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Border SPICES Program



Program Archives      

Cohort 1 Scholar Achievement

Cohort 2 Scholar achievement 

Advisory Council Members


Our News










Border SPICES Grant is a Department of Education-OSEP funded personnel training grant (H325K150411.4.1.6) to increase numbers of highly qualified birth to 8 personnel, targeting the recruitment and preparation of bilingual early childhood special educators to meet the needs of young children with bilingual special needs. The grant program supports participants in acquiring an M. Ed. Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with free tuition and fees and a participation-based stipend. It offers professional development opportunities and promotes participants’ capacities in evidence-based practice through supervised field experiences. The grant project goals include: recruitment and retention of qualified scholars, professional-standard-aligned evidence-based instructional practices, professional-standard-aligned field experiences, and establishing a community of practice. Cohort 1 of 15 scholars graduated in May, 2017 and the current cohort of 21 will graduate in summer, 2019.


This website provides information for parents of children with disabilities, highlights program scholars’ achievement and shares OSEP resources.  Site visitors will also find our program news on parent workshops and webinars. We hope you enjoy visiting our website and welcome your comments and questions! 



Dr. Ward



This three-year study is funded by a grant to the Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from the  U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, TS#-0840. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs has reviewed this research and granted approval (#13398).


Project School District Partners


Brownsville ISD

Greg Garcia, Co-Grants Director
John M. Rodriguez, Co-Grants Director
(956) 548-8227


Los Fresnos CISD

Dr. Griselda Wells, Director of Special Services
(956) 254-5101


San Benito CISD

Ernesto Manriquez, Special Education Director
(956) 361-6221


Point Isabel ISD

Sandra Rodriguez, Special Programs Administrator


     Project Scholar's News


       Scholars’ Achievement

       Professional Conference Presentations


  • SMAEYC Conference: Spring 2016
    Scholars invited to present to early care teachers on behavioral management,


  • Texas Council for Exceptional Children Summer Conference, June 29-July 1, 2016, Austin, Texas
    Scholars presented poster sessions on their application of theory to practice


  • Samples of Action Research Project


      Scholars’ Announcement




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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

One West University Blvd. Main 2.210 
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956-882-5707 or 956-882-5749 
Fax: 956-882-7593 
​E-mail: hsuying.ward@utrgv.edu or daisy.garcia@utrgv.edu

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Dr. Hsuying Ward


Border SPICES, Principal Investigator

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

Office of Special Education Programs.




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