June 2021 Special Education Newsletter

Texas Education Agency

June 2021

Special Education Newsletter

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Don't forget there are upcoming opportunities in 2021 for Texas educators to participate in virtual exam development committees, including the Special Education EC-6 and 6-12. Get involved and apply now to participate in these and future exam development activities.

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 Upcoming Dates

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) has extended the application window until September 30, 2021. 

Department News

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) Extensions and Expansions

The Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) grants $1,500 accounts to eligible families. The program has extended its current application deadline to September 30, 2021. In addition, we are rolling out a new application system July 1 to make the process even easier. Lastly, we are excited to announce that the 87th legislature has expanded the SSES program through the year 2024Please be on the lookout for more information on the expanded SSES program. 

A Guide to Early Transitions in Texas

The Student-Centered Transitions Network (SCTN) recently posted A Guide to Early Transitions In Texas intended for use by educators and other school professionals in Texas to support implementation of services for students with, or suspected of having, disabilities. Our hope is that this guide will provide access to reliable information that contributes to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.

Turn Summer Slide Into Summer Success

Help combat summer learning loss by signing kids up for Learning Ally’s Summer Reading Together. Once they’re signed up, just assign books to them from required summer reading lists or fun books from Learning Ally’s suggestions. Participating students also have a chance to win great prizes, including a $100 gift card for four overall winners.

Check out and share the newest Tails and Tales with Kenzie video and book recommendation. Educators and students can find all of Kenzie’s videos and more at Learning Ally’s YouTube channel. Happy Summer Reading!

Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)

The Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET) includes recently updated information on interventions related to autism. TARGET also includes an evaluation section and is designed to assist schools in developing practices from initial referral to program development and implementation with a strong emphasis on research based and peer reviewed strategies.

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