What is the Special Education Academy?

Are you looking for innovative ways to provide Intervention Instruction?  The goal of the lead4ward Special Education Academy is to provide a learning and support system for educators with face-to-face professional development and virtual support throughout two consecutive school years. Participants will synthesize, adapt, and transfer current and new learning to provide effective instruction, intervention, practice, and assessment. Following a learn, practice and reflect model, academy members will leave with the confidence and competence to set in motion relevant change to promote students as lifelong learners.

Academy Emphasis

  • Big idea/shift – teaching in tandem
  • Making it work – pacing and timing
  • Reading and writing process
  • Problem-solving process
  • Effective independent reading, writing, and math practice
  • Instructional variety
  • Student-led learning
  • Progress monitoring rubric

Academy Year-Long Support

  • 4 face-to-face sessions
  • Membership in the Special Education ePLC webinar series
  • 4 web-based support meetings
  • 3 leadership updates

Number of Participants

  • Up to 25 participants


  • Study, learn, plan, and enhance the teaching and learning of reading, writing, and math
  • Understand the reading/writing process through Know to Show concepts
  • Establish literacy routines to support effective instruction and assessment
  • Establish math routines to support effective initiation and problem solving
  • Integrate reading and writing connection into daily practices and learning
  • Simplify the planning process by chunking and scaffolding instruction

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To sign up, please submit a Professional Development Request form->

Important Information

This quicklook summarizes key provisions included in TEA’s Special Education Strategic Plan, which was posted on April 23, 2018.


Jayme Alexander

Jayme’s vocation has been serving special populations as a teacher and consultant for over 15 years. She has had the pleasure of learning from students with both high- and low-incidence disabilities in settings ranging from resource classrooms and inclusion to consultation and outreach. Read more–>


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