Special Education

Parent Involvement

ESC Region 11 focuses on building partnerships between parents, caregivers, schools, and communities to provide assistance for families of students with disabilities. Some of the services provided by the parent involvement consultant include:

  • Conducting parent training to improve student performance
  • Providing technical assistance to build district parental involvement programs
  • Collecting and disseminating innovative programs, literature, and information on parent involvement
  • Collaborating with districts, parents, state and local agencies, colleges, and universities serving individuals with disabilities
 Brenda Cupps
 
 
Parent Involvement Consultant
(817) 740-7577
 
 
 
 
 
Parent Coordination Network 
The Parent Coordination Network (PCN) is committed to ensuring parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist them in making informed choices in their child’s education. Network members have identified the following priorities: joint training opportunities for parents, collaboration with other parent training organizations, and technical assistance to parents and school district personnel in the area of special education.
 
 
State Performance Plan Indicator 8
SPP 8 is the Texas Survey of Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services as part of the State Performance Plan Indicator 8 Parent Participation. Indicator 8 asks each state to report “the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services that report school facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities”. In collaboration with the Lead, the Parent Coordination Network members provide technical assistance to school districts that receive the surveys.
 
Surrogate Parent Brochures
What is a Surrogate Parent (English) 
Qué es padre de substituto? (Spanish) 
 
Surrogate Parent Training (Power Point)
How to Serve as a Surrogate Parent for a Student with a Disability 
 
Additional Resources  
 

Parent Training Information Centers
 
Organizations
Advocacy Inc.
Family to Family Network
 
State Agencies
Texas Education Agency  Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services
Texas Department of State Health Services
 
National Resources
U.S Department of Education
Additional Resource 
The Legal Framework
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