Building Connections: Serving Special Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public schools are uniquely positioned to serve students in special populations, even during a pandemic. Panelists from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) and the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) discuss strategies educators and parents can use to collaborate and serve these student populations during this challenging time. Moderated by TCASE Director of Governmental Relations Kristin McGuire, the panel features:
• Debbie Smith, M.Ed., San Marcos Consolidated ISD, TAGT Board President
• Monica Willis, Fort Bend ISD Parent, TAGT Board Parent Representative
• Anna Smith, Leander ISD Parent, PTA Council President
• Shelley Copple, Leander High School, Special Education Teacher
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Helping Kids Thrive in Today’s World Presented by TAGT
Life can feel overwhelming, especially in today’s world of pandemic illness, school disruptions, and other anxieties our children are facing. This workshop provides parents with real-world tools and strategies to help children thrive in spite of the overwhelming current events.
How to Stay Healthy Presented by It's Time Texas
Given the challenging circumstances posed by COVID-19 as well as the upcoming cold and flu season, ATPE partnered with It’s Time Texas for a discussion about how members of the public school community can stay healthy both physically and mentally. The panel includes Arlet Polack, living healthy coordinator, It's Time Texas; Karen Schwind, NCSN, RN, BSN, president-elect, Texas School Nurses Organization; and Amber Cichocki, RN, school health issues chair for the Texas School Nurses Association.
Parent-Teacher Conversations: Giving Each Other Grace—How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together
In the second video in our Parent-Teacher Conversations series, two Texas moms, an assistant principal, and a first-grade teacher discuss how everyone can work together for our kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. It all starts with giving each other plenty of grace! ATPE, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), and Texas PTA collaborated to produce this important conversation.
Parent-Teacher Conversations: Eyes Wide Open About Home Schooling
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more parents are exploring home schooling as their children's educational setting. ATPE chatted with Dr. Kendra Koch, a mom who home-schooled all four of her children, to learn more about the commitment home schooling requires of parents.
The Path Forward: Returning to School
ATPE State Vice President Karen Hames took part in a virtual town hall August 12 (featuring education and health experts) on what Texas parents should expect from learning this fall. The panel was hosted by CBS Austin.