Federal Programs

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The Federal Programs department provides support and professional development to all ESC Region 12 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and leveled federal program cooperatives. Staff provide direct support through personalized expert assistance with a focus on federal compliance and continuous improvement.
  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant funding is authorized in three pieces of legislation. As a result, the ESSER programs are administered by TEA as separate grant programs. 

    The ESSER I, CRRSA ESSER II, and ARP ESSER III grant programs run concurrently. During the overlap in periods of availability, grantees may expend funds from any of the grant programs.

    The team at ESC Region 12 is here to provide assistance and training on the ESSER planning requirements, grant application, reporting, and compliance monitoring.


    Visit our ESSER Page >

  • The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are:

    • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
    • Staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative
    • Staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings.


    Visit our McKinney-Vento website >


    Training opportunities and technical assistance is provided in conjunction with the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program as required in ESC Title I, Part A Federal Application and through input solicited from Region 12 LEAs to determine needs for ongoing federal requirements. Services include:

    • Technical assistance through ESC Homeless Liaison
    • Ongoing dissemination of federal homeless program 
    • Homeless Liaison training and support
    • Federal Program network meetings (2 per year minimum) 
    • ESSA Initial Compliance review indicators as they pertain to homeless students
    • Networking opportunities for Title I principals, administrators, homeless liaisons, counselors and PEIMS personnel 
    • Technical assistance for federal and state compliance 
  • Parent & Family Engagement (PFE) is part of Title I, Part A, and can be found in statute, ESSA Sec. 1116, “..to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve academic achievement, each school and LEA shall provide various services and trainings.” 

    There are several mandated components to PFE that are valuable and effective tools that truly and authentically engage parents in student learning.  ESC Region 12 will provide ongoing and continuous technical assistance and support for Title I, Part A, PFE implementation requirements.  Additionally, ESC Region 12 will provide training and resources for districts and campuses on PFE implementation and compliance, including helpful resources such as the three newly released PFE Toolkits:

    • Annual Title I Meeting
    • PFE Policy
    • PFE Evaluation.


    Visit our PFE page >

  • The ESC Region 12 Federal Program Division and Counselor Cooperative work collaboratively to provide support and direct assistance through personalized technical assistance and up-to-date professional development with a focus on state compliance and continuous improvement. 

    Professional Development and Services include:

    • Identifying at-risk students based on the 14 State Compensatory education criteria and adequately 
      addressing the needs of at-risk learners and those students who are behind their peers
    • Campus Planning, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, and  Campus Improvement Plans
    • Technical assistance by email and telephone for State 
      Compensatory Education related needs
  • A data-driven program of events and training opportunities are offered through requirements outlined in ESC TEA Federal Applications and input solicited from LEAs. 

    Services include:

    • Dissemination of Title I information and resources
    • ESSA consolidated application and compliance report resources
    • ESSA updates and information
    • Private non-profit school participation information and reporting
    • Alignment with Effective Schools Framework (EFS) Support (RDA and Comprehensive Grants)
    • McKinney-Vento information and resources
    • State Capacity Building Initiative information resources 
    • Federal program intervention/validation processes
    • Comprehensive needs assessment information and resources
    • Campus improvement planning information and resources
    • Parent/Community Engagement Statewide Initiative information
    • Federal Flexibility information and resources
    • Parent involvement, requirements, policies, compacts and campus planning
    Learn more >
  • Direct services and support is offered to migrant students and families in Region 12 LEAs under the Title I - Part C Migrant Education Program, which was designed to support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle.

    Direct services and support is offered to migrant students and families in Region 12 LEAs under the Title I - Part C Migrant Education Program, which was designed to support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle. 

