Check frequently for updates from your school district/charter school, TEA and Region 4 ESC: Influenza and COVID-19 (Information Resources) as well as CDC Coronavirus 2019 and trusted news sources to stay safe and remain informed.
The Hou-Met Board wishes you all the best as you and your family safely navigate this difficult health crisis.
We are pleased to share the Governor's Proclamation for recognition of Texas Educational Diagnosticians this week. Download Governor Abbott's proclamation and post it where the entire staff may view it.
The TEDA membership year begins August 1 annually.
The 2020 - 2021 membership form is available online at TEDA (Hou-Met) Membership Application.
Remember to select "Hou-Met/Region 4" as your local chapter for no additional fee when you complete your TEDA (state) application.
The Hou-Met Board is pleased to welcome the 2020 - 2021 Board.
Officers 2020 - 2021
President --- Sherina Thomas, Humble ISD
President-Elect --- Kristin Robbins, Aldine ISD
Vice President --- Jennifer Robin Cameron, Aldine ISD
Secretary --- Cynthia Edwards, Houston ISD
Treasurer --- Brenda Keys, Independent Contractor
Past President --- Dr. Mertie "Mi Mi" Gomez, Sam Houston State University
We send grateful appreciation to Agathe Bourget, the outgoing past president, for her dedication and outstanding efforts on behalf of the Hou-Met Chapter.
Annual Conference - Agathe Bourget
Government Awareness - Lori Harris
Scholarship - Cynthia Edwards
Website - Darcy Thompson/Sherina Thomas
Dr. Corinna Villar Cole
Dr. Gail Cheramie
Dr. Linda De Zell Hall
The annual Spring Event was held online due to the COVID-19 crisis and stay-at-home guidelines.
Hou-Met wants to extend a hearty appreciation to our special guest speakers: Dr. Gail Cheramie, Hans Graf, Esq., and Dr. Renee Kwiatek. They provided powerful insight and important information as diagnosticians look forward to the future of education and assessment.
The 2020 - 2021 Board of Officers were introduced and the 2020 scholarship winners were congratulated.
Hou-Met will award a $1000 scholarship to a professional working toward the Texas educational diagnostician certification and to a graduating high school student with a disability.
Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Student Scholarship Award - $1000
Elise P., Spring ISD
Professional Scholarship Awards - $1000
Reginald Clark, Lamar University-Beaumont
Kymbre Johnson, University of St. Thomas
Katie Molaison, Sam Houston State University
Kayla Newman, University of St. Thomas
TEA has posted an updated document discussing State Assessment and COVID-19. (5/26/20) at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-assessment-guidance.pdf
TEA has updated their Child Find Guidance document. (June 2020). Go to https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Technical%20Assistance%20-%20Child%20Find%20and%20Evaluation%20-%20June%202020%20Revised%28v5%29.pdf
NWEA has published a brief discussing the COVID Slide showing estimated possible academic regression. (April 2020)
TEA has produced a document on PPE allotments for schools for 20/21 school year. 6/9/20 Information posted at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-ppe-update-for-leas.pdf
TEA has a page designated to COVID 19 closure. They are consistently updating it. (6/9/20)
Phase II of the opening of Texas is attached (5/18/20). It specifically addresses special education assessments on page 7 item number 2.
TEA has posted information for districts about options for changes to next year's school calendar to address the needs of students due to COVID19.
TEA has updated the Q&A for COVID 19 and Special Education (5/7/20).
TEA has contracted with AmplioSpeech to support districts in providing a platform for digital speech services for up to 10,000 students.