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Inside FWISD June 4, 2020

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD Statement on the Death of George Floyd | FWISD Panel Discusses Racial Equity: ‘Doing Our Part: Moving From Ally to Co-Conspirator’ | Wyatt HS Alumnus Co-Leads Night Of Healing Amid Protests | Fort Worth ISD Survey Shows Preference for Traditional School Year Calendar for 2020-21 School Year | FWISD, City Salutes Class of 2020 | Musician Will Start FWISD Virtual Graduations on a Stirring Note | Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins Virtual Summit Set for June 25: FWISD and the Fort Worth Chamber Partner to Learn About Need of Business and Industry | ConnectEd Teacher Conference Starts Monday: Teachers Earn FLEX Hours For Participating | Deadline Approaches For Texas Cybersecurity Safe Schools Training Requirements For Employees | FWISD Accepts 2020 Teaching Chair Applications FWISD Accepts 2020 Teaching Chair Applications: Application Deadline is June 25| Ford Driving Dreams Winners Announced| Senior Spotlight: Garland Goodwin| 5 FWISD Schools Earn PLTW Designations | 3 Paschal Students Advance to FBLA Nationals: Virtual Competition Set for June 29- July 1 | Inside FWISD Briefs | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FORT WORTH ISD STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner released the following statement earlier this week:

There are moments in history that demand change – in who we are and what we do.

This is one of those moments.

For the past week we have seen national outrage in our cities –including Fort Worth—as a very real response to the killing of George Floyd. But this moment didn’t begin with what happened in Minneapolis. The anger, the raw emotions, and the great pain, are all the culmination of many, many events in our history in which we have seen African-American men and women repeatedly victimized. The protests of the past seven days are the result of centuries of marginalization of people of color and the fear with which they have lived all of their lives.

It is time for all leaders – and that includes school district leaders – to speak up.

Our responsibility is to children—all children – and to guarantee them the personal empowerment of education and to fight on their behalf for the respect and just treatment that they deserve.

That cannot happen without a shift in our priorities.

We must immediately resolve to denounce any form of racism and make a personal commitment to anti-racism.

To be silent is to be complicit.

When we see racism, we must address it head on.

When we hear words of prejudice, we must speak up against them.

When we learn of an act of intolerance, especially if it occurs on one of our campuses or in one of our classrooms, we must confront the situation and take action with urgency and unity.

Fort Worth ISD, with over 83,000 students and more than 11,000 employees, has the power and the duty to be part of the solution to dismantle institutional racism on behalf of the children we serve and the community in which we all live.

Despite our District’s racial equity work –through policy and training and crucial conversations – it is time for us to admit that we must do more.

We all must do more.

It is time.

FWISD Panel Discusses Racial Equity

‘Doing Our Part: Moving From Ally to Co-Conspirator’

Protests for racial equality following the recent deaths of black men and women across the United States have left many white Americans wondering what role they might play in calls for change.

The Fort Worth ISD hosted a virtual discussion today offering some insight. The District’s Division of Equity and Excellence moderated a panel on discussion today with white employees and community leaders about racial consciousness and joining people of color in efforts to end racism in the schools and community. The discussion, “Doing Our Part: Moving From Ally to Co-Conspirator” was viewed live at its peak by nearly 5,000 on the Fort Worth ISD and FWISD Equity and Excellence Facebook pages.

The discussion explores topics such as social justice, racial equity in schools and the community and joining the fight to end racism.

Slated panelists included Cissy Mattingly, coordinator for FWISD’s Business and Finance Division; Joseph Niedziela, FWISD’s Director of Social Studies; Dr. Paige Tooley, a local education consultant on interdisciplinary approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion; Dr. Anthony Walker, Tarrant County College Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives, and Jackie Walker Ross, director of Communications and Engagement for Leadership ISD.

Sherry Breed, Equity and Excellence chief, said several white colleagues and others reached out to her division staffers with questions of how they could offer support after the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd made national headlines and protests for justice emerged nationwide. Thursday’s event offers a place for that discussion, she said.

