Parent Leadership Academy News

October 24, 2018

PLA Mid-Point Gathering

Saturday, October 27th

9:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.
Lunch Provided

Location: San Antonio College, Nursing and Allied Health Complex (NAHC), Room 218

During the mid-point gathering, you will learn about your leadership and communication style and develop a leadership plan and set goals. The mid-point gathering will also focus on connecting with others and MORE!


  • Developing a Parent Growth Mindset
  • Mid-Point Reflection
  • Personality Inventory
  • Developing Your Leadership Skills & Leadership Plan
  • Connecting Activities
  • PLA Business & Announcements

TAKE NOTE: The PLA Mid-Point Gathering is NOT at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) as noted on your course schedule. It's at the Nursing and Allied Health Center. Download the map below so you can see its location. It's very close to the Empowerment Center for those of you that were on the SAC tour. I go down Main Avenue and turn on W. Park. There are no issues with parking on a Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Successful Families

It was so great spending this past Wednesday with you and diving in to Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Successful Families! Thanks for showing up and participating! I truly enjoyed getting to know you all a little better and what a better way to do that than sharing our family stories and goals!

Habit 1: You’re Proactive—you say, “I can do it.”

Habit 2: You Begin With the End in Mind—you identify your values and have a Family Mission Statement.

Habit 3: You Put First Things First—you do what’s best for you and your family first.

Habit 4: You Think Win-Win—you think everyone can win in your relationships.

Habit 5: You Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood--- you listen first and talk second.

Habit 6: You Synergize—you celebrate differences and work together as a team.

Habit 7: You Sharpen the Saw—you make the time to care for yourself and your family.

Reminder: Schedule the time you will devote with your family to develop your family mission statement! Have you thought more about your special one-on-one times with your family? How will you manage the BIG ROCKS in your life?

You all can do it!

Photo Gallery: San Antonio College Tour & Developing a College Going Culture

If you took any pictures on the San Antonio College tour or any other time, please share with Kimberly!

Attending ESC-20's Family & Community Engagement Symposium will take the place of your 2 ELECTIVE classes! if you attend the Symposium, you will get your 2 Elective class Credits!

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You must register for the Symposium & Sign-In to verify your attendance! Cost is not covered by PLA. $15 to attend.

Symposium Registration & Information

Click HERE to learn more about ESC-20's Family & Community Engagement Symposium and to Register!

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Parent Involvement Resources

Resources on this page will give you lots of ideas on how you can be involved in your child's school and help your child do better in school.

Reading Resources

Check out all the amazing reading resources available!

Special Education Resources

Parenting a child with a disability? This webpage is for you! Filled with TONS of resources and support for you and your family!

Homework Resources

Check out the resources available to help you know how to support your child with their homework!

Elective Courses

Just a reminder that you need to at least choose 2 elective courses to complete the Parent Leadership Academy in order to graduate.

All elective courses are offered at Region 20. If you are unable to attend in person, the elective courses are also available via webinar. The webinar is live (same time as face to face training).

Remaining Electives in October & Upcoming Electives in November

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Bullying: Tips for Parents

Never before in history have parents had to face so many challenges when raising their children. Bullying is a serious issue and becoming more prevalent in schools today. Learn the characteristics of someone being bullied and how to recognize signs of students who bully. This training will provide participants with early intervention techniques to help prevent bullying, which one day may save your child.

Session ID: 53086

Webinar Session ID: 53175

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Focus on the 3E’s: Eating Right, Exercise, and Education

Discover how planning and serving nutritious meals and snacks, engaging in physical activity, and encouraging a healthy learning environment at home can assist you and your family in achieving your wellness goals. This hands-on class will give you the tools and resources you need to make better choices and teach your children healthy habits for life.

Session ID: 52167

Webinar Session ID: 53176

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Unorganized, Unfocused, and Unprepared: The Impact of Executive Functioning Skills in the Classroom

Does your son or daughter have trouble organizing work, completing tasks, managing materials, managing time, paying attention or have social difficulties? These are all cognitive skills that are referred to as Executive Functioning Skills. Executive Functioning Skills greatly impact children’s achievement and are often an associated feature of developmental or learning disabilities, or caused by a mismatch between a child’s neuro-developmental stage and the demands of their environment. This training will focus on ways in which parents and teachers can use appropriate strategies to support children’s developing executive skills, while helping improve academic performance.

Session ID: 53087

Webinar Session ID: 53177

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Trauma Informed Responses

This training will discuss how adults can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effects on children and learning. This training will also discuss effects of how and when adults change their methods of interacting and responding to children that have been impacted by trauma that will build, nurture and foster healthy relationships.

Session ID: 53088

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

STAAR Accommodations and You

During state assessments for STAAR, certain accessibility features and accommodation resources may be provided to students based on their needs. In general, these procedures and materials are available to any student who regularly benefits from the use of them during instruction. Come join us for an in depth review of the accommodations approved for use with STAAR. This training will also specifically address what accessibility features and designated supports are allowable for students receiving Section 504 and special education services.

Session ID: 53089

Webinar Session ID: 53178

Thursday, November 15, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Early Childhood Parent Toolkit

Join us as we explore the NEW ESC-20 Early Childhood Parent Plus+ Toolkit! Parent Plus + is an engaging set of activities for parents to use in playful learning with their preschool aged children. This training will train PARENTS to become actively involved in learning how to enhance student engagement with playful learning activities in the home setting. The kit includes activities aligned with the Pre-Kindergarten Guideline standards in math, reading, writing, and language development.

Session ID: 53090

Need help in registering? Download the step-by-step instructions HERE!

Participating via webinar?

After you register with the webinar session ID# and complete the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email that contains the webinar link and the link to download the handouts/materials.

Have questions? Please contact Kimberly via email or (210)370-5431.

Don't Forget!


Tip: After each course, take the time to record a summary statement of your learning, additional questions you have so that when you are ready to put your portfolio together, you've already done most of the work! Also consider taking picture that you'd like to add to your portfolio.
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Nicole France, Senior Coordinator –Student Success Office of Outreach & Recruitment, San Antonio College