The Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) consists of representatives from each of the twenty Texas Education Services Centers, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) in Houston, TX provides statewide leadership for the network. Through a comprehensive planning process, the TATN has developed a framework for statewide collaboration. Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on providing training, products and services that:
- improve student access and performance to the general curriculum through the use of AT, and accessible instructional and educational materials specifically supporting State Performance Plan SPED Indicator #5a and #5b: Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE),
- build local education agency (LEA) capacity in assistive technology knowledge and skills,
- promote strategies for building the literacy skills of all students specifically supporting the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS): SPED Indicator #1: SPED STAAR 3-8 Passing Rate—(ii)-Reading, and
- are aligned with statewide initiatives.
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through ten functions and three projects directed by various Education Service Centers (ESC). Each function and project has primary responsibility 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 focuses on a specific activity.
For more information on the various TEA sponsored functions and projects, go to http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=2147494394
For questions about assistive technology training and technical assistance, contact the TATN representative at your local education service center (ESC).
Current TATN member listing