Welcome to ACET
Over the past 40 years, the Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas has helped thousands of educators provide programs for educationally disadvantaged children in Texas. ACET is committed to insure that all children from Texas reach the pinnacle of success.
The ACET Program Planning Committee has met and chosen presentations for the 2014 Fall Conference. This is shaping up to be a very informative conference.
The list of presentations includes:
- Audit Findings and How to Avoid Them(Roger Hingorani, TEA)
- New Director Academy (Dr. Jamie Bryson and Dr. Robert Meaux, Humble ISD)
- Experienced Director Discussion Sessions (multiple discussion leaders)
- TEA Grants Updates - Flexibility (Cory Green and James Connolly, TEA)
- TEA Grants Updates - Uniform Guidance (Cory Green and James Connolly, TEA)
- State Compensatory Education Updates (Christine McCormic, TEA)
- Title I, Part A Flexibility: Addressing Barriers to Improving Student Achievement (Anita Villarreal, TEA)
- Actions Items for Accountability 2015 (Ty Duncan, Region 17 ESC)
- Creating Dynamic Family-School Partnerships: Key Parent Roles (Patty Bunker, Family Leadership)
- Worn Out Welcome Mat - Identfying and Ensuring the Academic Success of Homeless Students Living Doubled-Up (Dr. Vicky S. Dill, THEO)
- What School Need to Know About Serving Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Tim Stahlke, THEO)
- Best Practice and Reward Schools (Toni Garrett, Region 10 ESC)
- Texas Title I Priority Schools - Updates (Shayna Sheehan, TEA)
- Priority and Focus Schools: Information and Updates (Lisa Gonzales, TEA)
- Texas ACE Helps Close the Achievement Gap (Shanya Dean and Jocelyn Kuhn, Edvance Research)
- Foster Care and Student Success (Kelly Kravitz, TEA)
- Parent Empowerment Toolkit (Terri Stafford, Region 16 ESC)
- Identifying and Serving Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Jeanne Stamp, THEO)
- Donuts for Dads vs. High Impact Strategies - Let the Planning Begin! (Lesli Laughter, 806 Technologies)
- Tools for Title I, Part A Compliance: Be Prepared (Dr. Mary Bandy, Southside ISD)
- World Cafe of Strategies (Pilar Moreno-Recio, Elaine Smith, Omega Loera, Dianne Mata, Ector County ISD)
- What Educators Can Learn From Successful ELL Students (Dr. Michael Bohensky, San Saba ISD)
- Bringing Innovation and Effectiveness to a Traditional Supplemental Tutoring Model: Live Virutal Tutoring - Connected to the Classroom (Ryan Patenaude and Gary Crary, FEV Tutor)
- Inspire Literacy for Struggling Reader (Claudia Salinas, Pearson)
ACET General Sessions will also feature:
- Steven Spillan of Brustein and Manasevit
- Ervin Knezek of lead4ward
- Lizette Ramos and Heather Christie of Program Monitoring and Interventions, TEA
- Dr. Nora Hancock, Associate Commisioner of TEA
- Anita Villarreal, State Coordinator for Title I, Part A, TEA
Detailed information and schedules will be posted on the Conference pages.
The federal government General Services Administration (GSA) has released the new Per Diem and Lodging Rate schedules that are effective October 1, 2014. These new rates will affect the ACET Fall conference single rate at the Corpus Christi Omni Bayfront Hotel and conference overflow hotels that ACET has agreements with whose rates are tied to the federal (GSA) Per Diem Lodging Rate schedule. Please note that reservations (single room) made at the Omni Bayfront Hotel will be subject to the GSA rate change and will increase from $97.00 to $103.00 per night.
The ACET Fall Conference web pages will be activated beginning the week of July 14. The Fall Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, October 8 thru Friday, October 10, will be located at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. The city of Corpus Christi and the Omni Bayfront Hotel have played hosts to our fall conference on multiple occasions with the last conference there occurring in 2011. The Omni Bayfront is considered a downtown hotel but it is also just across the street from the seawall harbor area with restaurants and recreation activities. The conference is sure to be a great one and new directors will be happy to know that the New Director’s Academy will be back by popular demand! See you in Corpus Christi.
If you are one of the 20 ACET 2014 Scholarship winners this is the time to begin working with your college or university so that you can access your scholarship award for the fall semester. Two important items to remember are that in order for ACET to disburse a check to your institution of higher learning we must have an enrollment verification and the address of the department that works with your scholarship funding (usually the college’s financial aid office).
In 1974 when Mike Lehr and Beatrice Smith invited 41 public school personnel involved in federal programs to a meeting in Houston to discuss the feasibility of organizing a State association of those of us who work in federal programs, they knew that they were on a mission. What they didn’t know was that what sounded like a good idea then has turned out to be a great idea and turned in to one of the best state education associations in Texas - ACET! Ideas become successful organizations, only with the vision and hard work of its leaders and the continued support of its membership…and we think ACET is a great example of that. For 40 years ACET, its members, and the Texas Education Agency have collaborated to create statewide conferences that equip state and federal programs directors across the state with the process and content tools they need to implement the most effective, efficient and compliant programs possible. We have a lot of people to thank who over the years have kept the ACET torch moving in the right direction. Over the course of 2014 through our website and conference materials, we will be sharing stories, pictures and memories of events and people from ACET’s past 40 years. If you have a special memory, story or picture from ACET’s past (especially from the early history) that you would like to share please contact ACET’s Executive Director, Ken Schrader.