Jessica Hart Interview



When and how long were you in the program?
I started the Richardson ISD Transition Program in May 2002-January 2006.  I was in the program for 4 years.

What was a typical day in the program like?
There was no typical day.  I went to Richland College for non-credit courses. I would go to the library to work on research.  The Transition Program provided transportation training.  We worked on a lot of employment skills such as this is how you interview, and apply for a job.  They taught appropriate behavior at a job.  I took a course and then I helped teach the course.  The fun part of the course was roll playing. 

Make Way for the Robots

Region 10 Education Service Center is excited to pilot a new program called Reggie’s Robots. This program will utilize VGo Robots, an innovative solution that allows students to attend classes via interactive video conferencing while recovering from long-term illness, injury, or other factors preventing the student from being present in the classroom.


Using a computer and mouse from home or the hospital, the student is able to “drive” the robot to classes and school assemblies. In class, the student will be able to actively participate in lessons, discussions and group work. This allows the student to receive quality instruction without falling behind on coursework,  develop and maintain strong teacher and peer relationships, and stay socially connected. These factors have been shown to boost the student’s morale, providing tangible health benefits.

Looking for Summer PD?

North Texas educators will have the chance to fill their summer with many professional development opportunities. Below are links to information about workshops, trainings and conferences that will serve to increase teacher and administrator efficacy.

Coppell ISD iDesign:

June 18-20, 2014 – TECHnique Week

What is iDesign?
3 days focused on design TECHniques for transformative integration of technology (especially iPads, laptops and web-based tools)

9 Things Changing on the New SAT

The test that we have all come to know and love has had some ‘work’ done. Nine procedures to be exact.

1. Students must use evidence in their answers
2. Vocabulary will be more practical
3. Math section will cover fewer topics
4. Calculators will be banned from portions of the math section
5. Widely-read founding documents and speeches will be included
6. Students will not be penalized for incorrect answers
7. Students can choose whether or not to write an essay
8. Smaller scores
9. Digital SATs will be available

New GED Testing Opportunities at Region 10!


In response to the increasing need for GED testing, Region 10 Education Service Center, in conjunction  with Garland ISD, will be opening a new GED Testing Center at our Spring Valley building. This new state-of-the-art Pearson VUE® computer-based facility will serve the needs of candidates from Region 10.

The testing center should be operational by October and will initially be open two nights a week and the first two Saturdays per month to accommodate GED candidates. The service center anticipates expanding days and hours based on need.

iTeacher: Social Media and the Modern Educator


Where are the real lines drawn in our virtual world?

A cursory search of the Internet yields many examples of individuals who have lost their jobs due to social media mistakes. Recently, cited examples of employers (the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Police Department, a Nebraska Prison, a Harrisburg Pennsylvania emergency room) who had terminated employees because of their actions on Facebook. Virgin Atlantic Airlines fired 13 of its cabin crew members for comments made on Facebook. In some instances, the employee’s Facebook account was private. This, however, did not prevent termination.

18th State Dyslexia Summer Institute

Congratulations! We have a winner! Cathy Beardshaw from Plano ISD was our raffle winner. By now she has been contacted by Ruth Ziolkowski, President of Don Johnston Incorporated. Let’s give Ruth a round of applause! We hope to see all of you next summer.

SLJ FREE Online Event, SummerTeen – Hot Books for Young Adults-July 24

It’s back! School Library Journal‘s SummerTeen, an online event featuring the best books for teens under the sun!

July 24, 2013
11:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

This year’s lineup features hot YA authors talking about their cool new books. Panels will cover the latest trends in teen lit including mystery/thriller, historical fantasy, technology, diversity and humor!

Plus, top YA publishers will preview the books you’ll want in your collection and there will be prizes, giveaways and author chats in the exhibit hall just like a live conference.

Crisscross Apple Sauce Isn’t Easy!

As the school year is coming to a close, some children (and teachers) have a tendency to get increasingly wiggly. Please remember that sitting crisscross apple sauce is very difficult for our little ones, especially for prolonged amounts of time! (Have you ever tried to sit like that for any length of time? I don’t know about you, but my legs go to sleep!) Also, keep in mind that prolonged sitting without physical breaks is not developmentally appropriate for our preschool kiddos.

The Teaching Channel

Have you heard about the Teaching Channel?

Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. It is a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other.

With the help of the Tch community, their mission is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across America.