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Ansers about

The Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute provides an environment for innovation and change in special education through exemplary teaching, creative research and community outreach. 

The Institute works in conjunction with the TCU laboratory schools – Starpoint and KinderFrogs – to create and coordinate professional development opportunities for local teachers, informational sessions for parents and learning experiences for students interested in becoming special education teachers. 

The faculty also conducts research focused on improving academic and social outcomes for students with disabilities in public and private school settings. The Institute is striving to explore and understand how to best meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Our Vision

To lead change in special education.

Our Mission

To transform the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities and their families through research and evidence-based practice.

Our Goals

  • Enhance the educational experience of TCU students who will become effective and ethical educators in the field of special education
  • Conduct research that will better meet the needs of children with disabilities and contribute to development of evidence-based practices in special education
  • Sponsor and participate in community outreach to enhance the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities and their families in school and community-based activities
  • Engage in advocacy activities to support and promote the development and delivery of exceptional services to children with disabilities

Education in Action

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The 88th Texas Legislature's regular session began on January 10th and will continue until May 29th . During this session, the state's two-year budget and other significant legislation will be determined. Governor Greg Abbott and other prominent members of the Texas Republican Party have identified "school choice" as a priority for this legislative session.