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TEA Submits Special Education Strategic Plan
Following an extensive statewide outreach effort that included more than 100 meetings statewide, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a final strategic action plan for special education. The plan incorporates valuable input from parents, students, teachers and education stakeholders received over the past several months regarding the delivery of special education services in school districts statewide. Significant actions that are part of the final plan include:
- TEA will roll out a large scale statewide special education professional development system, including multiple opportunities for follow-up support for all educators (general education, special education, and others).
- TEA will create a suite of resources intended to be shared with the parents of children suspected of having a disability to help fully inform them of their rights to a free and appropriate public education and accompany those resources with a large outreach effort.
- For students who are found to have needed services that did not receive them, the school system is responsible for providing compensatory TEA has identified $65 million to assist school systems in the effective delivery of services.
- TEA will further strengthen its staffing and resources devoted to special education, allowing for greater oversight as well as additional on-site support to local school districts.
The Legal Framework
The Legal Framework is a statewide leadership project partnering the Texas Education Agency and Region 18 Education Service Center. The project is a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format.
This site includes frameworks, publications, and resources helpful in the special education process. There is a glossary of terms and acronyms, links to laws, rules and guidance, and a search feature.
Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference
Presentations from national, regional, and local Assistive Technology practitioners are featured to help educators and parents better enable students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence, and participate actively in education and life activities. An exhibit hall will also be featured.
Learn more about the conference by clicking here.
Texas Parent to Parent Statewide Conference
To view the conference packet, click here.
Visit the Texas Parent to Parent website.
Texas Autism Conference
The goal of the conference is to provide parents, educators, and campus leadership with strategies, resources, tools, and evidence-based practices in the education and service of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Information about the conference may be accessed via this link. The website includes registration and hotel information, conference agenda, session descriptions, and presenter information.
Five tips to help you make the most of reading to your child
Click here to read the article in its entirety.
1. Give it all your attention
2. Engage with the story
3. There's no age limit
4. Pick a book you both enjoy
5. Don't worry about your style
Seven Research-Based Ways That Families Promote Early Literacy
FREE Applied Behavior Analysis online training program
The purpose of the program is to help parents gain confidence and skills to address their child's educational and behavioral concerns. The program is structured around the RethinkEd training platform, which includes a library of on-demand learning modules, along with online discussions facilitated by project staff with behavioral expertise. The training begins in May 2018 and runs through spring 2019.
Texans Recovering Together: Crisis Counseling Program
Services are free, confidential, do not involve making diagnoses or prescriptions, and are provided in the home or community. No appointments are needed, and crisis counselors travel to the individual or group to provide assistance.
Services include brief interventions, referrals, and crisis counseling to help survivors:
- Understand their current situation and reactions,
- Learn how to reduce and manage stress,
- Learn and practice healthy coping strategies, and
- Access disaster-relief resources and resources promoting recovery to pre-disaster functioning.
The Parent and Family Engagement Connection
As prepared by Region 16's Title I Statewide School Support and Family & Community Engagement Initiative
The April 2018 issue includes articles about summer learning and working, being involved in educational reform through the decision-making process, emergency care procedures, healthy snacking, and being a role model. Read it here or tab through the multitude of resources on the Statewide Parent and Family Engagement Initiative website.
Partners Resource Network
Facilitated IEP Meetings
Click here to utilize specialized resources from Region 13 ESC on facilitated meetings. Don't miss the 14 specialized resource pages to assist at each phase of this process. Looking for even more information, check out this LiveBinder on IEP Facilitation.
Digital Tools to Support Home-School Partnerships
Summer Activities for Families with Special Needs
Take a look at these blogs to get ideas for keeping students engaged in learning during the summer months! Tzvi Schectman with Friendship Circle has scoured the web to provide this comprehensive list of 212 Summer Activities for your child with Special Needs.