Become an Austin Alumni Champion!

29 May

Apply here by June 7

Are you wondering how you can play more of a leadership role in our alumni work in Austin?  If so, I encourage you to apply to be an Austin Alumni Champion.  You can do so by applying to join our Alumni Board to set the vision for and execute our work.  This involves monthly strategy meetings.  If you want to get more involved, but can’t commit to joining the Board, you can apply to help with volunteering, to plan specific types of events, or any other great ways you can think of.  Check out the application to sign up for other ways you can be an Austin Alumni Champion.

KIPP Austin – Math Coordinator and Literacy Coordinator at the District Level

10 May

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Math Coordinator

This position is an opportunity to play a significant role in the alignment and development of a school level band of college preparatory curriculum as KIPP Austin grows to 10 schools by 2016.  The Math Coordinator will provide curriculum and instruction support to all KIPP Austin middle schools as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential.  The Math Coordinator will focus on Elementary (K-4), Middle (5-Algebra I) or High School (Algebra I-AP Calculus) courses depending on the coordinator’s primary grade levels of expertise.  The Math Coordinator is responsible for four main areas: a) development of standards and assessments, b) analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment to meet students’ needs, c) provide professional development to support the sharing of best practices, d) working with school leaders (principals, assistant principals, grade level and department chairs) to support teacher coaching. The Math Coordinator will work collaboratively with other content area coordinators and the Director of Curriculum to advise principals and teachers on developing instructional strategies and intervention programs to support the learning of all students.

Literacy Coordinator

This position is an opportunity to play a significant role in the alignment and development of K-12 college preparatory curriculum, the College Completion Framework and strategic initiatives in literacy development as KIPP Austin grows to 10 schools by 2016.  The Literacy Coordinator will work collaboratively with a team of literacy coordinators to will provide curriculum and instruction support to all KIPP Austin schools as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential.  The Literacy Coordinator is responsible for four main areas: a) development of standards and assessments in writing and social studies, b) analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment to meet students’ needs, c) provide professional development to support the sharing of best practices, d) working with school leaders (principals, assistant principals, grade level and department chairs) to support teacher coaching. Additionally, the Literacy Coordinator will work with other content area coordinators and the Director of Curriculum to advise principals and teachers on developing instructional strategies and intervention programs to support the learning of all students.

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.

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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

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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 christian.bell@mail.utexas.edu.

Valentine’s Happy Hour – Friday, February 13

10 Feb

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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

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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

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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 info@pelotonu.org
• 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.