Statewide Technical Assistance Networks
Statewide Technical Assistance Networks established by Texas Education Agency (TEA) address major, thematic topics that are identified as critical technical assistance and support needs for the state. A network is comprised of:
The grantee who implements the network under TEA's leadership
Network members (At least 1 from each of the 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs) across the state)
TEA special education program staff
Many networks also utilize stakeholder or advisory groups in the design and implementation of network activities. Technical assistance, resources, and training from these networks are available to any local education agency (LEA) in the state and are intended to leverage best practices.
As part of the April 2018 special education strategic plan, TEA incorporated stakeholder feedback, data, and interviews to reimagine the network structure. As a result, the current networks launched July 1, 2019.
Education Service Center 4
Assists LEAs by providing resources and training that are aligned with implementing effective Child Find practices, conducting comprehensive evaluations, and practicing collaborative admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committee processes that lead to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities.
Education Service Center 10
Provides resources and professional development to build the capacity of educators to work collaboratively with families and community members in supporting positive outcomes for students with disabilities.
Education Service Center 20
Assists LEAs with building capacity to develop and appropriately implement instructional programs that provide meaningful access to inclusive environments and grade-level standards, where appropriate.
Education Service Center 13
Provides access to training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism. The TSLAT website includes online courses (some in Spanish), webinars, information about opportunities for deeper learning, a video library, and more.
Meadows Center University of Texas at Austin
Strives to increase LEA and ESC capacity to develop and implement an effective, integrated, comprehensive framework for intervention that is grounded in differentiated instruction and aligns the systems that are fundamental for all students’ academic, behavioral, and social achievement.
Education Service Center 3
Provides resources and supports that provide for the complex and intensive educational and functional needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Education Service Center 11
Provides information and strategies for development of communication, mobility, tactile skills, and environmental adaptations.
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Develops state-level infrastructures, resources, and professional development to support LEAs who face unique challenges, such as resource limitations and geographic remoteness.
Sam Houston State University
Builds collaborative infrastructures among students, families, schools, LEAs and communities. Aims for all students with disabilities to be actively involved in planning, communicating, and evaluating progress in meeting their transition goals from early childhood through high school graduation and post-secondary readiness.