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Region 4 Conferences

June 6, 2017

Summer Institute: Section 504/ADA
Hear from leading national experts about how Section 504/ADA has been interpreted by the courts through recent case law. Learn about similarities and differences among these federal laws and effective ways to identify and serve students under Section 504/ADA.  Extend your learning at the Summer Institute: 504 Training 101—Preconference Overview of 504 for Beginners on June 5.


June 8–9, 2017
Summer Evaluation Institute
Attend this preconference to acquire the latest information regarding student evaluation processes. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. Extend your learning at the Summer Evaluation Institute Preconference (Interpreting FIE Data) on June 7.


June 13–14, 2017
Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) Statewide Conference
Explore the latest assistive technology tools and strategies to improve achievement for students with special needs. For more information, visit Extend your learning at the TATN Post Conference on June 15.


June 19, 2017 
18+ Symposium
Learn the strategies and practices of evidence-based 18+ programs, whether you need to start a new program or improve what you already have. Explore a continuous improvement model for 18+ programming for adult students with disabilities. Bring your transition services staff, secondary department chairs, appraisal staff, and other stakeholders for greater impact.


June 20–22, 2017
Access to the General Curriculum (AGC) Institute
Join education professionals at this 3-day Institute in exploring evidence-based practices for creating effective learning environments for all learners. The AGC Institute will include general sessions from national speakers, the opportunity to attend concurrent break-out or workshop sessions, and a digital café where you can explore digital tools for the classroom. 



Join administrators from across the state to receive an overview of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in a 1-day preconference for the Texas Behavior Support State Conference.


June 28–29, 2017
Texas Behavior Support State Conference [Session is Full]
Build knowledge and skills for districts, campuses, and educators in the use of positive behavior supports for students. Explore the relationships among discipline, behavior management, and achievement, and identify strategies and supports to promote access to and participation in the general curriculum. The early bird rate of $75 is good until June 1, 2017. Regular registration is $90 beginning June 2, 2017.

July 10–13, 2017
Signing Exact English (SEE) Skillshop
This week-long workshop for adult learners is designed to meet the needs of beginning as well as advanced users of SEE. Participants will improve their expressive and receptive signing skills, sign vocabulary, visual features of sign language, and song and storytelling techniques.



July 18–20, 2017
Preschool Summer Institute [Session is Full]
Attend this multiday, multistrand institute to learn research-based strategies to enhance learning and development of preschool children with disabilities. Information related to best practices and instructional techniques will be emphasized. Appropriate resources will be provided to support the training.



July 28, 2017

STEAM Conference for Teachers
Educators will explore the power of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) as it applies to real-world connections, creativity through collaboration, and innovation through art and engineering. Choose from a variety of sessions including 1.5- or 3-hour hands-on workshops, interact with hardware and software in a technology playground environment, meet with STEAM experts in 15-minute quick bits, or attend a panel on the latest in STEAM for your classroom. Design your workshop experience and learn how to use STEAM concepts to empower your students. Extend your learning at the STEAM Student/Teacher Cohort Conference (for grades 6–8) on July 29.


August 1–3, 2017 
Autism Symposium
Join this 3-day symposium to gain the most recent information on autism research and issues, from birth to transition. Keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin will share her personal experiences as an individual with autism. Leaders in the field Celine Saulnier, Ph.D.; Paula Kluth, Ph.D.; and Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., will provide information regarding research, early identification, and strategies to support students with autism in the classroom.


August 30, 2017 
School Counselors' Symposium

Elementary through high school counselors are invited to gather with us as we provide a day of professional learning. Explore these topics and more: social and emotional wellness; college and career readiness; substance abuse and violence prevention; and safe school services and student support.



September 21, 2017 
Bilingual/ESL Conference
Educators will expand their knowledge with evidence-based strategies and research-based information designed for working with English Language Learners (ELLs). Presentations will be framed around relevant topics that directly impact the academic success of ELLs. Session topics will address dual language, transitioning from L1 to L2, sheltered instruction, assessment, and technology.



October 19, 2017 
Science Conference
Details to be released soon.



November 15, 2017
Reading and Writing Conference
The Annual Reading and Writing Conference will offer sessions on various topics including the reading and writing connection, genre integration, critical thinking skills, technology incorporation, differentiation, reaching struggling learners, and many other areas. Presentations will be given by invited speakers, district staff, and Region 4 specialists.



November 30, 2017
Dyslexia Conference
This annual conference features various sessions in relation to dyslexia, including research, response to intervention, assessment, accommodations, legal issues, and much more.  The goal of the conference is to bring current and practical information to a diverse audience of teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, speech language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, and others. 



January 18, 2018 

Digital Learning Conference 2018: Connect. Empower. Transform

DLC 2018 will feature two exciting keynote speakers. The opening keynote, Leslie Fisher, is the Director of Fisher Technologies Inc, a worldwide company specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.  In the 1990's, she was one of Apple Computer's first employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. She's been been a featured speaker at TCEA for the past 10 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to educators. The closing keynote, Todd Nesloney (often referred to as TechNinjaTodd), is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK–5 school in Texas. He is an award-winning author and has been recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Education, by the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education,” by the BAMMYs as the “National Elementary Principal of the Year” and the “National Elementary Teacher of the Year,” by TCEA as their “Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year,” and by the White House as a Connected Educator “Champion of Change.”  



January 20, 2018
Mathematics Conference
Details to be released soon.



January 27, 2018
Social Studies Conference

Join other social studies professionals in this one-day conference exploring general, grade level, and content-specific best practices for the 21st century social studies classroom. Strands may include the major themes in social studies, instructional strategies that address the needs of all learners, differentiation, technology applications, and sound assessment. The conference will include a full day of concurrent presentations, vendor product demonstrations, and an exhibit hall.

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