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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) requires districts to serve students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment so that they are integrated with their non-disabled peers as much as possible. Special Education Services offers professional development sessions designed to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities. Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) sessions can also be customized and delivered as on-site trainings for districts and campuses.

The Building Inclusive Schools Initiative (BISI) is designed to build capacity at the campus level through professional development tied directly to goals in the campus improvement plan. The overall focus is to:
  • build capacity in districts and campuses within the region to serve students with disabilities in integrated settings, and
  • provide on-going and follow-up professional development services to school district personnel to support serving students with disabilities in inclusive settings.


For more detailed information regarding the Building Inclusive Schools Initiative, go to:


BrochureInclusion is a service not a place. Region 4 Education Service Center's Special Education Solutions can assist with special education service delivery. Please click on the brochure to the left to find out more.


Helpful Resources:

  • Project Participate
    This site, designed for families, educators, administrators, and therapists, includes simple strategies for increasing the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs.
  • National Center for Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
    NCEO focuses on issues that involve the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements. Information about NCEO, its projects, research findings, on-line publications, and other related resources can be accessed from this site.
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    CEC provides extensive links for professionals and parents primarily in the areas of policy and legal issues.
  • National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals in Education and Related Services (NRCP)
    NRCP provides resource materials and ordering information on topics relevant to paraeducators and those who supervise them. Documents must be ordered by mail. Topics relate to roles and responsibilities, administrative issues, and research.
Registration for professional development is available on-line through the Region 4 eCatalog.



Kirsten Omelan, Ph.D.

Tony Goedicke
Jane Georges
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708