AUSTIN (KXAN) – Kamaris Morales and Ashley Curry live on opposite sides of the state. But they have more than one thing in common. They both have kids who are non-verbal and have autism attending Texas public schools. They both tried to get cameras installed in their child’s special education classrooms. They both have had no luck. Morales requested a camera be installed in her 9-year-old daughter Faith’s special education class, located in Houston, at the beginning of the school year. Houston ISD approved the request in September 2021, records show, but the school year is now over — and a camera is still not installed and operational. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from Texas Tech University: For many college students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the path often includes an undergraduate research course. The courses, which have become increasingly popular within Texas universities, are supposed to provide an early taste of the research process and prepare students for success in STEM fields. However, some researchers wonder how well these courses work and if they are as inclusive as they need to be. Is the experience worth it? Are some students being left out? A team of Texas Tech University researchers is seeking to answer these questions with a first-of-its-kind study of course-based undergraduate research in Texas. The results of the three-year study, researchers hope, will inform policymakers and help broaden participation in STEM for underrepresented groups, including women, students of color, first-generation college students, students from low-income households and students with disabilities. view article arw

Coleman High School is pleased to announce an additional dual credit partnership with Ranger College beginning in Fall of 2022. CHS will continue to offer academic courses through Cisco College and Ranger College, but will now add career and technical courses. These technical pathways will allow students to apply for industry-based certifications upon course completion including Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic), Drone Operator (107 FAA), and various welding certificates. These certificates will supply students with a valuable credential that will assist them in gaining employment post high school. For more information about enrolling in these courses, please email CHS Counselor Jackie Sowell (Jackie.sowell@colemanisd.net) or CHS Principal Diana Dobbins (diana.dobbins@colemanisd.net). Coleman High School is dedicated to excellence and we are excited to begin this new partnership! view article arw

The Alvin ISD STEM Bus was launched the week of June 13, 2022 at the Bill Hasse Elementary summer school program. During the full week of school, over 265 students visited the STEM Bus. These students were able to experience academic content through exploration in the Robotic, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Nasa and many other hands-on stations. The stations were intentionally planned to support academic content that the students in grades 3-5 had found difficult to master during the 2021-2022 school year. Circuits, matter, and energy were academic skills present in most of the stations. “It was amazing to see a student pull out a 3-D shape from a computer, using virtual reality, and see him being able to count the faces and vertices of that shape without difficulty. That’s the beauty of having all this technology available for our students on the STEM Bus, so that we can support and enhance what they are learning in the classroom,” said Ana Pasarella, Alvin ISD Director of Family and Community Engagement. view article arw

SPRING, TX – June 21, 2022 – The Spring ISD Communications team has been selected as the winner of 26 National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awards in the organization’s 2022 National School Communication Awards, including 13 top Awards of Excellence.  The annual school public relations contest draws hundreds of entries each year from across the country, including submissions from public and private schools and school districts, educational organizations and business partners. Each entry highlights work in education communication and marketing, encompassing print, electronic communications, video, audio, websites and social media campaigns.  “We are fortunate in Spring ISD to have a dedicated team of creative Communications professionals who are not only dedicated to their craft, but who are also passionate about supporting our students, staff and families,” Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Lupita Hinojosa said. “These awards affirm the great work that we see each and every day from our Communications department – and I am pleased, but not at all surprised, to see that their work is gaining national recognition.” view article arw

The Conroe ISD board of trustees approved a new career and technical education drone program and named four district facilities in its June 21 meeting in addition to receiving updates on construction projects at different district schools.  The new drone program, created in partnership with Lone Star College-Conroe Center, will teach students how to operate and assemble drones, which have been gaining ground in different commercial industries, according to the district. view article arw

The Texas Hotel and Lodging Association has started a new initiative to encourage youth towards careers in the hospitality industry. Students from Somerville High School were able to attend their Hotel Camp in Houston on a financial assistance grant that paid for their meals and lodging. During the camp, students had the opportunity to network with Directors in various departments from the Hilton at the University of Houston, Professors at the University of Houston, Directors from The San Luis Resort in Galveston, a representative from the Texas A&M Hospitality Department, and other colleges during a career and college fair. view article arw

