Parent Perusals

May 4, 2018

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TEA Submits Special Education Strategic Plan

Following a statewide outreach effort, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a final strategic action plan for special education. The plan incorporates valuable input from parents, students, teachers and education stakeholders received over the past several months regarding the delivery of special education services in school districts statewide.

Significant actions that are part of the final plan include:

  • TEA will roll out a large scale statewide special education professional development system, including multiple opportunities for follow-up support for all educators (general education, special education, and others).
  • TEA will create a suite of resources intended to be shared with the parents of children suspected of having a disability to help fully inform them of their rights to a free and appropriate public education and accompany those resources with a large outreach effort.
  • For students who are found to have needed services that did not receive them, the school system is responsible for providing compensatory services. TEA has identified $65 million to assist school systems in the effective delivery of services.
  • TEA will further strengthen its staffing and resources devoted to special education, allowing for greater oversight as well as additional on-site support to local school districts.

To review the final strategic action plan for special education, as well as the corrective action response submitted to the federal government, visit

PARENT Coordination SHOUT OUT!

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.

Read the May SHOUT OUT newsletter!

Upcoming May Parent Trainings

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

Play With Me: I’m Learning!

All children love to play! Did you know it is one of the most important things you can do with your child? PLAY = LEARNING in the early years! This session will focus on the importance of play in your child’s early education and how success in school depends on PLAY. Plan to spend the day learning while you PLAY! * Each participant will receive a Play = Learning Kit to use with your child at home.*

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7th. **

Thursday, May 10th, 9:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m. (1 hour lunch break provided)

Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Successful Families

It’s no secret that many families today are in trouble. The 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together.

In this training, parents will learn to:

· Apply an “Inside-Out Approach” to problem solving and goal creation;

· Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together;

· Establish a better work/life balance;

· Become more effective in raising emotionally healthy and empowered children;

· Employ the skills of Empathic Listening and synergy; and

· Learn to effectively discipline and motivate children.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 8th **

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

RtI & Section 504

Parenting is one of those jobs that doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but we are here to help educate you! In order for parents to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work together as partners with our educators, parents must have the information to empower them. This training will provide parents and community members with information about what promotes student success through the RtI and Section 504 process. Please join us to learn how both of these services can help qualifying students receive support to help them reach success in their areas of need.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14th. **

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Stop the Summer Reading Slide!

Worried that your school-age child’s reading will “slide” during the summer? This training will include a wealth of at-home strategies you can use to help your child stay on track with reading throughout the summer months.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21st. **

Parent Trainings are also offered via webinar!

To participate in the parent trainings via webinar, email to receive the webinar link and electronic handouts the day before the training.

To Register for Parent Trainings:

Call or email Marshelle Burks at (210) 370-5430 or
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Expressive Therapeutic Rhythm Making

For more information please contact Jorge Ochoa at 210-616-0885.
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FREE College Access Event!

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Registration is now open for the annual P-20 Summit on Parent Engagement scheduled for May 12, 2018 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The focus of this one-day summit is to bring together a cross-sector of stakeholders from K-12, Higher Ed, Community Organizations and Businesses to provide families of 7th-10th graders with a forum for early academic success planning for their students.

The event will include career exploration, high school and college information as well as breakfast, lunch, door prizes, and a family photo booth.

Dr. Mike Flores, incoming chancellor for The Alamo Colleges District, will kick off the event with a keynote address. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Groups are welcome.

Follow this link to register:

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MAY Autism Community Network Family Classes

  • May 11, 2018 from 9-12pm- Addressing Feeding Challenges in Picky Eaters with Adrienne Gaither OTR, C-SIPT
  • May 15, 2018 from 9-12pm- Introduction to Autism with Adriana Sanchez MA, BCBA

Want more information or have questions? Contact:

Brenda Lara

PH: 210-435-1000 Ext. 5005

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VentureGirls is a book about empowering youth to change the world.Join the author, Cristal Glangchai, for an exclusive book signing and reception on May 8 at the Mays Family Center, Witte Museum. Bring the family!

Date: May 8, 2018 – Venture Girls Book Signing

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum

3801 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209

Free with RSVP

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Summer Lifeguards: Job Opportunity for Youth

Now Hiring: Summer Lifeguards!

The Parks & Recreation Department is hiring Summer Lifeguards, and they need YOUR help to spread the word! Anyone 16 years or older who is interested in a FUN and REWARDING summer job should apply at Training for certification will be provided to eligible candidates. For more info about becoming a Summer Lifeguard, call 207-3195 or 207-3299.

JOVEN Leaders of America Teen Internship Program

JOVEN has a great opportunity for youth to work as a paid summer intern, this program will guide and assist youth with experience in working in one of the top career oriented positions in the industry today. Interns are placed at work sites and are assigned to work 20 hours a week for a six-week period.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be 14-17 years of age (not turning 18 during program dates)
  • Reside in Council District 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6
  • Be able to participate in interview
  • Attend 3 days of an unpaid training: June 11 – 13, 2018
  • Be able to work 20 hours per week (no interruptions)
  • Work 6 week program: June 18 – July 27, 2018
  • Open and save 10% of stipend with JOVEN’s partner bank
  • Attend bi-weekly peer to peer meeting
  • Have reliable transportation (Not provided)

Paperwork Required at Registration:

  1. Application Packet (Youth & Parent)
  2. Current CPS or SAWS Bill (Parent) 3. Valid Texas ID (Youth & Parent)
  3. Social Security Card (Youth & Parent)
  4. Birth Certificate (Youth)
  5. Open Bank Account with Partner Bank after youth is accepted into the program (Youth & Parent)

Applications must be turned in to:

507 E. Mayfield Blvd. San Antonio, Texas 78214
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

**Applications can be downloaded from on or picked up from JOVEN’s main office located on 507 E. Mayfield, San Antonio, TX 78214


Jared Boggs

YPS Program Director

210-924-0330 x222

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