Welcome to SPEDTalk with Pam Humphrey & John Bullion. For the past 36 years, Pam's work in Special Education in Texas has been integral in statewide efforts regarding Inclusive Practices and Transition Services. As a Special Education Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Special Education Director, John C. Bullion has prioritized moving from a compliance based educational system to one that embraces each and every child in support of improving student outcomes. Let's Elevate the Conversation about special education by Celebrating the People and Organizations making it happen for kids
In Unity there is Power! In this episode of SPEDTalk with Pam & John, get up to speed on a few of the changes occurring within the State Education Agency (TEA) in the Department of Special Education through the efforts of the Review and Support Division. Listen in as Ramonda Olaloye and Jacob Klett, Review & Support Managers, discuss the Differentiated Monitoring System (DMS), Results Driven Accountability (RDA), and the new Self-Assessment Process and Platform. You're gonna be glad you caught this episode.
TEA Review and Support Division
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam, John, and Amy connect with Lisa Kirby and Kelly Joseph from ESC Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas. Lisa and Kelly have developed an impressive catalog of online webinars for administrators in addition to a web page on the Region 20 website designed to support campus leaders in their efforts to administer effective special education services. Closing out this episode are reflections on the first season of SPEDTalk and projections of amazing things yet to come in the upcoming second season of SPEDTalk.
Campus Admin Resource Page
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with fellow Liaison, Evan Heckmann from ESC Region 10 to discuss resources and reflect on the evolution of the special education liaison role in Texas. In his first three videos in a series called "10 Minutes Til," Evan covers The Manifestation Determination Meeting, Child Find, and Behavior Situations. Be sure to check these out and share these resources with campus administrators in support of their efforts to administer effective special education services on their campuses.
Results Driven Accountability
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John celebrate the amazing work of The Student-Centered Transitions Network (SCTN). Listen in as Dr. Vickie Mitchell (Sam Houston State), Susie May (TEA), Kayla Daniel (ESC Region 12), Townsley Tayebianpour (ESC Region 4), and Corinna Cole (Sam Houston State) share their insights into the evolution of how we define Transition in Texas. SCTN is designed to build collaborative infrastructures among students, families, schools, districts, and communities to equip all students with disabilities to be actively involved in planning, communicating, and evaluating progress in meeting their transition goals from early childhood through high school graduation and post-secondary readiness.
Results Driven Accountability
In this Live & Interactive Special Edition Episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with passionate educators from across the state of Texas to discuss the shift from a compliance heavy system to the Results Driven Accountability that has been adopted by the USDE and TEA. Listen in as problems are framed as possibilities and constraints lead to creativity.
Results Driven Accountability
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with Lorraine Klim, ESC Region 4 Special Education Liaison. Listen as Lorraine shares her passion for improving services for students with autism. Her efforts to create an Exemplar Autism Continuum speaks to a growing need in schools across Texas.
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John crash the offices of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) in Austin, Texas. Joining them around the table are Theresa Parsons (Executive Director), Ginger Meyners (Deputy Director), and Kristin McGuire (Director of Governmental Relations) and of course SPEDTalk Producer, Amy Rogers. Listen in to learn about the vision, mission, and purpose of TCASE, as well as insights into the upcoming TCASE Interactive 2019 Conference.
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with Cody Martin and Dr. Coral Wilkens to discuss why special education is so important in the lives of the children who recieve special education services. As educational models and paradigms shift, the one constant is the presence of exceptional educators who understand the power of connection. We the people of special education are what make the provision of services so special.
Let's Elevate the Conversation! In this Special Extended Edition of SPEDTalk, Pam and John sit down with Ron Morander to discuss his role as the Chief Operating Officer at Morgan's Wonderland. They also had the opportunity to talk with Nikki Young (Edutainment Director) and Allie Smith (Assistant Edutainment Director) about the impact that the Statewide Liaison Project had on the Morgan's Wonderland Community Based Instruction Program. Join us as Ron, Nikki, and Allie elaborate on the mission, vision, and future of Morgan's Wonderland as envisioned by founder Gordon Hartman.
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are hanging out with Steven Prater from the Texas Education Agency. That's right, Even Steven Prater from TEA is SPEDTalking about his his role as the Technical Assistance Manager in the Division of Special Education at TEA. Listen in as Steven discusses the work of his team of statewide coordinators, statewide networks, statewide frameworks, and changes within TEA.
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam & John are joined by ESC Liaisons from Regions 10 & 13 as they elaborate on a collaborative project they are working on called Reading and Writing Connections for SPED Literacy. Come along as they discuss changes to the ELAR Standards and their work to bridge these streamlined standards to the vertical alignment for students with disabilities. Also, be sure to complete their survey so that resources and supports are reflective of your specific needs and preferences. Link to the survey can be found below.
Reading and Writing Connections Survey.
Let's Elevate the Conversation! In this episode of SPEDTalk, join Pam & John as they talk with Dr. Justin Porter, State Director of Special Education at the Texas Education Agency, about his vision for Special Education in Texas.
Let's Elevate the Conversation! In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam Humphrey and John Bullion introduce themselves to listeners and discuss the role of special education liaisons. The following resources are also shared.