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SpEd Focus Group Meeting for Teachers

2018 February 22
by HISD Communications

Teachers can sign up to participate in Special Education focus group meeting

The Texas Education Agency will be conducting a focus group meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 for teachers of students with disabilities across age and grade levels receiving special education services.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The final report was provided to TEA on Jan. 10, 2018.

The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans.

Education Service Center 4 is assisting TEA in providing notice to interested educators of the following meeting and registration directions. The one-hour meeting will be structured to solicit targeted feedback from participants regarding TEA’s initial draft plan. This meeting is closed to media and the general public to protect the privacy of students and families.

This meeting will be held prior to the final plan being submitted to OSEP on April 18.

Interested participants may only register/attend one identified focus group session.

Focus Group Membership Requirements Teachers and/or service providers to include both general and special educators who are currently employed in a public school district or charter school located within the region where the meeting is being held
Selection and Registration Register at  Session ID 1375482  Meetings will include up to 25 participants each with registration spots being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
TEA Educator Focus Group Meeting Agenda

Region 4 ESC


February 26, 2018


9:00 a.m.-10:00 a..m.

Agenda Time Purpose/Outputs
Welcome and Overview 15 minutes Concise information given to group to

  • understand of areas cited and requirements for corrective actions
Small Group Targeted Discussions 30 minutes Targeted questions that will result in

  • formalized written feedback
  • idea consensus into formalized written feedback
Closing Remarks 15 minutes Close conversations and communicate next steps

Stakeholders are invited to provide general comments and feedback on the plan the USDE Corrective Action Draft Plan Online Survey  by February 18, 2018 or by emailing TEA at at any time during the plan’s development.

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