ESC-20 Special Education News

January 2021

ESC-20 Special Education Support Services is here to provide resources and professional development to help educators serve students with disabilities in-person or online.

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Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children. Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff at Scottish Rite: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program and TSRH Literacy Program.

Register NOW for an Informational Meeting:

We will be hosting a Q & A Meeting: January 7, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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ECSE Building Blocks Series Returns January 2021!

The Building Blocks training series creates foundational skills for Early Childhood Special Education teachers and those supporting them. FREE courses begin this month!

Building Blocks: ECSE 101

January 12, 2021 & March 14, 2021

Register for Session #65073

Building Blocks: Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO/SPP7) for Teachers and Administrators

January 20, 2021

Register for Session #66898

Building Blocks: Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) in the Preschool Classroom

January 21, 2021

Register for Session #66899

New Year's Special for PLAAFP & IEP Webinar Training

Join the Inclusive Practices team for FREE foundational learning to craft Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statements and develop student centered Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals.

How to write Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) Statements

January 13, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session #74763 OR

January 27, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session #74767

How to write Individual Education Program (IEP) Goals

January 20, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session #74765 OR

February 10, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session #74768

Project Core: AAC in the Low Incidence Disabilities Classroom

This 3-day series is designed for teachers of students with complex communication needs (non-verbal) who need augmented and alternative communication (AAC) support. (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day)

Day 1 - 1/14/2021: Project CORE: Getting Started with AAC in the Classroom

Day 2 - 1/21/2021: Project CORE: Using AAC in the Classroom

Day 3 - 1/27/2021: Project CORE: Integrating AAC into Reading and Writing Instruction


Register for Session #64245

STAAR Alternate 2 Update and Implementation Practice

This half-day online session will review the information regarding the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment and administration released by TEA, including any updates (if applicable).

January 19, 2021


Session #64243 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. OR

Session #64244 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

New and Early Career Evaluation Personnel Training Webinar Series

This series of webinar sessions is designed for entry-level evaluation personnel (Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs) & Educational Diagnosticians). Participants will review the basics of the job (i.e., the law, beginning of the year activities, Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD)/Individualized Education Program (IEP) issues, compliance, and evaluation issues).

January 21, February 16, & March 18, 2021

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Register for Session #67220

Transdisciplinary Play-based Assessment-2 (TPBA-2)

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment-2 is a comprehensive, holistic functional assessment for young children from birth to six years of age. A transdisciplinary team that includes family members observes cognitive, sensorimotor, communication, and emotional and social development. This dynamic assessment process involves use of observational guidelines, age tables, and intervention planning tools.

January 25, January 27, January 29, February 2, & February 4, 2021 (Must attend all 5 dates)

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Register for Session #74548

PRC: Words for Life for IPAD

In this three-hour product training participants will learn about Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Words for Life (WFL) as well as programming, customizing, and basic implementation of the vocabulary.

January 25, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Register for Session #67129

PREPaRE Workshop 1, Third Edition, Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Prevention Through Recovery- Webinar

This one-day virtual workshop provides school-based mental health professionals, administrators, security professionals, and other educators the knowledge and resources to help them establish and sustain comprehensive safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts.

January 26, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Register for Session #67248

Deaf Education: Itinerant Tools of the Trade

Are you an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (DHH)? Have you been waiting for a session that is specific to your itinerant role? Look no further. Region 20 has just the session for you on January 26, 2021 – Deaf Education: Itinerant Tools of the Trade. Topics to be included are typical duties, organization, planning, scheduling, as well as presenting information to others regarding the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

January 26, 2021

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Register for Session #65019

Developing Structured Work Tasks to Promote Student Independence

This session will go over the characteristics of a well-designed "box job". These activities are created based on student's IEPs, TEKS, or any other task that is important to student learning and advancing at their own pace. Activities are created based on student's interests, level of support and academic/social/self-help/vocational need.

January 26, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Register for Session #67026

WEBINAR: How to Make Your Language Assessment and Intervention More Relevant, Evidence Based, and Fun—Virtually or In Person

This two-day Webinar is designed for school practitioners who want to make their language assessment and intervention practices more relevant to their students’ most pressing needs. Methods include using curriculum-relevant and curriculum-based assessment to measure skills integrated across language levels (sound, word, sentence, discourse) and modalities (listening, speaking, reading, writing); working within the general education curriculum; and collaborating with teachers and others to provide intervention, both virtually and in person.

January 26 & 27, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Register for Session #67071

Special Education 101

In this session, participants will be introduced to requirements and processes around special education, key terminology, and information about providing instruction to students receiving special education services in various educational settings.

January 27, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Register for Session #65020

Simply STEM: Making STEM Learning Accessible to ALL Young Learners

Join us as we explore how to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning engaging and developmentally appropriate for ALL early learners. Face to Face @ ESC-20 *Participants will receive loads of materials for classroom use.

January 28, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Register for Session #73630

What Campus Administrators Need to Know About Speech-Language Professionals Serving Students on Your Campus

Campus administrators will gain valuable insight in maximizing the skills of Speech-Language Professionals, a greater understanding of the scope of their work and ability to clearly communicate their roles to key stakeholders. This session clarifies the proper utilization of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), SLP Assistants, and SLP Interns to address a range of student needs.

February 1, 2021

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Register for Session #71180

Build Behavior Basics! Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children

This session will provide an in depth look at the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children. This session will take place on site at ESC- 20 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on the following dates:

February 2, 2021

March 17, 2021

April 14, 2021


Register for Session #66893

Working Through the 7-Step IEP Process

Learn and work through the 7-Step Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process to develop meaningful IEPs. As part of the 7-step process, we will cover present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, goal writing, progress monitoring, and assessment. Examples will be used to navigate through the process.

February 3, 2021

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Register for Session #65021

*VIRTUAL* Tech for Tots: Tackling Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

This interactive session will explore the appropriate use of technology and interactive media as tools in Early Childhood programs.

February 3 & 4, 2021

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Register for Session #66900

ESC-20 Liaisons will be offering 10 virtual Self-Assessment training sessions between January and March and Self-Assessment office hours for additional support. Dates and details are contained in the newsletter below.

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For more information or questions contact:

Amy M. Strauch, M.A. LSSP

Coordinator III, Special Education Support Services