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CLEAR CREEK ISD WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD


Clear Creek ISD Named Winner of the 2014 TCASE District Achievement Award
Clear Creek ISD was recently named the winner of the 2014 TCASE District Achievement Award. The District Achievement Award is designed to recognize Texas school districts with innovative programming and strategies that have moved student achievement and results forward.

Clear Creek ISD’s adult transition program, Adult Community Education Services (ACES) was highlighted and recognized for the positive impact the program made on students with disabilities. ACES is a research-based, off campus community-based program that allows students to enter an adult schedule once they have completed their first four years of high school. The program also requires further transition support to attain the students’ post-secondary goals. Adult students who enter the ACES program learn to use the transportation options available to them in the Clear Creek and surrounding Houston community. Adult students in the ACES program have been successful in post-secondary education, employment, and service learning opportunities, in addition to receiving the adult living skills they require to maintain their individual adult schedule.

Clear Creek ISD demonstrates its commitment to inclusive education and believes that this education does not end in the classroom, and that it is not confined to a desk and a room with four walls. CCISD students with disabilities are empowered to make a plan and find their voice to build a meaningful adult life that involves community activities, supports and social opportunities.

Townsley Raposa, coordinator of high school special education in Clear Creek ISD says, “ARD (Admission, Review, and Dismissal) meetings have shifted from paperwork to student-led meetings that have been formed through person-centered thinking tools. We walk through the transition with the student and family to learn about barriers and hurdles they must jump to make that successful transition to adult life. We want our students to be part of their community and we plan to make that happen through not only vocational and service learning opportunities, but through providing training on recreation and leisure options that exist in the community.”

“Clear Creek ISD’s work in 18+ transition services and the ACES program illustrates the positive impact a program like this can have on the lives of students with disabilities,” said Theresa Parsons, TCASE Executive Director.

The Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. is a professional society comprised of nearly 1200 members who support special education programs throughout Texas. In principle and in practice, the association values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of special education.

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