Texas Community Education Association
www.tcea.com Feb-Mar 2011
8 Cost Saving
by Donna Davenport
I really enjoyed seeing so many famil-
iar faces at the TCEA Regional Meeting in
January that was held at NISD in San
Antonio. Ester Buendia did a wonderful
job of planning a morning of staff devel-
opment that had topics of interest for all. I
am hoping that many of you from our
region that joined us got a taste of what
our TCEA conference will be like in April
and will be first to register!!!
As we are busy dealing with budget
cuts in the school districts and a slow
economy which are obviously something
Get ready to strike out in new directions
we can’t control, I decided to research and Kerrville Conference April 3-5
share 8 cost saving tips that are practical
and easy to implement that can help you in With drastic changes in the state’s eco- It is no exaggeration that this session
your personal lives! nomic outlook, this may be the most may change your life, and is worth the
important time to gather with your fellow entire cost of the conference.
• Scale back the cable. We’ve been liv- Community Educators to map out the
ing the last six months with only basic future of Community Education. Breakouts
cable, and don’t miss any of the Directors are facing new challenges to Bring your whole staff, because there
expanded cable channel offerings. make their programs relevant, productive, will be strands in Basics, Out of School,
Cable bill can go down from $40 to and cost-effective like never in history. and Leadership. Whether you are a front-
$12 with this move alone. That is why your board has planned out a line manager, director, or advisory mem-
conference with the theme “New ber, you will find sessions geared toward
Cost Saving... To Page 6 Just a sampling...
A rundown: • Nuts & Bolts
On Sunday, April 3, the • Shattering preconceptions about Adult
Inside This Issue Board is bringing back Leia
Francisco. This nationally-
• The Advisory Council from hassle to
known life coach spent two hustle
Come to Conference . . . . . .1, 9, 10 days with your Board in June, • Putting Punch into your Brochure
identifying the strengths and • No community Too Small for
Member News . . . . . . . . . . . . .3, 4, 5 challenges of our state organ- Community Ed
ization. She will bring these skills to a pow- • Calming Communication Chaos
Be a Partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 erful three-hour opening session designed
Enter Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 to arm us with tools to face impending Pamela Carroll will be hosting a new
change, both in running your program and
Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 in handling your career and personal lives. Conference... To Page 10
TCEA Board 2010-2011 N
Donna Davenport, Phil Houseal
Kerrville ISD •M •
6632 Bandera Rd. E M BER
1121 Second St
San Antonio, Texas 78238 Kerrville TX 78028
Phone: 210 522-8100 830-257-2218 The Star
DonnaDavenport@nisd.net email@example.com 11.3
The official newsletter of the Texas
Community Education Association
Phil Houseal, Editor
Past President Secretary
Debby Theis, Patti Boren To Submit An Item
Dripping Springs ISD North East ISD
Please send articles to:
P.O. Box 470 8750 Tesoro Dr.
Dripping Springs, TX 88620 San Antonio, Texas 78217 Phil Houseal • Kerrville ISD
(512) 858-3021 Phone: 210 657-8866 1121 Second St. • Kerrville TX 78028
FAX 512-858-3098 Fax: 210 657-8873 830-257-2218 • FAX 830-257-0566
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Change of Address
Director Region 1 Director Region 2 Email changes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Ann Bandy Diana Hanz, Judson ISD
Lewisville ISD 8205 Palisades Dr.
2103 Savage Lane San Antonio, Texas 78233 To Join
Lewisville, Texas 75057 Phone: 210 945-5340 Helen Kimsey, Executive Director
Phone: 469-713-5997 Fax: 210-945-6919 email@example.com
Fax: 972-420-6869 firstname.lastname@example.org 10127 Silver Park, San Antonio, TX 78254
Director Region 3 Director Region 4
Ester Buendia Sylvia Renick Institutional = $125 Best Deal!
Northside ISD Dalhart Community Education Up to 8 professional members and 20
6632 Bandera Road 701 East 10th Street advisory board members
San Antonio, Texas 78238 Dalhart TX 79022 Professional = $60
Phone: 210-397-8102 806-244-7818 Any individual supervising a community
Ester.Buendia@nisd.net email@example.com education program
Associate/Retiree = $20
Advisory Council Member = $20
Director At Large V-P Advisory Councils To Support The Foundation
Pamela Carroll Help develop Community Education in
Lake Travis ISD OPEN Texas. Send donations to:
3322 Ranch Road 620 South Texas CE Foundation
Austin, TX 78738
1121 Second Street
Kerrville TX 78028
Up-to-date news, events, forums, forms,
Vice President for the Executive Director online directory.
