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SPEDTalk with Pam & John

SPEDTalk with Pam & John

By The Calm Before The Storm
Welcome to SPEDTalk with Pam Humphrey & Dr. John C. Bullion (2021 Barbara Jordan Media Award Winners). The past 38 years, Pam's work in Special Education has been integral in statewide efforts regarding Inclusive Practices and Transition Services. In his 20+ year career in education, Dr. Bullion has prioritized moving from a compliance based educational system to one that embraces 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 of Differing Abilities in Texas.
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TEA & AIR: Aligning Efforts to Address Significant Disproportionality
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John learn all about the Strategic Partnership between the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the American Institute for Research (AIR) to address Significant Disproportionality (SD) through grant opportunities for specific LEAs. The purpose of this grant is to support LEAs that have been notified of 1 or more areas of significant disproportionality in either discipline, identification, or restrictive placements. The Addressing Significant Disproportionality (SD) project will create a grant program to provide targeted LEAs with deep consultative services to identify systemic issues related to effective and equitable services to students in all groups. The consultation will include reviews of the following: student outcome data, child find policies and procedures, effective implementation of linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogy in tier 1 instruction, effective and appropriate tier 2 and tier 3 interventions, tier 1 behavior and systemic classroom management processes, as well as processes for ensuring all students are given access to high expectations and the corresponding rigorous academic coursework. This review will specifically build upon information gleaned from the review and support self-assessment. Aligned with current research, a major theme throughout all grant-funded activities is assisting LEAs in identifying the underlying causes of SD so they can appropriately select high-leverage Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs; i.e., multi-tiered systems of support, culturally responsive pedagogy, etc...) aligned to those needs. This will be evident in all resources, PD, and coaching. www.facebook.com/SPEDTalk2020  www.instagram.com/spedtalk2020/ Twitter@spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy Elite Big Changes It Takes Courage To Create Culture & Kindness To Keep Us Connected! (Dr. JCB)
44:59
May 4, 2021
Special Edition: Penguin Project Takes Flight in Corsicana ISD
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John dive into the deep end of Inclusion with Corsicana ISD who is proud to be the first chapter site in Texas of The Penguin Project. The Penguin Project is a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit that all unfolds on stage. Students across the district (4th - 12th grade) perform in the Broadway musical, Annie, Jr. The roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, visual or hearing impairment and other neurological disorders. Peer-mentors volunteer to work side-by-side with the special needs students from rehearsals to the final performance. Providing access to theater, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. This inclusion program provides a supportive environment for children of all abilities to explore their creative talents. The impact of this national program has reached beyond the stage to bring communities together for a wonderful cause. Corsicana ISD Special Programs, community volunteers, CISD staff, parents, students and numerous others have joined together under the direction of Cran Dodds to make this program a reality.  Corsicana ISD Website The Penguin Project 2021 The Penguin Project Bragging Rights Article The Penguin Project Sponsor Info www.facebook.com/SPEDTalk2020 www.instagram.com/spedtalk2020/ Twitter@spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy Elite Big Changes It Takes Courage To Create Culture & Kindness To Keep Us Connected! (Dr. JCB)
51:01
April 14, 2021
Moments of Impact Multiplied by the MEMN Network
In this episode, Pam and John learn all about the Multiple Exceptionalities and Multiple Needs (technical assistance) Network, which aspires 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 learners, Gifted and Talented, and Highly Mobile; specifically-- migrant students, military connected students, students experiencing homelessness, and students in foster care. This network strives to improve the outcome of students who have multiple needs and multiple exceptionalities by building educator capacity, increasing family support, 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 support. MEMN Network Website - https://www.txmemn.tea.texas.gov/ www.facebook.com/SPEDTalk2020 www.instagram.com/spedtalk2020/ Twitter@spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy Elite Big Changes It Takes Courage To Create Culture & Kindness To Keep Us Connected! (Dr. JCB)