    Services include:

    • No cost professional development
    • An assigned Migrant Service Coordinator (MSC) 
    • Training for MSC and migrant program personnel 
    • Assistance in the identification and recruitment of migrant students 
    • Migrant student data entry services through the New Generation System (NGS) 
    • Migrant Parent Advisory Council
    • Priority for Service instructor to work one-on-one with campus administrators and teachers
    • Assistance in meeting state and federal requirements
    • Counseling services provided by ESC Region 12 to migrant students to assist with graduation plans, credit accrual and accessing financial aid

    Learn more >

  • Intent and Purpose of Title II, A: 
    • Increase Student Achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards
    • Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders
    • Increase the number of educators who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools
    • Provide Low-Income and Minority Students Greater Access to Effective Educators

    Note: “Educator(s)” = Educator(s)=teachers, principals, and other school leaders






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  • The Bilingual and ESL Support team provides direction and leadership for implementation of Bilingual and ESL Programs. 

    Services include assistance with:

    • Instructional needs of Emergent Bilingual/English Learner students
    • English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)
    • Content Based Language Instruction/Sheltered Instruction
    • Bilingual/ESL PEIMS coding 
    • Bilingual and ESL Program Building
    • Parent Involvement
    • State and federal regulation compliance (LPAC)
    • State Testing
    • Accountability requirements
    • Certification preparation
    • Application and compliance reporting


    Bilingual/ESL/EB Training Opportunities

    Learn more >

  • The purpose of this program is to provide support, technical assistance, compliance assistance, training, and allowable program implementation for all aspects of the Title IV, Part A program for LEAs who applied for Title IV, Part A funds, and the participating private nonprofit school who receives equitable services.

    • Well-rounded education opportunities
    • Safe and healthy students * (large focus on this area)
    • Effective use of technology

    The ESSA Title IV, Part A program will offer support and technical assistance with the following:

    • Capacity building and training in well-rounded education for all students
    • Training, guidance and technical assistance on conducting a needs assessment of:
    • Access to, and opportunities for, a well-rounded education for all students 
    • School condition for student learning in order to create a healthy and safe school environments and 
    • Access to personalized learning experiences supported by technology and professional development for the effective use of data and technology
    • Training, guidance and technical assistance regarding Section 8501 equitable services to private nonprofit schools
    • Technical assistance to LEAs being monitored by TEA by Title IV, Part a and Unsafe School Choice Option programmatic compliance validation processes
    • Technical assistance to LEAs with campuses identified as Year 1 Watch List, Year 2 Watch List, or Persistently Dangerous
    • Disseminate program information and resources, including those developed by the Statewide Title IV, Part A Capacity Building Initiative, to LEAs applying for Title IV, Part A funds
    • Guidance and technical assistance to LEAs on the use of funds and compliance requirements
    • Training for LEAs on mental health needs of students, training may include the following as participants – teachers, school administrators, parents and families, nurses, counselors, School Resource Officers and other school and LEA staff on school safety, and school conditions for student learning in order to create a healthy and safe school environment


    Learn More>

Federal Programs
Education Specialist
(254) 297-1122
New General System (NGS) Assistant
Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support
(254) 297-1236
LMHA Liaison
Title II, Part A SSA, ESSA/ESEA Support
(254) 297-1252
Education Specialist
Title III, Part A - Bilingual/ESL
(254) 297-1247
Education Specialist III - Coordinator
ESSA Support
(254) 297-1195
Education Specialist
Education Specialist III-Coordinator
Title IV, Title IV Mental Health, School Counseling, Crisis Response
Education Specialist
(254) 297-1116
Education Specialist
(254) 297-1137
Department Assistant
Staff Support
(254) 297-1125
Secretary II
(254) 297-1257
Education Specialist II - Team Leader
ESSA Support
(254) 297-1283
Education Specialist - Coordinator
Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support, McKinney Vento
(254) 297-1167
Education Specialist III - Coordinator
Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support
(254) 297-1111
Education Specialist
Title IV, Part A
(254) 297-1237
Education Specialist
Secondary Counselor/Academic Advisor
(254) 297-1172
Migrant Service Coordinator
Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support
(254) 297-1253
Education Specialist I
Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support
(254) 297-1214
Education Specialist III-Coordinator
Title III, Part A - Bilingual/ESL, Title I, A McKinney-Vento, Foster Care
(254) 297-1251
School Safety Coordinator
Title IV, CTE, Mental Health
(254) 297-1166
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