The assembled panelists are all individuals who’ve previously engaged in racial equity and social justice work, she said. They will discuss where they are in their racial equity journey and what they’re doing to support the work, Mrs. Breed added.

“We want to keep it as authentic as it can be,” she said. “We don’t want them to be guarded in the conversation. “We’re going into some uncharted waters.”

In a first for the division – an all-white panel – Mrs. Breed said she’s hopeful the discussion gives white viewers an understanding that it’s okay to be an ally and take action in eliminating racial inequities while reminding people of color viewing the discussion that there are white people who not only want to stand with them in the fight against racism but speak up.

"The decision to have an all-white panel [Thursday] was a deliberate one. Many of us as people of color were asked by our well meaning white friends how they could support us during these sad days. After much discussion we, the Division of Equity of Excellence ,who all are people of color, decided that that we wanted white people to process how they can support black individuals from the perspectives of other white people," Mrs Breed said. "As a black woman, I am not ready to share with white individuals how they can support me. I am still processing my own feelings right now. The panel will be moderated by our equity specialists, who again, are all people of color. My expectation is that the conversation will be authentic and each panelists will speak from their perspective and share their journey as social justice warriors."

Specialists with the Equity and Excellence division are expected to take viewer comments throughout the discussion.

Wyatt HS Alumnus Co-Leads Night of Healing Amid Protests

Kirk Franklin, gospel musician/songwriter and Fort Worth ISD alumnus, along with singer and producer Fred Hammond led a night of healing, Sunday May 31. The virtual event, seen live by nearly 300,000 viewers worldwide, was organized to offer hope after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota which drove global protests for change this week.

Mr. Franklin opened “The Healing,” broadcast on Instagram by Verzuz TV, stating the musical event would show love to the families of Mr. Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year old black Georgia man brutally killed while jogging in February. The event also inspires and sheds light in the midst of darkness, he said.

“It’s been a painful week. It’s been a difficult week, and there’s no way that we can even act like that’s not real,” the O.D. Wyatt High School alumnus said during the broadcast. “And it hurts to see so many people going through so much pain and discouragement.

“We wanted to create a holistic night to inspire you.”

Joining Mr. Franklin and Mr. Hammond for “The Healing” were special guests Bishop T.D. Jakes, gospel singer-songwriter Bishop Marvin Sapp and Tamela Mann, a Polytechnic High School alumna and singer-songwriter and actress. Mrs. Mann delivered a soul-stirring performance of her gospel hit “Take Me To The King.”

Wearing shirts that read “I Can’t Breathe” and “I Can’t Breathe… Again,” referencing the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner by police and Mr. Floyd’s May 31 death, Mr. Franklin and Mr. Hammond played 40 of the most memorable gospel songs throughout their respective careers.

Verzuz is a friendly battle among R&B and hip hop artists broadcast weekly on Instagram. Created by music producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, Verzuz takes fans on a journey with singers and songwriters for a celebration of their music and careers. The platform was created earlier this spring to bring joy and entertain fans staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This special edition, known as “The Healing,” was put together in four days as a way of giving a hug to the world following Mr. Floyd’s death, organizers said.

“This was needed,” Timbaland said in an Instagram Live recap shortly after The Healing. “For us, Verzuz, to put on a gospel expedition and touch so many people … I feel proud to say that we were a part of that, a part of the healing that’s going to be needed going forward.”

View a replay of the latest Verzuz event on YouTube here.

Fort Worth ISD Survey Shows Preference for Traditional School Year Calendar for 2020-21 School Year

The Fort Worth ISD community has weighed in – and the preference is to remain with the traditional calendar for the coming 2020-21 school year.

Nearly 35,000 surveys were completed in the last two weeks, with respondents answering questions about online learning, back-to-school planning, and the District calendar.

Of that number, the community voted 52% in favor of the current Board-approved traditional calendar as opposed to an intersessional (or year-round) calendar with extended time off in the fall, winter, and spring months.

