MPACT 2013 has ended

The Curriculum & Instruction Department of Manor ISD is pleased to announce MPACT.  Through MPACT, learners will be inspired to impact our students, exchange ideas with other teacher leaders, administrators, and community partners; and learn ways to engage and motivate our diverse student population. This teaching and learning institute is appropriate for all of us because we are interested in "Impacting Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms."  

We encourage you to arrive early for check in to get your swag bag and to start your day networking with your fellow MISD educators before the sessions begin . Click here to download a pdf version of the full progam for MPACT. It will provide you with tips on how to make the most of your day. Additionally, SCHED Planner is the tool you will use to build your personal itinerary for MPACT. Most sessions are designed for any audience and  sessions are faciliated by your peers and some guest speakers. If you are unsure how to register, watch this video.

Star the sessions that you would like to attend. Choose only ONE session per timeslot. It will be important that you bring your technology since we will not have paper copies available and any updates to sessions and session locations will be available on this site only. Remember to bookmark the mobile app or print your schedule before you come. Dress comfortably as there are some sessions that will be very interactive. Finally, check out all of our participating vendors and exhibitors. Stop by their tables to hear and/or see what they have to offer. You never know what types of goodies you will pick up at their tables or what you may win at the end of the day.  See you at MPACT! 


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MPACT Sessions A [clear filter]
Tuesday, August 20


A01 - Creating An Inclusive Environment for LGBT Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of this session is toIncrease the knowledge base among educators and staff at the secondary level on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in school. Increase sensitivity among staff and educators regarding the gay population. Help you identify some issues that exist among this population, such as rejection by their family, community, church and/or school. Teach you how to respond to situation that may arise in your classroom and school.

Educators will learn how to take steps in creating an inclusive school environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and families. Participants will learn the benefits of supporting LGBT youth, as well as create your own Safe Space Program on your respective campus. Teachers and staff will feel motivated to start or support student clubs, like a Gay Straight Alliance.

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Ana Bowie

Licensed Master Social Worker, Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD)
I am originally from South Texas and have been a resident of Pflugerville since 1998. I attended Texas State University for both Bachelors and Master education in the field of Social Worker. I am licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners as a master’s level social worker... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A02 - Identifying and Responding to Bullying and Sexual Harassment
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will engage participants with interactive games that will provide them with tools to effectively identify and respond to bullying and sexually harassing situations that happen in school. Presenters will share the latest research to demonstrate the connection between bullying/sexual harassing behaviors and later engagement in sexual assault and dating violence. Presenters will engage school staff in preventing dating violence by identifying and addressing root cause behaviors.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
• Identify forms of bullying and sexual harassment that frequently occur in schools.
• Understand motivations for using bullying/sexually harassing behaviors.
• Differentiate between situations that require intervention versus de-escalation of bullying behaviors and respond accordingly. 

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Christina Foxhall, LMSW

Expect Respect Counselor, SafePlace
Christina Foxhall, LMSW, works in the Expect Respect department at SafePlace in Austin, Texas. Ms. Foxhall currently serves as an Expect Respect Counselor in Austin ISD, facilitating group and individual counseling for students who have witnessed or experienced sexual assault, domestic... Read More →
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Randy Randolph

Expect Respect Prevention Manager, SafePlace
Randy Randolph is the Expect Respect Prevention Education Manager at SafePlace in Austin, a Texas domestic and sexual violence survival center that is a nationally recognized leader in the development of resources and training related to dating violence prevention through innovative... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A03 - The Word Wall Unplugged
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session participants will learn quick strategies to actively engage students in vocabulary development and leave with BOY activities to implement.  Higher level thinking skills paired with visual memory help ensure that key content/elective words are remembered. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.

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Pamela Gray

PreK - 2 Literacy Coach, Lagos ES, Manor Independent School District
Pamela Gray has 41 years experience teaching PK – 12 and college adult; she also has  38 years experience with professional development. She is a New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (now Abydos, International, which is part of the National Diffusion Network) diamond level writing... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A04 - eBooks for iPads & Other Devices
Limited Capacity seats available

Access ebooks on your campus using an iPad, PC, smartphone or other device. Use FollettShelf to incorporate ebooks seamlessly into your classroom. Provide 24/7 access to the library for your students by showing them FollettShelf!

During this session:
  • Teachers will use available technology to access resources.
  • Teachers will gain comfort and become familiar with the functionality of our ebook platform.
  • Teachers will introduce students to ebook access thereby expanding the library beyond the limits of a brick and mortar building.

