SS Instructional Leaders Academy

April 6, 2016 9am-12pm

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Today's Agenda

  • Welcome and Celebrations
  • Announcements
  • Texas Folklife Presentation (5.1.c, 11.1.c)
  • Promoting Civic Engagement (5.1.c)
  • TEA Updates
  • Teacher Practice Highlights (1.1f, 1.3a, 1.3b, 2.1d, 3.1a)
  • Teacher EdCamp (1.1f, 1.3a, 1.3b, 2.1d, 3.1a)
  • TYLA's Strength in Unity program presentation (5.1.c, 11.1.c)

Welcome and Celebrations!


Spring / Summer Happenings in Austin ISD

AP World History textbook training - June 9, 2016 9-12 pm Section # 80513

Summer School - June 9-23, 2016 8:45 - 2:00 @ Akins and Lanier

Spring / Summer Happenings around Austin

Migration and Displacement Conference - St. Edward's University - April 13, 2016 9-5:30 pm

Personal Financial Literacy: The New Social Studies Course for Texas - Dallas Fed - June 22-24

The Vietnam War Summit

From April 26-28, 2016, the LBJ Presidential Library and The University of Texas at Austin will host The Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library.


U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry


Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Pham Quang Vinh

Ken Burns, Award-winning Documentarian

Dr. Grace Liem Galloway, former Medic at Third Field Hospital and Cu Chi

Tom Hayden, Anti-war Activist and Politician

Bob Kerrey, former U.S. Senator and Medal of Honor recipient

Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor

William McRaven, University of Texas System Chancellor and former Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command

Journalists Peter Arnett, Dan Rather, David Maraniss, and Joe Klein

Nick Ut and David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers

Along with three days of programming, there will be historical museum exhibits, documentaries, and daily veteran recognition ceremonies.

The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will also be on display April 22-28 on the plaza outside the LBJ Presidential Library. It will be open to the general public, 24 hours a day.

General public: On Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m., general public tickets will be available at Tickets are limited, will only be available online, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Vietnam Veterans: We have partnered with eight national veteran service organizations (VSOs) to distribute tickets. Each VSO will be sharing information about ticket distribution with their members. See the full list of VSOs we are working with.
If you are unable attend, we will be live streaming each summit session at

Tickets are not required to visit The Wall That Heals or attend the veteran recognition ceremonies. The Wall and ceremonies are open to the general public.
Texas Folklife 2015 Organization Overview
Brian Griffith, Texas Folklife

2016 Summer Stories Institute

July 18-22, 2016

Information and Applications

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Promoting Civic Engagement

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May 7 Election


May 7 Election - Last Day to Register to Vote - April 7, 2016 (Tomorrow!)

One proposition on the ballot for Austin, TX

CITY OF AUSTIN PROPOSITION. 1 Shall the City Code be amended to repeal City Ordinance No. 20151217-075 relating to Transportation Network Companies; and replace with an ordinance that would repeal and prohibit required fingerprinting, repeal the requirement to identify the vehicle with a distinctive emblem, repeal the prohibition against loading and unloading passengers in a travel lane, and require other regulations for Transportation Network Companies?

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First Vote! Presentations

The Austin-area League of Women Voters, Travis County Tax Office Voter Registration Division, and the Travis County Clerk Office Elections Division have partnered to offer First Vote! in high schools across the county.

The half-hour program is offered free of charge as an outreach effort of these organizations to encourage youth involvement in the voting process. The First Vote! curriculum covers voter registration, voting rights and non-partisan voting information.

You know how important it is to prepare Austin’s youth to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Our volunteers are available to deliver voter education through assembly, classroom visits and other venues. However, the 30-minute First Vote! program is best presented in assembly format. We suggest using it during the Advocacy period (if you have one).

We kicked off First Vote! on Feb. 11 at Travis High School. The reception from the juniors and seniors to this initiative was amazing. Let us do the same for your school.

To book the First Vote! Team, send an email with your preferred date to Cheryl Reese,


If you have suggestions for how to promote civic engagement on your campus or throughout the district, please complete the following form:

TEA Updates

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Teacher Practice Highlights

Katie Carrasco, McCallum HS

Teacher EdCamp

Strength in Unity, TYLA

Rudolph Metayer, HHSC

Office of Chief Counsel

Health and Human Services Commission

Strength in Unity online resources

Strength in Unity Town Hall Event

Saturday, April 9

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

David Chapel Baptist Church

2211 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd 78702

Presented by Texas Young Lawyers Association

Through the use of vignettes of common police and community interactions, this program is designed to bridge the gap of misunderstandings between local law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect.

Free food and drinks will be provided. This town hall event is for teachers, students, and community members!


If you are interested in setting up a program at your campus with officers and students, email Tracy Brown at