Special Education Curriculum and Instruction
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, schools are responsible for providing students who are receiving special education services the opportunity to participate in school through the least restrictive environment. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires that students with disabilities have access to the general curriculum, be involved in the general curriculum, and progress in the general curriculum.
As general education classrooms become more inclusive, strategies for providing access to the general curriculum are needed so that students with disabilities are actively involved and progress within the curriculum in these classrooms.
Our goal is to offer specific trainings and support to assist teachers and administrators with strategies and methods to ensure students with disabilities are not only provided access to the general curriculum, but are making academic progress. Specific training topics include (but are not limited to): Inclusion, Accommodations & Modifications, Co-Teaching, Differentiated Instruction & Brain Based Learning Strategies, and State Assessments.
Education service centers (ESCs) provide state leadership for special education related decentralized functions. Each lead ESC is responsible for identifying a contact and coordinating with a 20-region network for their decentralized function. The purpose of the 20-region network is to ensure ongoing communication between ESCs about state-level needs assessments, program planning/implementation, and evaluating statewide activities.
PGC Network
Education Service Center, Region 20 provides statewide leadership in the area of Progress in the General Curriculum Network (PGC). The Progress in the General Curriculum Network (PGC) Network develops a framework for statewide collaboration through a comprehensive planning process. Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on ensuring that all students with disabilities will gain access to and show progress in the general curriculum through curricular/instructional adaptations in the least restrictive environment.
The PGC Network works in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to determine, establish, and maintain a Texas PGC Initiative as applicable to grades kindergarten through twelve. Education Service Center, Region 20 coordinates the 20-region PGC Network, which provides professional development and technical assistance to school districts, schools, and charter schools focused on all students with disabilities being involved in and showing progress in the general curriculum through curricular and instructional adaptations in the least restrictive environment.

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PGC Network Site
Additional Resources
The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process
U. S. Department of Education, Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
Information Regarding Standards-Based IEP Goal Development Free Online Training
Contact:
Cara Wyly
Project Manager, Progress in the General Curriculum Network
(210) 370-5413
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Lisa Kirby
Educational Specialist, Special Education Curriculum and Instruction
(210) 370-5469
Contact Lisa Kirby
Michelle Soriano
Educational Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction
(210) 370-5469
Contact Michelle Soriano
Bianca Celardo
Educational Specialist, Special Education Curriculum and Instruction
(210) 370-5452
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Kelly Joseph
Educational Specialist, Special Education Curriculum and Instruction
(210) 370-5664
Contact Kelly Joseph