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Jill Brady

Library Media Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Jill Brady graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston (BA) and the Universities of Massachusetts and Wisconsin (M.Ed., MLIS) before coming to Decker Middle School. She has worked at Decker Middle School for nine years. She previously worked in special education, taught... Read More →

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Rob Sieracki

Regional Manager of Follett
Rob Sieracki has been a regional manager for Follett since 1990. Previously, he worked for the University of Denver (Athletic Facilities Director) and head varsity football coach / history teacher at The Denver Academy in Denver, CO.  Currently, he serves as a  varsity girls lacrosse... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A05 - I Have Technology, Now What?
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your own device to explore free websites and apps that you can use in your classroom starting from day one! Participants will leave with the experience of using websites and apps that bring technology to life in the classroom for both teachers and students.

During this session, participants will explore useful websites and applications and brainstorm ways to use them in the classroom with their content. Participants will leave with a list of website and applications, along with ideas about how to use them effectively in the classroom.

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Erin Acevedo

Teacher, Manor ISD
Mrs. Acevedo is a 6th grade World Cultures teacher at Decker Middle School. She has been at Decker Middle School for a year. Ms. Acevedo graduated from Texas A & M University-Kingsvile in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education and Elementary Music, Grades 1 - 8. She has since... Read More →
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Laura Battle

6th Grade Math Teacher, Manor Independent School District
Ms. Battle teaches 6th Grade Math in a 1:1 classroom at Decker Middle School. She is a certified bilingual teacher with extensive elementary experience. This is Ms. Battle's fourth year to teach Math and to implement Project Based Learning in her classroom. She has been working with... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A06 - The PBL Work Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

The PBL Work Lab is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.  This session is an open workspace where teachers can bring TEKS to work through project ideation and develop driving questions or they can bring a project that needs refining.  Experienced trainers of project based learning will be available as thought partners and can provide project planning documents to assist teachers in project development.  If applicable, teachers are encouraged to attend with their team teacher.

Depending on what step of the planning process a teacher is at, teachers who attend the session, will leave with a more complete project.

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Claudia Acevedo

Academic Dean, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo taught at New Tech schools in California and Texas before becoming a district coordinator and school administrator. She has been training teachers on project based learning strategies since 2009 and is currently the Academic Dean at Manor New Tech High School.

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Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A07 - The Continuous Improvement Model: Critical Factors for ELL Success in Secondary Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Utilizing a synthesis of Continuous Improvement Cycle models, the MISD leaders will provide information on the strategies utilized to improve ELL Secondary Student Success and facilitate a group of Secondary Educators through a roundtable discussion of critical success factors for ELL success identified as a fourfold: 1) Keys to Relationship Building with Secondary Students; 2) Building Trust Amongst Staff: 3) Building a Collaborative Culture Continuum; 4) From Data to Action-Monitoring Systems for Interventions. Participants will have have a chance to provide personal insight on these key variables for ELL success.

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Roel Hinojosa

Director of Bilingual/ESL Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Hinojosa truly loves the diversity that Manor ISD employs and how the district is committed to providing a welcoming, family, and community-oriented environment to all its stakeholders. Hinojosa brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education to MISD; his varied experiences... Read More →
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Dr. Eduardo Lozano

Principal, Manor Excel Academy
Dr. Lozano serves as the Principal of Manor Excel Academy and has successfully worked with At-Risk youth in a variety of capacities including Principal at the Manor Alternative Placement Center, Manor High School and worked as a Secondary Principal in Austin and Morocco. He is a graduate... Read More →
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Lynda Maldonado

Academic Intervention Specialist, Manor High School
Lynda Maldonado is an Academic Intervention Specialist at Manor High School and serves in the Transition Team to ensure success for students entering Manor Excel Academy. Lynda has worked with the Manor ISD Bilingual/ESL Department and now monitors high school interventions and school... Read More →

Maria Gandara White

Academic Specialist of Bilingual and ESL, Manor Independent School District
Maria serves the MISD, Bilingual and ESL Division Drop Out Prevention Lead, ELA/SS Lead for K-12 Programs. Maria's background in School Improvement includes: Academic Dean RRISD Office of School Improvement and Academic Intervention, TTIPS Community Partnership Coordinator, Office... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A08 - The Important Thing is to NOT Stop Questioning!
Limited Capacity seats available

Does anyone question the need for students to critical thinkers? The answer many may seek is how to do this in a systemized manner across all subjects: You can do assist the students at any grade level 6-12 in any class subject. Come and join us in the demonstration of different ways of Socratic Seminars. In this session, teachers will understand how to conduct while participating in various Socratic Seminars.


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Celia Irizarry

College & Career Specialist & District Director for AVID, Manor Independent School District
I am a mother of three children that have attended MISD since they were in Pre-K. I have taught for 23 years and this is my 12 year at MISD. I have taught Spanish I-IV, ESL,and AVID I-IV. A year ago, I finished my masters in College Student Development at St. Edward's University and... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A09: Organize Your Classroom Library With The Booksource
Limited Capacity seats available

Classroom Organizer is a free web-based program that allows educators to inventory and track their classroom library books online. Students can check out and return books through the system; teachers can track who has what book. Teachers can also run assessment reports per student and title activity.

