Students in Need

Project Pathway is a free service provided to students in need. The project relies on partnerships with local businesses and the generosity of donations. We welcome contributions of goods, services, and time. We are interested in opportunities to increase the Project Pathway students' understanding of the world around them, and encourage them to become productive and self-sufficient citizens. If you're a business or individual looking to offer your support, please contact us.

Get in Touch Offer your Help


Contact Us

Anna Warren
(512) 919-5238

Janet Palms
(512) 919-5278

Tenative Schedule of Support:

Service When Time Commitment/Location Quantity
Orientation Beginning of School year 2-3 hour face-to-face @ campus/district 1 session
Campus Site Visit Fall and Spring Semesters ½ day face-to-face @ campus 2 visits
Pivotal Leadership Coaching As determined by Leader & Coach 1 hour phone call or virtual meeting 6 calls
Community of Leaders Networking Meetings October, January, and March 3 hours for each meeting @ Region 13 ESC 3 meetings
Targeted New Administrator Meetings October, January, and March 2 hours for each meeting @ Region 13 ESC 3 Meetings


Program Fees:


Registration: Currently open for the 2017-18 school year.

Register Now


new administrator academy news letter



teachers with booksThe New Administrator Academy (NAA) is a year-long program designed to support new campus leaders through their first year or two of decision-making on a campus.  The Academy kicks off with an Orientation meeting in early September where each participant is paired up with a Pivotal Leadership Coach.

Every new administrator in the Academy will attend a targeted New Administrator meeting followed by a Community of Leaders Network meeting in October, January, and March.  There will also be a Fall and a Spring campus site visit, each being a half day. 

The six coaching calls will be scheduled and arranged by the new campus administrator and will typically be spread out through the entire school year.  The design of the program is to give each new campus administrator the support he/she needs to develop into a dynamic campus leader.

The New Administrator Academy (NAA) is for leaders new to their role or new to the district or campus.  If you are a first- through third-year campus administrator, you are encouraged to join the New Administrator Academy to gain coaching and mentoring that will help you reach an even higher leadership administrator academy at esc region 13

Region 13 offers a web portal for the purpose of providing a way to submit, track and close support requests. It’s in an early stage of development, but ready to use.

For the sake of tracking, we recommend that the district use this portal for support request whenever possible.  We do suggest that urgent issues always be handled via a phone call or text (we still request that you follow up the call with a ticket request).

Our portal will be accessible to a single district account. This way, the users of this account can see all open requests and history. For the sake of support system notifications, please complete the following:

  1. Create, within your email system, an email account named: (i.e.            
  2. Create forwarders so messages sent to this account will be forwarded to all district personnel that will access this system.

You may now log into: Region 13 Service Desk

                Password: (you should change this at first login).

If you have any questions, or need further clarification, feel free to reach out to any of our team members


Region 13 has always been an unofficial source of technical support to its Internet Access Service Customers.  Due to many requests and much interest, we’ve added a more in depth service to better support those district’s needs.  Our goal is to help districts by providing expertise, and or supplementing the expertise already in house. The purpose of this document is to help draw a distinction between what we provide for free, and what needs to be provided through an upgrade to our premium support plan.

We offer a support portal that allows you to open, follow, and close requests for technical help.  For instruction on how to set up and access the system, please visit Support Portal Account Instructions and to access the portal Region 13 Service desk

Standard Support

Includes support and troubleshooting for problems that cause an internet access issue for a district and is a part of the Region 13 Internet Access Agreement.  Included but not limited to, the network edge (firewall/router/switch), web-filtering, DNS servers, and any network connectivity problems.  In addition, when time allows, Region 13 support personnel will be happy to advise and help with basic internal questions.  When more in-depth support is required, our Premium Support is available.

Examples of Standard Support include, but are not limited to, the following scenarios:

Premium Support

Is designed for districts who need the attention of an IT professional on a regular basis, to help with technology projects, desktop support, and the support of all other related technology.

Examples of Premium Support include, but are not limited to, the following:

Note:   A four hour “bank” of remote “Premium Support” is provided annually to TXED Network customers at no cost. Calls that require remote access or more than 15 minutes of attention are considered premium support and must be deducted from the customer’s bank (including the 4 free hours provided annually)




This Agreement is entered into by and between the Education Service Center Region 13 (hereinafter ESC Region 13) and _________________________________ Independent School District.


The purpose of the Agreement is to provide professional technical services to Participating Districts to meet their computer maintenance, networking, mobile devices, servers, and/or other technical needs, above and beyond our standard level of support. 


To view a description of the Standard and Premium Support Services please visit the Description of Support Services Page .



THEREFORE, NOW BE IT AGREED that the undersigned Participating District in return for the payment of the consideration stated below and subject to all terms of this Agreement, does hereby agree to the following terms, conditions, and general provisions:


                                                                                                 TERMS AND CONDITIONS


1.  Term of the Contract:

The term of the Agreement is from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.

2.  Termination of the Contract:

Either party to this Memorandum of Agreement may terminate this agreement by providing written notice to the other party fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the date of termination.  In the event of termination ESC Region 13 shall determine the Direct calendar days prior to the date of termination.  In the event of termination ESC Region 13 shall determine the direct and indirect costs incurred to the date of termination and the Participating District shall pay ESC Region 13 that amount.

3.  Role of the ESC Region 13:

The purpose of this contract is to provide certified technical services to the Participating District to meet their computer maintenance, networking, servers, and/or any other technical needs.  This contract includes remote and on-site support as needed.  The district will schedule On-Site support with a technical service specialist

  All day support

The technical services specialist will arrive at 8:30 AM and depart n 4:00 PM, the time includes a one hour lunch taken between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. All on-site visits include a travel charge as follows:

-  A district within 30 miles of Education Service Center Region 13 will be billed at one-half hour of balance/credit.
-  A district outside of 30 miles of the Education Service Center Region 13 will be billed at one hour of balance/credit.

  For remote support

A technical services specialist is available between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday except on ESC Region 13 Staff Days. Unless agreed upon by both parties prior to work being performed, work outside of these hours will be charged at a rate of 1.5 to 1 meaning that each hour will be counted as 1.5 hours and 2 to 1 during Weekends and Holidays.


The technical services specialist will minimally document the work performed for the purpose of keeping track of hours used.  This is done in order to maximize the time spent fixing issues and not documenting.  If the Participating District wishes to have detailed documentation they should send an email to with a subject of “R13 Tech Support extended documentation” and include in the body of the email the extent of the documentation desired.  The time spent on extended documentation will be tracked as part of the support hours and subtracted from contracted hours. 

Contractual agreement will include:

XX Hours of technical support at $XX per hour.  Extra hours may be scheduled by mutual agreement by both authorized parties listed on the last page of this agreement.   The amount per hour for extra time will be defined at the time of the mutual agreement and a new contract will need to be signed.

Completion and Submission of Services:

ESC Region 13 Technology Services Department keeps track of the hours used for this contract.  At any time, the Participating District may request the number of hours used and the available documentation for those hours. 

If additional contract hours are purchased in the same school year, those hours will be added to the contract hours already documented for the year.  ESC Region 13 will do its best to provide documentation specific to each contract, but in some cases the hours may overlap and the documentation will cover all hours purchased within that school year.

