Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT!
Parent Coordination Network
Region-Based Community Resources
Members of The Parent Coordination Network, representing the twenty Education Service Centers across the state, have composed a region-specific list of resources to help direct parents and teachers to community-based services. Click here for a listing of community resources by region.
Don't know your region? Click here for a map and associated information.
Webinar Series: Building Stronger School-Family Partnerships
The Parent Coordination Network and the Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Right Question Institute, present the Webinar Series: Building Stronger School-Family Partnerships.
Nationally acclaimed speakers, Luz Santana, Co-Director & Author and Siyi Chu, Project Coordinator with the Right Question Institute, will help participants understand how The Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy can be used as a pathway for educators and parents to work more effectively with each other – to improve communication, increase parent participation, nurture engagement, and engender better partnerships.
There will be two series:
- One for Educators, with the second webinar quickly approaching on Tuesday, March 12; and
- One for Parents, premiering in April. The Parent Series will also be offered in Spanish. Stay tuned for a separate flyer featuring those dates and details!
Click here for a description of each webinar and to register. Previous webinars may also be viewed by following the instructions on this page.
Upcoming PRN & TEA Webinar Series
During these webinars, TEA will do a Q&A section based on questions submitted prior to each collaborative webinar. Please submit your questions even if they are not directly related to the pre-determined topics of the currently planned webinars. Submit your questions by clicking here. After each webinar, the resulting Q&A will be provided in a document form in both English and Spanish.
The full listing of dates and topics for the collaborative webinar series are included in the printable flyer attached below.
If you have questions about the statewide or collaborative webinar series, please contact Meagan Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progress in the General Curriculum
The PGC website hosts featured resources for parents including guides and Q&As for: Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Universal Design for Learning (UDL); and Literacy Strategies for Students with Disabilities.
SPEDTex Parent Resources
Parent support and involvement makes a positive difference by elevating student academic performance and increasing achievements. Explore the resources on this page to discover ways in which you can get support and be involved in your student's education.
New Website for Disability Rights Texas
Last fall Disability Rights Texas went live with a new accessible, mobile responsive website. But in the meantime, they have been adding more features before making this formal announcement and introduction to their new platform.
The new site has some amazing new accessiblity features and content:
- Oz Player - a fully accessible video player
- BrowseAloud - a tool that offers translation in nearly 50 languages, screen reading in different languages, text magnification, saving content to MP3 audio files, and more (click on "Listen with Browse Aloud" at the top of any our web pages)
- Staff Blog - now you can hear from more of our attorneys and advocates on how they are protecting and advocating for your rights
- On Page Spanish Switcher - more pages and resources available for Spanish speakers
- Easier Navigation - get to the information you need faster
Go to the new website today and check out all the latest features!
Center on Technology & Disability
Explore the CTD Family Portal or Teacher Portal. Start exploring the information you need to discover the assistive technology that’s right for your child/student. There are a few highlighted resources, but you can also participate in free webinars or browse the digital library for informational handouts, videos and more.
Texas Medicaid Diaper & Pull-up Program
Are you aware of all the benefits associated with Texas Medicaid for children with special needs? Spend a few minutes here to help determine if your child is able to receive financial assistance. Children with special needs, ages 4 years or older, may be eligible to receive diapers or pull-ups each month at no cost under their existing Texas Medicaid benefits.
Are you up for the 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge?
Does 15 minutes a day really make a difference? The simple answer is YES! Check out this infographic to learn more.
Reading Gives You Superpowers Week from March 25-29
as published by Reading Rockets
Scholastic is launching a new annual reading campaign with "Dog Man" and "Captain Underpants" creator Dav Pilkey. Reading Gives You Superpowers Week will kick off March 25-29 and celebrate reading in school libraries and classrooms, highlighting Pilkey’s message about the importance of associating reading with fun. The campaign also celebrates school librarians and teachers, whom Pilkey considers “everyday superheroes," and provides resources for educators to promote the benefits of reading for fun. The beloved author has often talked to students about his challenges in school and struggles with reading after being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. His books are often enjoyed by kids going through difficulties similar to the ones he faced.
Click here for the free activity kit with a full week's worth of activities that will inspire students to work together, be creative, think critically, and find their own superpower!
The Parent and Family Engagement Connection
The Third Quarter issue of the newsletter includes the following articles: Stop Bullying, Helping Your Child With Test Taking, Reasons to Volunteer at Your Child's School, Teen Sports in America, and Fathers and Education.
Partners Resource Network
from ESC Region 20, Parent Perusals, March 4, 2019
Spring vacation is a time for families to recharge, get ready for the home stretch of the school year, and have some fun with healthy activities. Whether you’re planning to take it easy at home during spring break or take a fun family trip, here are ideas for activities to do with your kids.
Sending Your Child to Camp
as published by Navigate Life Texas
photo credit from CAMP
NOW is the time to begin planning for this summer!
Imagine a day where your child is making new friends, singing camp songs, and playing outside. They feel included. They’re well cared for. They’re trying new things. And you’re off doing something else while this happens. For many parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs, this vision might seem impossible. After all, how could your child be safe without you? How could you find a camp that would support them? But they do exist. There are different types of camps that support children and adults with disabilities and special health-care needs, places where they can learn, grow, and just have a good time.
To read the full article, find a camp that may be designed just for your child, and other helpful hints click here.
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