Tickets will be carried and scanned with your smartphone. MIDLAND, Texas — Midland ISD announced Monday that football tickets will be exclusively digital for the 2022-2023 school year. New season ticket passes are available June 20 through August 19 either through the MISD website or by downloading the HomeTown Fan App on Apple or Google Play. Tickets will not be sold for cash at the gate. Instead there will be QR codes outside the stadium that attendees can scan to purchase tickets. view article arw

UVALDE, Texas (KXAN) — Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis donated $1 million to the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District to go toward security measures after the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. James Volz of the Uvalde Leader-News reported first that Davis met with Uvalde ISD superintendent Hal Harrell, formers Raiders player and Uvalde native Vann McElroy along with others for a videoconference to present the check.    (17) view article arw

Katy students are busy enjoying summer break, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still learn while having fun. Katy ISD’s Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM is hosting engaging summer camps where students can enjoy hands-on STEAM learning. view article arw

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with the Canyon Independent School District spoke on its new webpage, answering questions that have frequently come up in conversation with community members. According to its website, Canyon ISD has created a “Just The Facts” page, giving the district the opportunity to share facts about “emerging issues and topics” related to the district.” Through this page, the district aims to provide “accurate, timely information” on a number of topics, including the status of library books, transfers, attendance boundaries and health curriculum. view article arw

A Buckholts Independent School District employee accused in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old student apparently met the girl two months after he starting work for the district, according to employment records obtained through an open records request.  Zachary Dylan Esparza, 22, of Temple, was arrested on May 23 for a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault of a child.  The charge stems from an alleged improper relationship in September 2021 between Esparza and a district student while he was working as a technology specialist. view article arw

It was a banner year for Anna ISD’s three-year-old makerspace program. After being exclusively a high school program for the past two years, it was expanded to include sixth-graders at the middle school. Teacher Amy Greenwood was hired to help launch the program. Next year, seventh and eighth-graders will be able to participate as well. Their curriculum will be configured with an eye toward career goals and helping students decide what pathways to choose when they get to high school. “We wanted to open it up early so that our student could learn skills early to develop and improve,” makerspace integration technology specialist Emily Burk says. “That way when they get to high school, they can really take their skills and their making to a whole other level.” view article arw

A phishing scam has cost taxpayers in Floyd County hundreds of thousands of dollars. Floyd County School Board officials said the district was the victim of a cyberattack that’s now under investigation by local and state law enforcement agencies. School officials inadvertently wired almost $200,000 to what they thought was a contractor they’d worked with previously and now they’re working with their insurance to try and recover the money.    (09) view article arw

Under Senate Bill 15, passed by the state Legislature in September, local public school districts have the opportunity to establish a remote learning campus for students. Conroe ISD is taking that opportunity and launching a new online academy starting in August. At its regular monthly meeting in April, the CISD board of trustees approved the district application to the Texas Education Agenda for a County District Campus Number for a full-time virtual or a hybrid campus for next school year. The district publicly announced its new virtual academy on Monday and have already started receiving applications through its new webpage. view article arw

Over 70 students were filled with excitement as they navigated through a variety of ‘Under the Sea’ STEM activities at the Bullard Kids Park on Tuesday. For the month of June, Bullard ISD is hosting its second annual mobile learning bus rollout at parks around the local community. Sheryl Langston, Bullard ISD coordinator for summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) mobile learning unit, said the concept was initiated last summer and provides activities for the children to continue learning as they are on summer break. “The district sees the need for the children to have something academic to fulfill their summer with. They each receive a goody bag that has a lot of games stimulated around math and some reading also,” she said. view article arw

Over 70 students were filled with excitement as they navigated through a variety of ‘Under the Sea’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities at the Bullard Kids Park on Tuesday. For the month of June, Bullard ISD is hosting its second annual mobile learning bus rollout at parks around the local community. Sheryl Langston, Bullard ISD coordinator for summer STEM mobile learning unit, said the concept was initiated last summer and provides activities for the children to continue learning as they are on summer break. “The district sees the need for the children to have something academic to fulfill their summer with. They each receive a goody bag that has a lot of games stimulated around math and some reading also,” she said. view article arw

