ESC Region 11 Support and Guidance

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    ESC Region 11 is here to support you, your staff, and ultimately your students!

    Work phone: (817) 740-3691                      ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊                    Email: jfagan@esc11.net

    CLICK HERE for a direct link to the ESC Region 11 COVID-19 Support page.

Resources and Announcements:

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO ESC REGION 11 CHARTER LEA - 

    NORTH TEXAS COLLEGIATE ACADEMY!!

         

    North Texas Collegiate Academy

    Charter school's partnership sends teachers back to college

    MAR 24, DENTON RECORD - Special education teacher Lisa Hoyles-Taylor and pre-K teacher Tabatha Griffith had dreamed of earning their master’s degrees, but neither could take the time away from their work at a local charter school or their family.

    Then came a partnership between their employer North Texas Collegiate Academy and a teacher development platform, BloomBoard, and Oklahoma Christian University gave Hoyles-Taylor and Griffith a chance to earn the degrees they’d deferred.

    The partnership, with the help of federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds, set the two women (and 17 other teachers in the school) on a path using a practice called micro-credentialing, which allows each of them to study a degree in curriculum and instruction. Hoyles-Taylor and Griffith are able to do some of their studies virtually. The rest, though, happens in their classrooms.

    “This program is all about job-embedded study,” said Lisa Stanley, the superintendent of the academy, a charter school founded 21 years ago. The school chiefly serves at-risk students in pre-K through eighth grade. Many of the students are from non-English speaking homes.

    “For our teachers who are focused on (social-emotional learning), the job-embedded approach is especially valuable,” Stanley said. “SEL was important before the pandemic, and the pandemic has only amplified the importance of this kind of learning.”

    Register and attend the Prioritizing Excellence Conference on July 25th to hear from Dr. Stanley directly about the incredible program and partnership she has implemented. 
     

    ESC Region 11 Professional Development Service Requests

    Complete the ESC Region 11 Instructional Services Request for Professional Development or Coaching here: Service Request Google Form Link.

    Please enter each request separately.

     


    Pathways summit

    Register TODAY for the 2022 Pathways to Texas CCMR Summit and attend the special session designed just for charter schools. Learn about the pathways that support college, career and military readiness.

     


    TXCharterCon 2022 Call for Proposals

    The Texas Public Charter Schools Association is now accepting  presentation proposals for the 2022 conference. TPCSA is looking for engaging presenters and sessions that focus on best practices in education and to engage attendees in dialogue about cutting edge trends, issues and educational solutions. Participation as a presenter will help increase your leadership skills and professional competence, provide for an exchange of ideas and solutions and help attendees address the issues and challenges facing the Texas public charter schools community.

    • Call for presentations deadline: May 1, 2022
    • Proposers notified of status/acceptance: June 3, 2022
    • Deadline for accepted presenters to confirm acceptance: June 10, 2022
    • Deadline for accepted presenters to upload headshots, bios, and presentation: August 1, 2022

    Texas Public Charter Schools Conference: September 26-28, 2022

     


    School Board Training and Legislative Briefing Books

    ESC Region 11 offers a standard menu of school board training as well as customized training opportunities designed to meet the needs of individual school districts. Governance Training Optimization (GTO) equips charter board members and school officers with high-quality materials developed by TEA in conjunction with the National Charter School Institute that are directly aligned with board and officer training requirements found in 19 TAC §100.1102-1105. Training is facilitated by presenters with years of practical successful experience working with school board members and superintendents.

    GTO training covers a broad range of topics including:

    • Why charter boards make a difference
    • Board governance expectations and bylaws
    • Implementing the goals of the charter contract
    • Effective and efficient board meetings
    • Evaluating academic performance
    • Financial oversight and risk management
    • Ensuring services to special populations
    • School safety
    • Ensuring high-quality distance learning; and
    • Tips for effective governance and continuous improvement. 

