Family Engagement Findings

October 11, 2019

Announcement from Kimberly

I wanted to let you know that I am transitioning out of my Family Engagement consultant position at ESC-20 to become an ESC-20 Special Education Field Service Agent (TEA Liaison).

You may or may not know that I am a special educator and started my journey here at ESC-20 as a Special Education Curriculum & Instruction specialist back in 2009.

My initial work with parents led me on this wonderful journey to develop and build a Family Engagement program here at ESC-20 to provide trainings and support not only for families and the community, but also educators and other professionals. It has been amazing and I have learned so much!

Some people think when someone leaves a position that something bad happened or there is "stuff" going on. Let me tell you THIS IS NOT the case with me! As a professional, this opportunity opened up that is going to provide me new opportunities to grow and challenge myself.

I am excited to get back into the Special Educator work full-time and also excited that my Family Engagement knowledge and passion is going with me. I truly believe that Family Engagement is a missing link in improving student outcomes and that belief will continue to be a driving force in my new role. While it won't be 100% Family Engagement work, if you know me--it will be a part of the conversations when it's appropriate! I will be making sure that Family Engagement gets weaved in the work I will be doing with our districts and charters.

Please know that I am a part of the transition plan here at ESC-20 to keep this great work moving forward. My job position is in the process of being posted! We will work hard to find the best professional to take this Family Engagement support to a new level and really focus on improving student outcomes that involves engaging families effectively.

If you think you are interested in this position and want to know more, please feel free to reach out to me!

ESC-20 Employment Opportunities

In the interim and transition, please keep me as a contact if you have questions or need information. I will continue with sharing information in my newsletters and supporting you in the work you do.

Alex Dominguez is your direct contact for any and all things related to Title I and compliance.

I've canceled 3 upcoming trainings scheduled for this Fall: (October 17th Foundations of Family Engagement and November 12th Family Engagement Network #2 and December 5th Family Engagement: Have You Heard?)

All other scheduled trainings are a GO!

When the NEW Family Engagement Consultant is hired, I will introduce him/her to you and pass the baton! Great things ahead!


Time to Register!

Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnerships for Family Engagement

An effective parent and family engagement program is an important piece that contributes to student success. This one-day professional development session: Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnerships for Family Engagement will provide a quick overview of ESSA Section 1116, Building Capacity requirements and strategies to help work innovatively with parents and families.

Date: RESCHEDULED for Friday, November 1st!

Time: 9:00 AM--3:30 PM

Session ID# 61427

Fee: $0

Register HERE.

Who should attend this session?

--principals, teachers, parent liaisons/family specialists, and other educators or district-level staff that work with and support families.

If you have questions about this session, please contact Alex Dominguez.

District Spotlight: Devine ISD's Parent Place

During our first Family Engagement Network Meeting, Abigail Beadle, Director of Federal Programs, Devine ISD shared about the district's Parent Place room.

Check it out HERE.

What a great place to offer families a safe, welcoming environment to come for resources, support, training and information, clothes for their kids, opportunities to learn new skills, and toreceive loving hospitality!

If you'd like to learn more about their Parent Place and how it was developed and organized, please contact Abigail!

Way to go Devine ISD!

Parent Training Webinars!

SHOUT OUT to the following districts who have been hosting parents at campus locations to view the ESC-20 parent training webinars!

  • North East ISD
  • Southwest ISD
  • Jubilee Academies
  • San Antonio ISD
  • Carrizo Spring ISD
  • New Frontiers Public Charter School

This has been AWESOME! Thank you for making the effort and taking the time to provide parents/families this opportunity to gather in a welcoming place with other families to connect with and to learn new information!

If you want to get started with hosting webinars and have questions, please reach out to me!

Opportunity for Title I Schools

San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company comprised of members ranging in age from 10-26, is sponsored in part by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. We are currently beginning our 36th Anniversary season. For the past 32 years, we have made it a priority to provide admission-free arts programming for

local schools, supporting current arts curriculum in your school districts.

We are pleased to offer our fall storybook ballet, “Hansel and Gretel,” free-of-charge, to area Title I schools. The only cost to your school would be your participants’ transportation to and from the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The Children’s Series performances will be held on Friday, October 25th at 9:30 AM or 1:00 PM at the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus (501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207). This production is geared for students in 3rd through 8th grade. Seating is extremely limited – only 293 seats per performance (Elementary

Schools in the morning, Middle Schools in the afternoon - preferred). Schools will be accepted on a first come – first reserved basis.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Karen Heiden


You can download the letter, flyer and information form below.

A Podcast for Parents, by Parents: Great to Share with Families!

Who answers your questions about homework, bullying, school discipline, the transition to middle school?

Listen to Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast and get the answers to the burning questions you have about how to best support your child's education and development. We know you have a lot to keep up with at home and throughout the school year and these episodes will support you every step of the way!

Real Experts. Real Parents. Real Conversations.

Hear unique perspectives from experts, parents and educator guests who will give you real-life advice and ideas you can use!

Learn about Notes from the Backpack HERE.

Make plans to attend!

Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative Cluster Trainings

TEA and the Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative will offer a pair of workshops at several regional education service center (ESC) locations during the 2019-2020 school year. These sessions are open to all LEAs and ESCs, regardless of ESC region, and will provide attendees an in-depth review and explanation of ESSA, Section 1116 – Parent and Family Engagement, as well as an opportunity to learn strategies to strengthen parent and family engagement programs at their schools.

Building Capacity--Building Relationships

This session will present the building capacity requirements in the context of school culture and building relationships. Meeting the requirements of the statute is satisfactory, but doing so while valuing the contributions of parents and building partnerships with families and the community is exemplary. The session will address the question about how to make connections with parents and families. Attendees will also learn about the newly updated Dual-Capacity Framework. A model school will also share their story and practical strategies in the afternoon. A variety of resource materials will be provided.

Intended Audience: PFE Coordinators, PFE Liaisons, Counselors, Teachers, Federal Programs Staff, School Administrators, and ESC Staff

Dates and locations offered:

  • September 24, 2019; Region 9, Wichita Falls
  • October 15, 2019; Region 3, Victoria
  • October 31, 2019; Region 18, Midland
  • January 27, 2020; Region 2, Corpus Christi
  • February 18, 2020; Region 10, Richardson
  • March 2, 2020; Region 5, Beaumont

Building Capacity - Building Relationships FLYER

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An Administrator's Guide to ESSA, Section 1116, Parent and Family Engagement

For schools and districts across the nation, parent and family engagement is rapidly shifting from a low-priority recommendation to an integral part of education reform efforts. This session will provide attendees an in-depth review and explanation of ESSA, Section 1116 – Parent and Family Engagement. Attendees will leave with the information necessary to successfully comply with requirements of parent and family engagement, complete the annual random validations required by TEA, as well as learn strategies to strengthen parent and family engagement programs at their schools. Extensive handouts will be provided.

Intended Audience: Administrators and Federal Program Directors

Dates and locations offered:

  • September 25, 2019; Region 9, Wichita Falls
  • October 16, 2019; Region 3, Victoria
  • November 1, 2019; Region 18, Midland
  • January 28, 2020; Region 2, Corpus Christi
  • February 19, 2020; Region 10, Richardson
  • March 3, 2020; Region 5, Beaumont

An Administrator's Guide to ESSA FLYER

It's Not Too Late to Register!

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Click on the Newsletter BELOW to gather all the information you need to know about attending the Statewide Parental Involvement Conference in December! Hope to See You There!

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Questions? Comments? Feedback?

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Kimberly Baumgardner, Consultant, Family Engagement--Education Service Center, Region 20

Kimberly has worked in the field of special education for 19 years. She has been on staff at ESC-20 for 10 years. She spent 7 years as a special education curriculum specialist and is currently the Family Engagement Consultant.

Kimberly has become quite passionate about empowering families to be more involved in their child's education and future as well as challenging and supporting schools to increase their efforts to involve families in their child's educational journey and focus on Family Engagement as an instructional tool that improves student's academic outcomes.

Kimberly enjoys living out in the country with her husband, Tyson and two daughters, Lynette & Lucy Sue.