4. Project Limitations:

This contract does not cover the entering, filing, or completion of ERate forms and/or applications or Technology Planning.  The technician may assist in the recommendation of technologies to be included on eRate applications  or Technology Plans.  In cases where two or more techs are needed at the Participating District to complete a job to meet timelines imposed by the Participating District, hours will be assigned to each tech and subtracted from the total hours remaining on this contract.  For example; if two techs travel and work on-site for a total of 8 hours, 16 hours will be documented and subtracted from the contract.  Any hours not used during the terms listed in Section 1 - “Term of the Contract” will be carried over to the following school year.  Consecutive day visits must be scheduled in advance, and dependent on availability.

5. Role of Participating District (include, but not limited too):

When appropriate, the Participating District should provide the materials, supplies, hardware/network support, and maintenance needed for the technical support specialist to complete the assigned task.  The Participating District agrees to provide method of remote access to at least one computer in the district to facilitate remote support when needed.

The Participating District will create or give ESC Region 13 tech access to create a domain admin account called “esconett”.  The password will be specified at time of creation and must meet minimum password complexity requirements as defined by Microsoft.

Region 13 suggests installation of a network management solution such as Dameware, or Goverlan, to help us more efficiently manage and troubleshoot issues.

6. Costs:  

                         Hours as needed per hour ($105/hour)
                         PrePaid Hours (1-95) as needed ($95/per hour) 
                         PrePaid Hours (>95) as needed ($85/per hour)


Total Contract Cost to be billed on or after September 1, 2017.

7. Limitation of Liability:

The Participating District agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless ESC Region 13 and its directors, officers, and employees from and against any losses or damages that may occur due to ESC Region 13 carrying out the agreed upon services as specified in this contract.


Participating District


______________________________________________________  Superintendent / Designee   ____________________________________________________ Date
_______________________________________________________  Print Name   ____________________________________________________  Email / Phone






Education Service Center Region 13


______________________________________________________  Designee   ____________________________________________________ Date
______________________________________________________  Print Name   ____________________________________________________  Email / Phone


Education Service Center Region 13 Technology Services Department offers to meet the computer maintenance, network, and/or server needs of individual schools and/or districts. Contracts and hourly rates are now available to include a remote and/or on-site support from a group of highly trained specialists.


No prepay 1-95 Hours Over 95 Hours
$105.00 per hour $95.00 per hour $85.00 per hour


For more information contact:

Steve Stroud, Coordinator: Information Technology - 512.919.5476

Leslie Barrett
Administrative Services
Coordinator: Digital Learning

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The Texas Virtual Schools Network is made up of two components:

Course Catalog

The TXVSN course catalog works in partnership with Texas public schools to provide their students opportunities to enroll in high school, Advanced Placement, and dual-credit courses offered by TEA-approved catalog course providers.


Full Time Online Schools

The TXVSN Online Schools (OLS) program offers full-time virtual instruction to eligible Texas public school students in grades 3-12 who enroll in one of the schools approved to participate in the program.



Region 13 supports districts in implementing the TXVSN by providing information, technical assistance, and TEA liaison services.  Please join us for upcoming TXVSN information sessions.


Please download the TXVSN Flyer for more information.

The Region 13 Paraprofessional Certification Institute Trainer of Trainers (TOT) resources are available to participants who have attended the TOT training.  TOTs gain the responsibility and are tasked with delivering quality professional development to provide state recognized paraprofessional certification. The TOT participant training provides trainers with the state expectations, qualification guidelines, curriculum for paraprofessional certification institute, engagement strategies, and delivery methods. Each TOT participant receives access to the training PowerPoints, presenter notes, and 10 copies of the Paraprofessional spiral notebook.  Additional notebooks can be purchased through the Region 13 Product Store.  We ask that TOTs check this TOT Materials Page for recorded webinar updates and updated training materials prior to training in their districts.

PLEASE NOTE: All technical data, evaluations, plans, specifications, reports, documents, power point presentations, software, spreadsheets, teaching aids or other work products provided shall be the exclusive copyrighted property of ESC 13 and may not be given, loaned, sold or conveyed in any manner to any third party without the expressed written consent of ESC 13.

Paraprofessional Certification Training Downloadable Materials Click Folder to View and Download Materials
TOT Paraprofessional Certification Training Materials folder
TOT Parprofessional Certification Training Powerpoints folder
Paraprofessional Certification Testing Materials folder

Paraprofessional Certification Training Participant's Handbook
(Spiral Bound) - Purchase through Region 13 Product Store










Date/Time/Location Title Registration

October 23, 2017

AI/VI/ECI Meeting
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

For more information contact:


Region 13 provides professional development to support the following areas in the TEKS Resource System:

Let us know how we can provide support for your organization; fill out the following form and we will be in touch with you shortly. Or, feel free to contact us directly.

Grant A. Kessler, Ph.D.

Program Manager | Academic Services


Benjamin Zink

Technical Support | Academic Services




2017-18 Commitment Forms

Use the links below to read about 2017-18 products and services.  You must have an account to access our new commitment forms system here.  Email to request this account.

Administrative Services

    Business Management Cooperative
    Human Resources & Production Resources Cooperative
    Drug and Alcohol Consortium for Bus Driver
    Food and Commodity Purchasing Cooperative
    Living Science Materials Program
    Purchasing Cooperative
    School Bus Driver Physical Exam Cooperative
    Student Drug Testing Consortium




    Anita Archer's Explicit Instruction Coaching & Professional Development
    TEKS Resource System
    Curriculum Council Network for Curriculum and Special Education Leaders
    Instructional Coach Network
    School Ready - Ready, Set, K! (RSK!)
    Strategic Instruction Model: Coaching & Professional Development
    Strategic Instruction Model: Xtreme Reading Coaching & Professional Development

Information Services

    Internet-based Texas Computer Coop Software (iTCCS)
    Discovery Education (DE) Streaming Video
    Distance Learning Network
    Technology Support Services
    TEXAS ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEM (TxEIS: State-sponsored Student Information System)
    TSDS Cooperative

Special Programs

    Homeless Education Cooperative
    Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program SSA
    Title II, Part A - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
    Title III, Part A - English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for LEP Students SSA
    Bilingual/ESL Cooperative for Districts Not in the Title III SSA

School and Admin Support

    Accountability Cooperative
    At-Risk Services Network
    Behavior Specialist Cooperative
    Career and Technical Education (CTE) Cooperative
    Counselor Support Services Cooperative
    DMAC Suite
    eduphoria! SchoolObjects and TEKSbank
    Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports
    Response to Intervention (RtI)
    Restorative Discipline
    Social Emotional Learning
    Title I, Part C Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act SSA

Program Related Questions?
-Contact the specific department contact found within each form.

General inquiry about the commitment process:
Dr. Craig Spinn
Deputy Director: Administrative Services
Administrative Services

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To request an account in ConTracks+


Program Related Questions?

Contact the specific department contact found within each commitment form.

General inquiry about the commitment process:

Leticia Govea
Sr. Coordinator: Grants, Contracts, Procurement

Dr. Craig Spinn
Deputy Director: Administrative Services
Administrative Services

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Paul Chavez
Associate Director
Administrative Services

Robin Wells
Systems Developer
Administrative Services



ESC13 now collects commitments for products and services via ConTracks+.

  1. Begin by requesting an account.
  2. We will confirm billing details and provide you with credentials for the site.
  3. Log-in and begin selecting products and services.

Request an account Access Commitment Forms


Need support? We're here to help.

Dr. W. Charles Akins, ESC Region 13 Board Member, passed away on March 29, 2017.  Dr. Akins was an amazing man and such an inspiration to all.  He will be dearly missed.

