Service Offerings

  • Region One Education Service Center delivers services that help public school counselors in their work. Our service offerings are open to the public and provide the most current and highest quality information available to Texas educators. We offer workshops, academies, and technical assistance at our site or at a location chosen by you. Contact us to learn about customized offerings. This page contains a listing of services we currently offer. If you would like to have a session created, contact Jennifer Avelar at javelar@esc1.net for custom session pricing, and to schedule your event.

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    COUNSELOR SUPPORTS


    Counselor's Academy for Secondary Counselors 

    The work of a secondary counselor is filled with complex challenges, ever-changing requirements, and a lot of opportunities to help students achieve their dreams. The Secondary Counselor Academy consists of five, full-day sessions held between October 2022 and March 2023. Sessions are packed with content that will enhance participants' leadership skills in the areas of mental health, advocacy, collaboration, student supports, and data utilization. Click the graphic to learn more about each day and to register.

    DATES: 10/6/22, 11/20/22, 12/13/22*, 1/17/23, and 3/7/23.

    Contact Jennifer Avelar @ javelar@esc1.net  to schedule any or all of these sessions at your location.


    Counselor's Academy for Elementary Counselors

    The focus of this academy is to enhance a counselor's leadership skills in the areas of advocacy, collaboration, and data use, while also providing the latest information on mental health, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and elementary counseling techniques. This academy is specially designed for creating responsive services and building a system of support in districts and campuses for all students served.

    Contact: Joe Castillo, Specialist, at jmcastillo@esc1.net


    Special Session on Social Emotional Learning

    The focus of this session is on SEL for counselors. Participants will review a variety of resources that will help them to better understand SEL components and use tool kits available to them. Included in the review are resources for counselors to address parent and student needs. Please note that this session is limited to 50 registrants only; early registration is encouraged. 

    Contact: Joe Castillo, Specialist, at jmcastillo@esc1.net  


    Counselor-Specific Career and Technical Education (CTE) Sessions

    Career and Technical Education programs offer students pathways to a variety of careers. Included in these programs are supports to help students achieve personally and professionally. These sessions provide an overview of CTE components focused on sharing information about CTE programs, career advising, and resources for counselors. These sessions include employability skills and mental health and wellness support.

    Contact: Jennifer Avilar at javelar@esc1.net or Leo Saenz, Specialist, at lsaenz@esc1.net.


    Counseling Cooperative (Coop)

    Participants in the Counseling Coop receive professional development, updates, and networking opportunities during quarterly, online meetings. Coop members will build collaborative relationships as well as receive relevant information to better serve students. Sessions are designed for Counselors and Counseling Directors. These meetings are held in December, March, and September, and meeting agendas will be developed collaboratively based on our local needs.  

    Regional Counseling Directors Meetings include Counseling Directors from ESC Regions 1-4, ESC Counselor Specialists, and TEA's Counselor Support Manager, Stephanie Lerner. Representatives from higher education and workforce solutions will be invited to provide updates on admissions, degree programs, and requirements, updates on programs of study and industry-based certifications will be shared and technical assistance will be provided as needed.

    A Google drive with resources will be provided. It contains COVID-19 resources, Multi-Tiered System of Support information, HB5 forms such as the FAFSA opt out forms, HFSP opt out forms, Highest Ranking Graduate Certificate, and other graduation updates and requirements. A Region One Monthly Counselor Newsletter will also be provided.

    Contact: Jennifer Avelar at javelar@esc1.net.


    FAMILY SUPPORTS


    SEL Series for Families

    Region One ESC, in partnership with ACT, will provide a 3-part virtual series focused on ways families can address the social, emotional, and academic needs of their child. Participants will have opportunities to learn how to maintain their composure and gain optimism. Family and Parent Liaisons are also invited to attend. These sessions are available in English and Spanish. 

    Contact: Jennifer Avelar at javelar@esc1.net.


    Playbook Webinar Series for Families

    In these sessions, families will gain awareness of components included in the Middle School Playbook/High School Playbook. The purpose is to inform, educate, and guide students and their families towards their post-secondary plans and pursuits. Each Playbook has an array of academic support, career exploration, and life readiness through its numerous guides and resources. 

    These on-demand webinars are focused on:

    1. Credits
    2. Post-secondary options
    3. Endorsements
    4. Career pathways and supports
    5. Financial Aid

    Contact: Jennifer Avelar at javelar@esc1.net.


    STUDENT SUPPORTS


    Middle School Playbook for College and Career Readiness

    The Middle School College and Career Playbook is a comprehensive tool to inform, educate, and guide students towards their post-secondary plans and pursuits. It consists of an interest profiler and curriculum-based activities to further explore careers in the student's area of interest as well as reviewing high school endorsements, industry-based certificate opportunities and programs of study options. The Middle School Playbook explains the importance and benefits of taking advanced courses in high school as well as exploring post-secondary institutions and military options. It also provides resources for financial aid planning to pay for post-secondary education. The Playbook provides a guide for students with disabilities to transition to self-advocacy. It also contains a graduation checklist with requirements and information on college entrance and placement exams. It is a great resource for mental health through social and emotional learning. It has an array of academic support, career exploration, and life readiness through its numerous guides and resources. 

