2015 Austin Forum Highlights

TASB’s first Business/Education Forum delivered on its promise to create a conversation among school and business leaders on how to help students achieve more. The room buzzed with ideas and energy throughout the day as presenter after presenter brought inspiring examples to the group.
Denton ISD began the day with an eight-person panel that described a series of initiatives involving the school district and various partners, including small business owners, national companies, community groups, and others.
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD stepped up to present a case study of how it partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) and numerous area employers. Together they created JA Inspire, a job-awareness fair that provides eighth-grade students with a unique opportunity to engage and interact with business representatives about current and future careers.

David Berliner, author of 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, keynoted the day, showing a collection of charts and graphs that disprove many of the most prevalent criticisms of public schools.
Bastrop Chamber of Commerce presented “We BELIEVE in BISD,” tracing the history of the program’s development, why it is important to the Bastrop community, and how it supports and encourages everyone involved in BISD.

Go Public wrapped up the day with its presentation about the 16-school-district collaborative effort in Bexar County that shares the reasons for parents to Go Public for their children. Recently the group coordinated Heroes for Health day in 250 area elementary schools where local law enforcement, fire fighters, and others worked with students to help them understand the value of fitness.

School districts and Business/Community were evenly represented among the attendees, which provided an excellent opportunity for discussions about the presentations and future joint efforts.