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Special Populations

Contact Information

 

At BSIC, our stated mission “Brazos School for Inquiry & Creativity will collaborate with families and the community to provide a nurturing environment that will empower ALL students to be successful learners within a competitive, global society” is central to all educational endeavors, including addressing the needs of special populations. 

This mission means that BSIC is committed to working with families to make sure all students get the support they need to be successful.  If any student is having difficulty in the regular classroom, we will consider tutorial, acceleration, or small group instruction.  Parents may also refer students for evaluation in any of the programs under the umbrella of Special Populations:  Response to Intervention (RTI), Special Education (SPED), Section 504, Dyslexia Services, or English as a Second Language (ESL).  Please see link to each of these services below

Ms. Laura Bolton is the District Contact for SPED, Dyslexia, or ESL Services, 979-775-2152.

Campus Principals should be contacted with questions about the RTI process, Section 504 Services, or campus services for any of the programs for Special Populations.

Tidwell SpED: Denise Hatter, (713) 681-1960

District Office: Laura Bolton, (979) 775-2152

Special Education Department

In adherence to Child Find, BSIC is responsible for identifying, locating and evaluating all students who are potentially eligible for Special Education and related services. We will seek the parent’s permission to evaluate if and when we suspect that the child has a disability or needs special education services. In addition, a parent, may any time, request in writing that his or her child be given an initial evaluation if the parent suspects learning issues. This request must be in writing and be directed to either the Campus Principal or the Director of Special Education at the District Level.

Once the evaluation process is triggered and the evaluation completed, the Admission Review Dismissal (ARD) committee is comprised of the parent, the general education teacher, special education teacher, the campus principal, language translator if necessary, and representative who will interpret the findings of the evaluation. If the findings merit an Individual Education Plan (IEP), the ARD committee will outline the plan requirements and accommodations, will meet to monitor progress and to make modifications if necessary. This committee will also meet to review State assessments, such as STAAR.

At Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity, all special education students attend a general education classroom and receive push in help from special education personnel. The student’s instruction is customized to meet his or her needs and to level the academic challenges across the student population providing FAPE for all students.

Our district is a firm believer in professional development and fostering life-long learning for all of our employees, and this belief is emphasized for special education personnel. We train our teachers in teams so that they can support each other through collaboration and planning. During 2022-2023, our priority is to train our entire team in writing standard based Individual Education Plan goals for students, ARD and Language Proficiency Acquisition Committee (LPAC) collaboration training, and Dyslexia screening.

Please contact Laura Bolton for specific questions or for more information about Special Education. lbolton@brazosschool.org 979-775-2152


Special Education Required Postings to LEA Website


Special Education Policies & Procedures


The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Description: 

The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families. 

Contact Information:

Phone: 1-855-773-3839

Email: inquire@spedtex.org

Live Chat: www.spedtex.org

Dyslexia Services 

 

Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity employs an amazing team of Dyslexia Facilitators who strive to provide the very best reading support services for students with dyslexia. We use a dyslexic platform approved by TEA which utilizes multi-sensory materials to enhance student’s phonemic awareness and skills. If you have concerns and think your child may have dyslexia, please speak first to your child’s teacher. The teacher can provide further insight and observations of your students’ academic performance and tendancies. Please reach out to your school Principal, and they can discuss your students’ needs or direct you to someone who can. BSIC, follows the state mandated screening requirements to test all first grade students by the end of January and all kindergarteners during or before May of the current school year. Early discovery can enable our dyslexic facilitators to provide timely supports that will strengthen a student’s academic potential in their lifetime. Thank you for your support in our efforts to enable all students to excel and to meet their potential! We couldn’t do it without the open flow of communication with our parents. Thank you! Feel free to contact Laura Bolton, the Special Education Director at the district office if you have any questions or inquiries that come up this year. I’d love the opportunity to discuss things with you!  

 

lbolton@brazosschool.org 979-775-2152

ESL Department

The Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity strives to meet the needs of our Emergent Bilingual population on several levels.

Our Emergent Bilingual students benefit from small group instruction in the classroom as well as individual content based instruction by a qualified ESL teacher and/or teacher assistant in collaboration with the regular classroom teacher in order to achieve weekly growth goals for the EB student. Emergent Bilingual students practice English in the four domains tested on the TELPAS: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This year our students will be utilizing a typing program in order to prepare for the new TELPAS writing portion online this year for the first time.

We utilize both in-class and on-line instructional materials specifically designed for the EB student.

Our ESL teachers and teacher assistants are trained on a regular basis in teaching strategies and use of materials.

Language Proficiency Acquisition Committees, LPAC, strive to design instruction that utilizes these best strategies to meet the individual needs of each student, and the LPAC committee determines what language supports/accommodations are needed on a daily basis by each Emergent Bilingual student.

We seek to have parents as partners in our planning and delivery of instruction for the ESL student and strive to have parental involvement in many ways. An ESL parent is part of our Language Proficiency Acquisition Committee along with an administrator, general education teacher, and an ESL teacher. This LPAC committee meets to discuss ESL student progress three times a year and more if needed.

BSIC continues to foster a sense of belonging and family as it has done since we opened our doors in the fall of 1999.

Questions or additional information should be directed to:

Laura Bolton, Director of ESL lbolton@brazosschool.org, or 979-775-2152

 

ESL Policies 22-23.pdf