Family Engagement Findings

June 4, 2019

A Note from Kimberly

This is the "official" last week of school for some districts in our region so hang on...summer break is near!

While most of you will continue to work during the summer, I do hope you have some scheduled time to relax, recharge and focus on your personal well being. I will take some time off in August before my girls start back to school. I have over an hour commute from home to work and then back home so I look forward to the summer traffic for sure! My girls will be having fun at Summer at the Academy the next 8 weeks which is about 10 minutes away from ESC-20. I get to enjoy a longer car ride with them each day. We use our car time to read and tell jokes or share interesting facts. Yesterday Lynette read me all these different facts about animal teeth! Quite the fun time in my vehicle!

Whatever the summer holds for you, I hope it's perfect for you in all ways!

I will likely not send out another Family Engagement newsletter until the end of July so please take time to read the announcements and information I'm sharing to help you plan for 2019-2020 school year.

As you reflect on this current year and make plans for the upcoming school year, if I can help provide support in any way, please reach out to me. Maybe you just want to sit together and brainstorm, I'd love the opportunity to assist. Maybe your district/charter or campus is ready for some specific professional development on strengthening home-school partnerships and how to guide families to support their child's learning....I can help with that!

I look forward to connecting with you whenever you are ready! I hope you have a great summer!


Click HERE to provide ESC-20 Family Engagement Feedback

Thank you! I'd love to know your feedback so I know better how to serve you.

Make sure you learn about & take advantage of the NEW ESC-20 Family Engagement Cohort! Applications are being accepted through June 21st! Read all the details below!

Open the SMORE below to read all the upcoming 2019-2020 Family Engagement Professional Development! Save the dates & share with others!

OR Download the Fliers Below!

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On June 12th parents will be able to access their child's STAAR results and a suite of other resources to support learning at home! Read the TEA news bulletin below on how you can ensure parents utilize these resources!

TEA News Bulletin: STAAR Portal

The Texas Education Agency is requesting your help in ensuring that parents have the information they need to access their child’s STAAR results over the summer.

Save the Date & Make Plans to Attend! Registration is OPEN!

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2019 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference

The 15th annual Statewide Parental Involvement Conference, Stronger Together, will convene…

Wanting to uplift your parent and family engagement program? Don’t pass up this opportunity.

A practical preconference session. 3 motivational keynote speakers. 45 breakout sessions with strategies you can implement at your school. 25 exhibitors with valuable resources.

When home, school, and community work in concert they are stronger together and the opportunity for student success increases.

We have an advantage with the conference being held in San Marcos! This year we'd like to see more CAMPUS PRINCIPALS and ADMINISTRATORS attend the conference! If you attended the ACET Conference, you heard the strong emphasis on Parent and Family Engagement from Cory Green. Urge your administrators to plan ahead to attend this conference!

Good Reads

I follow the Flamboyan Foundation and always learn from the research and articles they share on Family Engagement.

They have currently written a series about Family Engagement in High School. I have shared the individual articles below. Take the time to read them and synthesize the information. Family Engagement in High School looks different than Elementary School and we often think it's not important, but it's just as important as the emphasis we place on it in the early years.

What We Learned About Family Engagement in High School

We learned that requirements to keep families engaged evolved as students mature and school structure shifts. Read more about our five insights into driving effective family engagement at the high school level.

Relationships Matter

Trusting relationships between teachers, students, and families are the foundation of practicing family engagement effectively. Research shows that building relationships is essential to support students’ post-secondary path.

Families Play 5 Roles to Support Student Success

As high schoolers mature, parents take on coaching roles to help students learn to manage their own activities and advocate for themselves, in the hopes that they can operate autonomously by the time they strike out on their postsecondary paths.

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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 worked at ESC-20 as a special education curriculum specialist for the past 7 years 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 schools to increase their efforts to involve families in their child's educational journey. Kimberly would love to talk to you more about how you are involving families in your school and how she can support you in those efforts!