Thursday, April 6th
Wesley United Methodist Church
1164 San Bernard St.
Austin TX 78702
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (visitation)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (assembly)

Friday, April 7th
Wesley United Methodist Church
1164 San Bernard St.
Austin TX 78702
11:00 am

More Information and Guest Book



We sat down with Dr. Akins in 2009 to learn from his experience as an educator.

Debra Leff
Education Specialist: Visual Impairment
Academic Services

Elaine Young
Program Manager: Regional Day School Program f/t Deaf
Academic Services

February 27, 2017 - Minutes


Crossroads – Your Trusted Resource for Deaf Education in Texas
For Professionals:
For Families with Children: New Born to Age 3:

ERCOD (Educational Resource Center on Deafness)

General Resources listed at TSBVI

Visit our very own Padlet of Resources for AI/VI/ECI

Link to the DARS/ECI Memorandum of Understanding between DARS/ECI and TEA (PDF Download)

EIEIO Modules I and II (Effective Initiatives for Early Intervention Opportunities). These modules are a companion piece to the State MOU between DARS/ECI and TEA.

National Center on Deafblindness

Welcome to the AI/VI/ECI site! We have been working together to support each other for many years and it finally occurred to us to create a site where we can post Meeting Materials, Workshop information, Resources, etc. We are hopeful that it will enable you to keep track of those long, lost answers to questions regarding services to infants. This is our initial roll-out and we are open to feedback and further information on needs you may have that we can address in this website.


Proclamation 2018


The State Board of Education issued Proclamation 2018 in November 2016.  The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2018 is scheduled to occur in November 2017.  The adopted materials are scheduled to be available for use beginning in the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Instructional materials covered under Proclamation 2018 will be used in the following course:

Special Topics in Social Studies: Ethnic studies including but not limited to African American studies, Mexican American studies, Asian American studies, and Native American studies


Region 13 will provide self-guided access to submitted publisher materials for public review via our Proclamation 2018 Online Preview Center. Materials in the preview center will be accessible from the reviewer's home or school at any time of the day. The preview center will be available in June 2017.

Fill out my online form.

If you are unable to access the Online Preview Center from your home or work you may schedule an appointment to review the submitted materials in person at Region 13. Please contact Laura Varney at or 512.919.5137 to schedule  your appointment.

Thank you for your interest in the Education Service Center, Region 13's Turnaround Leadership Development Program. We hope our website has been informative; however, if you still have questions or need further assistance please call our office at 512.919.5278 or contact us via email.

Sonja Howard
Program Coordinator

Janet Palms
Program Support

We are pleased that you have made the decision to apply to the Turnaround Leadership Development Program.

Application Window for the 2017-2018 cycle NOW OPEN until August 15, 2017!

Application Process:

Step 1:  By August 15, 2017

Please submit all required documents to:

Janet Palms
Program Support, Educator Evaluation and Leadership
Education Service Center, Region 13
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78723

Please remember, your application will not be processed until we have received all of the above listed items and your application fee has been paid.

Step 2

Step 3


Please Do Not begin the application if you do not have the following information at this time:

If you are ready to begin, click on the button below to create a new account login and start the online application.

Start Online Application


Once you have submitted your application, you can check on the status of your application and documents received in the program office by returning to the main menu and clicking on the View App Status link.

*Note: All fees are subject to change without notice.

*Program Fees:


  1. Application Fee - A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required to establish eligibility for program entrance.
  2. Registration Fee - A nonrefundable training fee of $300 (once accepted into the program).  This fee holds your spot in the program.
  3. Program Fee - $2,800.00 (can be paid $350.00 monthly September-April)  

What minimum entry requirements are needed for consideration into the Turnaround Leadership Development Program?

While there are minimum requirements for application, acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

Is Turnaround Leadership Development Program a Certification Program?

Are all applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements accepted into the program?

The Turnaround Leadership Development Curriculum is based on National Turnaround Research and Competencies.

  1. The Turnaround Leader Mindset
  2. The Turnaround Leader Driven for Results
  3. Leading In a Turnaround School
  4. The Turnaround Leader Goals and Action
  5. The Turnaround Leader Supporting Teachers and Teams
  6. The Turnaround Leader Perspective and Focus
  7. The Turnaround Leader Professional Growth

The TLD prepares leaders for the unique work of turnaround leadership for work in low-performing schools.

Application Window for the 2017-2018 cycle is currenly OPEN.  Apply Now!


Training Timeline:

September 2017 - April 2018

April 2018

Note: *All dates/times/classes are subject to change without notice.

The Turnaround Leadership Development Program consists of:

Turnaround Leadership Development - Program Launch - The TLD Program at Region 13 provides high-quality training, coaching and support to prepare leaders for work in turnaround schools.

Application Window for the 2017-2018 cycle is currenly OPEN.  Apply Now!

The Turnaround Leadership Development Program at Region 13 provides high quality training, coaching and support to prepare leaders for work in turnaround schools. Turnaround Leadership is defined as: “a dramatic and comprehensive intervention in a low-performing school that produces significant gains in student achievement within two academic years.” (Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, 2007)-The Turnaround Mindset: Aligning Leadership for Student Success 2011 Fairchild & DeMary.  Research suggests that high quality selection, preparation, training and leadership development and coaching is necessary for success.

To be eligible, applicants:

Benefits Include:

Membership in TEKS RS in Region 13 is offered via a district commitment form.

This form explains the responsibilities of each member district/charter, what services ESC Region 13 agrees to provide and the fee structure for those services.

Join Now

TEKS Resource System

The TEKS Resource System was formed to help schools operate in a way that allows teachers to do what they do best ­ educate students. By providing schools a resource aligned with what the state of Texas has determined students are expected to learn (TEKS), teachers can spend more time focusing on students and improving the learning environment in schools.

The TEKS Resource System is a comprehensive, customizable, online curriculum and assessment management system. The content includes curriculum components and assessment items aligned to the most current versions of the State Board of Education­adopted TEKS for each of the core subject areas (i.e., K­12 Math, Science, ELAR, and Social Studies), including:


Grant A. Kessler, Ph.D.

Program Manager | Academic Services

TEKS Resource System

The TEKS Resource System (TEKS RS) was formed to help schools operate in a way that allows teachers to do what they do best -- educate students.  Provided this support, teachers have more time and the tools to positively impact student learning outcomes.

Learn More



Complete the TEKS RS Commitment Form to provide your district with access to the TEKS Resource System.

Join Here


Request Support

We offer personalized support to maximize the impact of adopted curriculum resources on student learning.

Request Support



Elevate your leadership, leverage your strengths, and transform your school!


This is for leaders who are ready to:


2018 Leadership Symposium

Dates: June 5 - 6, 2018


2017 Leadership Symposium Promo


Highlights from the 2016 Leadership Symposium


Want to receive updates on this and other Community of Leaders events?

Sign up!

If you attended school outside of the United States then you will need to contact the Foreign Credential Services to evaluate your transcript. The evaluation needs to include degree information to compare to the US standards.

Have transcripts evaluated by Foreign Credential Services of America,
1 (877) 553-4285, showing degree earned. -

Please direct questions about paraprofessional certification to:

Rosie Floyd
Educator Quality
(512) 919.5338

Speech Language Pathologists in the public schools must have a master’s degree, have passed a national certification examination, and have completed a year of clinical fellowship.  Further, they must be licensed by the state of Texas.  For more information, see the TDLR's (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation) Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists website:

Are you interested in joining the field of school speech pathology?