During this session, attendees will be able to easily organize their classroom libraries – from opening an account and entering titles to teaching their students how to check out/return books and running reports. Attendees will also be able to customize their accounts to best serve how they use their classroom libraries, and to track usage to help make smart, effective purchases for their classroom libraries.

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The Booksource

Classroom Organizer Manager, The Booksource
The Booksource has been a family-owned company since our founding in 1974. We've grown and prospered in large measure because of a corporate culture that places a strong emphasis on caring and respect for our extended family, our employees, our customers and our partners. Sandy Jaffe... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A10: Technology Makes Us Tree Friendly
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will be able to leave the session and be able to create quizzes, online discussions, collaborative groups, and to cut their paper consumption in the classroom using Edmodo and Google Drive. Attendees will also take a look at things such as the following:
  • Running your classroom in Edmodo with online quizzes, assignments, and planners
  • Creating open online discussions with students using Edmodo posts.
  • Cutting your paper consumption using Google Drive.

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Mistie Young

CTE Teacher, Manor Middle School
Mistie received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in Early Childhood Education. She  has always been an eager learner and ended up certified in several areas such as Math, Science, Technology, Business, ESL and as a Generalist.  Her first year of teaching... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A11 - Assessing Our Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Learners will explore strategies for creating assessments that yield valuable data to inform instruction and classroom decision-making. The learner will:- discuss best practices in assessment formation- explore questions to facilitate in evaluating effectiveness of assessments- evaluate/compare and contrast assessments.

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Zachary McAuley

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Zachary is a math teacher at Manor Excel Academy. Zachary graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and has been a K-12 math instructor for varying levels of academic proficiency. He has assisted in developing extra-curricular activities... Read More →
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Blanca Valencia

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Blanca Valencia is a Social Studies Teacher at Manor Excel. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a teaching certification from the UTeach Liberal Arts program. Blanca is also a Teacher Leader under the TTIPS grant for... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A12 - Teacher Websites: They're Required, but Really Easy!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know every teacher in Manor ISD is required to have a website? More importantly, did you know that it's REALLY easy to create your site? This 50 minute crash course will provide all the tools your need to set up your site. To best utilize everyone's time during this session, at least 24 hours prior to attending visit your campus website and be sure you are listed in the staff directory (under About Us). If you are NOT listed, send me an email at abby.siedenstrang@manorisd.net with your name and campus.

Note: PCE & PME teachers, you will receive a 1 hour teacher website session during your campus PD later in the week. You are welcome to attend this session as well, but the information will be similar. BTE teachers, you have already had your 1 hour teacher website session, but please feel free to attend for a refresher or to receive additional assistance.

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Abby Siedenstrang

Communications Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Abby Siedenstrang is going into her second year as Manor ISD's communications coordinator and her fifth year with the district. Prior to joining the administrative team, Abby spent three years in the Career & Technical Education department at Manor High School teaching a broad range... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A13- Attacking the New Math TEKS!
Limited Capacity seats available

The new TEKS will affect all grade levels, Kindergarten through Pre-Calculus. At every grade level, current TEKS have been shifted down to lower grades and newly written TEKS were added. However, the incoming 6th graders (2013-14) feel the greatest impact of the changes with 55% of the standards being new to that grade level. MISDis taking measures to help support these learners through the transition and also prepare them for the required standards starting in 2014. 

In this hands- on session, we will unpack the new TEKS in an effort to impact student achievment.  Let's attack this together!


Kyle Kendrick

21st Century Math Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Kyle Kendrick taught at Manor New Tech for six years and is now a Math Coordinator for the district. His educational background includes a BA in Mathematics and an MA in STEM Education from the University of Texas. He believes the key to success is a student-driven engaging class... Read More →
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Lisa Kutsch

Lisa Kutsch serves Manor ISD as the Advanced Academics Coordinator. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin where she was also in the UTEACH teacher certification program. Lisa earned two Master of Education degrees in Curriculum and... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A14 - Toys or Tools?: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the technology that is a typical distraction for students and put them to educational use.

1. Ideas for iPad use in the classroom

2. A look at assignments created using iPad apps

3. See how easy it is to create templates and assignments for students on iPads.

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Teranika Odems

AVID Coordinator, Manor Excel Academy
Teranika Odems has been in Education for 7 years. She started her career in Austin ISD as a teachers assistant, after obtaining a BA from Stephen F Austin State University. After her time with Austin ISD she received her teacher certification and began teaching World Geography at... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A15 - Routines and Relationships in the Engaged Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Access easy-to-implement tips that will help any teacher create, hone, and maintain an engaged classroom environment. Collaborate, discuss, and share helpful hints about student-teacher relationship building. Adapt and streamline routines in order to maximize instructional time and keep students focused and on-task.

