The SAISD Foundation is sponsoring a 5K Run for Education Saturday, March 29, 2014. Registration is now open online – click here. As the foundation moves around to great running spots in the San Antonio ISD boundaries, this year they are running at Brooks City Base. Come see this historic spot where John F. Kennedy made one of his last speeches, run by the historic golf course, and see the tremendous growth in the area as well. HEB will be providing runner snacks, tech tees are guaranteed by 3/9/14 so register today. The SAISD Foundation is happy to come out to your campuses and help promote the event, bring speakers out and help with registration. Don’t forget, NINE schools will win $250, $500 or $1,000 for highest levels of participation.
One of the Alliance’s state affiliates, Texas AFT, contributed to the San Antonio area Go Public campaign by purchasing 5,000 bumper stickers.
We would love to see these bumper stickers all over town. (Please only request one if you will put it on your vehicle.) Want to take part in the Alliance’s Go Public contest? Here are the rules:
1) Get your free Go Public bumper sticker: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Go Public bumper sticker” in the subject line. We will pony your request to you or you can pick one up at the Alliance Office (120 Adams Street). Continue reading
As your elected Consultation organization, the Alliance would like to hear from you regarding what issues you feel are most important to address at our monthly Consultation meeting with the SAISD administration.
Please take some time to complete the 2014 Consultation Survey. Click here to access the survey.
Come to the Alliance Forum on Feb. 25th
The Alliance leaders and staff have heard several concerns about excessive testing. In order determine the extent of the concerns, gain a clearer understanding of what is being expected districtwide versus at specific campuses, and brainstorm solutions, the Alliance is holding a meeting to hear directly from you. It would be ideal if we had at least one teacher from the upper grades and one from the lower grades for each elementary school and at least one teacher from each department at the secondary schools. Get together with your colleagues and decide who will attend the meeting. Input from your campus is important. The attendance at this forum will help us determine the level of importance of this issue. Continue reading
The topics of student behavior, discipline referrals, and the RtI process have been the major focus of several district committees and sub-committees this school year. There is considerable interface between the work of the groups.
The Policy Review Committee, on which Alliance president Shelley Potter and executive vice president Gracie Oviedo serve, has been discussing the administrative procedure for the RtI process. Concerns that have surfaced through that committee include that students are not getting the help they need, the process is cumbersome and too slow, there is lack of consistency with regard to decisions about immediate referral to Tier III, and logistics that are causing obstacles to moving the process forward.
The Student Discipline Task Force has focused on student behavior in early childhood (PK-2nd grade). This discussion has dovetailed with the Policy Review Committee discussion on RtI. The group has discussed the importance of early intervention.
Alliance Members: Would you like to be a Cat in the Hat for our Read Across America celebration, which will be on Friday, Feb. 28th? This is a day to celebrate the importance of and joy of reading. Teams consisting of a Cat, Thing 1 or Thing 2, a driver, and an assistant visit SAISD schools to promote reading. What does it take to be a Cat in the Hat? Continue reading