A school speech pathologist is called to work with many different types of students with a wide range of speech issues. It can be deeply rewarding work and it can also be stressful and demanding.  Take a look at what some of the people in our field have to say about this profession.



Video Overview

The following videos are meant to provide school district with a means of communicating important information regarding the services they provide Spanish-speaking ELLs to their parents, guardians, and other community stakeholders.  The videos are in Spanish, and can be shown to individuals or in a group setting.

Los siguientes videos proveen a cualquier distrito escolar una manera de comunicar información importante sobre sus servicios para ELL (aprendices del idioma inglés) a los padres, guardianes, y otros miembros de la comunidad hispanohablante de su distrito.  Los videos presentan su contenido en español, y se los puede mostrar a individuos o en grupo.


Fomentando la lectura en casa (Literacy at Home)



Programas educacionales en Tejas (Program Information)



La adquisición de lenguaje (Language Acquisition Process)




Conferencias entre padres y maestros (Parent/Teacher Conferences)




Resource Navigator Newsletters

The Math team at ESC 13 has co-developed a number of products to support our teachers and students.

Algebra I Mini Interventions Collection


Click-On TEKS


FACTastic System


Skills Integration


Suicide Prevention Resources

House Bill (HB) 2186, which was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, and signed into law by Governor Abbot on June 19, 2015, requires suicide prevention training to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school educators annually and to existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the TEA by rule. Training must be selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs that is provided by the DSHS. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools may also select programs through an independent review of online suicide prevention training materials that comply with the guidelines developed by TEA.


Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation's only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Texas Suicide Prevention

Texas Suicide Prevention initiative is the result of a collaborative effort throughout the state of Texas of community-based organizations, state and local agencies, academic institutions and many others who work together to reduce suicides in Texas.



Wondering what an independent facilitator does at an IEP meeting? Or, how a facilitator prepares to come to your meeting? Check out this video series showing the four steps an effective independent facilitator uses.





IEP Facilitation flyer
Link to FIEP LiveBinder
Link to 1st Facilitated IEP Meeting Model Video

Step 1a:  Pre-Meeting Conversation with Principal




Independent Facilitation flyer
IEP Team Effectiveness Checklist

Step 1b: Pre-Meeting Conversation with Parent



Before, During, After the Meeting Parent Checklist
Independent Facilitation Flyer
Facilitation: What to Expect Flyer

Step 2a: Facilitator Preparation



Facilitation Tips: Discussion, Decisions, and Challenges
Facilitator Intervention Toolkit

Step 3a: Meeting Opening



Jargon Poster
Agenda - Student

Step 3b: Meeting Discussion, Gathering Information



Facilitator Intervention Toolkit

Step 3c: Meeting Discussion, Interests-Based Problem Solving



Interests-Based Problem Solving

Step 3d: Meeting Discussion, Consensus



Consensus Gradients
Consensus Language

Step 3e: Meeting Discussion, Closing



Commitment form
Meeting Evaluation form

Step 4: Post-Meeting Facilitator Debrief



Facilitator Post-Meeting Debrief form

Putting It All Together


Summary Chart


This page contains materials from the TVI/COMS Meetings and the The Weekly.

Meeting Materials

May 2, 2016 - Meeting on Transition


Transition links and handouts

School district transition form samples

"The MIVI Report"

Texas Workforce Solutions

AAC: STEPS Program

Austin Lighthouse

TSB EXIT Program

September 13, 2016

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The Weekly

Spring 2017

May 26, 2017

May 17, 2017

May 11, 2017

May 5, 2017

April 27, 2017

April 21, 2017

April 13, 2017

April 7, 2017

March 31, 2017

March 24, 2017


March 9, 2017

March 2, 2017

February 24, 2017

February 17, 2017

February 10, 2017

February 2, 2017

January 27, 2017

January 12, 2017

January 6, 2017

Fall 2016

December 9, 2016

December 2, 2016

November 17, 2016

November 11, 2016

November 4, 2016

October 28, 2016

October 21, 2016

October 14, 2016

October 7, 2016

September 30, 2016

September 22, 2016

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What's Happing Around the Region?

This calendar is for professionals and families working with students with visual impairments.

To view a larger copy of this calendar follow this link:


Trauma-Sensitive Schools Resources

ACEs Study

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN's collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services.

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative's mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention Programs

In Accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 831, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency and regional education services centers, shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting.


Best Practice Programs Registries


Local Mental Health Authorities

Community mental health centers, also referred to as Local Mental Health Authorities provide services to a specific geographic area of the state, called the local service area. DSHS requires each authority to plan, develop policy, coordinate and allocate and develop resources for mental health services in the local service area.

To find mental health services in your area, please refer to the listing at or search for the referral line phone number of your Local Mental Health Authority using the online mental health services search form.

You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area for confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The At-Risk Services team offers a variety of free and paid workshops and services including: Youth Mental Health First Aid, Foster Care Liaison meetings, Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools, and other workshops related to at-risk students.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

A groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


Foster Care Liaison

The Foster Care Liaison Network is designed to provide an opportunity for district Foster Care Liaisons to remain up-to-date and informed on issues related to meeting the educational needs of children in foster care.



Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools Workshops

Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools workshops are designed to assist educators in understanding the prevalence and impact of traumatic events in the lives of students and develop effective interventions through a trauma-sensitive lens.



Other Workshops

The At-Risk Services Network is designed to keep you up to date and informed on the best practices related to at-risk students. Through the network, you'll gain access to information and resources, hear presentations by the Texas Education Agency, ESC Region 13 Staff, and other professionals, and build a network of support with other campuses and districts.

Your membership in the At-Risk Services Network allows you/your district or charter the opportunity to send 10 staff members to each of the At-Risk Services Network workshops offered throughout the year. Staff from non-member districts are also able to register for any of the network workshops.

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ADHD and Oppositionality: Managing Externalizing Behaviors

A workshop looking at the characteristics of challenging diagnoses such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder, and exploring the best-practice interventions to address the accompanying behaviors.

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Anxiety and Depression: Responding to Internalizing Behaviors

This workshop explores the underlying mental health issues that may lead to the internalizing behaviors, screening tools to aid in identification, and evidence-based interventions that may be used in a school setting.

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Building Resiliency in Students and Staff

This workshop looks at the sources of resiliency and identifies the strategies to build and reinforce resiliency in our students and ourselves.

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Credit Recovery and Alternative Paths to Graduation

This workshop explores the options for credit recovery that are available to students and identifies alternative pathways to graduation, while looking at the effective practices in place across the region and state.

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Culturally Diverse Families of At-Risk Students

This workshop explores the many forms of cultural diveristy, the challenges and opportunities of each, and develops strategies for engaging and building on the strengths of families.

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Drug and Alcohol Use in Teens: Prevention and Intervention

This workshop will look at the current trends in drug and alcohol use, signs and symptoms of use, and the most commonly used substances and provide strategies and resources for prevention and intervention.

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Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Prevention

This workshop will provide a foundation for you in recognizing signs of possible abuse, neglect and/or human trafficking and provide information on reporting requirements.

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Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens

This workshop will explore the needs of pregnant and parenting teens and look at the best practice models to meet those needs and support the students to high school completion.

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Coaching is one of the best models to support implementation of new learning. ESC Region 13 can work with you to design coaching programs that provide support for teachers and school leaders. Coaching can be provided for individuals, grade levels or departments, or a coach-the- coach model. All programs rely on cognitive coaching strategies as a foundational philosophy and all can be customized to meet your unique needs.