Foundation TCEA Treasurer
Becky Stoughton Helen Kimsey,
North East ISD Executive Director TCEA
8750 Tesoro Dr. firstname.lastname@example.org Helen Kimsey, Executive Director
San Antonio, Texas 78217 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 210 657-8866 X224 10127 Silver Park 10127 Silver Park, San Antonio, TX 78254
Fax: 210 657-8873 San Antonio, TX 78254 210-355-2548
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 2
schools. They were pretty nice about lineup is their popular Children’s Concert
working with us to get them out there. Series that brings in celebrity talent like
We’re anxious to see what it will do to our David Chicken (a musical comedy artist),
registrations this semester.” (Carla Stone, Plano Children’s Theater production of
Weatherford ISD Community Education) Charlotte’s Web and the community-wide
---------- Mother Son Dance in February.
Rockwall ISD pilots new registration
program Highland Park ISD
Rockwall ISD Community Education Fear of technology is faced head-on
recently became the first school district to through classes offered by Highland Park
use the long-awaited upgrade to ISD’s Community Education department.
Classware’s registration system, one that is “Facebook Fear Factor” walks the rookie
expected to compete directly with social networker step-by-step into the
Augusoft Lumen’s registration program. world of online connections. “Iphonology”
According to April Marx, community takes even the most intimidating hand-
education coordinator for Rockwall, it’s head communications device and makes it
one more step in an overall goal of offering user friendly.
program registration completely online -- Highland Park takes advantage of its
which will include eliminating printed relationship with the Dallas Museum of Art
brochures. “We’ll still do flyers, but sent to offer local residents “Ten Treasures of
home through schools instead of mailing,” the DMA,” an opportunity to learn some-
Region 1 - Marx said. thing many Dallas residents miss.
Notes from the
Region 1 Roundup
by Lee Ann Bandy,
Going Postal, or not.
Could your travel program cost you
your non-profit postal rate?
Weatherford ISD Community Education
got a shock recently when the Post Office
noticed information about Collette
Vacation travel programs which had been
included in their program lineup for seven
The Post Office determined the informa- Weatherford ISD
tion constituted advertising and forfeited Weatherford ISD proves it’s never too
WISD’s non-profit postal rate, causing an soon to start promoting for summer, using
unexpected increase in costs – more than Rockwall ISD
Rockwall is heavily promoting its new a full page from its Winter/Spring brochure
double, according to Carla Stone, program to include camp images and schedule
coordinator. online registration format. The program
has plans to eventually eliminate printed information. The cleaner, streamlined lay-
“We had to deposit another $1,000 just out of its other inside pages is a nice
to mail to Weatherford and were left with brochures. The spring brochure is two col-
ors, and the inside pages break from tradi- change with switches between two column
catalogs from all the surrounding small and one column formats creating visual
towns that we mail to - plus the 730 mail tional multiple columns in favor of one
column format with larger type that pres- interest on selected pages.
list that we have! We were able to distrib-
ute most of them through the surrounding ents well online.
Allen continues to promote its commu-
nity event programming. Included in this Region I Report... To Page 4
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 3
Region 3 Report Region I Report.... From Page 3 to name but a few. Demonstrates what a
by Ester Buendia, partnership with Texas A&M Extension
Northside ISD Agency and Master Gardeners can do.
The annual Region 3
Meeting took place Friday,
January 28 at the Northside
ISD's Learning Center. NISD Director of
Adult and Community Education Lydia
Martinez welcomed the crowd of over sev-
enty participants, who represented NISD,
NEISD, Judson ISD, San Antonio
Family Endeavors and the Boys and
Girls Club. TCEA Board Members Becky
Stoughton, Patti Boren and Diana Hanz
joined Donna Davenport and Ester
Buendia at the event.
Participants networked over breakfast
and attended their choice of breakout ses- Belton ISD
sions in the areas of Community Computer literacy is the mainstay of
Education, Professional Development, and Belton ISD’s community education pro-
After School Programming: Lewisville ISD gramming, offering the basics to
• Coaching, Motivating, and Rewarding Lewisville borrowed heavily from advanced skills in Excel spreadsheets,
Staff- Sandra Santos Marvel Comics to promote its adult movie making and social networking.
• So You Think You're Not Creative? - enrichment and basic education classes.
