In December, the SCTN had our second annual meeting with who we call "The Powerhouse of 20!" The Powerhouse of 20 is the network of education specialists from the 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs) across the state that support districts and charters with transition. Although we weren't able to meet face-to-face this year, we were able to capture a great group picture (see below).
For the second year in a row, we had an opportunity to visit with Laurie VanderPloeg, the Director for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in Washington D.C. In addition to sharing her priorities for special education in the United States, we also had an opportunity to share success stories about transition in Texas. She was very hopeful about our efforts to support transition outcomes from early to exit with a focus on self-determination skills for students. We look forward to sharing more transition successes across the state, so please contact us if you have a great story for us to share. We wish everyone a wonderful break and we will see you in 2021!