ESC 13 Coaching Services

Content area instructional coaching

Bilingual / ESL Coaching  (Click here to download the ESL / Bilingual Coaching brochure)

Early Childhood

Behavior Coaching

Leadership Coaching - Contact April Briscoe to learn more about this service.

Appraiser Coaching - coming soon

ESC Region 13 offers a diverse set of products to meet the needs of educators. Check out our resources as you implement T-TESS and seek support tools connected with the rubric.

On the store site, use the search bar on the top right of the page to locate resources aligned to your particular need.




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T-TESS Introduction Documents

T-TESS Introduction Documents:Get familiar with this teacher appraisal system.

Resource Navigator Newsletters

Resource Navigator Newsletters


Walk-Through Resources


Walk-Through and Observation Form


This print-friendly form can be used for recording walk-through observations and/or scripting notes for formal observations. It includes the dimensions and domains along the side as a convenient reminder to assist with evidence collection.

Walk-Through Form Creation Process


This process enables campus leaders to involve teachers or groups of staff in the process of creating a walk-through form specific to the prioritized needs of the campus. Participants will identify the T-TESS dimensions that are most critical to address individual, grade level/departments, and campus needs as a whole. Appraisers can choose to focus on key areas of the rubric for walks-through during each observation window rather than attempting to identify evidence for every dimension.

Automated Walk-Through System


Kelly Fitzgerald of Leander ISD created this instructional video demonstrating how to quickly and painlessly use Google forms and autoCrat to automate completion and sharing of walk-through observations with teachers. This integrated process is useful for districts using Google apps.


Archived Resources

Veteran Principals on Goal-Setting Conferences

Former Principals share their recommendations and advice to school leaders on how to maximize the benefits of T-TESS goal-setting conferences.

Leadership Coaching

An introduction to the benefits of coaching for school leaders. Stay tuned for updates on Region 13's Leadership Coaching program.


Visit the blogs at ESC Region 13, The Scoop, for content to share with colleagues.


The Teacher Toolkit is a free resource showing teachers how to use engaging classroom strategies that work!

The blog on the Advancing Educational Leadership page is a great source of leadership information.

For more detailed information regarding Appraisal Laws and Rules visit the TEA website.

The appraisal system is based on the current adopted Educator Standards.

For additional T-TESS tools and resources, visit the T-TESS homepage.







Comprehensive and Ongoing Support for the Appraisal Process

We're here to help you communicate expectations and provide resources through each phase of the T-TESS process. Support the overarching goal of continuous improvemeent with ESC Region 13 as your partner.

Start of School - Beginning of October


A great way to gain trust and participation in the change process is to describe resources to support successful practices. One way you can do this is by previewing ESC Region 13 resources that are aligned to the T-TESS rubric and share with staff during orientation.


As you support your colleagues in goal setting you can access resources and customized support through the ESC 13 Navigator. These resources are available throughout the school year and are accessible within the time frame established for individual plans.

October - April


As you visit classrooms and observe instructional practices look for patterns of need to guide your selection of resources for staff. This information will be essential in designing professional development for in-service days as well as just in time learning options customized to address your unique challenges.


During post-conference conversations, look for areas of reinforcement to support continued growth in instructional strengths as well as recommendations for areas of refinement. Using the Resource Navigator you can provide timely information and materials teachers need to reach their goals and support their transition to this new system.

May - June

End-of-Year Conferences Goal-Setting

Goal-Setting for year 2 starts with the goals you collaboratively set during the End of Year Conference and will be submitted within the first six weeks of the next school year. With this information you will be able to strategically align summer professional development to improve instruction on your campus.

ESC Region 13 staff members are here to assist you in creating solutions for your professional development and support needs. We can work with you to design:

We have developed a pre-planning guide to help you make the most of your request for support. Our staff members are here to create dynamic professional development that meets the goals you and the teams you support have identified. Clear definition of goals, target audience, and desired outcomes mean you get exactly what you want from us.

ESC 13 Academic Services provides a wide array of specialized services. You may identify who to contact within Academic Services here.


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Region 13 Community of Leaders Leadership Syposium



Immerse yourself in learning and connection with school leaders from all roles including teacher leadership, campus administration, district leadership, and more. Together we will discuss key leadership challenges for the wide range of leaders in schools, explore a growth mindset for effective leadership, generate new solutions for 21st-century education, and build the momentum of continuous improvement for total transformation in your school.

This is for leaders who are ready to:

Leadership doesn’t have to be lonely – Join the Community of Leaders and find your tribe!


Register for the Leadership Symposium


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Archived Newsletters

Resource Navigator Newsletter - March 2017

Resource Navigator Newsletter - February 2017

Resource Navigator Newsletter - January 2017

Resource Navigator Newsletter - November / December 2016

Resource Navigator Newsletter - October 2016

Resource Navigator Newsletter - September 2016

Resource Navigator Newsletter - August 2016


Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive timely information, tools, and tips for the T-TESS appraisal process and stay ahead of the learning curve.






You may have questions and concerns throughout the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) process. The purpose of the ESC Region 13 Resource Navigator is to provide the resources administrators and teachers will need throughout this process to have meaningful conversations about continuous learning in support of growth.



We’ve identified which resources we offer that will encourage educational growth within the T-TESS dimensions you may need to address. You will be able to easily find, access, and implement resources through the ESC 13 Navigator.



Search for products and services by T-TESS domain and dimension, request customizable solutions for your district or campus, and access additional resources.





Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Happening Around the Region?

The calendar below has information about transition fairs and other events in central Texas that are:

These events are held at various locations throughout the region. Open the calendar entry to learn where the event will be held and who to contact for more information.

Are you hosting an event that you'd like for others to know about? Complete this form to submit information about your event, or send a flyer and event info to Elizabeth Danner at





Sponsorship and General Inquiries

Lisa Gregory
ESC Region 13
Executive Assistant


Registration, Conference Events, Payments/Refunds, and General Inquiries

Monica R. Paz
ESC Region 13
Project Specialist

Thank you for supporting Texas Regional Education Service Centers and our programs to recognize excellence in teaching and educational leadership. Your sponsorship of these events and your relationship with Education Service Centers (ESCs) benefits school districts and charter schools throughout the state. 

You are invited to participate as a sponsor in a special event that will take place this fall. The Texas Association of Education Service Centers (TAESC) is an organization that unites all 20 ESCs throughout Texas. The TAESC is made up of board members of the ESCs along with the executive directors and leadership staff. TAESC holds a biennial conference at various locations throughout the state. This year, ESC Region 13 will host the 2016 TAESC Conference on November 4-6 at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. The conference will be co-hosted by ESC Region 7 and ESC Region 14.

The conference is key to developing a vision for the work of the ESCs as well as providing for critical networking among the TAESC members. While much of the conference expense is offset by the registration fees of the members, we would not be able to provide quality programming and experiences if it were not for the support of partners such as yourself.

Sponsor Levels

  Complimentary Attendance at Conference Events
(Any combination of staff/guest)
Platinum  $5,000+        up to 4 guests
Gold   $4,000   up to 3 guests
Silver    $3,000   up to 2 guests
Bronze   $2,000   up to 1 guest


Promotional Materials

In addition to the sponsorship levels mentioned above, we also invite you to submit promotional items to include in the conference registration bags. All promotional materials must be mailed or delivered to the following address no later than October 12, 2016. Please include enough materials for approximently 125 participants. 

