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 Cooperative Extension 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 envisioned the center as a special populations clearing house. One of the main requirements of the grant for the year 2006-2007 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 DVD, training manual, toolbox and this website are the resulting products. This is second in a series of learning modules showcasing best practices for career and technical education teachers, counselors, educators and parents concerned with serving students with special needs. The three modules are developed by the Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Education Resource Center (CTSP Center) in cooperation with Texas Cooperative Extension and expert consultants from University of North Texas, Baylor University and Education Service Center VI. We hope that our audiences find that the information enhances the services that they provide to their students with special needs.
Module I – Accommodations and Modifications in CTE Classroom Instruction: Created by Dr. Tracy Teaff, Associate Professor, University of North Texas - This module explores the link between academics and behavior, emphasizing the critical component of readying the instructional environment for learning. The module will examine multimodality teaching, cooperative learning, peer cooperation, individual modifications, and curricular modifications and adaptations.
Module II – Building Successful Partnerships: Created by Mr. Greg Shipp, Education Specialist (CTE), Education Service Center VI - This module provides information about effective collaborative partnerships that contribute towards the successful education of students with special needs in CTE. Learners will be provided with knowledge regarding applicable laws, important partners and strategies for building and maintaining the partnership.
Module III – Career Guidance: Tools for Practical Applications: Created by Dr. Jewel Lockridge, Project Director – Project GEAR-UP, Baylor University and Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, Program Coordinator, CTSP Center - This module familiarizes learners with various career assessment tools and strategies to measure students’ interests, skill sets and personality traits. In addition, learners will be taught how to best use the resources available to them at their schools as well as a new simple survey technique to assess student’s career aspirations and expectations.