ESU 13's Special Education Department serves students through special education and 504 processes. In addition to direct services to students, the Special Education Department also provides support and training to teachers, districts, and families.
1. Using data and observations, we will demonstrate growth and build capacity within students and districts using evidence-based practices.
2. To establish positive relationships within our department, interdepartmentally, and outside ESU 13, we will communicate available services, provide quality resources, and offer support in a responsive manner.
In partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Special Education, ESU 13 houses the western regional Nebraska Multi-tier System of Support (NeMTSS) lead as part of a statewide initiative to build equity across the state of Nebraska. The regional lead is responsible to help build and sustain MTSS practices across the western region of Nebraska, which includes the educational communities served by ESUs 13, 15, and 16. More information about NeMTSS can be found by accessing its website.
ESU 13 partners with the Nebraska Department of Education - Office of Special Education for the Western Region ASD Network Project. The Nebraska ASD Network is a statewide plan for providing support to school districts and parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The State ASD Plan divides our state into 5 regions. Each region has an ASD Director, ASD Coordinator, and ASD Team. More information about the Western Region ASD Network can be found on its website.
The Brain Injury Regional School Support Team is a cooperative project between ESUs 13, 16, and 17 and the Nebraska Department of Education. The purpose of the BIRSST is to promote capacity for ESU and school district personnel through providing training to school staff who provide direct services to students who sustain a brain injury. This includes academic accommodations for Return to Learn. Those served by the BIRSST include students birth-21, parents/caregivers, educators, support staff, coaches, and administrators. The team supports districts in the evaluation of the areas of concern for students after sustaining a brain injury. For more information, please see the BIRSST website.