“We very much appreciate the participation of parents, students, educators, and community members in our survey,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “And, in the future, should we consider a different academic calendar, we would do that in a well thought out and planned way.”

Other data gleaned from the survey will be utilized as the District strategizes on the best and safest way to engage students and educators in the new school year.

“It is our goal to bring students and teachers back for in-person instruction, but we have to do that in a thoughtful and safe way,” Dr. Scribner continued, adding that planning is underway on defining what education will look like in the months ahead.

Of the 34,874 surveys submitted, families, students, and teachers favored the traditional calendar, 55% to 45%. Central administration preferred the intersession calendar, 69% to 31% and campus principals, 60% to 40%, respectively.

The survey began on May 18 and was available through May 31.

FWISD, City Salutes Class of 2020

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Mayor Betsy Price recently led the city in a salute to the District’s Class of 2020.

At 8:20 p.m. – 20:20 in military time – on Thursday, May 28, the District encouraged residents across Fort Worth to stand on their front lawns, porches and patios showing appreciation for FWISD’s 4,928 graduating seniors.

The Seventh Street Bridge, Pier 1 Building, and other city landmarks lit up in the District colors of “New Day Blue” and “Gold Seal Gold” to celebrate the accomplishments of FWISD’s 2020 class.

Some graduating seniors, dressed in their caps and gowns, gathered with their family and friends at the Seventh Street Bridge for the celebration. Others could be seen from sunroofs of vehicles celebrating the milestone. Motorists driving down West Seventh honked their horns to celebrate the graduating seniors and their accomplishments.

“This is a historic year. These students have overcome so many obstacles,” Dr. Scribner said. “ [This is] a great celebration of their resilience.

“We want them to know that the entire City of Fort Worth supports them through this difficult time and that they’re going to go on and do great things.”

View video from the Senior Salute here and photos here.

Over at Arlington Heights High School, cheerleaders and band members led a small socially distanced group in the Senior Salute. Cars of well-wishers paraded past the campus celebrating the graduating seniors during the 20:20 salute.

“These kids and their parents and their teachers have found ways to make it very creative and very innovative, and I guarantee they won’t forget their graduation,” said Mayor Price, an Arlington Heights alumna. “I want them to know that community supports them. Everybody here – the business community are all here to support them.”

The District will celebrate the Class of 2020 with virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 20. Students may choose to participate in outdoor in-person celebrations June 19-26, following recent-issued TEA guidelines for such ceremonies. The District will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

For more details, visit www.fwisd.org/graduation.

Musician Will Start FWISD Virtual Graduations on a Stirring Note

On a sunny May morning, Freddie Jones strode to the 40 yard line at Farrington Field, raised his trumpet, and played the national anthem as he always does – pure, confident, and so strong that even the “land of the free” high note near the end seemed effortless.

Mr. Jones has had a lot of practice. The renowned jazz trumpeter has performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at every Dallas Cowboys home game since 2013. But at Farrington Field, instead of the anthem’s final note segueing to thunderous applause and cheers, there was silence. On this May morning, Freddie Jones drove all the way from his home in Carrollton to play to an empty stadium. And, he said he was honored to do so.

It was a performance videoed by the District’s EdTV team for Fort Worth ISD’s Class of 2020 virtual graduations. Mr. Jones’ anthem solo will kick off the seniors’ virtual ceremonies on Saturday, June 20.

“In this pandemic, these seniors are not getting to do all the special things that are supposed to happen your senior year,” Mr. Jones said. “And, I have a direct connection to many of these students, so the honor was mine.”

That connection Mr. Jones referenced was made through Trumpets for Kids, an organization he founded almost 10 years ago. Trumpets for Kids, with a grant from the Fort Worth Arts Council, gives away trumpets to students across North Texas each year. This past year, six trumpets went to students at North Side High School and J.P. Elder Middle School.

