Parent Leadership Academy News

October 1, 2018

Welcome to our New Participants that attended the Make-up Session!

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Follow-Up from Selene

Below you can download Selene's PPT presentation on "Navigating the School System." as well as the Connecting Activity: Family Conversations!

There was a question asked about the dollar amount funding for each student based on ADA (Average Daily Attendance).

Follow Up Question Response:

  • ADA amount calculated for SAISD is based on average student ADA amount of $30 for full-day and $15 for half day attendance.

Parking Issues

Please note: The parking issue has been resolved at SAISD Pickett Family Center!

Sorry for the inconvenience and headache some of you experienced!


I know many of you were surprised at all the different school acronyms that Selene shared during the last course. Did you know there are many more than the ones she shared?

Want to learn more? Check out these sites that contain an alphabetical list of acronyms that are important to know while your kids are in school.

Texas Project First

Texas Education Agency

The 7 Habits of Successful Families course scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th has changed locations! This session will NOW be held at Education Service Center, Region 20 (1314 Hines Avenue). Please do not go to SAC!

Covey's 7 Habits of Successful Families

Reminder: Participation in the 7 Habits of Successful Families is non-negotiable, meaning you must attend this course in person in order to graduate. Why? We consider this course a strong foundational course to develop leadership skills and successful elements for your family that are critical.

It is being offered for the PLA on Wednesday, October 17th, 9-3 at ESC-20. If you think you will not be able to attend this session, it is also being offered THIS Wednesday, October 3rd at ESC-20.

You can attend EITHER session--they are the same! This will give you a choice as to what the best date is for your to attend.

A one hour lunch break will be given (lunch not provided). You are welcome to purchase lunch at the ESC-20 cafe or go off-site for lunch.

If you have any questions about this, please let Kimberly know.

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San Antonio College Tour & Developing a College Going Culture at Home

San Antonio College is excited to welcome you on their campus!

Date: Friday, October 5th

Time: 9:00 a.m.--1:30 p.m.

Location: Meet at the Fletcher Administration Center (FAC)

Parking: Parking on Fridays is easy and you will not need parking permits. You can park in Lots 13, 14 or 16. (see map below)

Please remember to wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes as this is a walking tour.

Lunch will be provided!

Click on the link below to view the San Antonio College Map.

Have questions about Friday's course? Email Nicole France or call: 210-486-0934.

Elective Courses

Just a reminder that you need to at least choose 2 elective courses to complete the Parent Leadership Academy in order to graduate.

All elective courses are offered at Region 20. If you are unable to attend in person, the elective courses are also available via webinar. The webinar is live (same time as face to face training).

Upcoming Electives in October

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Bridging the Math Gap Between School and Home (Kindergarten—Grade 2)

In this training, participants will learn how to help their child by bridging the math concepts taught in school to home life. Hands-on activities will be used to show how math is being learned in the classroom. The math will focus on developing number sense.

Session ID: 53079

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Parental Participation in Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Meetings

Parents and guardians are essential members of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee. In this training, you will learn information needed to effectively participate in your child’s ARD committee meeting. We will build a common understanding of the special education process, the roles and responsibilities within the committee to ensure you are able to fully participate in the decision-making process regarding your child’s education.

Session ID: 53080

Webinar Session ID: 53169

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Mindful Parenting

Have you ever said to a kid, “Why don’t you just calm down?!” Of course you have; we all have! Being able to “just calm down” is actually a skill called self-regulation that requires a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. However, that part of a child’s brain doesn’t completely develop until he or she is in their early twenties. In addition, it doesn’t just develop in positive ways on its own; instead, optimal development is completely dependent on a child being raised in a warm, loving language-rich home environment.

This interactive training will explore mindfulness activities for kids, and the type of language parents and teachers can use to foster children who will succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

Session ID: 53081

Webinar Session ID: 53170

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Our children's access to technology can both empower and endanger them. Come to this training to learn what to look out for as parents in your child's digital interactions. What is reasonable in usage? How do you find out about apps, games and websites? Should children and teens have social media accounts? How should you handle cyberbullying?

You will leave this training with practical advice and tools to assist you in your role as a 21st Century parent!

Session ID: 53082

Webinar Session ID: 53172

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Inspirational and Empowering Positive Behavior Supports for the Home

This training will provide positive and effective ways to support behavior in the home that are both empowering and inspiring.

Session ID: 53083

Webinar Session ID: 53173

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Families Talking Together Families Talking Together (FTT) is a parent-based program focusing on improving parent-child communication and is effective in delaying sexual initiation and preventing risky sexual behavior among middle-school-aged youth (10-14 yrs.). This training will offer tips and group discussions on getting the conversation started, monitoring/supervision, and helping enhance your child's refusal skills. This interactive training is offered by Healthy Futures of Texas.

Session ID: 53084

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

What Parents Need to Know About Human Trafficking

Note: Children ages 8+ are able to attend this training with their family.

In this training, parents will learn what traffickers look for and how they approach victims. Myths versus facts will be discussed about human trafficking in the United States along with how trafficking happens, who it happens to and who are the victims. You will learn the signs that indicate your child may be in danger and how traffickers target youth at school and in any home.

Session ID: 53085

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Bullying: Tips for Parents

Never before in history have parents had to face so many challenges when raising their children. Bullying is a serious issue and becoming more prevalent in schools today. Learn the characteristics of someone being bullied and how to recognize signs of students who bully. This training will provide participants with early intervention techniques to help prevent bullying, which one day may save your child.

Session ID: 53086

Webinar Session ID: 53175

Need help in registering? Download the step-by-step instructions HERE!

Participating via webinar?

After you register with the webinar session ID# and complete the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email that contains the webinar link and the link to download the handouts/materials.

Have questions? Please contact Kimberly via email or (210)370-5431.

Don't Forget!


Tip: After each course, take the time to record a summary statement of your learning, additional questions you have so that when you are ready to put your portfolio together, you've already done most of the work! Also consider taking picture that you'd like to add to your portfolio.


Everyone has agreed to commit to following these each time we meet together.

1. Raise your hand when you are going to speak.

2. Make sure you can be heard (stand or project).

3. Value everyone’s voice.

4. Agree to Disagree.

5. Value everybody’s time.

6. Technology – on silent/vibrate and use outside of class.

7. What happens in PLA stays in PLA.

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Nicole France, Senior Coordinator –Student Success Office of Outreach & Recruitment, San Antonio College