Subject Expert: Social media concerns today
Expert: Dawn Kulpa, SAISD Director of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD)
Dawn Kulpa is available to speak about the district’s social media toolkit for grades 6-12, including lessons about TikTok. The district’s strategy and lessons on social media has been noted by the Council of the Great City Schools, who has shared it with their mental health group and nationally with its member superintendents and chief academic/school officers. Kulpa can answer questions such as the following:
• What are some of the biggest concerns about the use of social media this year?
• What do you wish students knew about social media?
• What is SAISD doing to educate and support students with these challenges?
• How can parents support healthy social media use?
• What should students and family members do if they see a post that threatens school safety?
Telephone and zoom interviews available.
Jan. 28-Feb. 4 – SAISD Superintendent Search town halls
6 p.m., at the locations below; sessions also held virtually
Zoom links: www.saisd.net/suptsearch
Parents, staff, students, and community members are invited to share their input on the traits they believe the next SAISD district leader should have by completing a survey at www.saisd.net/suptsearch and by attending a town hall meeting.
• Jan. 28 (Fri), 6 p.m., Harris Middle School Cafeteria, 325 Pruitt Ave., 78204
• Feb. 2 (Wed), 6 p.m., Edison High School Auditorium, 701 Santa Monica St., 78212
• Feb. 4 (Fri), 6 p.m., Highlands High School Auditorium, 3118 Elgin Ave., 78210
Jan. 29 (Sat) – Parent summit on bilingual education
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., via Zoom
San Antonio ISD Dual Language, ESL and Migrant program will present Siempre Bilingüe, an annual parent summit on bilingual education, culturally sustaining teacher, and content-based language instruction. Dr. José Medina and Angela Valenzuela are keynote speakers; there also will be parent presentations.
Jan. 29 (Sat) – Food distribution event
9 a.m., Alamo Stadium, 110 Tuleta Drive, 78212
SAISD is hosting a food distribution event in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. All SAISD families are welcome. Distribution will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.
Jan. 29-Feb. 6 (Daily) – SAISD COVID-19 mobile testing unit
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday
Alamo Convocation Center, 110 Tuleta Drive, 78212
San Antonio ISD, in partnership with AccuReference, is providing COVID-19 mobile testing for the spring semester. SAISD staff, students, and families may participate in drive-up COVID-19 testing. Staff and students receive free PCR or rapid tests; family members receive free PCR or $30 rapid tests.
Feb. 2 (Wed) – Bond workshop
9:30 a.m., session held virtually
The SAISD Business Diversity Program is partnering with University Health and other organizations to host a class on Bonding as part of UH’s series from Sub to Prime. Drew Addison, partner and vice president of surety at IBTX, will explain what to look for in a surety company, what is the quick bond process, and how to increase your bonding capacity.
Feb. 2 (Wed) – Guest readers on World Read Aloud Day
1:15 p.m., J.T. Brackenridge Elementary School, 1214 Guadalupe St., 78207
San Antonio ISD and Valero leaders will join millions around the globe in celebrating the power of reading aloud on the 13th annual World Read Aloud Day. Kindergarteners and first graders will hear the animated voices of adults reading “Waiting for the Bibilioburro/Esparando el Biblioburro,” about a unique mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Columbia. The event kicks off the Classroom Libraries Project and the Teacher Recognition Project, which is coordinated by The Leaders Readers Network and funded in part by Valero.
Feb. 4 (Fri) – SAISD COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinic
2-6 p.m., Burnet Learning Center, 406 Barrera Street, 78210
SAISD in collaboration with the Center of Advanced Wellness will provide full-service vaccinations for COVID-19 – including first and second doses, pediatric doses, and boosters – for eligible SAISD staff, students and family members. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants should bring their vaccine card for second doses and boosters.
Feb. 5 (Sat) – SAISD Facilities Services job fair
8 a.m. to noon, SAISD Central Office, 514 W. Quincy St., 78212
San Antonio ISD is holding a job fair to recruit for the positions of custodians, construction helpers, painters, journeyperson electricians, journeyperson plumbers, journeyman HVACs, drivers, and warehouse workers.