Participants will:

* discuss examples of successful routines that build student buy-in and increase engagement

* collaborate on the DOs of successful relationship building – an essential factor in student and teacher success

* walk away with concrete tips, strategies and structures can be adapted to and implemented in virtually any classroom/learning environment

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Samuel Cauman

Assistant Principal, Manor Independent School District
Samuel Cauman was born and rasied in Washington, D.C. and educated in D.C. public schools. He spent one year of high school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has a B.A. in political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He spent two years teaching English in Japan and... Read More →
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Sheri Lawson

Teacher, Manor Independent School District
Sheri was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri where she attended public schools in the St. Louis area. She has a bachelor’s degree that was attained from the University of Phoenix and her teaching certification was attained from iTeach Texas. Sheri earned her master’s degree... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A16 - The LGBT Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Our goal at Out Youth is to educate providers on issues LGBTQIA youth face, provide steps in communicating effectively and building rapport with LGBTQIA youth, and assist in promoting a safe environment for LGBTQIA youth.

During this session, participants wil:
  • Receive information about the LGBTQIA teen population.
  • Gain appropriate language to use when working LGBTQIA youth. 
  • Have the opportunity to process issues they have experienced with LGBTQIA youth in the school system.

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Keisha Martinez

Program Manager, Integral Care
Keisha C. Martinez, LPC-S is a former Clinical Services Director at Out Youth Austin. She is now a Program Manager with Integral Care. She oversees the Seton in School Program which provides therapeutic services on 14 AISD campuses. Keisha received her Master’s Degree in Professional... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A17 - Zumba Fitness, Anyone?
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to get your workout on? We certainly hope so. Join us for an hour of fun and fitness. In case you've never had a Zumba class before, a Zumba workout mixes body sculpting movements with dance steps derived from cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso and Salsaton. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms. It targets areas such as the glutes, legs, arms, abdominals, and the heart. 

Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a bottle of water. This class is sure to make an MPACT on YOU!
The maximum number of participants for this class is 30 educators. 

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
Practice Gym


A18 - Grant Writing, It's Elementary!
Limited Capacity seats available

Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a Second Grade Teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary.  She has written and was granted over $400,000.00 in grant money while at Texas A&M University.  This past year at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary she wrote and was awarded a $3900.00 Lowe's Beautification Award.  She has written two other grants that have yet to be awarded (elementary robotics). 

Write grants and earn money for your school!  Discover where and how to find grants.  Apply your knowledge immediately. 
  • Learn basic grant writing skills.
  • Find where and how to apply for grants.
  • Partner with other school employees to make the best of your grant writing experiences.
  • You've got the money, now what?

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Patricia Draughn

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a second grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. She has ten years training and development experience working for a Fortune 100 corporation and four years working with women and ethnic minorities recruitment and retention... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A19 - Everything to Everyone: Being an IC
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn more about being an instructional coach (IC), whether you are currently one or wish to become one in the future. Learn about some of the best practices for being an IC and how to help other teachers at your campus. You will leave with a list of topics to assist with being in such an important role for your campus and the district as a whole.

1. Learn about best practices for being an instructional coach.
2. Find out about new ways to help teachers at your campus.
3. Leave with a list of topics to further the impact of the IC on the campus.

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David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A20 - Copyright Done Right – Easy Doesn’t Mean It’s Legal
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to keep yourself and your students legal as you utilize the ever expanding digital resources that are available.  Find out how copyright is about economics not education and how digital resources have stricter rules than printed resources.  Bring your questions and ideas for this interactive session on “just because you can, doesn’t make it legal” copyright.

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Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am


A21- The Power Of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past several years much has changed in schools.  Federal education laws have raised student academic standards; professional accountability for student outcomes is a requirement--everyone counts; and access to the curriculum is the expectation for all students--it is no longer an option. As these changes have occurred, co-teaching has increased in importance.  As educational personnel strive to meet state and federal accountability mandates to improve the achievement of students with disabilities, schools are exploring various inclusive service delivery models to fulfill the needs of diverse learners. The co-teach model is one effective model allowing general and special educators to differentiate and deliver instruction with assurances that all students have full access to the grade-level expectations of the general curriculum. The purpose of this presentation is to help participants establish a common understanding of various co-teaching configurations and to explain considerations necessary to implement and evaluate an effective co-teaching program. The Power of 2 video provides a comprehensive look at co-teaching as part of the foundation of an inclusive and collaborative school. 

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Gerard Cortez

Director of Special Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Gerard G. Cortez is currently serving as the Director of Special Education for Manor ISD. He has been a professional educator for the past nineteen years. Throughout his professional tenure, he has worked in a variety of educational settings and has served as a classroom teacher... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am