The Education Service Center, Region 2, Special Education Support Services focus on improving student performance and program effectiveness for individuals with disabilities from age three through age 21 as specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Special education specialists provide administrative and program support through leadership, professional development, and technical assistance to LEAs in the region. LEAs who join the cooperative will be able to access trainings and onsite support at a reduced rate.
Special Education Specialists collaborate with other specialists across the service center to ensure the inclusion of and consideration for the needs of students with disabilities. Special education staff members provide insight and guidance on issues of accountability, student performance, and factors that affect the performance of students with disabilities.
Reduced fee for onsite consultation
Reduced fee for onsite professional development
Custom designed trainings such as:
- Facilitated planning
- Instructional coaching
- Classroom observations
- TEKS Resource System support for special education
- TEKS alignment support for STAAR ALT-2
- Achievement of students with disabilities
- State and federal accountability support
- Access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities
- High-quality professional learning opportunities
- Collaborative partnerships
- Educator training on research-based effective instructional strategies
- First point of contact for students, parents, district, and community stakeholders in areas of special education
- Professional development focused on research-based trainings to support students in the least restrictive environment, and access to and progress in the general education curriculum
Each year the Texas Education Agency invites groups of Texas educators to provide feedback on the development of state assessments (STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, and TELPAS) through educator committees across all assessed grades and content areas. Developing high-quality, aligned questions relies on the expertise and experience of Texas educators from across the state. Participants collaborate with other educators from across the state to review and approve each potential question for state assessments. The commitment is generally two to three days in Austin with all travel, accommodations, and substitute coverage paid for by TEA. All participants will earn Continuing Professional Education credits. If you are interested or know other educators who would like to participate in a committee, please complete the online Educator Committee Application.