Mary Mora Readers follow the continuing story of Burleson ISD
• Managing Stress- Araceli Dominguez Gidget who fears losing her job due to her Every community education depart-
• Google: More than Just a Search lack of computer skills. The story line ment in Texas should sit up and take note:
Engine- Steve Ramirez promotes the department’s computer Visit Burleson ISD’s home page and see
• Making Reading Come Alive After skills classes in web design and office where Community Ed rates, top tab, first
School - Justin Duran skills programs. position - right up there with High
• College and Workforce Readiness for Schools, Middle Schools, Elementary
Everyone - Leo Sanchez and Eli Schools. And it’s listed first. Spring offer-
Balderas ings include a nod to North Texas’ ranch-
• Multicultural Challenges - Terry Perez ing heritage with classes in Equine
• Go Green Go - Johnny Benavidez Science and Blacksmithing. Well rounded
class offerings in the traditional arts
Special guest Alma Lara, representing include quilting, jewelry, crochet, creative
the San Antonio Silver Stars, was on hand writing, and photography.
to speak with the participants and offer
resources from her organization. The event Northwest ISD
wrapped up with door prizes, courtesy of Northwest ISD, located in little Justin
Ms. Lara, and an invitation to attend the just south of Denton, is bucking the trend
TCEA Annual Conference in April. to reduce frequent mailings. The depart-
Waxahachie ISD ment publishes shorter flyers every two
Spring classes through Waxahachie months to feature online opportunities
ISD’s Lighthouse for Learning depart- and crash courses in
ment feature Advanced Welding (a project office computers skills.
based class), and their popular Master
Gardener series with a focus on entry That’s it.
level: Ag 101, Getting Started with Roses,
Pond Building Basics, Vegetable
Gardening 101, Growing Texas Natives –
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 4
Region 4 Report:
Member News Dalhart Takes the
Region 2 Report The JISD district is looking at cutting the Plunge!
budget by 5%. In JISD, that equals to one by Sylvia Renick, Dalhart ISD
by Diana Hanz, Judson ISD school and 140 positions.
JISD Adult & Education Service Center Region 20, We have the first actual catalog of class-
Community Education Seguin Adult Education Coop, and es as opposed to a flyer. (Thank-you for that
Department has officially Northeast Lakeview College received a encouragement Helen) I am anxious to see
relocated to 9695 Schaefer Rd, Converse, grant for a college readiness program in fall if it pays off financially. I will say that I’ve
TX 78109 (Judson Middle School of 2010. They had a small number of stu- noticed that when I hand out the catalog
Campus). The main phone number has dents take advantage. This spring they people automatically flip through it and
changed to 210-357-0810. The bought an ad in the Judson Journal to pro- start looking at listings. I think it will also
Coordinator’s number (Diana L. Hanz) has mote the class. The class is free to any stu- give the program greater legitimacy and
changed to 210-357-0813. We plan on hav- dent that needs to get ready for college. give people the sense that it is here to stay.
ing an Open House sometime in spring.
Originally Community Ed. Department Region 2 members, please update your I am also pleased to announce that we
would have had 5 multi-purpose class- contact information on the website. Be have a very dynamic advisory council. I
rooms and 2 computer labs. However, looking for an announcement via email on have learned so much since serving on the
since the district has grown so fast, 3 of the the upcoming Region 2 annual meeting. WTA&M University council, all of which
rooms are being used as offices by Special
that I can, I have replicated with my group.
Education Department. You are encouraged to attend the annual
TCEA conference in Kerrville. You will
JISD initiated a new service with network and receive valuable information
RevTrak. Parents in our Adventure Club that will help your programs survive
After School program can now pay on line through the rough budget times that educa-
through a secure website. Community tion is presently experiencing. Register
Education is utilizing the Registration early and save $50 per registration!
Werks program and has a web store to offer
the Community Education Schedule.
Community patrons can register on line Vicki Helms, Mesquite ISD, resigns continue to coordinate the community
from board education program at Mesquite ISD,
and pay with a credit card.
along with Marybeth Manke, Marketing
Comal ISD Community Education In October, Vicki Helms,
Director, Elaine Falkenberg retired in Community Education
Program Specialist at “Our Advisory Council really is pitch-
December 2010. Their programs are now
Mesquite ISD, resigned ing in,” Helms said. “To help increase
headed up by Coordinator, Catherine
from the TCEA board. She revenue, we are planning several
was serving her sixth term and currently fundraisers.”
New Braunfels ISD now has a new filled the position of secretary. Helms has
been part of the MISD Community Helms is also raising some prices and
Coordinator, Dena Fielder over the
Education program since 1993, the year cutting catalog size.
Community Education programs as well.
Carmen Whetstone remained as Secretary. after it began.
