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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.
  • A data-driven program of events and training opportunities are planned yearly through requirements outlined in ESC TEA Federal Applications and input solicited from LEAs.


    Title I/ESEA Support includes:

    • Homeless Services Support
    • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Support
    • Parent Involvement


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  • 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.


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  • This shared service arrangement method will allow districts to utilize Title II, Part A funds to implement innovative programs of training and professional development in core academic areas for paraprofessionals, teachers and principals, as well as campus/district leadership skills for principals and small school superintendents. District participants in the SSA direct the flow of these funds to ESC Region 12 to obtain training and professional development.


    Eligible programs & services:

    • ESC Region 12 Enhanced Curriculum Co-op, Counselor Co-op, Leadership Co-op, Personnel Plus Co-op, TEKS RS Co-op, School Health Co-op & Superintendent Leadership Academy
    • Professional development
    • Recruitment, hiring and retention of qualified teachers
    • Improving the teacher/paraprofessional workforce
  • The ESC Region 12 Federal Program Division and Counselor’s 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. Training opportunities are planned yearly.

    Services include:

    • Identifying at-risk students based on the 13 State Compensatory education criteria and adequately addressing the needs of at-risk learners and those students who are behind their peers
    • Early Warning Data System
    • Campus Planning, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, and Campus Improvement Plans
    • Technical assistance by email and telephone for State Compensatory Education related needs
  • ESC Region 12 provides training and test preparation for educators to attain Bilingual and ESL certifications in order to assist region 12 districts with the growing need for appropriately certified instructors for ELL students.


    Bilingual/ESL/LEP Training Opportunities

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Federal Programs
Downes, Carie Director Title II, Part A SSA, ESSA/ESEA Support (254) 297-1252
Hernandez, Maricela Migrant Service Coordinator Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support (254) 297-1258
Hogan, Ellen Ed. Specialist III - Coordinator Title I, Part A - ESSA/ESEA Support (254) 297-1195
Menchaca, Richard Migrant Service Coordinator Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support (254) 297-1133
Patton, Elizabeth Department Assistant Staff Support (254) 297-1125
Payan, Cecilia New General System (NGS) Assistant Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support (254) 297-1236
Pickens, Dwan Ed. Specialist II - Team Leader Title III, Part A - Bilingual/ESL (254) 297-1283
Ramos, Tonya Ed. Specialist I Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support (254) 297-1199
Rollins, Yolanda Ed. Specialist III - Coordinator Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support (254) 297-1111
Vielma, Polo Ed. Specialist I Title I, Part C - Migrant Services Support (254) 297-1214
Walker, Amberly Ed. Specialist I Title III, Part A - Bilingual/ESL (254) 297-1251
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