Mail/Deliver Promotional Materials:

ESC Region 13
Attn: Lisa Gregory
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78723

Logo Submission

Underwriters at the levels noted above will be recognized on signage at the conference. Our sponsors are also invited to attend the conference events and to network with TAESC members and guests. Please submit your company logo in EPS or AI (Illustrator) format no later than October 12, 2016 to Lisa Gregory at 

If you are interested in securing a sponsorship for the 2016 TAESC Conference, please complete the Sponsor Form linked below no later than October 3, 2016.

Sponsorship Commitment Form - TAESC 2016

For additional information and/or questions, contact Lisa Gregory at or 512-919-5301.



Horseshoe Bay Resort is conveniently located in the Texas Hill Country approximately 45 minutes northwest of Austin. Situated on Lake LBJ, Horseshoe Bay Resort is easily accessible by car from the Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Midland areas.

Horseshoe Bay Resort
200 Hi Circle North
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657


Each participant is responsible for making their own reservation and payment. All reservations must be made no later than October 19, 2016. Additional reservations are not guaranteed after this date, nor will the group rate be available. Reservation requests received after October 19 will be subject to availability. You may cancel your sleeping room reservation up to 72 hours without penalty. 

Call-in reservations: 1-877-611-0112


Google Map

From Austin Bergstrom International Airport (approx. 1hr.)
Take Airport Exit to Hwy 71 West. Drive approximately 45 miles to Highway 281 at which point you will cross over the Hwy 281 overpass. Stay on Hwy 71 West for approximately 5.9 miles until you see the sign for Horseshoe Bay Resort. Turn right onto Summit Rock Blvd. Continue 1.9 miles and take a right onto FM 2147. Go 2.3 miles and turn left onto Horseshoe Bay Blvd. Follow the circle drive around to the left toward the hotel main entrance. Take your second left into the hotel tower main entrance.


The Horseshoe Bay Resort offers complimentary self parking. Overnight Valet Parking is available at a rate of $16 per night.


Horseshoe Bay Resort offers transportation services to/from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Estimate two hours round trip at $150 per hour/$300 per vehicle/per trip. We suggest coordinating your flight arrivals and departures as a group to save on costs. They are able to accommodate 1 to 35 passengers at one time. Price per person will depend on how many passengers in vehicle for that trip. 

To make transportation arrangements, please contact Please include your itinerary, cell phone number for day of method of contact, and group name (TAESC 2016). 


Registration Fee: $350

Guest/Spouse Fee: $90

Registration fee for participants (Board Members, ESC Staff, and Sponsors) includes all meals, guest speaker sessions, and optional conference events. Please complete your registration by October 19, 2016.

Each ESC will commit to register a minimum of five attendees for the TAESC Conference regardless of whether or not they will actually have people attend.


On-line Registration Form

Note: Please make sure you click the SUBMIT button on the on-line registration form to complete your registration. 



Purchase order and credit card are acceptable methods of payment for registration. 

For credit card payments, please contact Jeannie Barnes at 512-919-5276. Do not include credit card information on the on-line registration form. 

Spouse/Guest: Payment for spouses/guests can be made on-site in the form of cash (exact change please) or personal check. We will not be able to accept credit cards on-site. 

All payments should be made to ESC Region 13. 

Block Registration

Block registration is available via the on-line registration form. Up to 15 participants can be registered on one registration form. When entering your block registration, please include first/last name, ESC, participant role, email, guest/spouse name, and special dietary needs for each participant. Once the form is submitted, you are not able to change any information. Please have all information readily available when completing registration.


All cancellation/refund/change requests must be made in writing via email no later than October 28, 2016. Refunds will not be available after October 28.

For cancellation/refund/change request contact Monica Paz at


Optional Conference Events

Your registration fee for the TAESC Conference includes optional conference activities for all registered Board Members, ESC Staff, and Sponsors. Once your registration is confirmed, the on-line registration link will be emailed. The link will be shared with those with confirmed registration. 

Please complete the requested information no later than October 21, 2016. You can register up to five people for one activity at one time. If you need to register additional participants, please complete an additional form. Please make sure to click Submit to complete your registration.

If an activity is canceled due to low interest or other unforeseen circumstances, participants will have the opportunity to select another activity.

Cancellations/Changes: Please cancel any activities in writing by October 28th. Send cancellation and/or change requests directly to

Wine Tasting/Tour & Shopping

The Texas Hill Country wine region is quickly gaining national prominence for its large number of wineries in a close proximity and for its award-winning wineries with diverse varietals.

Board a private shuttle to visit Becker Vineyards ( where you will enjoy a private tasting and tour. After the visit of the winery, board the shuttle for a quick drive to Fredricksburg. You will be dropped off on Main street where you will be given the chance to visit shops and boutiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, restaurants, wine bars, bakeries, coffee shops, and live music.

The shuttle will pick-up at the front of the resort and will depart at 12:30 pm. Please allow approximately 4 hours for activity.


Built in 1971, with multiple tees on every hole, more than 71 sand traps and 12 water hazards, Slick Rock embodies the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. philosophy of “hard par, easy bogey.” Slick Rock also is home to the awe-inspiring “Million Dollar Hole” (No. 14) featuring a winding cart path that takes golfers on a ride through a waterfall that spans more than 35 yards and empties more than 8,000 gallons of water into Slick Rock creek each minute.

Slick Rock Golf Course
Practice/Warm-up: 12:30 pm.
Shot Gun start: 1:30 pm.
A shuttle will be available at the front of the resort.

You are welcome to form your own team or we can place you on a team based on handicap. When registering please enter all members of the team.

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Spa Services

The Bayside Spa at Horseshoe Bay Resort is a full-service spa and salon and is the perfect place to unwind and let yourself be pampered. Along with your chosen service, you can enjoy the private lounge, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, dry sauna and whirlpool.

Services available for our group:
Signature Manicure (50 min)
Signature Pedicure (50 min)
Express Buff and Polish (25 min)
Signature Massage (50 min. You have a choice of a male or female massage therapist)
Signature Facial (50 min)

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled service. The Bayside Spa is within walking distance, however shuttle service is available at the front of the resort.


Come join us for a fun and memorable fishing experience in Central Texas on Lake LBJ. The guides for Lake LBJ Fishing Guide Service have over 40 years experience fishing Lake LBJ. For more information visit:

Please bring fishing license, drinks, snacks, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. A minimum of four, or maximum of eight participants is needed. If minimum is not reached, this activity will be canceled.

A boat will pick-up at Horseshoe Bay at 12:30 pm at the marina. Please allow approximately 4 hours for activity.

Horseshoe Bay Yacht Private Charter 

With unimaginable style, the Horseshoe Bay Resort Yacht sets sail to offer exquisite views of Lake LBJ and the Hill Country. The 90-foot yacht features a 53-foot long deck for open-air enjoyment, a climate controlled dining room, and an enclosed observation area on the upper deck.

A minimum of 40 people, or a maximum of 50 people. If minimum is not reached, this activity will be canceled.

The yacht will pick-up at the Horseshoe Bay marina at 2:00 pm. Please allow approximately 2 hours for activity.



The Texas Association of Education Service Centers (TAESC) is the organization that unites all 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs) throughout Texas. The TAESC is made up of board members of the ESCs along with the executive directors and leadership staff. TAESC holds a biennial conference at various locations throughout the state. This year, ESC Region 13 is excited to host the 2016 TAESC Conference on November 4-6 at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. The conference will be co-hosted by ESC Region 7 and ESC Region 14.