52:14
April 6, 2021
TIERing Support and Closing Gaps Through Evidenced Based Practice
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John learn all about the amazing work of the TIER Network. Tiered Interventions Using Evidence-Based Research, or TIER, is a project funded by the Texas Education Agency. Their goal is to provide educators, caregivers, and other educational stakeholders with the knowledge and materials to ensure appropriate implementation of multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) in every school across Texas. The TIER network is developing comprehensive and coherent trainings and resources for evidence-based intervention practices across the state. The network strives to increase LEA and ESC capacity to develop and implement an effective, integrated, comprehensive framework for intervention that is grounded in differentiated instruction and aligns the systems that are fundamental for all students’ academic, behavioral, and social achievement. They have developed a series of modules that focus on different components of MTSS. Within each module, you’ll find more specific pathways. A pathway includes a presentation with handouts as well as a video of the presentation. Presenters can use the presentation and handouts during professional learning. Educators and caregivers can use the video and handouts to walk through the content on their own. For more information, contact them at TIER@meadowscenter.org. TIER Website - https://tier.tea.texas.gov/ www.facebook.com/SPEDTalk2020 www.instagram.com/spedtalk2020/ Twitter@spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Big Changes It Takes Courage To Create Culture & Kindness To Keep Us Connected! (Dr. JCB)
47:01
March 12, 2021
Loving Students Doesn't Lower Expectations
In this episode of SPEDTalk, listen in as the conversation goes from parental love to educational impact as the amazing mom of two sons with autism describes her journey to becoming a teacher who sees the potential in all of her students. The high expectations and unconditional love she has for her own two sons is also experienced by each and every one of her students. It is often said, "there's nothing quite like the love of a mother" and "kid's don't care how much a teacher knows unless they know how much the teacher cares." Teaching each as though they were her own, Nikki McDaniel, 1st Grade Teacher at Brady ISD understands that loving students doesn't mean lowering expectations. This is Inclusion Lived!! www.facebook.com/SPEDTalk2020 www.instagram.com/spedtalk2020/ @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
40:04
February 8, 2021
TAMUSA & Burleson ASPIRE to Elevate Transition in Texas to New Heights
Guess whos back...our buddies at the The Burleson School for Innovation and Education have been busy since we last spoke. The Magic Factory is known for setting the pace when it comes to developing student employability skills and their strategic partnership with Texas A&M University San Antonio (TAMUSA) will expand their impact exponentially. When pam and I first met with Joe Hinojosa and Sara Minner, their desire to expand possibilities and improve outcomes was evident in the evidence of impact that can be seen throughout the Burleson Center. Now they have joined forces with Dr. Henrietta Munoz, Executive Director of the Institute for School and Community Partnerships TAMUSA. This Powerhouse Strategic Partnership between Edgewood ISD, TAMUSA, and six additional districts in the ASPIRE Network Elevates Transition in Texas to New Heights! A&M-SA & South Bexar County ISDs Partnership to Impact Regional Equity and Excellence ASPIRE to Greatness through Big Time Commitment to Continuity of Care and Noncompetitive Collaboration. Pushing the Boundaries by Expanding Possibilities! This is Inclusion Lived!! TAMUSA Dr. Henrietta Munoz Burleson Center  @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
53:02
January 21, 2021
Don't Be Afraid To Be Included!
In this episode, the SPEDTalk crew are blown away by the big ideas, bold actions, and inclusive efforts of Kami Dodds (Brady ISD Unified Club sponsor and Special Olympics Coach). Kami's relentless drive to create inclusive opportunities for her students exemplifies how one person's vision can make the impossible possible. Kami Dodds is a leader among leaders and is growing the next generation of inclusive minded leaders as evidenced by the real star of this episode, her student Simon, who taught us that we should never be afraid to take the right risks in life and should never be afraid to be included. Wise words from a very wise young man.  Brady ISD Unified In The News Brady ISD Gets Recognized  10 Minutes 'til Videos Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
01:14:10
December 21, 2020
SPEDTalk, Party of Five!
