Neighborhood Policy Forums: April 28 – May 26

13 Apr

The Teach for America Austin Alumni Board Invites you to Neighborhood Policy Forums

Rather than hosting our 8th Annual Policy Forum this year, we decided to offer six corresponding to the AISD School Board Trustees’ districts.

AISD board 2015

Our goal is to engage and empower our neighborhood and community to support initiatives that expand access to high quality education for all kids in Austin.  We hope you will come join us and participate in a conversation with YOUR local School Board Trustee (or one+ of your choosing) as we discuss their goals for Austin children, share our concerns regarding education, and brainstorm ideas on how we can support educational excellence. Bring a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker for good conversation and refreshments.

Here are the details for each district.  Check out this link to determine your district.

District 1 – Trustee Ted Gordon:  Thursday, April 30; 6:00 – 8:00pm; 1610 Astor Place, Austin, 78721 (Jerry and Diego’s house)

RSVP here.  Thank you Jerry Negrete, Amber Welsh, and Pat and Francesca Leahy for planning and hosting!

District 2 – Trustee Jayme Mathias:  Tuesday, May 26; 6:00 – 8:00pm; Eastside Memorial High School

RSVP here.  Thank you Jenny McCay and Blaine Carpenter for planning and Eastside Memorial for hosting!

District 3 – Trustee Ann Teich and Council Member Greg Casar:  Tuesday, April 28; 6:00 – 7:30pm; 2011 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, 78758 (Padron Elementary)

RSVP here.  Thank you Taylor Hawkins, Christine Nishimura, and Heather Stephens for planning and Padron for hosting!

District 4 – Trustee Julie Cowan:  Saturday, May 2; 2:00 – 4:00pm; 2808 West Fresco, Austin, 78731 (Sean and Ruth’s house)

RSVP here.  Thank you Micah Sagebiel, Sean Flammer, and Amanda Brownson for planning and hosting!

District 5 – Trustee Amber Elenz:  Saturday, May 16; 11:00am – 1:00pm; 8101 Cobblestone Drive, Austin, 78735 (Arati and Ranjeev’s house)

RSVP here.  Thank you Stephanie Noll, Arati Singh, Caitlin Sharp, and Stephen De Man for planning and hosting!

District 6 – Trustee Paul Saldana:  Details coming soon!

Thank you Alix Horton and Joe Anderson for planning and hosting!

District 7 – Trustee Robert Schneider:  Since there are so few alums living in District 7, we did not feel it made sense to organize an event here.  We did, however, invite the alums in this district to Trustee Schneider’s community forum on March 26.

#BlackLivesMatter – More than just a hashtag

10 Feb


A Conversation with Dr. Rich Reddick, Houston ’95

This event will be an interactive discussion regarding racial inequality, post Ferguson. The conversation will be led by Richard Reddick, associate professor in the Program in Higher Education Leadership  at The University of Texas at Austin. When you come, you can expect to have the opportunity to reflect on Ferguson and the subsequent protests with fellow attendees. More importantly, we hope the conversation will leave you inspired to determine your own next steps and actions you’ll take to further the dialogue and influence the Austin community.

RSVP here!

For questions, please contact Christian Bell at

Valentine’s Happy Hour – Friday, February 13

10 Feb


Join fellow alums on Friday the 13th at Blackheart for a festive Valentine happy hour!

86 Rainey Street

6:00 – 8:00pm

RSVP here!

Shabbat Dinner – Friday, February 20

10 Feb


Join fellow alums for a potluck Shabbat dinner at the home of Lindsay NYC ’06 and Jordan Neuren.

Friday, February 20

6:30 – 9:00pm

RSVP here and we will follow up with more details!

College Completion Advisor – Peleton U

10 Feb


PelotonU wants to hire a College Completion Advisor. Here’s the scoop.
We are a growing education non-profit committed to providing a pathway for working students to
graduate from college debt-free. This position is ideal for a self-starter who is passionate about
building a startup and living for more than a paycheck.

Lots of students drop out of college, especially those who need higher education most. Your role is
to support twenty students as they balance work, school and their personal commitments. You
should be excited to mentor and develop college students for at least two years.

Ready to apply?
• Submit your resume to
• Include a short (1-2 parapgraph) descirption of your interest in the role
• From there, we’ll be in touch!

Applications are due by April 3. The position will start on June 15.

Principal, Assistant Principal – Wayside Schools

10 Feb


Wayside is looking for candidates for elementary principal and assistant principal positions.  Candidates need to be committed to developing elementary programs following the International Baccalaureate model as we strive to provide exceptional learning opportunities for all students in historically underserved areas of Austin.  We are looking for candidates that are highly driven, have a strong ability to build relationships, can promote collaboration, welcome change and who will maintain high expectations for her/himself as well as staff and students.

Contact if you would like to learn more!

Read for 30 min to Perez Elementary students!

10 Feb


Read Across America Day at

LCPL Nicholas S. Perez Elementary School!

Please help us celebrate by being a Celebrity Reader!

You are cordially invited to be a Celebrity Reader on

Friday, February 27, 2014, for 20-30 minutes, between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

As a Reader, you will have the opportunity to share your love of reading with students by reading your favorite children’s book to them.

Contact to sign up!

She will send you a form so you can express your preferences about timing, etc.