Family Engagement Findings

August 14, 2018

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A New School Year

I hope you all have had some time over the summer to relax, refresh your soul and recharge! While I don't always enjoy the heat, summer is one of my favorite seasons simply because life seems to slow down a bit. Traffic is lighter, there's no school homework or a rush to go to bed early for school and evenings in my home tend to be full of more play and outside time which I treasure.

My girls started school last week (picture above). Lynette is in 1st grade and Lucy Sue started Pre-K. My house has been busy getting ready for back to school and getting in a routine. My 1st grader has been very eager and excited and LOVES school! My preschooler has been excited but has cried and made it difficult for me to break away from her every morning so far. Her teacher has been kind to send me a picture of her through Class DoJo to ensure she's happy and engaged and has long forgotten about her momma! Her favorite part of school so far has been the playground and riding the bus! :-)

Back to School time to me is like beginning a New Year! I set new goals, try new ideas and routines in my home and feel like I'm starting each day renewed! I feel the same way professionally. I look forward to this upcoming 2018-2019 school year and working with all of you to increase Family Engagement awareness and training in our Region. I'm here to support you and over the next month, I'll be sharing some ideas and new ways that I can support you in the work you do to engage families!

Please reach out to me at any time!

Many Blessings,


ESC-20 Parent Trainings & Webinars

I sent you a previous SMORE newsletter with ALL the information about ESC-20's 2018-2019 Parent Trainings and Webinars. Please share with your families!

Also please note the CHANGE in how parents register--it is now through Connect 20!

You can view the SMORE below.

ESC-20 Family Engagement Professional Development Opportunities

Download the flyer below to SAVE the DATE for all of the 2018-2019 Family Engagement Professional Development opportunities for you to take advantage of.

Please NOTE: There has been 1 date change if you received this flyer before school ended. Due to a TEA Family Engagement training being held at ESC-20 on Tuesday, September 25th (same date as our 1st scheduled Family Engagement Network Meeting), the 1st Family Engagement Network Meeting has changed to Thursday, September 13th.

The Session ID# has NOT changed--only the date.

All sessions are in Connect 20, ready for you to register!

Family Engagement Teacher/Administrator Training

In an effort to try to increase enrollment of particular Family Engagement Trainings for teachers and administrators, I have developed a one page flyer that highlights the trainings teachers and administrators would benefit from the most in understanding how to engage families more effectively.

Download the flyer below. Please share with the appropriate staff!

Information Below on the TEA Meeting Scheduled for September 25th at ESC-20!

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Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnerships for Family Engagement

ESSA, Building Capacity (section 1116) has long been a requirement of LEAs and schools, but for many it has been a perfunctory task rather than a useful tool designed to increase parent and family engagement in a way that increases student achievement.

This session will provide a quick overview of the ESSA, Building Capacity requirements and strategies to help work innovatively with parents and families. Techniques for working collaboratively with families will be discussed. Session will also include a presentation by a model school who is doing exceptional work with their families.

Extensive handouts and resources will be provided.

Intended Audience: ESC Staff, Federal Program Directors, Administrators, Parent and Family Engagement Liaisons

Download the Flyer BELOW!

Cost: $50

Steps for registration:

  • Go to (Region 16 ESC)
  • On right side, “Already know the workshop ID? Workshop ID” type in 674000, Click “Go”
  • Right hand side, Click “Register”
  • Bottom left, Click “Checkout”
  • At this point new members will need to “Create an Account” and then Click “Submit” or Previous Users will need to sign-in (if they have not already done so) and then Click “Submit”
  • Select method of payment to continue.
  • Provide purchase order or credit card information.
  • Then Click, “Complete Checkout”
I'm happy to share that ESC-20 now has Community Resources that are organized by all the counties we serve in Region 20.

Please note: Bexar County is a work in progress but you will still gain access to numerous resource directories filled with community resources and services.

Click the image below to access the resources or click here: Community Resources

Please share any additions that I could add as you come across them! Thank you!

Title I, Part A Parent and Family Statewide Connection NEWSLETTER

The September 2018 Connection Newsletter is available!

Click the image below or download here.

The newsletter is available in other languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and German! To download other languages, click here.

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Have you registered for the 2018 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference?

Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference, “One Team One Dream,” at Frisco, TX, December 6-8.

Conference Website:

Conference Registration flyer:

  • $160 per person until 10/19
  • $185 per person 10/20 – 11/15
  • $300 per person after 11/15

Preconference Registration flyer:

  • $100 per person until 10/19
  • $130 per person 10/20 – 11/15
  • $250 per person after 11/15

Online Registration:

Host Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center, Frisco, TX. (972) 712-7200, code R16, $120 per night.

Annual Meeting & Compliance Calendar

Below you can download the following documents:

  • 2018-2019 Parent and Family Engagement Compliance Calendar
  • Annual Title I Meeting and Template PPT

ESC-16 will have these posted on their website this week!

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Great Questions to Share with Families to Open Up Communication about School at Home!

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50 Questions to Ask Your Kids

Click here to view the full list!

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