Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT!

May 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.

SPEDTalk Podcast

Check out this newly released podcast on special education ideas, information and resources featuring Amy Rogers (Region 9 ESC), Pam Humphrey (Region 11 ESC) & John Bullion (Region 12 ESC). SPEDTalk was created to elevate the conversation about special education by celebrating the people and organizations making it happen for kids with disabilities across Texas. For access, click on this link: SPEDTalk.

Understanding STAAR Scores

This parent portal provides parents with quick access to their student’s STAAR results, year-over-year growth information, individual student responses to actual test items, and even details like the student expectations covered by the items and wrong answer rationales.

STAAR reports for the April 2019 grades 5 and 8 Mathematics and Reading administrations are available online only. No printed copies will be sent. Parents can access their child’s results using a unique access code, which can be found at the bottom of their child’s STAAR Report Card. Parents can also view the assessment questions, their child’s answers to the questions, and correct answers and rationales. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

Click the link below to understand the STAAR report card!


TEKS Resource System - Parent Resources

The TEKS Resource System site provides curriculum and assessment components aligned to the most current versions of the State Board of Education-adopted TEKS for the following subject areas:
  • English Language Arts and Reading (grades K-12)
  • Mathematics (grades K-12)
  • Science (grades K-12)
  • Social Studies (grades K-12)
  • Spanish Language Arts and Reading (grades K-5)
  • Spanish translated versions of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies (grades K-5)

View the search tool to select appropriate grade level(s) and/or subject area(s).

Each subscribing district utilizes the system differently. For questions about implementation in your child's school, please contact your local district.

School-Family Partnership Strategy Follow-Up

The spring School-Family Partnership Strategy webinars, in collaboration with the Right Question Institute, for both educators and parents, are now archived on the Texas Parent website. These may be accessed at any time.

As a result of these webinars, a Texas-based educator has been featured nationally on the Right Question Institute's blog and newsletter. Lizet Casas of San Antonio ISD talks about her experience using the Question Formulation Technique.

SpedTex Video Gallery for Parents

Parent support and involvement makes a positive difference by elevating student academic performance and increasing achievements. Explore these resource pages to discover ways in which you can get support and be involved in your student's education. Be sure to check out the newest video: Know Your Rights.

Developing High-Quality IEPs - A New IRIS Module

You may have heard about the U.S. Supreme Court case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District(2017). You may also know that the Endrew ruling had “something to do with IEPs” but aren’t exactly sure what. You may have even read that the ruling clarified the substantive standard for determining whether a student’s individualized education program (IEP) is sufficient to confer educational benefit for a student with a disability. But what exactly does that mean? More importantly, how does this ruling affect the way that IEPs should be developed and implemented?

A new interactive learning module from IRIS, IEPs: Developing High-Quality Individualized Education Programs is designed to help answer these questions and more. This resource explains the step-by-step process of developing high-quality IEPs, as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provides additional considerations in light of the Endrew ruling. No matter your prior knowledge level, this self-paced module allows you to start with only the IEP basics or delve deeper into many of the related areas.

The module takes about 3 hours to complete, and a Professional Development Certificate is available.

Texas Parent 2 Parent Statewide Conference

Each year Texas Parent to Parent offers an extensive 2-day conference to help Texas parents learn how to deal with the unique issues and challenges they face on a daily basis in caring for their children. This year the conference will be June 21-22 in San Antonio.

The two-day conference offers approximately 60 different sessions within several tracks including: advocacy, parenting and sibling issues, special education law, medical issues, behavior, mental health, parent leadership, resources and services, self-advocacy, and transition. Several sessions are provided in Spanish with interpreters available for other sessions. Through seminars and face-to-face networking, attendees learn from each other and renew their energy and passion.

View the conference registration page and packet by clicking on these links.

Parent & Family Engagement Videos

The Title I, Part A Parent & Family Engagement Statewide Initiative (ESC-16) has just released 3 Parent Family Engagement Videos. Check them out HERE.
  1. Title I, Part A School-Parent Compact
  2. District Parent and Family Engagement Policy
  3. Campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy


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

The Fourth Quarter issue of the newsletter includes the following articles: Summer Meal Programs, College Checklists, Summer Activities, Summer Safety Tips, Strategies to Prevent Summer Learning Loss, and Parenting Advice.

Read it here in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. German and Korean newsletters are coming soon.


as published by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota

Impact is a newsletter series containing strategies, research, and success stories in specific focus areas related to persons with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. It provides practical information useful to professionals in a variety of fields, including educators, community service providers, policymakers, and advocates, as well as persons with disabilities and their families. In the most recent issue, examine K-8 inclusive education.

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.

Special Needs Summer Camps in Texas

The Very Special Camps website exclusively highlights camps that serve individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs. Search this statewide listing to locate a summer camp or program based upon your child's needs and particular requirements and criteria. To see a full listing of Special Needs Summer Camps in Texas, click here.

Stop the Summer Reading Slide!

as published by Scholastic


Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve reading skills during the summer and beyond:
  1. Six books to summer success;
  2. Read something every day; and
  3. Keep reading aloud.

Click here for the full text.

Using Reading to Prevent the Summer Slide

as published by neaToday


Teachers play an important role in helping to create a culture where reading is valued and given priority, even in the summer months. As educators, start with six simple action steps to encourage reading over the break:

  1. Read, read, read;
  2. Partners with your local library;
  3. Check out and their Book Trust program;
  4. Give books as gifts;
  5. Set aside time at school for sustained silent reading; and
  6. Send encouraging emails once or twice during the summer.

Click here for the full text.

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