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John team up with Sara Jeter (ESC Region 8), Even Heckmann (ESC Region 10), and Jennifer De Leon (ESC Region 17); making SPEDTalk an SPED Liaison Collaborative between five RESCs in Texas. Elevating a positive conversation about special education has always been the focus, and with SPEDTalk becoming a Party of Five, season three will be our best one yet. Keep tuning in because SPEDTalk only matters if it matters to you, and be sure to hit us up on Twitter @SPEDTalk2020 for opportunities to help us with suggestions for future topics. Who knows, you might even jump on during a future recording in which we SPEDTalk your topic. You'll also be able to find SPEDTalk on Instagram and Facebook so tweet, post, and share your ideas so we can be sure your voice is heard in future episodes.  10 Minutes 'til Videos Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
24:57
December 1, 2020
Crisis, Trauma, and Mental Health First Aid
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by Cody Martin (ESC 14) and Jeni Janek (ESC 12) to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the importance of self-care and mental health awareness.  As students and teachers return to classrooms and campuses for the start of the 20/21 School Year, effective contingency plans focus on academic, social, and emotional considerations for all members of the returning school community. Programs such as Mental Health First Aid prepare teachers and staff to attend to the social/emotional needs of returning students many of whom may be experiencing situational stress and/or academic struggles.  SCHOLAR Mental Health First Aid Suicide Prevention  Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
38:53
September 20, 2020
SPEDTalking Dyslexia
Did you know that Dyslexia is constitutional meaning it is organic in nature in that a person is born with a dyslexic brain as opposed to being the result of injury and or trauma? In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John learn all about Dyslexia in Texas from Dr. Dyslexia herself Dr. Melanie Royal (ESC Region 10 Dyslexia Statewide) and her TEA counterpart Michelle Reeves. Tune in to this episode so we can turn down the rhetoric and crank up the volume on Dyslexia screening, identification, and intervention. In case you didn't know, there is also a Dyslexia Hotline in Texas (800-232-3030). Dyslexia Statewide Assistance (ESC Region 10) TEA Special Education Dyslexia and Related Disorders Early Childhood Education Technical Assistance: Child Find and Evaluation Technical Assistance: Section 504 Inclusion Network/Dyslexia Resources Students with Disabilities Planning Supports Guidebook- Dyslexia p.30 Tier Network National Center for Intensive Intervention -Dyslexia Virtual Lesson included Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
44:47
September 20, 2020
SPEDTalking Child Find, Evaluation, & ARD supports
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by Kara Zwolinski (ESC Region 4) and Dawn Vanderhule (TEA) to discuss the Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Statewide Leadership Network also referred to as Network One. Child Find is legally required, and is an important first step to finding children with disabilities and getting them the support and services they require to be successful in school. The full and individual initial evaluation (FIIE) is a critical component when determining the eligibility and needs of the child. The role of the ARD committee is to develop the IEP to enable a child with a disability to achieve the prescribed goals resulting in positive outcomes. [TEA Special Education Strategic Plan, April 2018] The responsibility of the Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network is to ensure all children with disabilities are located, evaluated, identified, and that free appropriate public education (FAPE) is made available. If you'e interested in learning more about Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports, be sure to visit Network One's Website at the link below. Child Find, Evaluation, & ARD Supports Network Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
46:35
August 30, 2020
SPEDTalking with TSLAT
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by Darcy Schiller, Robin Reimund, and Blaine Campbell (ESC Region 13) to discuss the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training Network (TSLAT).  TSLAT works in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Training, support, and resources for educators serving students with autism. With over 80 courses in 7 different categories including courses in Spanish, TSLAT enables educators to "take the lead on professional development."  All courses are free; you can learn at your own pace; and you can earn CEUs and a certificate for each course you complete.  On the TSLAT website (https://www.txautism.net/), you will also find timely and purposeful short videos that support educators and parents in their work with children with autism featuring classroom strategies, interviews with autism experts, teachers, and parents. Don't leave the website before checking out the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET) designed to assist schools in developing practices from initial referral to program development and implementation with a strong emphasis on evidence-based and peer-reviewed strategies. There are a ton more resources you're gonna love so check out TSLAT and keep coming back.  https://www.txautism.net/ Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
