Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by various ESCs. The primary responsibility of each ESC is to provide leadership, training, technical assistance, and to disseminate information throughout the state. The ESCs coordinating these statewide leadership functions and projects are responsible for the implementation of many of the state's continuous improvement activities.
Though both functions and projects provide statewide leadership, the ESC function is to lead, establish and coordinate a 20-region network. This ensures ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities. Project leadership focuses on a specific activity.
Education Service Center, Region 20 provides statewide leadership in the area of Access to the General Curriculum (AGC). The Access to General Curriculum (AGC) Network develops a framework for statewide collaboration through a comprehensive planning process. Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on ensuring that all students with disabilities will gain access to and show progress in the general curriculum through curricular/instructional adaptations in the least restrictive environment.
ESC-20 provides professional development and technical assistance to the statewide ESC Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ESC DHH) contacts as they assist school districts with the development and implementation of comprehensive instructional programs that are standards-based and results-driven.
The goals for this effort are to increase the number of preschool students served in least restrictive settings, to assist districts in assessing and expanding their current continuum of placements for preschool students with disabilities, and improve the quality of services and partnerships with other service providers.