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April 2022

Special Education Newsletter

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Don't forget: Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Training and Communication Requirement 

Per the March 31, 2022 TEA correspondence, all local education agencies (LEAs) must provide an assurance through the Legal Framework that at least one staff member has attended the agency-developed training titled Texas Dyslexia Academy 2 (TDA 2): The Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update by August 31, 2022. This training is offered through each regional education service center (ESC). TEA is also offering a series of virtual TDA 2 training sessions for LEAs. If interested, visit the "Upcoming Dates" section of this newsletter for all training sessions and links to the registration pages. 

Additionally, by June 1, 2022  LEAs must provide an assurance through the Legal Framework that they have placed a link to this TEA document in both English and Spanish on their local public facing website and have updated all websites, materials, static resources, and information available to parents and staff to reflect the  Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update.


Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS) Self-Assessment Window

The DMS Self-Assessment window opens on May 2, 2022. LEAs should complete the 7 prioritized areas of the Self-Assessment no later than September 30, 2022.

For additional information regarding the DMS Self-Assessment, please visit the Division of Review and Support Self-Assessment webpage.

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 Upcoming Dates

Department News

Considering Assistive Technology (AT) in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process

The Texas 4-Step AT Consideration Model is a process for ARD committees to use in the development, review, and revision of every IEP. The use of a model ensures consistency and that AT is equitably considered for all students with disabilities. The Texas 4-Step Model incorporates best practices in AT consideration as described by the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT).

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Guidelines for Co-Teaching in Texas

Co-teaching is one option that allows general and special educators to reach today’s goals for students with disabilities. Co-teaching is intensive, specially designed instruction embedded within grade-level, rigorous general curriculum. The purpose of this document is to provide examples of how the different co-teaching approaches can be combined and utilized during instruction.

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Leaders and Educators Addressing Disproportionality in Special Education (LEADS) Initiative

The Texas LEADS Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of a new workshop series (rescheduled from December 2021) designed to extend your capacity to address issues of significant disproportionality among students receiving special education services.

LEA staff who want to learn more about addressing significant disproportionality and have received a determination of significant disproportionality (SD) for one or two years are encouraged to attend this workshop series. Ideally, each participating LEA will gather a team of stakeholders with diverse perspectives and expertise to join the workshop. Each team member should submit a separate registration form.

To maximize your time and provide your team with multiple opportunities for engagement and learning, the workshop series has three components: an independent learning module (available May 26 - June 6, 2022); a two-day synchronous virtual workshop (June 7 - 8, 2022); and optional “office hours” with experts following the workshop (dates TBD).

Register by May 18, 2022 to join project staff and other LEA staff throughout Texas at this workshop.

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TX CAN Newly Published Document Library

TEA's Texas Complex Access Network (TX CAN) website is the go-to for resources and professional development for educators working with students with significant cognitive disabilities.

The Document Library contains free downloadable implementation guides, templates, rubrics, fidelity checklists, and more. The library allows you to filter by topic or course alignment to quickly find what you need. Topics include: Administration, Behavior, Classroom Climate, Communication, Inclusion, IEPs, Instruction, Teaming, and Transition.  #tx can

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Shout Outs!

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Congratulations to the following LEAs who have the highest number of special educators and related service providers who have attended TEA's Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network Standards-Based IEP Process training between September 2021 through February 2022. This 2-day training focuses on the importance of appropriate and ambitious IEPs and covers the development of present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) based on student data, drafting annual goals (academic and/or functional) and objectives, if appropriate, and collecting data for reporting progress. Please contact your regional ESC to register for this training.

  • Little Elm ISD (Region 10) = 62 participants

  • Bay City ISD (Region 3) = 39 participants

  • Goose Creek ISD (Region 4) = 26 participants

  • White House ISD (Region 7) = 25 participants

  • El Campo ISD (Region 3) = 25 participants 

Job Listings

Review and Support Education Specialist - COVID Impact (Education Specialist IV)

Director of Special Populations Systemwide Integration (Director III)

IDEA Funding (HCF, NPD, Residential)

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