Education service centers (ESCs) provide state leadership for special education related functions. The ESCs listed next to the function are considered the lead ESC. Each lead ESC is responsible for establishing and coordinating a 20-region network for their function. The purpose of the 20-region network is to ensure ongoing communication between ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes, planning, and implementing and evaluating statewide activities.
- Access to General Curriculum (Region 20 ESC)
Through a comprehensive planning process, the Access to General Curriculum (AGC) Network develops a framework for statewide collaboration. Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on ensuring that all students with disabilities will gain access to and show progress in the general curriculum through curricular/instructional adaptations in the least restrictive environment.
- Low Incidence Disabilities (Region 3 ESC)
Region III ESC has the responsibility to provide leadership to the Texas Regional ESCs for building capacity to meet the needs of students who are severely and profoundly cognitively disabled, medically fragile, and or deafblind. The goals of the project are to establish a collaborative network of stake holders; facilitate professional development to meet statewide needs; and to develop a process of evaluating the effectiveness of statewide activities.
- Parent Coordination (Region 9 ESC)
The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist them in making informed choices in their child’s education. The Network has identified the following priorities: joint training opportunities for parents and educators, collaboration with other parent training entities, and technical assistance to parents and school district personnel in the area of special education.
- Texas Assistive Technology Network (Region 4 ESC)
Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) is working to ensure that students with disabilities receive assistive technology devices and services when needed to benefit from a free, appropriate public education. The TATN consists of representatives from each of the Texas Education Services Centers, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Through a comprehensive planning process, the TATN has developed a framework for statewide collaboration with priorities in professional development and technical assistance which focus on providing training, products and services that:
• build district capacity in assistive technology knowledge and skills
• promote strategies for building the literacy skills of all students, and
• are aligned with statewide literacy initiatives
- Texas Behavior Support Initiative (Region 4 ESC)
The focus of the Behavior and Discipline Management Network for Students with Disabilities is to provide capacity building trainings and products for Education Service Center and Child-Serving Agency Network Representatives to use in regional level professional development and technical assistance activities with districts/charter schools and child-serving agencies. The goal is to create a Positive Behavior Support System in the Texas public schools that will enable students with disabilities to receive special education supports and services in the least restrictive environment and to participate successfully in the TEKS-based curriculum and state assessment system.
- Texas Secondary Transition and Post School Results (Region 11 ESC) ESC Region XI provides statewide leadership and facilitates activities for the 20 ESC Region High School Transition Network and the statewide post-school outcomes committee. The focus is to promote communication and collaboration between stakeholders and a comprehensive, coordinated, transition service delivery system in Texas that leads to improvement of post-school student outcomes.
- Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism (Region 13 ESC)
Through the network of the 20 Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) around the state and in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism is providing a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism.
- Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Region 11 ESC)
ESC Region XI provides statewide leadership and facilitates activities for the 20 ESC regional networks. Professional development and technical assistance focuses on building capacity to ensure students with visual impairments have comparable access to the general curriculum and improve skill areas necessary to compensate for visual loss.
- Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
ESC Region 11 provides leadership, staff development, technical assistance and support to assist Texas school districts meet the educational needs students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Priorities include student and staff communication and competence, access to the general education curriculum, literacy, and appropriate services to infants, toddlers and pre-school children.
Statewide Leadership Projects
Education service centers (ESCs) provide state leadership for special education related projects. The ESCs listed next to the project are considered the Lead ESC. Each lead ESC is responsible for developing a plan and implementing and evaluating statewide activities related to the project.
- Legal Framework (Region 18 ESC)
The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process is a dynamic electronic roadmap that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic. It empowers those who use it to be able to provide to every child the benefits of FAPE. It also helps with managing systems change for continuous student performance and program improvement.
- Texas Autism Conference (Region 2 ESC)
The focus of the network is continued education of and opportunities for people involved with individuals with autism.
- Texas Initiative for Disproportionate Representation in Special Education (Region 1 ESC)
ESC Region 1 is a resource for schools, school districts, and charter schools in addressing the issues related to disproportionality. These include self-assessment tools, links to current research, and best practices, strategies, and trainings related to the needs of struggling students in order to lead to improvement of educational services.