The conference is key to developing a vision for the work of the ESCs as well as providing critical networking among the TAESC members.The conference offers service center board members and leadership individuals from each of the 20 ESCs a forum in which to discuss and plan strategies to deal with the rapidly changing educational landscape in the state of Texas. 

2016 TAESC - Tentative Agenda 

Friday, November 4, 2016
2:00 - 6:30 pm Conference Check-in
6:00 - 8:00 pm      TAESC Dinner w/Guest Speaker    
Saturday, November 5, 2016 
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast (provided)
8:30 - 11:30 am General Session w/ Guest Speaker
11:30 am Lunch (provided)
12:00 - 6:00 pm Optional Conference Activities 
7:00 - 8:30 pm TAESC Dinner & Service Awards
8:30 - 10:30 pm Networking - Evening Entertainment                     
Sunday, November 6, 2016
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast (provided)
9:00 - 9:30 am TAESC Business Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 am Board Meeting


Transition Podcast Series

Podcast Transcripts

1. Episode 1: What's Up With WIOA?

2. Episode 2: What's Up With WIOA?

Strategic Tutoring is a program designed to transform your tutoring by going beyond simple "homework-completion time," to "let's get your students independent, learning, and in charge of their own success." When we talk to teachers/tutors we often hear frustration that they're often frustrated with the lack of impact their tutoring sessions are having. Tutors are doing their best to juggle different grade levels, content, and academic abilities, yet too often tutors and students finish the hour frustrated by the lack of progress.

The Center for Research on Learning at The University of Kansas tackled this problem and developed Strategic Tutoring, a program which teaches tutors like you how to engage their students in a four phase model of tutoring. During these phases, your students learn a system for managing assignments, mastering a bank of strategies that can be used independently in all content areas, and in a final phase students are guided to apply the strategies in their daily classroom work. 

We offer a two day workshop designed to teach you Strategic Tutoring. It starts this summer, August 8th, and finishes in October. After the workshop, you'll be a professionally trained tutor, and know how to get results from your students by using:

  1. Four Phases of Tutoring
  2. A bank of strategies students can use to tackle assignments in all content areas
  3. An effective model of teaching strategies through: the Think Aloud Model, effective feedback, a gradual release of responsibility to students, and a generalization of strategies to daily work.

For more information or for registration, check out our ecampus page.










We're offering up 20 free Xtreme Reading spots for schools whose SPED students aren't passing STAR. Contact for more info!

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Xtreme Reading is a nationally recognized (the Institute of Educational Sciences) intervention program that works. During this year-long reading class, your students learn eight Strategic Instruction Model Strategies designed to increase vocabulary development and reading comprehension, and learn additional explicit strategies for classroom behavior, motivation, and goal-setting. As an instructor, you're provided with all of the curriculum materials needed to teach a reading intervention class including: detailed daily lesson plans, course organizers, and unit organizers. The IES data indicated students enrolled in Xtreme Reading intervention classes demonstrated a growth of 3-4 grade levels in reading after only a year of instruction!

This summer we're offering an initial two-day workshop where you'll receive instruciton in Classroom Management, Achieve/Champs, Possible Selves, Motivation and Team-building strategies, as well as two valuable vocabulary structures. You'll also have paid seats in two of our Ecampus reading workshops (Paraphrasing and Self-Questioning Strategies) which are a part of the larger Xtreme Reading Program. The cost of the Xtreme Reading program is a one time, all inclusive payment, and includes all of the curriculum materials from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, four days of SIM Professional Development at Region 13, two days of on-site Xtreme Instructional coaching, and a minimum of six distance learning opportunities. 

Sign Up for Xtreme Reading







explicit instruction

Explicit Instruction is a research-driven series of workshops all about helping you create active, orderly, and engaging classrooms. We've read through Anita Archer and Charles Hughes' Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching,and developed a series of workshops that empower teachers and instructors to deliver brilliant and engaging lessons. We split our Explicit Instruction workshops into three areas:

Lesson Design
Guest Speaker Dr. Anita Archer: Getting them All Engaged

In this session, Dr. Archer will present research-validated procedures for actively involving ALL students in instruction, including the use of verbal responses (choral, partner, team, and individual), written responses (response slates and response cards), and action responses (acting out, gestures, hand signals).

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Active Participation
Guest Speaker Dr. Anita Archer: Making it Stick

Dr. Archer will only will address the research on academic practice, and show us how you can help students better remember, use, and retain critical information.

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Lesson Design
Lesson Design that Promotes Classroom Management

These are the foundations of Explicit Instruction, where we focus on teaching you to design organized lessons, which are focused on strategies, skills, pacing, and content. We also teach you some great stuff about how you can effectively organize your classrooms to promote learning but keep things orderly and positive.

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Active Participation
Active Participation that Improves Classroom Management

These are all about the "art of teaching" where you'll discover how to explicitly chose and teach vocabulary through a scaffolding lens. Scaffolding is all about learning, practicing, and implementing. We ease you into instruction and then, teach you how to ease your own students into your lessons while maintaining your pace and students' focus.

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Explicit Assessment
Explicit Assessment that Supports Classroom Management

These are about discovering all the strategies, skills, tools, etc. for implementing well-designed, deliberate, distributed, and cumulative practice. We'll show you how to assess student learning through careful monitoring of your students' responses, followed by how to use corrective and affirmative feedback to maintain orderly and positive classrooms.

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Bring Explicit Instruction To your Campus

If you're interested in Explicit Instruction but are looking for something custom tailored to your campus and its teachers and students, contact us and we can bring Explicit Instruction to you! We work with you to find out what's best for your campus, and then bring our specialists to your campus for all of the Explicit Instruction you'd ever need.

Contact Us

The Charter Regional Advisory Committee (C-RAC) is comprised of Region 13 charter executives that meet the third Wednesday of each month for updates and networking.  For further information, contact April Michaud,, 512-919-5226.

2015-2016 Meeting Dates

Meeting Materials 2015-2016

Aug. 7, 2015 Inititial Organizational Meeting

Sept. 16, 2015

Oct. 21, 2015

Nov.18, 2015

Jan. 20, 2016

March 23, 2016

April 20, 2016



Anna Warren

Senior Coordinator


Surround yourself with colleagues experiencing the same needs, questions, challenges, and successes that you are encountering in your everyday work as principal or assistant principal, or in any leadership position. Join us for lunch, book give-aways, and timely topics!

Upcoming Meetings

Networking and Support Meetings

October 18, 2017
Workshop ID: FA1736941


January 10, 2018
Workshop ID: SP1836942


March 21, 2018
Workshop ID: SP1836943


Summer Leadership Symposium
June 5 - 6, 2018
Registration Coming Soon

Previous Sessions:

Region 13’s Community of Leaders

Summer Leadership Symposium: June 6-7, 2017

Spring Meeting (2017)
March 23, 2017


Fall Meeting (2016)
October 26, 2016

Watch our keynote speaker, Dr. Nelson Coulter, share his thoughts on leadership.>


Winter Meeting (2017)
January 12, 2017

Leveraging More out of Every Moment of the Day




The Distinguished Classroom (TDC) is an intensive, preparatory, two-day workshop for teachers and administrators needing guidance in understanding how to move a classroom from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered learning. Our Coaches will help bridge the gap between old systems and new systems so that every teacher and administrator feels instructionally confident and supported.

T-TESS is designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth.  It contains 3 components:

• Goal-Setting and Professional Development
• The Evaluation Cycle:

• Student Growth Measure

Region 13 Coaches will help participants understand each component and how to make effective instructional strategies part of the classroom every day.

