The Region One Technology Advisory Council has been organized as a forum for sharing information and providing guidance in the field of technology. The Council is comprised of the heads of Technology of all Region One districts. The council meets quarterly to discuss pertinent agenda items related to the improvement of technology operations. Speakers are brought in for the professional development of the Technology Advisory Council members. Networking and sharing of best practices by the district representatives are also accommodated through the monthly meetings.

    2021-2022 TAC Meeting Schedule and Resources

    Meeting Date Meeting Topics

    January 27, 2022

    Format: Zoom/remote

    Worshop ID: 217913

    Welcome and Regional Updates
    New Members
    TEA Online Testing Infrastructure Matching Grant
    PEIMS Submission Timelines
    Upcoming Events
    Presented by: Alex Flores, Region One ESC
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    eRate Update
    E-Rate Services for FY 2022-2023, Process & Eligible Services
    Presented by: Russell Neal, VST Services
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    Regional Cybersecurity Update
    New cybersecurity initiatives for the 2021-2022 school year, including MS-ISAC membership for all Region One school districts and charters.
    Presented by: Daniel Ramirez, Region One ESC
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    MEGABYTE and Distance Learning Consortium Updates
    MEGABYTE update on upcoming training, EdTECH Trends and changes with Google Certification. Distance Learning Consortium update on SB15 courses and review current services such as Streamable Learning and recorded webinars.
    Presented by: Miguel Chuca, Region One ESC
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    November 18, 2021

    Format: Onsite/In-Person

    Worshop ID: 212661

    Welcome and Regional Updates
    Region One Designation as a Cisco Networking Academy
    DDoS Mitigation Service - update
    Creating a TAC Steering Committee
    Presented by: Technology for Learning team
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    ACTIVITY: Identifying Regional Challenges and Needs
    Participants will be broken up into working teams of 4-6 individuals and each group will have 30 minutes to identify:

    • Top 3 challenges faced by their district(s)
    • Current or upcoming initiatives
    • Expectations/needs for the TAC meeting format and content

    Each working team will then have 10 minutes to report out and share with group.

    DISCUSSION: Regional Initiative Planning
    Review LEA challenges/needs and select priorities, intiatives, and projects to be undertaken as a region

    DISCUSSION: Establishing a Regional TAC Steering Committee
    Seeking nominations and/or volunteers to join a Technology Advisory Committee Steering Committee for 2021-2022. The steering committee will represent regional LEAs in the selection, planning, and implementation of regional technology initiatives, TAC meeting content and format, and other TAC-related activities.

    September 23, 2021

    Format: Zoom/remote

    Workshop ID: 202287

    NOTE: Please register by clicking on the workshop link above. Meeting Zoom link will be automatically emailed to you upon workshop registration.

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    Welcome and Regional Updates
    ORION: DDoS Mitigation Service and PRTG Monitoring Tool
    Presented by: Ali Kolahdouz, Region One ESC
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    Region of Resiliency: Historical Regional Performance and Student Acceleration
    Overview of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional student progress, assessment scores, and the accountability system. Region One school systems have shown remarkable resiliency in the face of previous challenges and data shows that our students know how to succeed.
    Presented by: Benjamin Macias, Region One ESC

    Senate Bill 15: Virtual Instruction for Texas Schools
    Overview of the requirements set by Senate Bill 15 and how it allows local educational agencies (LEAs) to receive full ADA funding for students who attend local remote learning programs at any point during the 2021-2022 school year.
    Presented by: Aminta Silva, Region One ESC
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    Building Teacher Capacity with Instructional Technology Integration
    Successfully implementing classroom technology and integrating it with pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning can be a monumental challenge. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD will share their experiences, insights, and lessons learned in working with their teachers to build capacity with classroom tech integration across the district.
    Co-Presented by: Daniel Saenz, PSJA ISD and Mike Chuca, Region One ESC
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    Regional Cybersecurity Update
    Update on legislative changes to cybersecurity awareness training requirements and new cybersecurity initiatives for the 2021-2022 school year.
    Presented by: Daniel Ramirez, Region One ESC
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    Region One ESC Distance Learning Consortium Changes for 2021-2022
    The DLC has been completely revamped for the 2021-2022 school year! Due to the shift towards video conferencing via Zoom by TEA and the criticality of information made available via TETN, access to content that previously required membership is now provided to all districts free of charge. The DLC has been reimagined as a portal for e-learning content for district staff, students, and parents with professional development content, webinars, virtual field trips, and more.
    Co-Presented by: Mike Chuca and Dr. Demian Morquin, Region One ESC

    March 31, 2022  
    May 19, 2022