01:02:55
August 10, 2020
Inclusion in Texas Statewide Network
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by Cara Wyly (ESC Region 20) and Laura Wilk (TEA) to discuss the Inclusion in Texas Statewide Leadership Network. The Inclusion in Texas Network works in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to build a statewide culture of high expectations for students with disabilities and significantly improve academic and functional outcomes for students served by special education.   The goal is to build school district capacity to develop and appropriately implement instructional programs that provide meaningful access to inclusive environments and grade-level standards, where appropriate. The Network is developing resources to support school districts in building their capacity to develop and implement instructional programs for students in an inclusive setting and  will be posting these resources throughout the year. Inclusion in Texas Website Big Changes @spedtalk2020 SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
45:34
July 17, 2020
Creativity Craves Constraints - Finding the Calm within the Storm of Covid-19
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John regroup with Joe Hinojosa and Jennifer Warren to celebrate the amazing work of their teachers and staff while also learning about the synergy created through their serendipitous encounter in an unreleased episode of SPEDTalk. Always searching for the silver lining lessons and moments, Pam and I were so excited to learn of the Re-Entry Plan for students and staff that Jennifer and Joe are imagining into existence. Covid-19 can't hold educators like these down. Creativity craves constraints, and there is always a calm to be found within every storm. This one you don't want to miss.  @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
01:17:53
May 18, 2020
Fiscal Supports Bring SPED Funding Opportunities for Texas LEAs
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by Amy Strauch, ESC Region 20 Special Education Coordinator, to discuss the Special Education Fiscal Support Grant Funding available to Texas LEAs. Listen in to learn about Round 1 Updates, Round 2 Application Timelines, and frequently asked questions related to use of funds/implications on MOE.     https://www.spedfiscalsupport.org @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard Destination Education Creations ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
44:03
April 14, 2020
SPEDTalking with Student Ambassadors: 2020 Texas Transition Conference
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John join the Texas Transition Conference Student Ambassadors and their amazingly awesome job coaches to get feedback on their experience at the conference this year.  Student input and perspective offers insight into the learner experience and is of fundamental importance in the development of effective special education programs and services. Eighteen and Up Programs are an essential component of successful transition from school to post-secondary and employment opportunities. These Ambassadors are wonderful examples of potential realized. Kudos to their job coaches and LEAs. @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
36:07
March 22, 2020
When Pam's Away, John will Play! Hanging with Harvey and Chilling with Coral
In this episode of SPEDTalk, John mixes it up with Dr. Coral Wilkens and Harvey Hughes at TCASE GREAT IDEAS 2020. Don't worry Pam and Amy are still SPEDTalking. They just had bigger fish to fry.  Listen in as Harvey Hughes (Creator of SEAS Web and Hero) shares his most recent brainchild (Smart Data Dashboard). It's always a blast Chilling with Coral and Hanging with Harvey. So sit back and grab your favorite comfort food cause this episode is about to kick it into overdrive.  Smart Data Dashboard @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
53:36
February 8, 2020
SPEDTalking with Jose Hinojosa at The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education
In this episode of SPEDTalk, PAM, John, and Amy SPEDTalk it up with the Mr. Jose Hinojosa (aka Joe), Director of Special Education at The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education in Edgewood ISD. After spending the morning getting to know the amazing staff and students of "The Magic Factory," a nickname assigned to Burleson by local media and the community for the amazing opportunities and outcomes it creates, even Pam agreed that this place is Straight Up Legit when it comes to preparing students for life after high school. If you want to hear what Kidcentric Passion and Purpose sounds like, check out this episode, and if you really want to experience the Magic, you're just gonna have to come check it out in person.  The Burleson Center for Innovation and Education; Pushing the Boundaries by Expanding Possibilities! This is Inclusion Lived!! Burleson Center  @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
41:49
December 6, 2019
Special Education 2.0 in Frisco! An ISD that Builds Capacity!!
