Partners Resource Network PEN Project is one of three Texas Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) funded through the Department of Education. We provide free information, technical assistance and ARD support to parents of children with special needs. 
Our mission is to empower youth with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be effective advocates for their children and to promote positive parent/professional partnership.

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PEN Project Regional Coordinators
Regions 14 & 15
Abilene & San Angelo Areas

Jamie Thomas
Region 18
Midland/Odessa Areas

Lacye Martinez
Regions 16 & 17
Amarillo & Lubbock Areas

Stephanie McLoughlin
Region 19
El Paso/Hudspeth Counties

PEN Project
We are looking for dedicated and passionate Regional Coordinators to serve the following areas:
  • Regions 16 & 17 - Amarillo/Lubbock and surrounding areas: 30 hrs/week
  • Region 19 - El Paso and surrounding areas: 25 hours/week
To apply: Submit your Cover Letter and Resume to 
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Whether or not you are satisfied with the service you have received from us please let us know ❣
You may share your thought HERE by answering our survey questions. You may also call me or email me!

Bonnie Perez Ramirez, Project Director
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Free Online Learning
Q&A with Chuck Noe – 
Facebook Live

Join Chuck Noe, Education Specialist for Partners Resource Network, for his bi-weekly Q&A via Facebook Live. Chuck will discuss a range of topics and answer your questions.
Partners Resource Network is always looking for new ways to help parents and caregivers on their way to becoming advocates for their children. We believe the best way to meet this goal is to empower parents and caregivers through education.
You can register for our online courses by clicking
Youth Workshops & Trainings
The intent of these workshops and trainings is to teach youth (14 - 26 years) with disabilities how to self-advocate. 
Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination. 

You can click HERE to sign up to receive information on upcoming events for Youth in your area!

Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?

We are happy to share our newest resource booklet, Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?  with you!

Speaking directly to youth with disabilities, this booklet includes multiple transition planning worksheets, several checklists, and discussions of self-advocacy.

The booklet is available in English and Spanish:

Useful Articles
Supporting the Emotional Needs of Kids With Learning Disabilities

Not all kids with a learning disability become frustrated, sad, or anxious, but it is pretty common for kids to go through at least some period of emotional struggle. It isn’t easy for children when they see themselves falling behind their peers at school. Even if they pretend that they don’t notice or care, struggling in school can be a demoralizing experience.
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What Different-Looking People Would Like You to Know Before You Stare

A little boy sees a bald man in the store. “Mommy, look! That man has no hair!” he says.

His mother grabs his arm and whispers urgently: “Be quiet! He might hear you!”

The boy looks at his mother, puzzled. “Doesn’t he know?”

There’s a lot going on in that old joke — about children and novelty, about unusual looks, about parenting and tact.
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Even Gifted Educators Say Their Classes Don't Reach All Who Need Them

Gifted and talented programs in school systems across the nation are failing to reach all of the students who need them, especially black, Latino, and Native American students, children who live in poverty, and English-language learners, according to a survey by the Education Week Research Center.

More than 60 percent of educators surveyed said they at least partially agree that their school district's procedure for screening gifted and talented students identifies all or most of the students who belong in the program.
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How Teacher Training Hinders Special-Needs Students

When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special-education students and general-education students. Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred by lawsuits by special-education advocates.

But in those early days, Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. Calling out a child with a behavioral disability in front of the class usually backfired and made the situation worse. They saw it as “an attack and a disrespect issue,” Fair said.
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11 Methods for Teaching Reading That Help Struggling Readers

There are many teaching methods that can help struggling readers. The best ones for kids with dyslexia use an Orton–Gillingham approach. But teachers and specialists may use other methods to supplement their main instruction. Learn about these commonly used programs.
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FAQs About Evaluations for Learning and Attention Issues

Learn the benefits of getting your child evaluated, who does the evaluation, what happens during an evaluation, what to do with the results, and more. You can also view a video to get an inside look at a dyslexia evaluation.

Deciding to have your child evaluated for learning and attention issues is a big step. You may have questions about the process. Here are some frequently asked questions about evaluations.
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10 Terrible Reactions to ADHD Teen Drama — and Healthier Ways to Communicate at Home

Teen drama requires a special kind of parent patience. Saying “Don’t let this get to you” or “You’re stronger than this” tells your teenager that you aren’t interested in hearing why they’re upset. It also minimizes their very big feelings, which causes more harm than good. Here, learn better ways to respond when the sky is falling on your ADHD teen.
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5 Ways Social Media Affects Teen Mental Health

It should come as no surprise that the pressure to be available 24/7 on social media is a very real challenge for today's teenagers. Aside from the fact that their grasp of and dependence on social media far exceeds that of many adults, they also are using social media at much greater rates too. In fact, a report by Common Sense Media found that 75 percent of American teenagers have social media profiles. Social media is a daily part of life for the vast majority of teens.
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Why People Hide Their Disabilities at Work

Work is stressful. If you’re hiding a disability, the daily grind of early mornings, deadlines, and office politics is compounded into a far heavier burden. You live in fear of being discovered. You work overtime to mask your authentic self. But you aren’t alone.

In the Center for Talent Innovation’s “Disabilities and Inclusion” study, we discovered that a full 30% of the professional workforce fits the current federal definition of having a disability — and the majority are keeping that status a secret. Only 39% of employees with disabilities have disclosed to their manager. Even fewer have disclosed to their teams (24%) and HR (21%). Almost none (4%) have revealed their disability to clients.
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Travel Training and Transportation Services

Travel training is an area of transition planning and transition services that looks at training people with disabilities to get around safely and independently – whether on foot or in a wheelchair, on a bike or scooter, in a car, or using public transportation. To learn more, watch the video below and then check out the travel guide.

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