Texas Tech University

Transforming Special Education in Texas Through Dual Diagnosis Training

Lauren Brownell

August 30, 2023

Nominations are sought for this training program which addresses a statewide need for K-12 educators who specialize in teaching students with dual diagnosis.

WHAT:  Project TEDD: Training Educators in Dual Diagnosis is a groundbreaking initiative coordinated by Texas Tech University's Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities. This one-day workshop trains special education teachers/professionals to become trainers of other teachers on identification, referral and support for students who are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and complex mental health needs (dual diagnosis). 

Project TEDD

The training program is seeking nominations for the fourth year of the program from Education Service Center (ESC) Regions 11-15 in Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, Abilene and San Antonio.  

Special education directors may nominate special education teachers/professionals to attend the workshop. Preference is given to special education teacher nominees; however, other professionals (e.g., school counselors, licensed specialists in school psychology, educational diagnosticians, behavior specialists) are eligible to be nominated. 

WHEN:  The nomination deadline is Sept. 6 and packets can be completed online or downloaded and sent to projectedd.educ@ttu.edu. A separate nomination packet must be submitted for each nominee. 

The regional training dates and sites are:

  • Sept. 12: ESC 11 - Fort Worth
  • Sept. 28: ESC 12 - Waco
  •   Oct. 11: ESC 15 - San Angelo
  •   Oct. 12: ESC 14 - Abilene
  •   Oct. 25: ESC 13 - Austin

WHERE:  The workshop will be hosted within each regional ESC. 

EVENT:  Training is limited to 20 participants within each ESC region. The workshop requires participants to be released for one school day to attend the training. 

Participants completing the workshop will receive $100. All workshop attendees will be expected to train at least five teachers, parents, or related professionals from their school district and will receive an additional $100.

Launched in 2020, Project TEDD has a five-year goal of partnering with all 20 ESC regions in Texas to deliver direct training to 400 special education professionals who will themselves provide training to at least 2,000 other individuals. The project is coordinated by Texas Tech and funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

For more details, click here.  

CONTACT:  Wayne Moore
Project manager, Project TEDD, College of Education, Texas Tech University
(806) 834-1680