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During 2019-2020 school year, the Dickinson ISD Special Programs Leadership team will be building out this site which will contain the DISD Special Education Operating Guidelines.

It is organized alphabetically by topic. Each PAGE begins with the Framework which will include relevant federal and state law.

P - Procedures - how we do it

A - Accountability - who is responsible

G - Guidance - guidance / reference documents

E - Expectations - timelines, clarity (keep it simple)

It will be amended and updated frequently to reflect changes in local, state, federal policies, board policies and administrative practices and procedures regarding students with disabilities. The special education team is available for further clarification and assistance.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) is the federal law that governs the special education process. One of the main purposes of IDEA is to ensure that children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Related services are special services needed to support students’ special education services so they can make progress to meet their academic and functional goals. Related services can include services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy, counseling services, orientation and mobility services, and/or transportation services.  (Source: Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process, July 2018)

Department Leadership

Laurie G. Rodriguez Executive Director of Special


Maggie Burk Coordinator of Evaluation and

Related Services

Kimberly Davidson Coordinator of Special Programs

Instruction and Compliance

Mission Statement

The DISD Special Education Department exists to provide leadership and service to equip campuses with the knowledge and services to meet the district mission to have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives.  



The department believes in the power and importance of collaboration with campus staff, parents and students, advocates and other service organizations in order to provide a loving and structured educational environment based on federal, state and local guidelines for all our students who have special needs.



To be recognized as a Special Education department that is constantly focused on a growth mindset, we believe that change is inevitable and progress is a choice. We believe that we provide a quality education for all the  students who receive special education services in order for them to have access to the general education curriculum from a continuum of service delivery models.


Department Motto

Whatever the student needs is our job description!


Department Philosophy

We may all be different kinds of fish, but in this school, we swim together.
The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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