2016 Highlights

Business/Education Forum
San Antonio Area (Region 20)

May 5, 2016

San Antonio area trustees, superintendents, and business and community leaders came together on May 5 for the Business/Education Forum, where attendees discussed effective approaches in partnering for Panelists (l-r): David Crouch, vice-president for Administration, Toyota of Texas; Steven Hussain, director of Youth Services, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio; Kate Rogers, vice-president of Corporate Communications and Health Promotions, H-E-Bstudent success.

Three business members of SA (San Antonio) Works kicked off the morning by sharing how this industry-led coalition assembled to develop a comprehensive human capital strategy to fill the country’s most pressing talent needs.

The organization wants to grow and enhance existing career and technical education programs available at the high school and college levels to solve the country’s skill gaps and improve economic mobility.
Panelists (l-r): Melvin Echard, principal, Roosevelt High School, North East ISD; Cara Nichols, director of Community Affairs for Rackspace and president of Rackspace Foundation; Irene Alvarez, community school coordinator, Sul Ross Middle School, Northside ISD; Lisa McConoghy, principal, Sul Ross Middle School, Northside ISD; Erika Ivanyi, general manager, Capital Group; Stephen Guzman, architect, LPA, Inc.; student; student; Al Gamillo, architecture teacher, Highlands High School, San Antonio ISD; Mike Frisbie, PE, ACE San Antonio board chair, director/city engineer
The second panel included representatives from Rackspace, Capital Group, ACE Mentor Program, and three area school districts discussing how businesses benefit when collaborating with school districts to help create workforce readiness by supporting the community.

State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock delivered the lunchtime keynote. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, he has been a vocal defender of Texas students and teachers, celebrating the good news of public education while highlighting the challenges educators face in keeping standards high.
State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock
Lowell Tacker, principal, LPA, Inc.; Lloyd Verstuyft, superintendent, Southwest ISD; Roland Toscano, superintendent, East Central ISD; Sandy Hughey, trustee, North East ISD; Brian Gottardy, superintendent, North East ISD
Members of Go Public discussed their campaign to generate better awareness of the facts about San Antonio-area ISDs and the wonderful, life-changing things that happen in its schools every day. The organization inspires people across the region to take a step back and celebrate the positive and sustained impact public schools make on all of us.

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Business/Education Forum
Houston Area (Region 4)

October 24, 2016

Houston-area districts gathered with their business and community supporters at the Berry Center in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD October 24, 2016, to discuss the many ways businesses and schools can partner. Cypress-Fairbanks trustee Bob Covey (right)  and superintendent Mark Henry welcomed attendees to the event.  
During the first panel of the day, representatives from Clear Creek, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, and Klein ISDs discussed the relationships they have with chambers of commerce, education foundations, Partners in Education, and economic development councils and the benefits of those partnerships.

In the second panel, the executive director of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Cy-Hope talked with a panel of faith-based organizations that work with Katy, Klein, and Waller ISDs and discussed the scope of their involvement with the districts and how such partnerships differ from community to community.

Scott McClelland (left), president of H-E-B’s Houston Division, presented the keynote at the Forum. He talked about HEB’s efforts to be a good corporate citizen, including the company’s involvement in public education in Texas.

District representatives from Cypress-Fairbanks, Klein, and Fort Bend ISDs and their business partners discussed the expanding number of outstanding partnerships around the state and the various reasons businesses collaborate with districts—from workforce readiness to community support.

One highlight of the day for the almost 200 attendees was the opportunity to tour Klein ISD’s STEAM Express (right). Donated by the Klein ISD Education Foundation, the STEAM Express mobile classroom, which travels the district year-round to teach students about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), hoping to inspire young minds to pursue careers in these related fields.

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