Mr. Jones, a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in jazz studies, also holds free clinics for students, and he takes them to perform with him at hospitals, detention centers, and other locations where he feels music is especially needed.

“Music has answered the call for people throughout history, in good times and bad,” Mr. Jones said. “And, for me as a musician, sharing that gift is seriously important – now, more than ever.”

FORT WORTH: WHERE THE BEST BEGINS VIRTUAL SUMMIT SET FOR JUNE 25

Fort Worth ISD and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce are partnering to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet the workforce needs in a post-COVID 19 world. They’re planning an education-business virtual summit called “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins” on June 25.

But, first the educators and Chamber leaders are doing their homework.

Eight industry-focused virtual discussions – or mini-summits – are taking place this week and will allow organizers to plan ahead of the big event later this month. The individual sessions, held from which started Tuesday and continue through today, will focus on the areas of aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; the hospitality and culinary industry; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care. See photos from mini summits held earlier this week below.

The Fort Worth business community has responded enthusiastically to the sessions that will culminate in the large virtual summit.

“We are excited about continuing to develop strategic partnerships for the future.” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We want to learn as much as we can to ensure Fort Worth’s future workforce is developed in our community, in our District. We also want to know what our business leaders think may change in the wake of COVID-19.”

The June 25 “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins” virtual summit will take place at 1:30 p.m. that day and can be viewed on the District’s YouTube channel and Spectrum Channel 192. More details will soon be shared regarding individual panelists and participants.

ConnectEd Teacher Conference Starts Monday

Teachers Earn FLEX Hours For Participating

Session offerings for ConnectED, Fort Worth ISD’s first virtual teacher conference, are now available for viewing.

The online professional learning, which starts Monday, June 8 and continues through August 7, offers teachers a variety of opportunities to earn up to 30 in-district FLEX hours. Additional sessions will be added throughout summer.

“We are excited to bring you the first virtual teacher conference in Fort Worth ISD. This is a cross-curricular event,” said Sharolyn Chitwood, FWISD Professional Learning and Innovation coordinator. “Different sessions will be offered weekly, and sessions will be added throughout the event. Most of the sessions will repeat, so if you miss one you wanted, you will have another opportunity to participate.

“We hope you take advantage of this exciting opportunity to collaborate you’re your colleagues and to get "connectED!"

Most sessions are flexible and self-paced with specific start and end dates or set ranges of time to complete, Ms. Chitwood said. Repeat sessions offer teachers additional opportunities to participate.

All “core content” sessions are created in-district. Other sessions include in-district and a few out-of-district pre-approved offerings, Ms. Chitwood said.

“We have several exciting courses from our Equity division, including ‘Intro to Courageous Conversations about Race’ and ‘The Anti-Racist Classroom,’” Ms. Chitwood said. “We also have social-emotional sessions, such as ‘I Hope You Step on a LEGO.’ There will also be content-specific courses for teachers.”

Pre-registration is not required to participate. However, some sessions with live components, such as a video call, may require registration. Details on how to register for those sessions will be provided in the course description.

For more details, visit www.fwisd.org/connected or email pli@fwisd.org.

Deadline Approaches for Texas Cybersecurity Safe Schools Training Requirements For Employees

All Fort Worth ISD employees are required to a Safe Schools online course on cybersecurity for the 2020-2021 school year by June 14, 2020.

The course is Texas Cybersecurity Awareness for Employees Program.

An email about the mandatory training began appearing in employee inboxes on May 20 with a link to fwisd.tx.safeschools.com.

Employees can access the courses by using their employee email address and password.

In addition to the mandatory training courses, multiple other online courses are available to staff.

Contact the Help Desk at 817-814-4357 if you encounter any problems logging on to Safe Schools.

For more course details, contact Aracely Chavez, executive director of classified learning, at Aracely.chavez@fwisd.org or visit the Classified Learning webpage at www.fwisd.org/Page/2807.

