Burleson ISD Special Services Leads the Region in Increased Student Performance

Leadership Team Shares Collaborative Teaching Model to Increase Student Performance


BURLESON, Texas (March 9, 2017) – Burleson Independent School District (BISD) Special Services leads the region in increased student performance through the implementation of Collaborative Teaching, a model that ensures students in special education receive specialized instruction without leaving the regular classroom setting. The BISD leadership team presented the Collaborative Teaching model to special education leaders from 77 school districts at the Education Service Center (ESC) Region XI conference held in Fort Worth on March 9, 2017.


Burleson ISD was invited by ESC Region XI to present to area directors because of the district’s proven ability to provide effective individualized instruction to its students and exceptional performance of special education students on multiple state academic measurements.


“The performance of our students who receive special education services is yet another indicator of our district’s commitment to all learners,” said BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. “In fact, we’ve seen a steady increase in families who are moving to the area specifically for the high-quality instruction available through our special education program.”


The BISD leadership team shared student performance data indicating that the gap between special education students and all students has significantly decreased through the Collaborative Teaching model. Information presented highlighted the professional development, mentoring support, and curriculum alignment provided for BISD’s collaborative teachers.


“It’s important to provide our teachers with the training they need to be effective with all learners,” stated Special Services Executive Director Dr. Lucretia Gartrell. “We’ve found that the specialized strategies teachers learn better prepares them to work in any classroom with any student.”


Burleson ISD has also long been a standard bearer for outstanding special services that provide opportunities outside of academic support.  “Partners in PE” pairs students with disabilities with their non-disabled peers for daily interaction.  Annually, the Burleson Friends Festival draws hundreds of student athletes from special education programs throughout north Texas.  This month, BISD athletes competed in Special Olympics competition earning a Gold medal for the 3 on 3 basketball team.


For more information, visit the BISD Special Services website.




Burleson Independent School District serves more than 11,000 students at 16 campuses, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.



Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications