Central Texas Dyslexia Conference: Empowering the Gift of Dyslexia – Oct. 7th

Parents, teachers and all interested in learning more about dyslexia,

Austin ISD invites you to join us for the free Second Annual Free Central Texas Dyslexia Conference, “Empowering the Gift of Dyslexia”.  Dyslexia effects an estimated 17% of school age students and can severely impact educational outcomes if not recognized and served appropriately. One of the ways the conference addresses this need is by bringing in nationally recognized speakers, sharing best practices with the community and offering professional development hours for teachers and administrators. This years experts include Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley from Dyslexia Training Institute blog and Jamie Martin, an expert on on assistive technology. Breakout sessions will cover topics such as social and emotional factors and strategies for dyslexic students, and technology resources for student success. Additionally, AISD’s very own Dr. Cruz will help kick off the conference!

How can you help promote dyslexia awareness and best serve dyslexic students in our district?

  •  Spread the word about the conference and send to anyone you think may be interested -its free! http://tinyurl.com/h8yuypp
  • Sign up yourself if you are interested in learning more!
  • Make a donation of any amount – it all helps and will go directly to AISD dyslexia services! http://tinyurl.com/DyslexiaConference

Central Texas Dyslexia Conference, “Empowering the Gift of Dyslexia”

Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Time: 7:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Location: Austin ISD Performing Art Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.

Hope to see you there!

 

Community Engagement Opportunity – AISD Facilities & Bond Planning

 How many of you have heard of the FABPAC (Facilities and Bond Public Advisory Committee)? If you haven’t, please watch the following video to give you an overview of what has been happening at AISD in conjunction with the FABPAC:

https://youtu.be/FT9cGvO6aWc

Amber Elenz, our AISD District 5 Board Trustee, has appointed Cherylann Campbell and Rick Potter to serve on this committee and they have been doing so since last November. They live in District 5 and are parents of students at O. Henry MS and Austin High.  Cherylann & Rick have been working hard all summer with their fellow committee members as this is a pressing issue for the district. The goal is to produce a strategic facility master plan and the first in a series of bonds to address the many facility needs across the district’s 130 schools. They will be presenting information throughout the school year to our community to keep us up to date on the decisions being made and how they will impact the Austin community and the entire Austin High vertical team. The public is welcome to attend the monthly FABPAC meetings and representatives are available to speak at school functions, neighborhood association meetings and other community gatherings if your group wants to learn more.  You can reach Cherylann at cherylann@c2hrsolutions.com or Rick at rick@pottercompany.com.

You can follow all the FABPAC activities by checking out their website at www.austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/fabpac.

 

AISD is Requesting Feedback

Austin voters approved bonds for the AISD Performing Arts Center, South Soccer Field
and Burger Center. To ensure funds from the AISD bond program are spent wisely, the
Community Bond Oversight Committee is seeking feedback from teachers, team
members, families and community partners about the districtwide facilities.

The surveys are available in English and Spanish at:

Paper copies of the surveys in English and Spanish also are available. To request
copies, please contact the BOND office at 414-BOND (2663).

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Sept. 16.

Thank you for sharing your time and perspectives with AISD. Your feedback is an
invaluable part of the CBOC’s review process to ensure our community’s bond
investments are managed wisely.

If you have any questions or would like more information about bond programs, please
call 414-BOND (2663) or visit austinisd.org/bond.

Sincerely,

Nicole Conley
Chief Financial Officer
Austin Independent School District

Budget Community Conversations

See the attached for information about upcoming meetings with AISD officials regarding the district’s budget.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings!

Budget Community Conversations with AISD

Mark your calendars: AISD Budget Community Conversation

Austin ISD invites you to attend a community conversation on the district’s proposed FY2017 preliminary budget.

The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Monday, May 9, at Baker Center Cafeteria, located at 3908 Avenue C from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11, at the Carruth Administration Center Board Room, located at 1111 W. Sixth St. from 6–8 p.m.

Light refreshments, child care and interpretation services will be provided.

For more information, please contact the Community Engagement Team at 512-414-9706.

 

Community Engagement Meetings Set for Facilities Master Plan

AISD will host a series of community engagement meetings about the district’s long-range facilities master planning process and to hear from our community.

We want to learn from you: 

What it means to “reinvent the urban school experience”; and What are the best ways to have conversations about the future of our schools?

Your feedback is important as the district begins a long-range planning process, including possible future bond programs that will serve our community.

District leadership, members of the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee, project team consultants and district staff will be in attendance to listen and share the preliminary survey information, project timeline and objectives, and what you can expect as the district moves through this important process.

Meetings will be held in the cafeteria at each location:  Child care & Spanish interpretation will be provided at all meetings.

  • Allan Facility—11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. May 2
  • Akins High School—6–8 p.m. May 3
  • Lanier High School—6–8 p.m. May 4

The survey is now open through 5 p.m. May 5 and is available in English and Spanish. 

 

It’s never to early to provide input on your child’s academic future!

The planning committee for a potential new south Austin magnet program is looking for input and guidance during community information sessions in April.

The public will have multiple opportunities to share perspectives with the committee, tasked with establishing magnet program visions and curriculum/instruction needs for a potential new south magnet program.

The meetings are come-and-go meetings, allowing community members to arrive at any time during the meeting and stay as long as they would like. The meeting format will ensure all attendees receive the same information regardless of arrival time. The next community session is April 28 from 4pm-7pm at the Mendez Middle School cafeteria. (5106 Village Square Dr)

Community members will have the opportunity to review the program proposals and will asked to complete surveys to further inform the committee’s work.  Currently, no magnet programs exist in South Austin high schools, including Akins, Austin, Bowie, Crockett, and Travis.  District data demonstrates that a slight majority of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) student applicants and enrollees are of the south AISD community.

AISD also encourages community members to click here to view the five proposals and to complete an online survey.

 

How can AISD Reach You Best?

Austin ISD is planning for the modernization of its school facilities, which may include future bond elections.  In conjunction with the community-based Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee, the district is committed to conducting an inclusive and broad engagement process that will include a series of community meetings, as well as online and phone-based participation opportunities.  We want to be able to reach as many of our community members and families as possible, so we want to find out: What’s the best way for AISD to reach you?  Would you like to receive emails from AISD? Or do you prefer to get information in person at community meetings? How does social media factor in to your communications with AISD?

To collect all this information, we’ve created a short survey that we are encouraging everyone to take and share with others.

The survey is open thru April 29 and is available in English and Spanish. 

Mark your calendars to provide input for our kids’ future!

The planning committee for a potential new south Austin magnet program is looking for input and guidance during community information sessions in April.

The public will have multiple opportunities to share perspectives with the committee, tasked with establishing magnet program visions and curriculum/instruction needs for a potential new south magnet program.

The meetings are come-and-go meetings, allowing community members to arrive at any time during the meeting and stay as long as they would like. The meeting format will ensure all attendees receive the same information regardless of arrival time. The next community session is slated for 4 to 7 p.m, April 28 at the Mendez Middle School cafeteria. (5106 Village Square Dr)

Community members will have the opportunity to review the program proposals and will asked to complete surveys to further inform the committee’s work.  Currently, no magnet programs exist in South Austin high schools, including Akins, Austin, Bowie, Crockett, and Travis.  District data demonstrates that a slight majority of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) student applicants and enrollees are of the south AISD community.

AISD also encourages community members to click here to view the five proposals and to complete an online survey.

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