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Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)

Overview  Vision Statement Communication Philosophy Program Goals Vacancies Contact
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Currently in the state of Texas, there are fifty-five Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf (RDSPD), and of those fifty-five RDSPDs, eight are within the Region 4 area. These programs were established according to Texas Administration Code (TAC) 89.1080:

In accordance with the Texas Education Code (TEC) 30.081-30.087, local school districts shall have access to regional day school programs for the deaf operated by school districts at sites previously established by the State Board of Education (SBOE). Any student who has a hearing impairment which severely impairs processing linguistic information through hearing, even with recommended amplification and which adversely affects education performance shall be eligible for consideration for the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, subject to the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee.

In the spring of 2012, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) asked Region 4 ESC to become the fiscal agent for a new RDSPD, and Region 4 agreed. TEA’s goal was two-fold:
  • Reduce the number of RDSPDs across the state
  • Utilize the limited funding for available in an efficient and effective manner to equitably serve students who are deaf or hard of hearing



Vision Statement
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The core purpose of Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) is Excellence in Service for Children. The Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (Region 4 RDSPD) is committed to building capacity in its member districts so that it can provide high-quality instructional programming and equal access to educational opportunities for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Region 4 RDSPD recognizes that the population of children who are deaf or hard of hearing is both culturally and linguistically diverse, and, as such, it focuses its energies on providing support for districts as they seek to cultivate each child’s individual cognitive, social/emotional, and language development.



Communication Philosophy
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The Region 4 RDSPD’s communication philosophy adheres to Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.303 in that “every student’s unique communication mode is respected, used, and developed to an appropriate level of proficiency.” The Region 4 RDSPD respects that the deaf and hard-of-hearing community is both culturally and linguistically diverse. As a result, the philosophy utilized throughout the program is one that demonstrates student choice. Students may choose a variety of language options such as listening and spoken language and/or manual-visual languages and systems, including but not limited to American Sign Language, Manually Coded English, and Signing Exact English. Students also may develop skills related to speech reading and use of assistive technology.

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop age-appropriate communication skills, early identification of hearing loss and early intervention services are critical. Therefore, the Region 4 RDSPD works in coordination with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services to provide support to parents and children 3 years old or younger who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program is based on the belief that all communication options that are available to the family should be explored in an unbiased and neutral manner so that families can decide what is best for their child. Upon choosing a communication mode, instructional options for children turning 3 years old will be investigated and implemented collaboratively.

TEC §29.302 states that “it is essential for the well-being and growth of students who are deaf or hard of hearing that educational programs recognize the unique nature of deafness and the hard-of-hearing condition and ensure that all students who are deaf or hard of hearing have appropriate, ongoing, and fully accessible educational opportunities.” It further explains that students who are deaf or hard of hearing “should have the opportunity to develop proficiency in English.” To this end, the RDSPD strives to provide high-quality instruction in English for grades PK–12, with particular focus on receptive and expressive English language development, for all students, regardless of their chosen communication modes.

Overall, the Region 4 RDSPD supports equal access to the English language for all students. By utilizing appropriate, holistic communication assessments, the program is able to deliver individualized instruction that aligns to each student’s unique communication needs.



Program Goals
The Region 4 RDSPD pursues the following goals:
  1. To provide exceptional administrative, instructional, and technical support specific to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to meet the needs of the Region 4 RDSPD’s member school districts’ personnel and families.
  2. To provide exceptional financial management through transparency, efficiency, and accountability in all our fiscal interactions with member districts.
  3. To serve as a trusted liaison for our member districts between educational agencies, districts, professionals, support staff, and communities.
Vacancies for the Region 4 RDSPD
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Teacher of the Deaf, Elementary
  • Teacher of the Deaf, Middle School
  • Teacher of the Deaf, High School
  • Teacher of the Deaf, Itinerant
  • Evaluation Specialist (Diagnostician)
  • Speech and Language Pathologist 
To apply, please visit the Houston ISD Applitrack website. For questions regarding these positions, please contact Dr. Angela Terry, Program Manager for AI/VI Services for Houston ISD, at or by phone at 713-434-4719.



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Marina McCormick
Region 4 RDSPD Coordinator
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708