Guidance for Staff Development

State law requires each Local Education Agency (LEA) to provide staff development to teachers, based on scientific research, on the instruction of students with disabilities. Training must be provided to a teacher who works outside of special education if the teacher does not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the individualized education program developed for a student with disabilities.

An LEA determines the time and place for the training and must maintain appropriate training documentation. LEAs must consult with individuals who have expertise in research-based practices for students with disabilities, including individuals from colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, regional education service centers, or qualified district personnel.
In addition, federal law requires LEAs to ensure all personnel necessary to carry out Part B of the Act are appropriately and adequately prepared.

The following state authorities are regarding staff development:

19 Texas Administrative Code §89.1131. Qualifications of Special Education, Related Service, and Paraprofessional Personnel
Texas Education Code Section §21.451 Staff Development Requirements 

The following federal authorities are regarding staff development:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA),Section 2122
34 CFR §300.156 Personnel qualifications   

The Office of Special Education Programs is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.