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Region4 Capacity-Building Projects

Spotlight On Innovative and Inclusive Best Practices


Do You Want to Increase Student Proficiency?

Does Your School Shine When It Comes to Instructional Best Practices?

We Are Looking for You!


Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) invites all schools in the region to apply for two new projects designed to build capacity at the classroom and campus levels to ensure students receiving special education services have access to and make progress in the general curriculum.

These projects are supported by state and federal funds specifically allocated to provide access to the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities and Response to Intervention (RtI) processes for struggling learners.


The Region 4 ESC Innovative and Inclusive Practices Project is designed to support Region 4 districts and campuses that are interested in committing to implementing research-based innovative practices to increase access to the general curriculum for students receiving special education services. Ten campuses will be selected.  Five campuses will be awarded $3,000, and five campuses will be awarded $5,000.

Innovative Best Practices Might Include the Following:

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Strategies
  • Implementation of High-Quality Coteaching
  • Technology Integration
  • 5E Instructional Model
  • Gradual Release Model
  • McRel High-Yield Instructional Strategies
  • Multitiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Capacity-Building Initiatives as Defined by Region 10 ESC

If you have another type of instructional best practice not listed above, please include the instructional best practice on the application for consideration.

Application and Project Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upon acceptance
    • schedule an administrator meeting with a Region 4 Education Specialist by contacting Jane Georges,;
    • conduct classroom observations and data collection;
    • identify training and resources needed;
    • implement research-based innovative and inclusive practices;
    • complete follow-up observations and data collection;
    • complete a follow-up administrator meeting with a Region 4 Education Specialist; and
    • apply to be a Region 4 Spotlight School (optional). 


Projects could include district or campus involvement.

Please review the sample application before submitting your application.

Apply today!

The Region 4 Spotlight on Inclusive Practices Project is a pilot program designed to acknowledge district and campus successes in increasing student proficiency and to assist districts and campuses in sustaining and building on current successes. The project is designed to encourage districts and campuses to attempt institutional change by adopting research-based instructional strategies in order to increase the academic proficiency of students receiving special education services in inclusive settings.

Spotlight districts and campuses are awarded $2,000 toward trainings and resources that will continue efforts to increase student proficiency.

Spotlight districts and campuses also are featured on the Region 4 website.  Key administrators and teachers will be interviewed and videotaped. Intervention projects will be highlighted.

Priority and focus campuses from Region 4 will be invited to participate in the program.

To become a Region 4 spotlight district or campus

  • complete the application; and
  • agree to share successes on the Region 4 website.

Please review the sample application before submitting your application.

Apply today!

Thank you for supporting the continuous improvement of your campus and for your efforts toward providing every student high-quality instruction and safe and supportive learning environments. 

For more information, e-mail Jane Georges at or call 713.744.6860.
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708