ESC Region 11 Support and Guidance

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    ESC Region 11 is here to support you, your staff, and ultimately your students!

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  • REGION 11 CHARTER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT

         

    Mattie Parker, Andre Agassi Formally Open Rocketship Texas' Dennis Dunkins Elementary

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    OCT. 18, 2022 10:54 A.M.

    Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker on Tuesday was joined by tennis champion Andre Agassi, community leaders, and local dignitaries to formally open the Rocketship Public Schools Texas Dennis Dunkins Elementary, a charter school campus serving students in the Stop Six neighborhood.

    The 46,000-square-foot campus serves 350 students in pre-kindergarten to third grade and is on its way to eventually serving students through fifth grade.

    The school was developed for Rocketship by the Turner-Agassi Education Facilities Fund, a mission-driven social impact investment fund that provides resources and real estate expertise to high-performing charter school operators across the nation.

    “Great public schools are vital to the health of our communities and our city,” Parker said in a statement. “The city of Fort Worth is delighted to welcome Rocketship Public Schools Texas’s flagship school, Dennis Dunkins Elementary. Education is an engine of economic development, and I applaud Rocketship and the Turner-Agassi Education Facilities Fund for fueling the transformation of Stop Six and helping young people achieve their fullest potential.”

    The school was opened in August. It features 22 classrooms — including two learning labs, cafeteria and gymnasium structures that serve as storm shelters, parents’ room, and a playground.

    “Rocketship Texas is tapping into the cultural capital of this great community to partner with parents to co-create a dynamic and rigorous learning environment,” said Rocketship Texas Superintendent SaJade Miller. “By exclusively serving families at the elementary level, our model is designed to help improve the entire public education system in Tarrant County by setting students up for success in middle and high school, and well beyond. We do this through genuine parent partnership and a learning environment focused on unleashing the full potential of every individual student.”

    The school is located on East Berry Street. For more information, go here

    The school’s namesake, Dennis Dunkins, who died in 2021, was a longtime educator in Fort Worth. In 1986, Dunkins and 12 other Black educators founded the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. Dunkins, who worked in the district from 1980-2009, is remembered for his contribution to the creation of magnet programs in Fort Worth school district high schools and for organizing college visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities for school district students, according to an obituary published by the school district.

    “We’re proud that our investment is enabling this best-in-class charter school operator to create outstanding results for students, families, and the entire community,” said Bobby Turner, the fund’s co-managing partner and CEO of Turner Impact Capital. “Our work with Rocketship Public Schools Texas exemplifies the sustainable, positive impact that our fund is committed to creating in Fort Worth and around the nation.”

    According to a press release, Rocketship Public Schools Texas was founded on the core pillars of the organization’s national model: parent power, personalized learning, and talent development.

    “We opened the first Rocketship Texas school to serve the Stop Six neighborhood because the community came together to demand change in the quality of local public school options,” said Rocketship Dennis Dunkins Principal Dr. Christina Hanson. “Like many historically Black neighborhoods across the country, this is a community with great pride, but in need of additional resources. We’re excited to be a key part of several new investments designed to improve the quality of life and access to opportunities for families in this part of Fort Worth.”

    A joint venture of Turner Impact Capital and Agassi Ventures, Turner‐Agassi is backed by a group of institutional investors who share a commitment to effecting positive societal change in America’s urban centers. Securing high‐quality, long‐term facilities is often one of the greatest impediments faced by charter school leaders. Turner‐Agassi provides resources, development experience, and a passion for educational excellence to enable top school operators to focus on their first priority: helping students succeed.

    “All students deserve a school environment that sets them up for future success. That means creating a safe, welcoming environment that promotes exploration and learning,” said Andre Agassi, the fund’s Co-Managing Partner, CEO of Agassi/Graf Holdings, and the chairman of the board of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. “I have no doubt Rocketship Dennis Dunkins Elementary will create lasting benefits for thousands of young scholars who will be passing through its doors in the years ahead.”

    Turner-Agassi is managed by Turner Impact Capital, one of the nation’s leading investment firms dedicated to social impact. Since opening its doors in 2014, Turner Impact Capital has made significant investments to address three core challenges: K-12 public education, affordable workforce housing, and outcome-based healthcare in underserved urban communities.

     


    ESC Region 11 Professional Development Service Requests

    Complete the ESC Region 11 Instructional Services Request for Professional Development or Coaching here: Service Request Google Form Link.

    Please enter each request separately.

     


    School Board Training and Legislative Briefing Books

    ESC Region 11 offers a standard menu of school board training as well as customized training opportunities designed to meet the needs of individual school districts. Governance Training Optimization (GTO) equips charter board members and school officers with high-quality materials developed by TEA in conjunction with the National Charter School Institute that are directly aligned with board and officer training requirements found in 19 TAC §100.1102-1105. Training is facilitated by presenters with years of practical successful experience working with school board members and superintendents.

