Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT!

March 2019

Parent Coordination Network

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.

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.

These region-specific listings are meant to supplement all statewide resources found on better-known websites such as Texas Project FIRST, Navigate Life Texas, and Texas Parent to Parent.

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

Partners Resource Network is doing a series of collaborative webinars with the Texas Education Agency. The next webinar on March 26 covers Progress Monitoring. It will be conducted in English at 12:15 p.m. CST and in Spanish @ 1:15 p.m. CST. To register, click here.

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

Progress in the General Curriculum

The Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) Network, coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20, assists schools to ensure that all students with disabilities are involved in and show progress in the general classroom with the use of curricular and instructional adaptations.

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

The CTD is funded by Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective AT and Instructional Technology practices, devices, and services. There are a host of resources for educators and parents, as well as numerous professional development opportunities.

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.

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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.

For more information, view the flyer in English and/or Spanish. For questions, call (866) 684-2507 or email Jessican Mayaudon.

Are you up for the 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge?

Join the 21-day Read Aloud Challenge any time in March 2019 by committing to read aloud to your child for 15 minutes each day. Showcase your efforts on social media and then challenge your friends to join the movement. Help develop your child AND bring awareness to the importance of daily reading.

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

As prepared by Region 16's Title I Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative

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.

Read it here in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, or Korean.

Partners Resource Network

Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the federally funded Texas Parent Training and Information Centers - PATH, PEN & TEAM. All of the projects share the common purpose of empowering parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children.

Spring Break

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.

7 Spring Break Activities for the Whole Family

Spring Break Ideas for Families

15 Fun Spring Break Activities for Children

Home Activities for Teens and Tweens on Spring Break

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.

Into the Archives

For previous editions of the ShoutOut!, click here.

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