Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Education Service Center (ESC) in East Texas

03/30/2016 | Published by: Family to Family Network

Did you know that there are 20 education service centers (ESCs) around the state? They provide education and support to parents and school district employees. ESCs focus on student improvement. They also serve as a first point of contact for questions regarding special education guidelines and services. 

Region 5 ESC (Beaumont)  serves the counties of: Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson Orange, Newton, and Tyler.

The Region 5 ESC Special Education Department  commits to helping parents of all students. By providing accurate information, parents can make good choices about their child’s learning. The ESC strives to improve the joint effort between parents and schools by offering trainings for both groups. They are offered in person or video webinars.

There are many workshops offered at ESCs that parents can attend. You can search by topics such as autism, behavior, PPCD, transition, etc. Even though some of the topics seem more for the teachers, they can help parents as well. 

For example, on April 15, 2016, there will be a webinar “Writing Appropriate Goals and Objectives That Are Driven by Present Levels of Performance.” This is a good workshop for parents to learn more present levels and writing good goals and objectives for their child. 

On May 12, there is a webinar called “Supporting the Executive Functions of Older Adolescents: Fostering Self-Regulation. It will address young adults with executive dysfunction who are at risk of failing to move from high school to college or the community. It will discuss these transition needs. It will describe how these students can self-regulate their own learning, time management, and self-advocacy.

By attending a workshop, a parent can learn new skills and become a more effective member of the IEP team. By working with your school, you can improve educational outcomes for your child. 

Please Note:  The ESC asks that you do not bring children under the age of 18 with you when you attend training. Following this rule will help maintain an expert learning setting and ensure the safety of minors.

For more information, you can contact the special education department:

Beth Hudson, the Parent Contact, can be reached at 409-951-1718 or bhudson@esc5.net. The ESC is located at Edison Plaza, 350 Pine Street, Beaumont, TX, 77701.

For additional information on education issues, check out the Education and Schools section of this website.

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