Family Engagement Findings
December 21, 2018
From My Family to Yours.....Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
A Note from Kimberly
This past week my body has most definitely been telling me that it's time to slow down a bit and take a break! I'm looking forward to and am very thankful for some time off to enjoy family, friends and my home!
I do wish you all the best and that you will get to focus on all those things that make you happy and blessed.
I look forward to continuing our work in the new year!
Public Education Long Range Plan Conference
The State Board of Education is hosting a free one-day conference called Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. on January 30, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center.
This year’s conference focuses on three topics from the recently adopted Long-Range Plan for Public Education. Those are equity and access, family engagement and empowerment, and student engagement and empowerment.
View the full conference schedule at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/Learning_Roundtable_LRP/Learning_Roundtable__Building_a_Stronger_Texas/ .
Panel 1: Activated and Empowered – Families as Partners
Long-Range Plan Vision: All families are actively involved in their students’ education at all levels.
Moderator: State Board of Education member Tom Maynard
- Marta Plata, principal, Manuel Jara Elementary School, Fort Worth ISD
- David Vinson, superintendent, Wylie ISD
- Lacy Wood, principal consultant, American Institutes of Research
- Ramona Morin Aguilar, director of family and community engagement, Garland ISD
Panel 2 – Learning, Thriving, Growing - Equity & Access
Long-Range Plan Vision: Equity and Access means that all children get what they need to learn, thrive, and grow.
Moderator: State Board of Education member Georgina Pérez
- Usamah Rodgers, assistant superintendent for strategic initiatives and external relations, Dallas ISD
- Nicole Conley Johnson, chief of business and operations, Austin ISD
- Melody Parrish, deputy commissioner for technology, Texas Education Agency
- Sarah Baray, chief executive officer, Pre-K 4 SA and the City of San Antonio
Panel 3 - Engaged & Empowered – Students Invested
Long-Range Plan Vision: All students are actively engaged in and equipped to be invested in their own academic and personal growth to achieve educational, civic, financial, career, and interest goals.
Moderator: State Board of Education member Lawrence Allen, Jr.
- Bryan Williams, community superintendent, Spring Branch ISD
- H.D. Chambers, superintendent, Alief ISD
- Leigh Wall, superintendent, Santa Fe ISD
- Kari Garcia, Area X State Vice President, Texas FFA Association
Keynote speakers: Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath and Sharon Hoover, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health.
Learn more and register HERE.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
January 17, 2019
8:30 AM—3:30 PM
Session ID#: 50811
Communicating with parents is one of the most challenging and potentially stressful tasks that teachers and administrators face on a daily basis. Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student's success in school. Whether trying to resolve an argument caused by miscommunication or sharing difficult information, this session will provide tips and tools to help you know how to handle tough situations and foster positive relationships with your students' parents.
Title I School-Parent Compact & PI Policy WORKDAY
Time: 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.
Session ID: 50813
Come be a part of a work session toward your parent involvement policy and school parent compacts. Come and go as you would like. Bring copies of your current policy and compact so we can look at ways to make them more engaging with families and linked to student learning.
Please note: You do not need to have attended the November Title I: Compact & Policy training to participate in this workday.
December SHOUT OUT!
Check out ALL the great resources in this newsletter to share with your families that have children with disabilities!