The Instructional Coaching Team and the T-TESS Team within Region 13 have partnered to ensure that every participant leaves the training with the understanding of how to structure the classroom into a learning opportunity driven by students, practices reflected on by teachers, and professional growth facilitated by administrators.

In the TDC Training, we will focus on Domains 1-3 as they directly associate with instructional practices and discuss the importance of effective goal-setting and reflection through the process.

Contact Information:
Tanya Vacula
Instructional Coach/TDC Co-Lead

Hanna Schramm
Program Manager/TDC Co-Lead

Laura Varney
Program Assistant, ICPS
(512) 919-5137

 On-site Staff Development

We offer a variety of workshops to assist PLC teams in creating a culture of learning and growth. Available PLC workshops include:

 PLC Coaching:

For campuses looking for differentiated, job-embedded PLC support, we offer PLC coaching. Our Region 13 PLC coaches will guide teacher teams through processes that emphasize student learning, collaboration, and attention to results. PLC coaching is priced based on the number of campus visits and is structured based on campus goals and vision.


Documents are shared via Google Drive

S3-Supporting Students Struggling in Algebra 1

Welcome to our Region 13 Podcast Series: S3-Supporting Students Struggling in Algebra 1. Each month you'll get the opportunity to hear Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders discuss and share the ins and outs of how to best teach Algebra 1 to struggling students.

Left to Right: Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders podcasting the S-3 Algebra 1 series.

Episode 6: Best Practices Wrap-up: The Big Finale

An this the sixth and final episode of Supporting Students Struggling in Algebra I podcast, Virginia and JC take a look back over the first five episodes. They reflect on what they have learned from each of the guests and share more ideas for resources and implementation. Virginia also talks about her resource for Algebra I teachers, Mini-Interventions for Algebra I. JC and Virginia had a wonderful time producing each of the episodes in this podcast. Thank you for listening.


Show Notes & Transcript

1. Algebra I Mini Interventions: Quadratics, Exponential Functions, and Algebraic Methods

2. Algebra I Mini Interventions: Linear Equations and Inequalities

3. Podcast Transcript

Episode 5:  Developing Algebraic Reasoning in Students with Difficulties in Mathematics Including Students with Learning Disabilities

Dr. Diane Bryant, Project Director for the Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, joins JC Sanders and Virginia Keasler to take a close look at students with learning disabilities in Algebra classrooms. Episode 5 includes common characteristics of students with learning disabilities (LD) and their misconceptions about math processes. This podcast will highlight the latest research by Dr. Bryant and her team concerning approaches on building algebraic thinking and the benefits of these questioning strategies.

Show Notes & Transcript
1. Developing Concepts and Generalizations to Build Algebraic Thinking: The Reversibility, Flexibility, and Generalization Approach by Dr. Barbara Dougherty, Dr. Diane Bryant, et al.

2. Podcast Transcript

Episode 4:  Making a Difference in the Classroom Using Small Group Instruction in Algebra 1

Russell Larson, an Instructional Administrator at Elgin High School, joins Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders to explore why and how we can incorporate small group instruction in our Algebra 1 classroom. Episode 4 digs into a deep discussion about flexible, homogenous, and heterogeneous grouping and the importance of letting students be social while working out difficult Algebra concepts. The benefits of working in small groups are many and the podcast is loaded with where to start and how to sustain facilitated groups.

Show Notes & Transcript
1. Strengthening The Student Toolbox by John Dunlosky

2. Podcast Transcript

Episode 3: The Importance of Spiraling Prior Mathematical Concepts in Algebra 1

Content Coordinator for Mathematics for TEKS Resource System, Tamara Ramsey, joins Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders to discuss the benefits of spiraling mathematics concepts throughout the year in an Algebra 1 classroom. Episode 3 is centered on using vertical alignment of Algebra readiness concepts that may include examining prior grade level concepts to scaffold learning for students struggling Algebra 1. The conversation includes an exploration about why you spiral, how you spiral without taking up too much precious classroom time, and what you might spiral. Specific examples are used and resources are explored to help teachers.

Show Notes & Transcript
1. Region 13 Product Store to Algebra 1 Interventions

2. TEKS Resource System

3. Examples of Spiraling

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Episode 2: The Power of Studying Student Work: Formative Assessment

Dr. Debra Plowman Junk joins Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders to discuss her research interests which include children’s thinking about mathematics as well as teachers’ decision making as they develop lessons for problem solving. In Episode 2 they discuss how to formatively assess students’ understanding of problems by examining their work, listening to them explain, anticipating where students may have misconceptions and selecting student work to compare and scaffold ideas.

Show Notes & Transcript

1. Mathematics Assessment Project

2. ASCD Article on Formative vs Summative Assessment

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Episode 1: Using Algebra Tiles in the Math Classroom

Are you using Algebra Tiles in your math classroom? In this first episode, Region 13 Education Specialists Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders will explore why Algebra Tiles are an important tool for your students to experience in order to build a conceptual understanding of the abstract concept of Algebra. . Virginia and JC will also explore the research behind using manipulatives in your classroom and share with you free videos for how to teach using Algebra Tiles that can be found on the Region 13 Math website

Show Notes & Transcript

1. Tic/Toe/Board

2. Choice Boards

3. Low Prep Strategies for Differentiating Instruction

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Anna Warren


Janet Palms



Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System

Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) is the Commissioner Recommended principal evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year.  Region 13 hosts T-PESS trainings throughout the year; you can find dates and registration information about these trainings following on the Workshops page.

The intended purpose of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System is to assess the principal’s performance in relation to the Texas Principal Standards. The evaluation should take place in a collegial and non-threatening manner. The principal will take the lead in conducting the evaluation through the use of self-assessment, reflection, and input gathered from various stakeholders with an interest in the leadership of the school. The evidence and documentation gathered by the principal is not intended to become a portfolio. Rather, it should provide a basis for self-assessment, goal setting, professional development planning, and demonstration of performance on specific standards. A standardized principal evaluation system will:

For more information, please visit the new statewide T-PESS website.  TPESS.ORG

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For questions regarding T-TESS appraisals please contact: 

Anna Warren


Janet Palms



The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)

Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is the Commissioner Recommended teacher evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year.  Region 13 hosts T-TESS trainings throughout the year; you can find dates and registration information about these trainings on the Workshops page.

T-TESS is a system designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth and includes three components:

The T-TESS Rubric is made up of 4 Domains and 16 Dimensions.  Teachers at every level have areas of strength and areas that need to grow, and through T-TESS every teacher is supported and encouraged to grow professionally.

T-TESS strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching – the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices. For those reasons, each of the observable domains in T-TESS focuses on teachers and students rather than separating them out into separate domains. Ultimately, T-TESS is a process that seeks to develop habits of continuous improvement, and the process itself best leads to that outcome when appraisers and teachers focus on evidence-based feedback and professional development decisions based on that feedback through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

The recommended system encourages annual evaluations comprised of multiple informal observations and walkthroughs and at least one formal observation. These collective observations, along with the end-of-year conferences with appraisers, function as an integrated system to provide actionable, timely feedback, allowing teachers to make efficient, contextually-based professional development decisions that lead to growth – both teachers and students. Throughout the school year, teachers collaborate with their observer and/or appraiser to discuss teaching strategies, best practices, and techniques for effective instructional planning and execution of lessons.

For more information, please visit the statewide T-TESS website:

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