Conroe ISD is proud to announce the Conroe ISD Virtual School for the 2022-2023 school year. This virtual campus will be open to CISD students in grades five through eight that meet the enrollment guidelines of SB 15 and Conroe ISD. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) -Some MISD students started their summer with the hopes of launching their projects into space. These students from across MISD had the opportunity to learn from a real-life astronaut at Goddard Jr High Tuesday morning. This is part of a program called “Go for Launch!”. The two-day camp is put on by a non-profit called Higher Orbits... view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the digital age, cybersecurity threats have become a common tool used among political adversaries, especially amid conflicts between Russia and the United States. But among the various forms of cybersecurity threats, there’s been a rising focus on the energy sector — and Texas could be a key target for foreign interference, security experts say. Decomposed body discovered in rural Alamo, HCSO investigates “I think Texas is absolutely a target,” said Morgan Wright, chief security advisor for SentinelOne. “Just recently in Germany….there was a type of malware called AcidRain which Sentinel Labs had found out it attacks specifically the routers and modems that supplied connectivity to 5,800 wind turbines. They attack the energy grid, they attack the power grid.” view article arw

Texas State Technical College, along with charter schools, home schools and school districts across Texas, are wrapping up another year of dual enrollment. “I think it went very well,” said Kadie Svrcek, TSTC’s director of internal operations for dual enrollment. “It was very nice to have all of the schools back, with students able to come back to campus in a normal sort of way and getting back into the swing of things.” For fall semester 2021, there were more than 760 high school-aged students taking dual enrollment classes with TSTC. The number dropped to more than 640 students statewide in spring semester 2022. For the 2022-23 academic year, more than 880 students are registered to take TSTC dual enrollment courses. Svrcek said some factors in boosting the number of dual enrollment students include TSTC’s occupational skills awards, stackable credentials and pinpointing specific schools with programs that match up with what the college offers. view article arw

Conroe ISD announced in a June 6 news release the opening of a virtual campus for district students grade five through eight in the 2022-23 academic year. The Conroe ISD Virtual School will be taught by full-time virtual teachers, according to the release. Families with students wishing to attend can complete an application, according to the district. view article arw

omething good is happening in the Irving ISD proving that teamwork makes the dream work. Khen Hoih is a sixth-grader at De Zavala Middle School. The district recently tweeted out a video of Hoih playing his violin at a school board meeting. An incredible feat for Hoih considering he utilizes the help of a musical prosthetic to play his instrument. The prosthetic was created by high school students at Irving ISD’s Nimitz High School. view article arw

Educators in Tomball and Magnolia are expanding opportunities to prepare students for local workforce needs with new career and technical education pathways and postsecondary programs launching this fall. Data from the Texas Workforce Commission and the Gulf Coast Workforce Board—the Houston region’s board of directors for Workforce Solutions—shows hundreds of annual job openings in occupations such as nursing assistants; cosmetology; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanics across the Gulf Coast region through 2028. These are fields that typically require postsecondary education but no degree, according to the entities. “It is so nice that there’s several areas where our students can leave high school with a certification, like for instance a certified [nursing] assistant, [and] go directly into the workforce,” Foy Campbell, the director of career and technical education in Magnolia ISD, said in an interview. view article arw

Houston ISD is proud to announce the launch of Verizon Innovative Learning Labs at Holland, Edison and Patrick Henry Middle Schools, made possible by Verizon, through a partnership with Heart of America and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University. An unveiling celebration will be held at Holland Middle School to mark the program’s launch.  “Providing an equitable education experience is something that we cannot accomplish without the generous support of community partners like Verizon” said Superintendent Millard House II. “These Verizon Innovative Learning Labs will be beacons of discovery and ingenuity for our students to develop marketable skills and products for jobs of the future.” view article arw

Catherine Tabor, computer science teacher at Canutillo Independent School District’s Northwest Early College High School is known for being at the forefront of providing access and opportunity for her students to develop solid skills in computer science. Her prowess in the computer science field coupled with her passion for teaching did not go unnoticed by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and Infosys Foundation USA who have selected her as a 2022 winner of the CSTA/Infosys Foundation USA Awards for Teaching Excellence. “It is such an honor to be recognized by my peers for my work in making computer science accessible and equitable,” Tabor said. “Computer science is for all students and I believe that a small part of the ongoing success of our students is due to the problem solving and critical thinking skills that computer science provides, regardless of their future career paths.” view article arw