    GTO training covers a broad range of topics including:

    • Why charter boards make a difference
    • Board governance expectations and bylaws
    • Implementing the goals of the charter contract
    • Effective and efficient board meetings
    • Evaluating academic performance
    • Financial oversight and risk management
    • Ensuring services to special populations
    • School safety
    • Ensuring high-quality distance learning; and
    • Tips for effective governance and continuous improvement. 

    GTO training will help meet the requirements for:

    • Charter officers (30 hours initially and 15 hours thereafter)
    • School administrators (10 hours initially and 5 hours thereafter)
    • Business officers (30 hours initially and 15 hours thereafter) 33

    Charter Board Training Requirements Side-by-Side

    GTO materials provided to training participants include:  

    If you need more information about or seek Charter Board Training, please reach out to Jackie Fagan at 817-740-3691 or jfagan@esc11.net.

     


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    School Safety Guidance and Required Action

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) have released guidance designed to improve the level of safety at Texas public schools. The letter to administrators outlines actions districts must take prior to the start of the new school year and includes information about the current and forthcoming supports available to districts. The correspondence notes that all districts must take the following actions prior to the start of the new school year:
    • Conduct a Summer Targeted Partial Safety Audit 
    • Conduct an Exterior Door Safety Audit 
    • Convene the district’s Safety and Security Committee to review the multi-hazard emergency operations plan (EOP) and the district’s active threat plan
    • Ensure all campus staff (including substitutes) are trained on their campus safety procedures
    • Schedule all mandatory drills for the school year
    • Ensure all threat assessment team members are trained
    • Review and, if necessary, update access control procedures 
    • For the new school year, access control procedures must include exterior door sweeps at every instructional facility at least once each week while instruction is being conducted
     
    Districts are required to respond to a survey issued by TxSSC to certify each of the above items have been completed by Sept. 1, 2022. Read the letter. 
    Additionally, TxSSC officials will begin intruder detection audits of schools in September. It will alert districts and local law enforcement of the audits but will not inform districts of when the audit will occur. TxSSC hopes to inspect 100% of school districts and 75% of campuses across the state by the end of the school year. Read more. 
     

    School Safety and Senate Bill 11

    With the passage of Senate Bill 11, Texas now joins the short list of states in our country to legislatively mandate the implementation of behavioral threat assessment teams in its Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. Behavioral Threat Assessment provides a proactive, evidence-based approach for identifying individuals who may pose a threat and for providing interventions before a violent incident occurs.

    To support charter schools in meeting the school safety requirements of Texas Education Code 37.108, the TxSSC is in the process of moving our live virtual training to an online training module that may be accessed at any time. Once complete, this online training module will be housed in our School Safety Learning Portal, and will provide an overview to what open-enrollment charter schools need to know regarding Texas legislative requirements that impact school safety and security.

    Charter Tools supported by the TXSSC. The Texas School Safety Center is hosting a series of no-cost virtual trainings to assist open-enrollment charter schools. CLICK HERE and scroll down for more information. 

    For more information about the Charter School Safety Requirements online training module, please contact Cynthia J. Arredondo at cj19@txstate.edu

     

 Other General Support at ESC Region 11:

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    • Internet Resources 
      • PBS - TEA is proud to announce a student-centered partnership with @TexasPBS PBS At-Home Learning logo

        All 10 Texas PBS affiliates are now airing TEKS-aligned programming. The At-Home Learning Initiative consists of shows & supplemental materials that further support remote instruction http://bit.ly/2Vr0W4x.

      • ESC Region 11 Virtual Field Trips - Field trips are informal learning experiences that get students out into the world, exploring the world and students' interests. Thankfully, there are great games, apps, and websites that can bring places and experiences fostered by field trips to the classroom. While not an outright replacement, these field trip tools can offer inspiring and intriguing experiences for students. We have students making field trips from home while schools are responding to COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements.

      • Newsela - Whether your school is teaching through a closure or building plans to prepare, we're here to help you ensure that learning doesn't stop. 

      • Chrome Extension Tools Blog for struggling and special needs students: In this blog post, we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:

        • Text to Speech
        • Readability
        • Reading
        • Comprehension
        • Focus
        • Navigation

     

      • Apple Education Learning Series- This video will help educators learn how to get up and running for remote learning with an iPad. We'll explore ways to access school resources and find apps that support remote learning.
      • Flipgrid - for use in any classroom while utilizing distance learning.
      • Slidesmania - Digital notebooks for Google Slides or PowerPoint.
      • Texthelp - Read&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work. Free for educators.  
      • Zoom - Are you utilizing Zoom for meetings or online classroom instruction?