December 2020
CISD Booster for Special Programs News
Booster for Special Programs thanked our staff at 11 campuses and Admin last week with card and Starbucks gift card
Carroll ISD considers creation of special education parent advisory council (SEPAC)
  • Parents of special education students
  • Campus Liaisons
  • Special Education teachers
  • Campus administrators

  • Serve as resource network between parents and professionals and to seek enrichment of existing special programs
  • Compile information from community members, various campuses, and district stakeholders and report back to other members

  • January 11 Board meeting revisit topic with new Superintendent Lane Ledbetter
  • Feb 1-12 Applications expected to open
  • March 25 First Council Meeting expected
Membership is our #1 Fundraiser
$25 family - $5 teacher
The CISD Booster for Special Programs is district wide organization that supports Special Programs for all eleven campuses. We are a federally recognized non-profit 501(c) 3. 
MEMBERSHIP is our #1 fundraiser. 

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New TEA Fund for Families of Students With Low Incidence Disability, Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)
They are on-line accounts made available to eligible parents of students with disabilities that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures. Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the on-line accounts to obtain goods and services up to a specific dollar amount that supplement what otherwise happens in school to help their child make more educational progress.

Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the on-line accounts to obtain goods and services up to a specific dollar amount that supplement what otherwise happens in school to help their child make more educational progress. 

A low incidence disability (e.g., an intellectual disability, a developmental disability, a visual impairment, hearing loss, a significant physical disability, multiple disabilities, or are on the autistic spectrum).
Welcome to the PACT Project
Dec 16, 2020 11:30 AM with Jim Wright
Lunch N Learn - Self-Care for the Caregiver
Click here to register.
It is important for parents and other caregivers to understand the importance of self-care and being open to sharing the responsibility of caregiving. We will help caregivers come up with a plan to share caregiving responsibilities that also allows them time for addressing their own self-care needs. 

Dec 16, 2020 1:00-4:00 PM
IEP Clinic with Jim Wright
To register, email
What is an IEP Clinic? An IEP Clinic is a designated appointment time to meet with your Regional Coordinator. There are different ways your Regional Coordinator may assist you at an IEP Clinic. Some ways are:
To learn what the ARD process is like
To review your child’s IEP
Help you determine what you want for your child and how to achieve it
Help you understand what your rights are under IDEA.

Dec 17, 2020 2:00 PM
Human Socialization Skills with Patricia Reedy
Click here to register.
Socialization is the process by which children and adults learn from others. In order to be successful at socialization, you must possess some self-determination skills. This workshop will define natural socialization, planned socialization, positive and negative socialization. We will discuss ways we can assist children with socialization by promoting self-determination, social skills and learning opportunities. Parents of children with disabilities must create opportunities for socialization and inclusion.

Dec 18, 2020 2:00 PM
Christmas Karaoke Pajama Party
Click here to register.
Please join us for some holiday silliness and stress relief as we sing along to our favorites. Please email me for a time slot if you would like to do a solo rendition of your personal favorite. Holiday pajamas and finery encouraged.
For information on upcoming events, please click here
Green Oaks Life Prep
We are delighted to report that the first seven students in our pilot Life Prep program are thriving! With 13 weeks under our belts, routines are being established, learning is taking place and fun is being had! If you are interested in enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year, or know someone who is, please contact Green Oaks at 817-861-5000 or For more information about Green Oaks Life Prep, please join us for one of the following Zoom sessions:
Wednesday, January 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.
To join a session, please click below to RSVP and we will send you the link. Be sure to include your name, email address and the session you wish to attend. (Sessions will be cancelled if there are no RSVPs.)

RSVP for a Life Prep Info Zoom
We will start taking applications for the 2021/2022 year on January 7, 2021. The priority deadline for applications is March 12, 2021. Please note that we are limited to eight students.
Texas Workforce Commission
TWC - Texas Workforce Commission is a Texas state agency that offers programs to students/adults with disabilities including Special Education and 504 at no cost. I wanted to let you know about the programs they are currently offering for the 2020-2021 school year and summer of 2021. They are split into services for students 14-15 years old and services for students 16 and older. Please review them and see what they have to offer that might be of benefit to your son/daughter. It is always good to start learning pre-employment skills early! If your son/daughter is 13, you can see what they can do when they turn 14.
Texas Comptroller's Office Announces Prepaid Debit Card for Texas ABLE Program
2 Webcasts that Help You Make College Decisions this Spring
Landmark College presents two interactive webcasts to help you and your student make decisions about higher education heading into the Spring 2021 semester.
Mark your calendars now for the presentations you are interested in. 
  • Bridge Experience/Executive Function – Thursday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Financial Aid & Admissions – Thursday, January 7, 6:30 p.m. ET
The sessions will take place on Conduit, formerly known as PlatformQ Education. Click the button below to see Conduit’s recordings of previous LC presentations, student videos, and more information about why Landmark College is the college of choice for students who learn differently.

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Beacon College
Webinar Dec 16th
Sooner Works Information Sessions
Sooner Works is a 4-year program for students with an intellectual disability on the University of Oklahoma campus. The purpose of this program is to develop job skills, social skills, and independent living skills which lead to meaningful employment and full community integration for participating students. 

If you want to learn more about Sooner Works, please join us for one of the upcoming informational sessions.
2020-2021 Applications are Now Available
Applications and Letters of Recommendations are Due Feb 1st
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