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Statewide Special Education Liaisons



Who We Are

The Region 20 Special Education Liaisons are part of a statewide network of special education professionals that work closely with TEA. Special Education Liaisons support Special Education Directors, Administrators, and District Leadership in the continuous improvement process. Trained in Design Thinking and the 4 Disciplines of Execution, Liaisons connect special education programs with resources, supports and expertise from across the state to assist in program improvements that build capacity and improve outcomes for students receiving special education services. 

Liaisons work closely with the TEA Review and Support team and the School Family & Community Engagement (SFCE) Initiative to provide specific support for schools dealing with SPED Cyclical Reviews, SPED RDA monitoring and findings of non-compliance.

Whether you are addressing a challenge you have identified in your program or campus, preparing for a cyclical or targeted onsite / desk review or responding to monitoring activities, Liaisons have access to resources, training and expertise to assist you.


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What we Do

The Special Education Liaisons can provide campus and district administrators consultation support in the area of special education.  Liaisons can assist in the interpretation of data related to special education monitoring, discuss implications of student performance, and coach leaders in creating implementation plans that support improved outcomes for students with disabilities.

  • Directly participate in any and all portions of the On-Site Review Visit: entrance meeting, classroom observations, staff interviews and exit conference. TEA will allow ESC Liaisons to be present and participate if the LEA gives permission.
    • Participate in TEA phone calls and visits
    • Make recommendations with on-site scheduling 
  • Provide training and technical assistance to conduct a root cause analysis to assist in completion of your LEA’s Strategic Support Plan.
  • Provide direct training and technical assistance as needed to support completion of LEA Self-Assessment and Strategic Support Plan (answer questions by phone or email or attend Self-Assessment work session at LEA to provide direct support).
  • Provide continued support (phone calls, emails, training, on-site visits, etc.) to assist in developing a targeted plan to address recommendations and growth areas contained in the monitoring report.
  • Connect your LEA to other ESC and state resources to support your LEAs goals.
  • Provide Self-Assessment Training 
  • Assist with creating ASCEND Account
  • Assist the District Leadership team to determine the diverse team members needed to complete the Self-Assessment
  • Assist with developing a timeline of Self-Assessment completion for input, collaboration and review
  • Provide support to LEA to review and update current procedures and practices.
  • Provide support to LEA to improve Self-Assessment category ratings.

The Special Education Liaisons are equipped to advise and review CAPs and SSPs and to share insights from working with the TEA Review and Support Team and other LEAs who have previously collaborated with ESC-20 in completing this process.

To help prepare for an upcoming Cyclical Comprehensive or Targeted Desk Review, Special Education Liaisons can review a sampling of your LEA student file folders to determine areas of strength and potential non-compliance. The Liaisons will compile a Diagnostic Improvement Report highlighting trends and considerations for improvement.

What are the real needs of your campus?

How can you build upon existing campus strengths?

Where is there room for growth?

Is your focus area the right target?


Liaisons partner with local leadership to bridge the gap from the discussion of identifying solutions to actionable steps for change using a Guided Action Plan (GAP).

Guided Action Plan (GAP) Process 

  • Strategic Needs Assessment and Data Analysis
  • Stakeholder Interviews and Classroom Observations
  • Action Planning Team for Baseline and Goals
  • Collaborative Action Plan Developed with ESC-20
  • Implementation Checkpoints

Does your campus have a fixed or growth mindset?

What are the barriers to student success?

Do you need a pulse on the climate and culture of the campus?

How does quantitative achievement align with qualitative data on campus?

Decision making in special education places heavy emphasis on utilizing quantitative data analysis.  Another important component of planning is consideration of qualitative data.  Qualitative data provides authentic descriptions about insights into relationships, root causes of barriers, and effects within dynamic processes. 

Qualitative Needs Assessment Process: 

  • Gather stakeholder feedback through Interviews and survey analytics
  • Receive a written summary report that identifies an analysis of trends and insights

The Special Education Liaisons assist campus or district leadership teams in the analysis of special education data from systems such as the State Performance Plan (SPP), Special Education Self-Assessment  and Results Driven Accountability (RDA).  

Data Discovery support offers a focused approach to search for trends in student performance data across disability categories, campuses, or grade levels.  This support also allows a district to experience a comparative view of regional and state performance data in the areas of focus.

The Special Education Program Review process supports district-level continuous improvement efforts in the area of Special Education.  The process includes interviews of multi-disciplinary educator teams representative of the school district, classroom observations of select students with disabilities, review of eligibility file folders, provider service logs, and local policies and procedures.  A written report that describes program highlights and identified trends from the Program Review will be shared with the district selected Special Education team.

Special Education Program Review Process:

  • Special Education Eligibility Folder Review
  • Service Log Documentation Review
  • District Operating Policies and Procedures Review
  • Stakeholder Interviews and Classroom Observations
  • Trend Descriptions with Data Analysis 
  • Written Program Review provided by ESC-20