    Contact: Esperanza Rodriguez at esprodriguez@esc1.net.


    High School Playbook for College and Career Readiness

    The High School College and Career Playbook is a comprehensive tool to inform, educate, and guide students and their families towards their post-secondary plans and pursuits. It consists of an interest profiler and curriculum-based activities to further explore careers in the student's area of interest as well as reviewing high school endorsements, industry-based certificate opportunities, and programs of study options. The High School Playbook explains the importance and benefits of taking advanced courses as well as exploring post-secondary institutions and military options. It also provides an extensive scholarship list as well as the FAFSA process for financial aid planning to pay for post-secondary education. The Playbook provides a guide for students with disabilities for transition and self-advocacy. It also contains a graduation checklist with requirements and information on college entrance and placement exams. It is a great resource for mental health through social and emotional learning. It has an array of academic support, career exploration, and life readiness through its numerous guides and resources.   

    Contact: Rosario Franco at rfranco@esc1.net.


    ADMINISTRATOR SUPPORTS


    House Bill 5 Update

    To best serve the needs of students, it is imperative for educators to remain current with updates to school legislation. This session provides information, amendments, and requirements that impact high school graduation. Whether you are a counselor newly assigned at the secondary level or an existing counselor hoping to receive updates, this session is designed to give you all you need to be ready to support district and campus practices and procedures for graduation.

    Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements Subchapter B. Graduation Requirements

    • Subchapter 74.11. High School Graduation Requirements
    • Subchapter 74.12. Foundation High School Program
    • Subchapter 74.13. Endorsements
    • Subchapter 74.14. Performance Acknowledgments

    This training also addresses Special Education graduation codes as well as CTE codes. 

    Contact: Jennifer Avelar at javelar@esc1.net.


    CTE SUPPORTS


    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Symposium

    Region One ESC annually hosts the CCMR Symposium, bringing together professionals from fields including education, industry, and the military. Breakout sessions focus on various CCMR options. They include a thorough review of coding best practices, ways to enhance current district CCMR options, and the opportunity to visit with personnel from college, industry, and the military. These experts will share their insights, expertise, and opportunities available for students. 

    Contact: Melissa Lopez at mlopez@esc1.net.


    Rural Schools CTE Cooperative (COOP)

    Deliverables include:

    • Implementation of high-quality CTE Programs at each rural/small school district
    • Aid with CTE programs of study implementation and industry-based certifications aligned to the program of study
    • Support each district's Perkins applications and grant guidelines
    • Assistance with the required comprehensive local needs assessment that needs to be updated every 2 years
    • Support will be provided to school staff to provide students with career exploration activities, work-based learning opportunites, and guidance toward CTE programs of study that lead to in-demand and high-wage occupations
    • Continued development of partnerships and programs that help align workforce needs with talent development in school districts and postsecondary institutions
    • Provide help with school district compliance for CTE funding and with the Office of Civil Rights, including personalized aid with CTE website/social media, course catalog, advisory committee, CTSO's, and special population best practices

    Technical assistance delivered via Zoom and phone.

    • Regular technical assistance will have no fee. Customized assistance will be assessed based on request. 
    • Regular technical assistance may be provided via Zoom and phone.
    • Customized assistance will be delivered onsite/face-to-face.

    Coop fee: $5000 per district. 

    These Region One ESC area rural districts may benefit from this cooperative:

    • Brooks County ISD
    • La Feria ISD
    • Point Isabel ISD
    • Rio Hondo ISD
    • Santa Maria ISD
    • La Villa ISD
    • Monte Alto ISD
    • Progreso ISD
    • Jim Hogg County ISD
    • San Isidro ISD
    • Webb County ISD
    • Lasara ISD
    • Lyford ISD
    • San Perlita ISD

    Contact: Leo Saenz at lsaenz@esc1.net


    Annual CTE Summer Conference

    This annual conference is open to any CTE educator, including school administrators, guidance and career counselors, college faculty, ESC personnel, and teachers in college and career readiness programs. This conference includes strands for:

    • Workforce force and labor market information needed to develop effective CTE programs
    • Improving the quality and outcomes of CTE programs, counseling career pathways, partnerships, and curriculum
    • Introduce instructional models that integrate academic and CTE effective teaching strategies
    • Showcase innovative products, textbooks, software or equipment for CTE teachers and school personnel
    • Update on Programs of Study and developing CTE Endorsements
    • CTE Innovative Programs
    • Various sessions are availabel and several exhibitors display products and services

    This conference helps Local Education Agencies (LEAs) fulfill their Perkins Grant Requirements.

    Contact: Leo Saenz at lsaenz@esc1.net.


    CTE Updates and Best Practices

    Updates to legislation and funding expectations can require local changes to CTE programs. This session provides CTE instructors with updates regarding CTE. Participants will receive a review of the Approved Statewide Programs of Study, Approved Industry-Based Certifications for Accountability, Industry-Based Certification Resources, and Teacher Resources. A link to files used in the session and documents presented in the training will be made available to participants. 

    Contact: Leo Saenz at lsaenz@esc1.net


     


     
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