FWISD Accepts 2020 Teaching Chair Applications

Application Deadline is June 25

Fort Worth ISD is accepting applications for the 2020 Chairs for Teaching Excellence awards through June 25. There are two Performing Arts Teaching Chair categories and 14 Academic Teaching Chair award categories.

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers with honorary titles of Chairs for Teaching Excellence for one year and a $5,000 honorarium.

Our teachers have risen to the challenge of teaching online, from home. They are more student-centered than ever before, using creative and innovative tools and techniques, including social media, to engage and motivate their students.

Campus Teacher of the Year winners within the last five years (2015 – 2020) or educators who’ve received a significant award in the teaching field within the last five years (2015 – 2020) are eligible to apply.

Applicants who’ve taught in the District for at least three years and have at least a total of five years teaching experience are eligible for the award.

The application submission deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, June 25. So, apply today!

Performing Arts online applications (music, theater/dance) are available at: https://form.jotform.com/93105417242146

Academic Teaching Chairs online applications (14 non-performing arts categories) are available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3qcmoaAnUnGy7UGSyydbKbtrXFCByi3z37TArcoTyk2BMWQ/viewform

Teachers with questions are encouraged to contact Judy Ramos, judy.ramos@fwisd.org or Peg Murphy, peg.murphy@fwisd.org.

FORD DRIVING DEAMS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Seniors from area Fort Worth ISD campuses are recipients of The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship Program.

The scholarship, valued at $2,000, assists and encourages high school seniors from the North Texas, Houston, and San Antonio areas to pursue a degree at U.S. post-secondary institutions. The scholarship is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).

The FWISD Academic Advisement Office reports the following District seniors are 2020 Ford Driving Dreams awardees:

  • Azul Gonzalez, North Side
  • Diana Hernandez, O.D. Wyatt
  • Emilie Garcia, Amon Carter-Riverside
  • Annalyah Rodriguez, Arlington Heights
  • Roberto Aguilar, Arlington Heights
  • Mayra Sanchez, Diamond Hill-Jarvis
  • Aurelia Salazar, Marine Creek Collegiate
  • Cherokee Carr, Marine Creek Collegiate

Since 2012, Ford Fund has reached more than 200,000 students across the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America, delivering more than $10 million in scholarships, literacy and tutoring programs, motivational pep rallies, college preparedness tools, and educational resources that help fuel academic success.

Senior Spotlight: Garland Goodwin

EDITOR’s NOTE: In the weeks leading up to Fort Worth ISD’s virtual graduation ceremonies and in-person celebrations, Inside FWISD will put a spotlight on some of this year’s high school seniors.

Meet Garland Goodwin, a senior at Benbrook Middle-High School.

Garland lives with CHARGE Syndrome, which affects multiple areas of the body. Last fall he shared his education journey with an audience of 1,500 at the International CHARGE Syndrome Conference in Dallas.

In his own words, Garland shares his success story:

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Congratulations to Garland and FWISD’s Class of 2020.

Know a senior Inside FWISD should spotlight? Send their story to Inside@fwisd.org.

5 FWISD Schools Earn PLTW Designations

Five Fort Worth ISD schools are 2019-2020 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools.

The FWISD schools recently earning the designation are:

The four campuses are among 723 schools and 24 school districts nationwide recognized for commitment to student access and engagement in PLTW programs and empowering students to thrive in the world. A complete list of this year’s honorees is available here.

“We are honored to have five Fort Worth ISD campuses recognized as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) distinguished schools. We recognize the outstanding leadership and educator excellence that has provided the standard for program implementation,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said. “I would like to thank the staff of each campus for their commitment to our students, families, and community.”

Those recognized with the designation must have 20% or more of students in each grade participating in a PLTW program. The designation is also based on PLTW curriculum offerings for students, engaged students and student success in PLTW courses.

“They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO in a recent statement.

Visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition for more PLTW recognition program details.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.

3 Paschal Students Advance to FBLA Nationals

Virtual Competition Set for June 29- July 1

Three Paschal High School students have qualified for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Virtual National Experience this summer.

