To support the unique set of needs of students who are being served by special education as well as identified in one or more of the following areas: English Learner, Gifted and Talented, Highly Mobile (Migrant, Military, Foster, Homeless).
This network strives to improve the outcome of students by building capacity of educators and support for families and developing training and resources. To meet the unique needs of these students, planned and purposeful coordination is required between the programs of Special Education, Gifted and Talented, English Learner Support, and Highly Mobile.
It is anticipated a greater number of students will receive services that are individualized on a deeper level due to the resources provided by this network.
Who Do We Support?
An English learner is any student who has a primary language or home language other than English and is in the process of acquiring English language proficiency. This includes students at different stages of English language development that need varying levels of linguistic accommodations that are communicated, sequenced, and scaffolded to effectively access content in English instruction as they acquire the English language according to Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 74, Subchapter A, Section §74.4(b)(2).
A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)
Highly mobile children include children experiencing frequent family moves into new school districts, such as military-connected children, migrant children, children in the foster care system, and children who are homeless. (IDEA)