    GTO training will help meet the requirements for:

    • Charter officers (30 hours initially and 15 hours thereafter)
    • School administrators (10 hours initially and 5 hours thereafter)
    • Business officers (30 hours initially and 15 hours thereafter) 33

    Charter Board Training Requirements Side-by-Side

    GTO materials provided to training participants include:  

    If you need more information about or seek Charter Board Training, please reach out to Kathy Ferrell at 817-740-3681 or kferrell@esc11.net.

     


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    School Safety Guidance and Required Action

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) have released guidance designed to improve the level of safety at Texas public schools. The letter to administrators outlines actions districts must take prior to the start of the new school year and includes information about the current and forthcoming supports available to districts. The correspondence notes that all districts must take the following actions prior to the start of the new school year:
    • Conduct a Summer Targeted Partial Safety Audit 
    • Conduct an Exterior Door Safety Audit 
    • Convene the district’s Safety and Security Committee to review the multi-hazard emergency operations plan (EOP) and the district’s active threat plan
    • Ensure all campus staff (including substitutes) are trained on their campus safety procedures
    • Schedule all mandatory drills for the school year
    • Ensure all threat assessment team members are trained
    • Review and, if necessary, update access control procedures 
    • For the new school year, access control procedures must include exterior door sweeps at every instructional facility at least once each week while instruction is being conducted
     
    Districts are required to respond to a survey issued by TxSSC to certify each of the above items have been completed by Sept. 1, 2022. Read the letter. 
    Additionally, TxSSC officials will begin intruder detection audits of schools in September. It will alert districts and local law enforcement of the audits but will not inform districts of when the audit will occur. TxSSC hopes to inspect 100% of school districts and 75% of campuses across the state by the end of the school year. Read more. 
     

    School Safety and Senate Bill 11

    With the passage of Senate Bill 11, Texas now joins the short list of states in our country to legislatively mandate the implementation of behavioral threat assessment teams in its Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. Behavioral Threat Assessment provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat and for providing interventions before a violent incident occurs.

    To support charter schools in meeting the school safety requirements of Texas Education Code 37.108, the TxSSC is in the process of moving our live virtual training to an online training module that may be accessed at any time. Once complete, this online training module will be housed in our School Safety Learning Portal, and will provide an overview to what open-enrollment charter schools need to know regarding Texas legislative requirements that impact school safety and security.

    Charter Tools supported by the TXSSC. The Texas School Safety Center is hosting a series of no-cost virtual trainings to assist open-enrollment charter schools. CLICK HERE and scroll down for more information. 

    For more information about the Charter School Safety Requirements online training module, please contact Cynthia J. Arredondo at cj19@txstate.edu

     

 Other General Support at ESC Region 11:

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    • Internet Resources 
      • PBS - TEA is proud to announce a student-centered partnership with @TexasPBS PBS At-Home Learning logo

        All 10 Texas PBS affiliates are now airing TEKS-aligned programming. The At-Home Learning Initiative consists of shows & supplemental materials that further support remote instruction http://bit.ly/2Vr0W4x.

      • ESC Region 11 Virtual Field Trips - Field trips are informal learning experiences that get students out into the world, exploring the world and students' interests. Thankfully, there are great games, apps, and websites that can bring places and experiences fostered by field trips to the classroom. While not an outright replacement, these field trip tools can offer inspiring and intriguing experiences for students. We have students making field trips from home while schools are responding to COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements.

      • Newsela - Whether your school is teaching through a closure or building plans to prepare, we're here to help you ensure that learning doesn't stop. 

      • Chrome Extension Tools Blog for struggling and special needs students: In this blog post, we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:

        • Text to Speech
        • Readability
        • Reading
        • Comprehension
        • Focus
        • Navigation

     

      • Apple Education Learning Series- This video will help educators learn how to get up and running for remote learning with an iPad. We'll explore ways to access school resources and find apps that support remote learning.
      • Flipgrid - for use in any classroom while utilizing distance learning.
      • Slidesmania - Digital notebooks for Google Slides or PowerPoint.
      • Texthelp - Read&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work. Free for educators.  
      • Zoom - Are you utilizing Zoom for meetings or online classroom instruction?