Special Education Department

  • The Education Service Center - Region 19 Special Education Department provides technical assistance and training to school districts and charter schools to develop, implement and evaluate services and programs for students with disabilities and their families.


    The goal of the Special Education Administration services is to assist districts and charter schools to meet the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the state regulations including the Commissioner's Rules.  Services provided include a monthly Special Education Administrators Network meeting that provides the opportunity for special education administrators and leaders to network.

    The Network meetings include:

    • Updates and discussions related to student performance
    • Accountability
    • Legal updates
    • Federal and State Initiatives


    Information is provided to LEAs in the development of special education funding applications, reports and procurement of other funds. Training and technical assistance is provided to school districts and charter schools in the Performance-based Monitoring System, the State Performance Plan and the implementation of a continuous improvement process. ESC Special Education staff collaborate with the Texas Education Agency to promote and implement state leadership initiatives and activities.


    We encourage you to visit our project links and connect with the Special Education Department staff here at ESC-19.  We look forward to meeting and serving you.


    Additional Parent Information on the TEA Focus Group Meeting for February 14, 2018.

    Información para padres sobre la junta con la Agencia Local de Educacíon (TEA).





    Juan Alderete  


    Juan Alderete, M.Ed

    Department Director


    (915) 780-6570




    Sandie Colon

    Administrative Assistant


    (915) 780-6565


    Mental Health Resources for Educators and Schools


    The resources found on the Texas Department of State Health Services webpage help educators learn about mental health intervention and development, substance abuse prevention and intervention, and suicide prevention. Several of these programs are for curriculums to be used in the classroom, but many are knowledge-based for educators themselves.