Education Austin has been instrumental in the development of Community Schools in Austin ISD. This model intends to bring together teachers and school employees, parents and students, and partners in the community to create strong neighborhood schools that give students all of the support and resources they need to succeed in school, college, career, and in life.
In our efforts to promote the Community Schools model as an alternative to destructive policies like reconstitution to improve struggling schools, Education Austin has partnered with Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Austin ISD, and Texas AFT. We are proud to support the upcoming Texas Community Schools Summit.
Join teams from schools across Texas for a three-day summit that will provide tools for building thriving community school efforts! Whether you are new to the idea of community schools or already have an effort underway, you’ll find helpful information, ideas, and networking. Sponsored by Save Texas Schools, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Austin ISD, Texas AFT, this event will be informative and fun!
June 13 @ 12:00 pm – June 15 @ 12:00 pm
Webb Early College Prep
601 E St Johns Ave, Austin, TX 78752
- $300 per team (up to 10 members);
- $95 individual registration.
- (AISD individuals and teams are being funded separately. There is no registration fee.)
- Materials and meals included (excluding Monday and Tuesday night dinner).
- A number of hotels, including Courtyard by Marriot and Doubletree, are convenient to Webb MS.
- Community Schools 101 for all participants, including training materials to use on your campus
- Guided time for teams to create community school development plans.
- Presentation by TEA on using Community Schools as a Turnaround Strategy
- Tours of community schools in Austin
- Special Monday workshop for parents. Spanish interpretation and childcare provided for parents, noon to 5 pm.
- Building Infrastructure & Funding for Community Schools
- Creating a Community Needs/Asset Map
- Coordinating Student and Family Supports
- Developing a Culture of Shared Leadership
- Parent Involvement in Community Schools
- Creating & Coordinating Community Partnerships
Individuals can attend the summit, be we encourage schools and districts to send working teams. With much of the time given over to practical planning of a community school, your team of 5-10 members can include:
- Superintendent and/or other district staff
- School board member
- Principal or other campus leadership
- Teachers and staff
- High School-age students
- Community partners, including nonprofits, local government, social services, health, business, higher ed, after school, faith-based and funders
- Key campus volunteers
- Advocates for your school
State Community Schools Networking Meeting (Optional)
Following the close of the summit on June 15, you are invited to join a meeting of the Texas Community School Network from 12:30 to 3 pm. Participants from a number of locations around Texas will continue to discuss how we can support community school efforts across Texas.