Catherine Tabor, computer science teacher at Canutillo Independent School District’s Northwest Early College High School is known for being at the forefront of providing access and opportunity for her students to develop solid skills in computer science. Her prowess in the computer science field coupled with her passion for teaching did not go unnoticed by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and Infosys Foundation USA who have selected her as a 2022 winner of the CSTA/Infosys Foundation USA Awards for Teaching Excellence. view article arw

Harmony ISD has received two book vending machines, one for the elementary school and one for the intermediate school. Katy Hall, President of Harmony PTO, said the vending machines came about after large amounts of fundraising to get them. At the elementary school, every child will get the chance to get a book from the machine on their birthday. At the intermediate school, the ability to receive a book will be based off positive attributions students give in class. view article arw

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — A group of Del Valle ISD students took their first steps into Tesla’s new Manufacturing Development Program. Students signed letters of intent Saturday to join the program with the Austin automaker. The program will train students for future jobs at Tesla at Austin Community College. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said on Twitter that 65 students signed up for the program, and there are a few spaces remaining. DVISD gave Tesla over $60 million in tax breaks for its new gigafactory in Travis County, which opened in April with a “Cyber Rodeo.” view article arw

Burnet Middle School students won’t be able to use their cellphones on campus if planned changes to the 2022-23 student handbook are made by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. The Board of Trustees heard about the pending changes during its regular meeting Monday, May 16. BCISD elementary school students are already restricted from mobile phone usage on campus. “This does not represent a change for the elementary campuses, but it is a significant change at BMS,” Superintendent Keith McBurnett said in an email to staff and media. The district plans to update the handbook in July, but middle school staff have already been alerting families to the cellphone rule change. view article arw

STAAR testing was brought to an unexpected halt in Arlington ISD on Wednesday after a district wide internet outage. According to a statement sent out to parents by Dr. Natalie Lopez, AISD's assistant superintendent of Research and Accountability, the district-wide internet outage caused online STAAR testing to be interrupted for several hours. Because of the outage length, students who were not finished with their online STAAR tests were unable to log back in and complete their assessment on Wednesday afternoon. The district said students will have the opportunity to complete their STAAR test on Thursday and pick up where they left off. view article arw

MARFA — Three Marfa High School juniors, Juan Avila, Alexis Gonzales and Aubrie Aguilar, competed last week at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta. While their microbiology project, “Germs and You,” which studied the spread of germs in elementary and secondary classrooms utilizing glow powder, UV lights and more, did not advance in the competition, the exposure to other student’s projects and the event as a whole was positive, said science teacher Elizabeth Donaldson. “It was a great learning experience for all of us. We are looking forward to competing again next year,” said Donaldson. view article arw

Read the full story:  Gone are the “good old days” when the only emails we had to worry about were from a Nigerian prince asking for half a million dollars or an occasional threat of a computer virus. Your tech director has been faced with many new threats to school technology assets– networks, computers, and data security. You can be a big help in keeping your school district and your own personal devices secure by following a few time-honored adages from one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin. view article arw

WACO, Texas — Connally ISD started their Diesel Mechanic and Automotive program last year. "It's really a neat program for the kids to be workforce-ready before they leave our doors," Career Tech Principal Sara Schnelle said of the program. That program is now expanding after the district received a $275,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. "It's a great opportunity for our kids to learn more about the diesel program, how to work with the engines and all of the components of it," Schnelle said. "We're going to have a lot of trainers in the classroom they wouldn't otherwise have access to and really get them the full complete idea of what they're going to be doing in that field." view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - An Killeen Independent School District school decided to make science fun for students on STEM Day, focusing on creative and unique ways to generate interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Trimmier Elementary School held the first STEAM Day on Wednesday, for not only its students, but for the entire school district. “The timing of this event was intentional after we had to focus on state (STAAR) assessments,” said Harriet Wrabetz, assistant principal. All day students from Pre-k to 5th grade took part in activities that not only engaged them, but let them get hands on in some STEM-related projects. view article arw