The students’ scores in area competitions earlier this year, prior to District closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, qualified them to compete in the national virtual event.

The students qualifying for nationals are:

  • Chasten Musenda (10th grade) - event Introduction to FBLA
  • Valeria Oropeza (12th grade) - Job Interview
  • Clayton Orlie (10th grade) - Impromptu Speaking

In addition to the national qualifications, senior Alyssa Rodriguez earned the Area 7 FBLA scholarship and plans to attend Tarleton State University this fall. Sophomore Chasten Musenda will serve as the 2020-2021 Texas FBLA president after recently being elected to the post.

Paschal’s FBLA adviser is Corie Griffin.

The FBLA Virtual National Experience is slated for June 29-July 1.

INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.

Pre-K Teachers Urge Families to Register For Pre-K/K

Fort Worth ISD Early Learning teachers can't wait to welcome pre-kindergarten and kindergarten this fall.

In videos this released this week, pre-K teachers encouraged parents to register their children to start school this fall. Check those videos out on the FWISD Facebook page.

Register today for pre-K and kindergarten at www.fwisd.org/prek

Westpark SPED Teacher Featured in DFW Child Article

Jill Hansen, a LINC teacher at Westpark Elementary, is featured in a June 2020 DFW Child article about helping special needs children adjust and adapt to social distancing.

Check out the story here.

FWISD Teacher Surprised By Random Act Of Helpfulness

The daily morning Zoom class meeting for Fort Worth ISD kindergarten teacher Michelle Glessing did not go as planned. Her class was interrupted by the “Helpful Honda Guys” who delivered her a surprise Random Act of Helpfulness.

Read more about the surprise here.

Board Approves Construction for SHHS Soccer Field

The Fort Worth Board of Education recently approved construction costs for a new soccer field for South Hills High School.

At its May 26 meeting, trustees approved a contract with Steele and Freeman Inc. for a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) not to exceed a little over $1.6 million for a field to be constructed at Wescreek Park. Construction costs will include field lighting, irrigation and repaving of an existing parking lot, according to board documents.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of July, board documents state.

The project is part of the District's 2017 Capital Improvement Program approved by voters.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

FWISD's J.P. Elder MS Serves As Free COVID-19 Testing Site

The Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. and the City of Fort Worth to offer a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Fort Worth’s North Side.

Testing will be offered at Fort Worth ISD’s J.P. Elder Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday. People needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible.

Click here for more details.

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

Technology Assistance

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A limited number of LinkedIn Learning licenses available; licenses will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Email Classified Learning at aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

FinPath Offers FWISD Employees Tips For Managing Finances During Pandemic

FinPath, an employer-paid workplace benefit, is offering Fort Worth ISD employees financial wellness tips, coaching and resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.finpath

Launched by the District last fall, FinPath offers employees tips for managing finances and much more. Recent webinars and courses offered by the service have included “Dealing with the Financial Shock of COVID-19” and “Breaking Down the CARES Act and What It Means To You.”

Not using FinPath yet? Click here to activate your account.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal and click on the Financial Wellness tab.

Blue Zones Health and Food Resources

Since March, Blue Zones Project has responded to the COVID-19 crisis offering immediate resources for local communities in regards to health and food access.

Recently, the organization offered beginner gardeners ideas on easy starter plants to grow and making your next 10 years your best.

Check out more ways Blue Zones Project is working with local agencies to support Fort Worth residents here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Check www.fwisd.org/COVID-19 regularly for District updates

FWISD “Meals To Go,” Available from Noon-1:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday

Join the mayor for live virtual updates on the city's COVID-19 response

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice Late Applications being accepted

Unidos Para Aprender, 7 to 8 a.m. Monday- Friday on UniMas 49

Board of Education meeting, June 9

FWISD Virtual Graduation Ceremonies, June 20

FWISD In-Person Graduation Celebrations, June 19-26

Board of Education meeting, June 23

“Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins” Virtual Summit, June 25

FWISD Chair for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline, June 25

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