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam, John, and Amy come face to face with excellence in practice while dropping in to visit with the Frisco ISD Special Education Leadership Team. This Dream Team of Four consists of Traci Cartas (Executive Director), and her three fabulous Directors, Garrett Jackson, Christine Davis, and Dr. Coral Wilkens. Their efforts to develop organizational capacity at all levels can best be described as the Intersection between Innovation and Education. The Special Education Leadership Academy they have developed to build SPED Knowledge District wide combines just  the right mix of empathetic planning and strategic implementation. Utilizing a co-design process, the cohort model of professional learning opportunities developed provides prescriptive PD customized to the needs and interests of their staff. It really is exciting to see potential and possibility transform into practices in action. Frisco ISD is re-imagining what special education can be by developing leadership at all levels!   Frisco ISD SPED  @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
01:01:09
December 6, 2019
Small and Rural Schools Network Shines Bright in The Lone Star State
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John are joined by two of our favorite folks. We are excited to sit down with Jam Page, Director of SPED at ESC Region 15 and Tammy Utter, Field Service Agent (and former ESC SPED Liaison Extraordinaire) also from ESC Region 15 to learn all about the new Small and Rural Schools Network (SRSN). The SRSN includes representatives from each of the 20 Regional Education Service Centers, along with Network Leads, Jam and Tammy. This Network is designed to meet the educational challenges unique to small and rural school's in Texas.  Jam and Tammy are super excited to be sharing information about the purpose, mission, services, activities, and opportunities schools can expect from this new Statewide Leadership Network. With a goal of supporting increasingly equitable services to students with disabilities in small and rural LEAs, the SRSN Small & Rural School Connection Conferences are a great opportunity for SPED Directors and support staff to come together for shared learning and networking. While these conferences are designed to focus on the unique needs of small and rural schools, everyone is invited to attend. If you're interested in attending, check out the flyer link below. SRSN Small & Rural School Connection Conference Flyer @spedtalk2020 Big Changes SPEDTalk Dashboard ARD Buddy SPED Leadership Academy Principal Dashboard Budget Buddy Dashboard ~Courage Creates Culture & Kindness Keeps Us Connected~
33:09
October 27, 2019
SPED Leaders Leveraging Relationships and Developing Capacity
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam and John discuss what it means to be an effective SPED Administrator, Shifting from Compliance to Outcomes, and the Importance of Student Self-Determination with the Director of Special Education at Connally ISD (Laurie Tresl) and the Director of Special  Populations at China Spring ISD (Lisa Howard.) The common denominator between us being that we intentionally plan to come together monthly to discuss, explore, and share ideas, information , and resources as an Extended Professional Learning Community of Special Education Leaders in Central Texas. Together, we are developing our own leadership qualities  through our investments in each other because we know the smartest person in the room is the room.  SPED Leadership Academy
44:45
October 27, 2019
Aggie ACHIEVE Elevates Higher Inclusive & Immersive Education Opportunities
In this episode of SPEDTalk, Pam, John, and Amy head on out to Aggie Land to learn all about A&Ms Aggie ACHIEVE Program from a couple of Aggie Students, Lexi and Miguel. Joining them to talk all about this unique to Texas four year college experience are...  Carly B. Gilson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Special Education Faculty Director, Aggie ACHIEVE  and  Olivia R. Hester, Ph.D. Program Director, Aggie ACHIEVE Aggie ACHIEVE (Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocational Experiences) is a four-year inclusive post-secondary opportunity for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have exited high school. Aggie ACHIEVE provides an inclusive and immersive college education and equips students for employment in the community. Aggie ACHIEVE aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals. Students reside in Texas A&M residence halls and have access to all campus-related activities. Aggie ACHIEVE
47:12
October 27, 2019
Meet TEAs Dynamic Duo, Jacob & Ramonda: Review. Support. Unify!
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  
56:13
September 26, 2019
Ideas, Information, & Resources for Campus Administrators: The Beginning, Middle, and End
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
41:29
August 30, 2019
Resources and Reflection with Evan Heckmann
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
40:60
August 30, 2019
Transition Redefined: The Student-Centered Transitions Network
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
01:00:18
August 30, 2019
SPEDTalk Live & Interactive at TCASE 2019
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
31:03
July 26, 2019
Lorraine Speaks: Autism Awareness
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.   TEACCH Autism
34:13
July 26, 2019
Celebrating Contributions: Interactive at TCASE
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.  TCASE  
45:09
June 23, 2019
What's So Special About Special Education?
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.     Big Changes  
49:02
June 23, 2019
Special Extended Edition: Ultra Accessibility at Morgan's Wonderland
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.   Morgan's Wonderland   
01:02:04
May 17, 2019
Even Steven Prater from TEA is SPEDTalking
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.  TEA Resources  
30:51
May 17, 2019
SPED Literacy with a Twist
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.
29:25
May 17, 2019
SPEDTalking with Justin Porter
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.  @spedtalk2020   
29:00
April 12, 2019
The Calm Before The Storm
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. Big Changes  
28:44
April 5, 2019