Twenty regional ESCs were created in Texas to provide school districts with services that enhance efficiency, effectiveness and the performance of students, teachers, administrators and school personnel. As a result of the state's establishment of ESC Technology Centers and Training Programs, school districts across the state can turn to the ESC in their area for technology services.
Examples of ESC Technology Centers and Training Programs Activities:
- Provide a regional network for Internet connectivity, distance learning and email.
- Develop collaboratives and partnerships between districts and/or with vendors.
- Provide access to and collaborative pricing of educational resources, both for evaluation and purchase.
- Develop and deliver professional staff development to help teachers and administrators learn the skills and strategies necessary to integrate technology into teaching and learning, educator preparation and development, administration and support services, and infrastructure for technology in their schools.
- Support and help districts utilize the state's educational technology initiatives.
- Support the Technology Applications TEKS.
- Offer training and certification programs to provide certified teachers for the required Technology Application curriculum.
- Help districts develop technology plans and provide a peer review for these plans.
- Assist districts with E-Rate and other technology funding opportunities.
- Find and communicate grant opportunities, develop collaboratives for grants, and implement grants.
- Coordinate and support distance learning in the region for equitable and efficient offering of student courses (both regular and concurrent enrollment), administrative/teacher staff development, and worldwide education enhancement activities.
- Provide technical assistance via onsite visits, email, and telephone about educational technology issues.
Education Service Center Links
Region 1, Edinburg (outside source)
Region 2, Corpus Christi (outside source)
Region 3, Victoria (outside source)
Region 4, Houston (outside source)
Region 5, Beaumont (outside source)
Region 6, Huntsville (outside source)
Region 7, Kilgore (outside source)
Region 8, Mt. Pleasant (outside source)
Region 9, Wichita Falls (outside source)
Region 10, Richardson (outside source)
Region 11, Fort Worth (outside source)
Region 12, Waco (outside source)
Region 13, Austin (outside source)
Region 14, Abilene (outside source)
Region 15, San Angelo (outside source)
Region 16, Amarillo (outside source)
Region 17, Lubbock (outside source)
Region 18, Midland (outside source)
Region 19, El Paso (outside source)
Region 20, San Antonio (outside source)
For additional information, contact:
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701