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The Challenges of Teaching Harris County’s Special Populations

The Harris County Department of Education recently hired Darlene Breaux as its new director of special populations for their teaching and learning center. “Special populations” is a term that covers a range of different needs students have. It can be kids for whom English is a second language, children with dyslexia, those who are gifted […]

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyThe Harris County Department of Education recently hired Darlene Breaux as its new director of special populations for their teaching and learning center.

“Special populations” is a term that covers a range of different needs students have. It can be kids for whom English is a second language, children with dyslexia, those who are gifted and talented, kids in the foster care system or migrant students. It also focuses on Section 504, which is an anti-discrimination civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with learning difference to be met as adequately as the needs of those who don't have learning differences — which gives you just a tiny glimpse of the different needs teachers in classrooms deal with on a daily basis.

To learn more about the challenges of teaching these days — and how individual needs are met — Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin sat down with Breaux.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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