Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by the various ESCs. Their primary responsibility is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and the dissemination of information throughout the state. The ESCs coordinating these statewide leadership functions and projects are responsible for the implementation of many of the state's continuous improvement activities.
Though both functions and projects provide statewide leadership, ESC function leads establish and coordinate a 20-region network.
This ensures ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities. Project leadership is focused on a specific activity.
Through the ESC State Leadership Project, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing State Leadership consultant provides leadership, professional development, consultation, and technical assistance to assist Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf (RDSPD), local school districts, charter schools, and the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) to address the unique needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
For more information, contact Susie Tiggs,
Statewide Lead for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services.
Contact information for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing contacts at each of the 20 Education Service Centers and the RDSPD supervisors can be accessed here: Statewide DHH Directory.
Information about Services to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) at Texas Education Agency can be found here.