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  1. Promising Practices in Primary and Secondary Education in Texas Edna Butts, Director, Intergovernmental Relations & Policy Oversight, Austin ISD Alice Cox, Special Education Director, Brownwood ISD Nefertari Mundy, formerly with Houston ISD Beverly Nelson, Education Specialist, DFPS, Region 3 Raquel U. Rodriguez, District Social Worker/Foster Care Liaison, Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD

  2. Austin ISD Edna Butts, Director, Intergovernmental Relations & Policy Oversight, Austin ISD

  3. Administrative Issues Enrollment ensure all campuses know policy and enroll immediately and any time of day Transfer of credits how can districts better cooperate to transfer records timely and easily? IEP

  4. Assessment of Student’s Needs Academic do we have current records? gaps? helping student catch up Special needs Health-related Behavioral challenges

  5. Preparing Student for the Future Academic counseling begin in Middle School Enroll in dual credit class(es) to qualify student for college tuition waiver Financial literacy Mentor

  6. Brown County Consortium Alice Cox, Special Education Director, Brownwood ISD Chair, Brown County Consortium

  7. The Consortium’s Origins “Necessity is the mother of invention.” -Plato As the number of youth in foster placement escalated in the 1990s, problems arose. CPS extended an invitation to the CPAs in the area to attend a monthly meeting to address concerns. These two groups quickly realized the area schools needed to be included in discussions.

  8. Different AgendasDifferent Solutions Education Specialist The creation of the Education Specialist position by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS) provided the cohesive agent necessary to ensure productive, meaningful communication among those involved.

  9. Meeting Details • Meet three times yearly • 15-45 people attend each meeting • Representatives include four to five CPAs, six to eight schools, representatives from CPS, and three to four community agencies • Shared contact information creates an invaluable network of resources

  10. Future Planning“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller Developments in all three entities (CPAs, CPS, ISDs) will be discussed in order to facilitate the most effective plan to enhance the lives of all children in foster placements.

  11. Call to Action • Recognize the benefits a consortium can bring for the youth in your area • Area Education Specialists are in a key position to identify the needs and the stakeholders • The more students in placement = the higher need for communication through a consortium • Have patience

  12. Houston ISD Pilot Project Nefertari Mundy, Formerly with Houston ISD

  13. Pilot Project Partners • TEA/HISD contract: cross-system pilot project with DFPS Houston office and other partners • Disproportionality & Disparities Regional Specialist • Texas Trio team • University of Texas Evaluation Team

  14. Pilot Project Outcomes • Conducted cross-system information-sharing, problem solving, strategizing • Identified cross-system training needs, provided presentations • Worked in two pilot schools to identify improved enrollment processes, tracking mechanisms, barriers, student supports • Implemented MOU between DFPS and HISD to determine comprehensive academic baselines

  15. DFPS Region 3 Education Specialists Beverly Nelson, Regional Education Specialist, DFPS (Region 3: Dallas/Fort Worth/Outlying Counties)

  16. Challenges • Records delay • Testing/evaluation • Credit recovery, summer school, tutoring • Discipline

  17. Intervention Techniques • Education Specialist assists in obtaining previous school records • Attends Student Intervention/RtI meetings to help expedite testing • Working with Stakeholders, CASA, CPAs to eliminate the financial barrier of credit recovery, summer school, and tutoring • Utilizing resources within school districts

  18. Progress • Improvement of records access by use of Education Portfolio • Established workgroups to address fees for credit recovery, summer school, tutoring • Continual education advocacy training to DFPS, ISDs, and CPAs to improve educational outcomes for foster youth

  19. Foster Care Liaisons in SCUCISD Raquel Rodriguez, LBSW District Social Worker/Foster Care Liaison Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD

  20. Essential Team Members • PEIMS Coordinator • Attendance Clerks/Registrars • Food Service Department • Campus Cafeteria Managers • Campus Administrators • Campus Counselors • Campus Nurses • Communities in Schools • Foster Care Liaison • McKinney-Vento Liaison • Transportation Department • Special Education Department

  21. Important Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Forms • 2085FC-Placement Authorization Foster Care/Residential • 2085KO-Placement Authorization Kinship or Other Non-Foster Caregiver • 2085B-New Attachment B-Designation of Medical Consenter • 2226-Adoptive Placement Agreement • 2298-Agreement for Parental Child Safety Placement

  22. Other Important Forms • SCUCISD Student Residency Questionnaire • Foster Care Liaison Coding Notification Form • Court orders

  23. Foster Care Coding and Processes • Identification at time of enrollment with SRQ or DFPS form. • Registrar or Attendance Clerk notifies Foster Care Liaison of enrollment and sends copies of placement authorization document, preferably on day of enrollment. • Foster Care Liaison contacts caregiver to verify information, inform of role and services. • Foster Care Liaison contacts CPS caseworker or Supervisor if necessary.

  24. Processes • Foster Care Liaison notifies essential personnel of foster care coding and any requests or concerns the caregiver might have. • Attendance Clerks and Registrars enter students into generic FOS code. DART produces a list of these students, found in the special programs module/generic program report. Checked every 6 weeks. • Food Service Department and Campus Cafeteria Manager automatically enter students in Free Lunch Program.

  25. Processes • Attendance Clerks and Registrars are asked to notify Foster Care Liaison if students withdraw or transfer to a different campus. • We learn something new everyday.

  26. Contact Information Raquel Ugalde Rodriguez, LBSW Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD District Social Worker/Foster Care Liaison 301 Main Street Schertz, Texas 78154 210-945-6443 210-619-4065 Fax: 210-945-6427 Email: