Region 16 Special Education Update

February 2021

As the platforms of school continue to progress, Region 16 Special Education Support Services is committed to provide you with high quality resources and professional development to meet your needs.
VI OM Recruitment
SPED Camp 2021

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts during your commute?

Try out this Podcast: SPEDtalk: Ideas, Information, Resources

Statewide Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Virtual Workshops

FREE virtual workshops on a variety of pertinent topics related to child find, evaluation, and ARD supports.

Check out this video series to connect with and encourage parents

Parent to Parent Video Series: Positive and encouraging videos of parents with children with disabilities sharing what they have learned along their journey with other families.

TSLAT UPDATED Video Library:

Click HERE for a collection of videos from experts, teachers, students, and parents on a range of topics related to autism

Supplemental STAAR Training Modules:

As part of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) ongoing efforts to improve the state’s testing program, the Student Assessment Division has developed web-based training modules for STAAR administrations. The modules are designed to supplement- not replace- the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing. These modules provide a focused, narrow review of topics that represent the top phone queries and reported irregularities that occur during test administration.

Supplemental Aids for STAAR

Click HERE to find out What’s Allowed and What’s Not

NEW! Speech to Text is now available in STAAR online.

Students can use this link to practice the STT tool embedded in STAAR online without having to access the Secure Online Testing Platform (SOTP). There is also the option of printing the STT submission to turn in as an assignment.

Use this link to access the practice

Early Childhood Transitions Quick Reference Guide

This guide includes tips for educators on how to: • establish a supportive early childhood environment; • promote communication and collaborative relationships; • develop a cohesive transition plan; and • build self-determination skills

The Inclusion Network has been working to develop accessibility and specialization Tools that will help teachers more easily provide accommodations and specialization, and it is now LIVE.

This list will continue to expand with additional resources to provide accommodations or specialization under each accommodation.

Each accommodations have drop down menus that provides links to tools that can help provide the accommodation or specialization.


These tools can be found on the Inclusion Resources page under the Accessibility and Specialization Tools tab.

Take a look at this great resource HERE

Have you been thinking about a career change?

Join us as we navigate the 2020-2021 school year together!

Register HERE for our Region 16 Special Education PLC

This is a PLC for ALL teachers and administrators in our Region 16 area

Thursday, March 11th from 3:30-5:00PM

Check out our Region 16 SPED Session Catalog

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We would love to send you more information about upcoming special education training, information and opportunities through Region 16.

For more information or questions contact:

Kelisa Nelson: Coordinator of Special Education