Parent Perusals

March 17, 2020

Please note: Parent Trainings scheduled for the week of March 16-20 at ESC, Region 20 have been canceled.

Upcoming Webinar

Autism Research Institute


Schedule changes and unexpected closings due to the spread of Coronavirus can present special challenges for individuals on the autism spectrum. Tune in to hear ideas for easing anxiety, scheduling daily activities, and staying busy during challenging times. Join this Free Upcoming Webinar: 03/18/2020, 1 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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A Sample Day of Ideas to help fill the time

*disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.


8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

Family Engagement District Contacts

Per TEA, the Statewide Initiative has been advised to cancel all Building the Capacity of ALL Families by Steve Constantino (April 16-17 San Marcos Embassy Suites, April 20-21 Region 11 Fort Worth area, April 22-23 Region 17 Lubbock, May 12-13 Region 4 Houston, May 14-15 Region 1 Edinburg). BUT, they will be rescheduled.

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Consultant, Education Service Center, Region 20

Claudia I. Vargas is from San Antonio, TX. Having more than 20 years’ experience, her work has focused on enhancing Bilingual/ESL programs, instruction and leadership. She is proud to be bilingual, bicultural and biliterate. Having attended San Antonio ISD's public schools, Claudia graduated from Lanier HS as Valedictorian. She got her B.A. in Latino Studies from Dartmouth College and later her Master’s in Educational Leadership from UTSA. Her passion lies in educating our future generations and ensuring that ALL students receive equitable access to the educational system. She brings these strengths to continue growing the understanding that our educational communities must empower our families to empower our students!


Claudia is a proud mother of 5 children---3 daughters and 2 sons, who range from 2 years old to 11 years old. #MakeitHappen #MakeitRemarkable #MakeaConnection