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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.

SPEDTalk with Pam & John The Calm Before The Storm

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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.

    SPEDTalking with Cheer Abilities

    SPEDTalking with Cheer Abilities

    In this episode of SPEDTalk, we are joined by Tamsey, Mona, and Jasmine to learn all about Cheer Abilities, which provides athletes of all ages with varying types of differences and limitations the opportunity to Cheer on competitive teams. Th goal is to provide these athletes with the true experience of all-star cheerleading, from tumbling and stunting, to the thrill of performing in front of a large crowd. From school spirit to the spirit of competition and teamwork, cheer and dance have unique ways of connecting people, and the all star cheer and dance community has dedicated time and attention to cultivating teams with athletes of special talents in the Cheer Abilities and Dance Abilities divisions.

    Cheer Abilities Unlocks True Potential

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    Riding on the Crest of a Wave with TX CAN

    Riding on the Crest of a Wave with TX CAN

    In this episode of SPEDTalk, we learn about the amazing resources and trainings from the Texas Complex Access Network (TX CAN). Dedicated to raising awareness of the limitless potential of students with significant cognitive disabilities by presuming competence and finding the most appropriate supports to provide connection, access, and increased opportunities, TX CAN is creating a new paradigm of acceptance and potential for students with significant cognitive disabilities. TX CAN's mission is to put effective, evidence-based tools and strategies into the hands of teachers, and parents, to help them on their journey.

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    TEA & AIR: Aligning Efforts to Address Significant Disproportionality

    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.

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    Special Edition: Penguin Project Takes Flight in Corsicana ISD

    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. 

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    The Penguin Project 2021

    The Penguin Project Bragging Rights Article

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    Moments of Impact Multiplied by the MEMN Network

    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.

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    TIERing Support and Closing Gaps Through Evidenced Based Practice

    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.

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Ranfan33 ,

Game Changers!

It was such an honor to join you for an episode. You guys are providing an amazing platform to Special Education so people can see how much it has to offer people of all walks of life. Thank you for your dedication to enriching lives!

Maureen1216 ,

Great work

John and Pam y’all have cast the net wide to provide a source of much needed resources for Special Education!

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