FWISD Celebrates CTE Month
Fort Worth ISD is celebrating Career and Technical Education Month with a rotating display highlighting the District’s CTE programs.
Every two to three days throughout February, the District will spotlight one of its CTE programs or student organizations in the display case located in the main lobby of the District Administration Building, 100 N. University Drive.
CTE Month is a public awareness campaign observed nationally throughout the country in February. It celebrates the value, achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs.
“Career and Technical Education programs offer students the opportunity to earn industry certifications and college credit, develop their leadership skills, and be engaged in Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSO),” said Lila Boydston, FWISD’s CTE Partnerships Coordinator.
The District’s CTE programs includes 16 career cluster pathways.
FWISD Inspires Future Speech Language Pathologists
The Fort Worth ISD is nurturing and recruiting future speech-language pathologists.
Recently, FWISD’s Speech, Language and Hearing Services hosted its 11th annual Student Symposium.
Approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate students from Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas at Dallas participated in the event which introduces the role speech-language pathologists play in public schools. The symposium -- held February 2 at FWISD’s Professional Development Center – also included small-group discussions on “diversity, behavior, resources, scope of practice/professional growth and ‘the unexpected,’” said Lori Colletti, FWISD’s assistant director of special education. This year’s theme was “Public School SLP: Opportunities and Challenges; Comparing Large Urban School Districts to Smaller School Districts and Other SLP Work Settings.”
“The Symposium has strengthened partnerships with area university speech pathology programs and allowed current university students to network with FWISD speech-language pathologists, which has increased interest in working in public schools thereby aiding in the recruitment of quality professionals,” she said. “With a shortage of SLPs in Texas and around the country, recruiting and retaining SLPs is difficult in a highly-competitive field. The Symposium has allowed university students to get an honest look at what public school speech pathology is really like and to consider our setting as a possible career choice.”
Speech-Language Pathologists, also called SLPs, must have a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. They work “in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehab centers, home health agencies, early intervention programs and private practice,” Ms. Colleti said.
Every FWISD campus has SLPs assigned to their campus which offer services to students demonstrating communication disorders that impact their education and children as young as 3 who may struggle reading. Additionally, SLPs support the District's racial equity efforts and have created an "SLP Equity Group," engaged in a book study on "Courageous Conversations About Race."
MANDATORY EMAIL SIGNATURE INFORMATION
FWISD now requires all of its employees to use an official e-mail signature for all email correspondence created through your FWISD email account. Email signatures that do not follow this standard may no longer be used. Consistent email signatures deliver a visually coherent look across departments and campuses and are just one more tool to help all employees judge if email correspondence is legitimate. Just as our business cards follow a standardized approach, email signatures should be consistent.
Email signatures should include:
- Your name
- Job title
- Department or Campus
- Fort Worth Independent School District
- Phone number
- Email Address
HCM RELEASES TEACHER VOLUNTARY TRANSFER INFORMATION
The following is from Human Capital Management:
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
First Longhorns Dad's Breakfast at Leonard Middle School: Leonard Middle School hosted its inaugural Longhorns Dad’s Breakfast, Wednesday, February 20. The goal of the breakfast was fostering strong relationships and connections with both teachers and parents. Staff discussed ways fathers can volunteer, upcoming campus events and gave an overview of their Program of Choice.
Administrative Assistants Awards: Elementary Schools Leadership celebrated administrative assistants for efficiency and customer service at a meeting, Thursday, February 21.
FWISD Dance Showcase: Six high school dance programs participated in the 2019 Fort Worth ISD Dance Showcase, Tuesday, February 19 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. Student dancers from Arlington Heights, Carter-Riverside, Diamond Hill-Jarvis and South Hills high schools, I.M. Terrell Academy and Monnig Middle School displayed their dance talent and technique. Dallas-based company Bruce Wood Dance Project was a special guest performer and conducted master classes with FWISD dance students.
Read Fort Worth, Scholastic Education Team Up to Donate Books for Young Readers: Thanks to a generous donation from Scholastic Education, Read Fort Worth delivered more than 1,000 books and more than 100 Clifford the Big Red Dog plush toys to the Fort Worth ISD this week. The early elementary school-level books and Clifford toys, which adorned tables at the February 19 State of the City luncheon, will be distributed to families during the District’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup next month .
Administrators for a Day: Students Jesus Romero and Joel Umana recently served as principal and dean of instruction respectively during the Young Men's Leadership Academy's administrators for a day. "These two young men completed four walk-throughs, worked all three lunches, monitored the hallways, as well as made decisions with teachers. They earned this opportunity by making the A/B Honor Roll and writing a letter to Mr. [Nelson] Walker and I about why they want to lead," said Rodney White, YMLA principal.
Fort Worth ISD’s JROTC Director Receives DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal: Congratulations to Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard Crossley, Jr., FWISD's JROTC Programs director, who was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Medal by the Mary Isham Keith Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention: Multiple students and teachers represented the Fort Worth ISD as performers or presenters at the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Convention February 13-16 in San Antonio.
UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships: R. L. Paschal High School swimmer Ian Neville competed in the state competition,February 15-16 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Ian swam a 46.99 in the prelims of 100 freestyle on Friday, the 12th fastest time in the state. He qualified for the “B” final in the 100 freestyle and swam a 46.95 (four-one hundredths of a second faster than in the prelims) on February 16. He improved over the weekend and finished 13th overall in the consolation final.
National Hispanic College Fair : Fort Worth ISD high school juniors had an opportunity to meet with representatives from as many as 50 colleges, universities and vocational training institutions at the National Hispanic College Fair, Friday, February 15.
Saturday Morning Medicine: This enrichment program, now in its second year, allows 15 students in FWISD's anatomy and physiology classes to learn about the medical profession and increase their anatomy knowledge. On Saturday, February 16, students worked in a simulation lab at Cook Children's Hospital with Dr. Sam Cantu, a pediatric gastroenterologist, on how to perform endoscopies. View more photos here.
Adult ESL Classes: The Student Placement Center now offers adult ESL classes to parents of English learners and parents taking the classes who have FWISD students in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade receive free childcare. While parents are learning how to become proficient English in their own classrooms, students are participating in activities that enhance their reading and academic achievement. The 10-week ESL course us free and offered by the Student Placement Center in fall, spring and summer.
World Languages Institute Hosts Exchange Students from Nîmes, France: Three teachers and 21 students from Nîmes are in Fort Worth February 15-25 for its first youth ambassador exchange. Last week, Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier of Nîmes was at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to formally sign municipal agreements to become sister cities with Fort Worth. FWISD’s World Languages Institute is host to 10 of the exchange students visiting Fort Worth from France. Read more in this FOX 4 (KDFW) story here.
SOCIAL MEDIA TIP OF THE WEEK
The following is from Kiana King, FWISD's social media coordinator:
#FWISD is highlighting schools that create engaging social media content! Congratulations, @BillJElliottES, on being Fort Worth ISD's #socialmediagoals for the week!
Bill J. Elliott Elementary School posts consistently during the week. Their content is focused on programs, students, and campus information. Their photos are student-focused with descriptive captions. Be sure to follow Bill J. Elliott Elementary School on Facebook and Twitter at @BillJElliottES.