The Education Service Center Region 2's mission is to be a catalyst for change resulting in student improvement, efficiency, and economy of operation within our region and state. State and local initiatives are implemented within the region and every district within our region is provided both instructional and non-instructional assistance.
The primary focus of our organization is student achievement. We impact student achievement by offering relevant professional development for teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, and other clientele.
In 1967, the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education established twenty Education Service Centers throughout the state. Initially, the service centers were established to provide media services and limited instruction-related training for teachers.
The ESC-2 has evolved over-time and has embraced many new responsibilities. Concentrating on professional development, certification, cooperative purchasing, distance learning, computer services, and other technology related areas to meet the increasing needs of Texas Coastal Bend schools.
What is the Education Service Center?
The Education Service Center is a non-profit service organization created to provide various services to schools and other stakeholders.
There are twenty service centers in Texas, each serving schools in their respective region.
What Do We Stand For?
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- Empowering learning communities through innovation.
- Educational excellence for an evolving world.
What services are available to schools?
The ESC-2 offers over eighty-five specific programs to assist school districts in improving student performance, operating more efficiently and economically, and providing professional development for teachers and administrators. Outside of the ESC-2's primary focus, we also assist schools in other key functions, such as:
- Assisting in implementation of state and regional initiative Providing Internet services and developing a wide area network
- Assisting regional districts in obtaining grants
- Providing a purchasing coop to assist districts in purchasing issues for the day-to-day operations of a school
- Assisting with compliance issues in all federal programs and serve as a fiscal agent in a shared service agreement with some of the regional districts
- Providing finance training to school personnel
- Providing support for data analysis, research development, evaluation, and dissemination of information to improve educational quality and effectiveness
- Providing data processing services for regional districts
Are services available to the public?
While the ESC-2's priority is to service the school districts, professional development workshops and training are also open to the public for a fee based on availability. Organizations can also enter into a cooperative program where contracted days can be purchased at a discounted rate for consultant services, staff development, and technical assistance. Meeting facilities are also available for rental use to outside companies and organizations for a fee.
Does the ESC-2 offer an alternative certification program for teachers?
The Educator Preparation and Certification Program (EPCP) provides for the certification of individuals who meet program admission requirements, which would include training and a paid internship in a public school, to earn a Texas Standard, (all level) Generic Special Education Certificate or a Secondary ( in specific content areas) Certificate.
Does the ESC-2 offer an alternative certification program for principals?
The Partners for Educational Leadership program provides for the certification of individuals who meet admission requirements. Participants complete a combination of training sessions and project-based activities over a 1½ year period. Upon completion of all program requirements, participants will be eligible for a Texas Standard Principal Certificate.
How does the Goodbuy Purchasing Cooperative work?
The Goodbuy Purchasing Cooperative is a program of the ESC-2. The purpose of this program is to offer membership a unique and beneficial opportunity to purchase goods and services from contracts that meet federal, state, and local competitive bidding requirements. This saves members valuable time and resources, while also providing discounts on many contracts. During the term of each commodity or service contract, members may place their orders directly with an awarded vendor for various goods and services, without going out for bid.
The Goodbuy Purchasing Cooperative is an administrative agency created in accordance with Section 791.001 of the Texas Government Code. The Goodbuy Purchasing Cooperative allows members to purchase goods and services in an efficient, cost effective, and competitive procurement method as outlined in the Texas School Law Bulletin, section 44.031 Purchasing Contracts.
What are the ESC-2's hours of operation?
- Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Closed on weekends and holidays*
How are ESCs funded?
Education Service Centers do not possess tax levying or bonding authority. Service centers receive monies from federal, state, and local sources. State funds provide approximately 11%; federal funds provide 39%; contracts with school districts comprise 50%. Monies are also generated through grants and service contracts.
How are ESCs governed?
A seven-member lay board governs service centers. To stand for election to the ESC board of directors, the candidate must be an U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age and reside in the region. School board trustees of each school district in the ESC region elect board members.
Are ESCs regulatory agencies?
ESCs are not regulatory agencies. The purpose of the ESC is to assists districts in improving student performance. School participation in ESC services is voluntary.
Is the ESC-2 part of the Corpus Christi Independent School Districts?
Although the ESC-2 is located in Corpus Christi, and provides services to CCISD, they are two separate entities. CCISD is simply one of the larger of the 42 school districts that the ESC-2 serves.