The Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Resource Education Center (CTSP Center) is a collaborative effort between the Family Development and Resource Management (FDRM) unit of Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The CTSP Center received a one-year grant from TEA to provide CTE teachers and other educators with access to resources for improving their knowledge regarding the education of students with special needs enrolled in CTE programs.
CTSP Center’s Role
The primary role of the CTSP Center is to help CTE, general education, and special education teachers, educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, and parents who are concerned with serving students with special needs in Texas. The CTSP Center disseminates resources such as books, videos, curriculum guides, multimedia learning modules, and educational opportunities to the target groups. The CTSP Center staff answers questions or solicits the responses of external experts regarding several critical issues related to serving students with special needs.
The current funding from TEA envisions the center as a special populations clearing house. One of the main requirements of the grant for the year 2011-2012 was to create multimedia training modules and support materials addressing principles and strategies of accommodating a broad range of special population student learning needs in CTE.
The training manuals, toolboxes and this website are the resulting products. The modules are developed by the Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Education Resource Center (CTSP Center) in cooperation with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and an expert consultant from Texas A&M University. We hope that our audiences find that the information enhances the services that they provide to their students with special needs.