According to TCEA bylaws, the
President can appoint a TCEA member to
Apparently Schertz-Cibolo-Universal Helms cited cutbacks in travel due to
fill board vacancies.
City ISD has down sized their Community budget constraints in the district as the
Education program. They offer a few primary reason for her decision. She will
evening karate classes. After sending an
email to Jenny Russell, Coordinator, it was
returned to me.
As you well know educational funding
has not come down from the State of Texas.
For the latest go to www.tcea.com!
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 5
Cost Saving.... From Page 1 • Look for manager meat specials. When
you do buy meat, check the manager’s
• Hang up the land line telephone serv- specials area for meat that is about to
ice. If most of your calls are to other pass the “sell by” date. The meat is
cell users in the same network, consid- still perfectly good, but freeze it imme-
er canceling the land line and using a
cell phone exclusively.
diately if you don’t plan on cooking
within the next day or two.
• Have a no-spend weekend. Sometimes
it takes a break in the routine to get
• Don’t be afraid to buy generic. Forget To Do
brand loyalty when trying to figure out
spending under control. Try to go an
entire weekend without eating out,
how to save money every month on
things like groceries. When we buy
shopping, or ordering something ketchup, we look for the lowest unit
online. It won’t solve all your spending price, regardless of brand. Same with
problems, but it’s a start. other foods and household supplies. Sign up by Mar 18 for Early
There are a few exceptions, but for the
• Check your vehicle’s tire pressure each most part generic items are just as Discount! (p. 9)
time you fill up. Things like under- good as name brands.
inflated tires and dirty air filters can
reduce your gas mileage. Pick up an • Raise insurance deductibles. Assuming
Bring your Silent Auction
inexpensive tire gauge and check the you have a proper emergency fund in item!
pressure while filling up. place, raise deductibles on insurance
policies. The difference in a $500
• Look into 3-month supplies of pre- deductible and a $1,000 deductible on Make your hotel reservation!
scriptions via mail order. Many
employers now offer as part of the
your car insurance policy can help (p. 9)
reduce your monthly or semi-annual
health insurance plan a 3-month mail premiums.
order prescription plan. If you only Check out www.clubed.net
have one daily prescription for asth- Donna Davenport
ma/allergies, and the cost of a 30-day
supply from a local pharmacy is $25. Submit your Awards (p. 8)
For the same cost, you can get a 90-
day supply via mail-order.
Select your Outstanding
Foundation modifies members
• including contact information in quar-
Partner agreement terly issues of the TCEA newsletter Nominate someone for
• providing display space at the annual Berridge, or Caldwell-
In order to streamline the process of TCEA conference
maintaining Partners, the Texas In consideration, the Partner agrees to Culbertson, or Jane Nelson
Community Education Foundation has make an annual payment to the Texas Awards
adopted a new partner agreement Community Education Foundation.
The Foundation pledges to help increase
awareness of its partners among Texas The new agreement has already sparked Encourage an Advisory
Community Educators by offering the fol- more interest from vendors. Member to attend
• designating the organization a "Partner" The Partner project is the major
• placing a link to to their web site on the fundraiser for the Foundation. Funds are
TCEA website used to form new projects, develop innova-
• providing referrals to existing communi- tive programs, support research and devel-
ty education projects opment, and educate the population about Be ready to have fun
• providing contact information on TCEA the benefits of community education. and to learn!
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 6
Foundation Partners The Foundation
The following organizations have joined TCEA in helping support the Foundation, The mission of the Texas Community
bringing the benefits of community education to more Texans. Education Foundation is to encourage the
development and expansion of
RevTrak Community Education projects in Texas.
RevTrak is the premier provider of ecommerce solu- It accomplishes this in four ways:
tions for schools and local governments. As a Visa 1) through the formation of new projects,
and MasterCard Independent Sales Organization, the 2) the development of innovative pro-
company’s mission is to meet the specific needs of K- grams,
12 schools and local governments. 3) supporting research and development,
Karen House and
815 Yellowstone Dr, Grapevine TX 76051 4) educating the population about the
817-251-8742 benefits of community education.
www.revtrak.com The process of getting support to proj-
ects is through the Technical Assistance
Augusoft Lumens® Partnership, an award program set up by
Augusoft develops and maintains Lumens - the first the Texas Community Education
entirely web-based Lifelong Learning Management Association and funded by the
System (LLMS). Augusoft Lumens is designed for Foundation.
the unique needs of continuing, community, corpo-
rate education and workforce development programs. Funding Sources
Lumens increases online registrations, streamlines The Foundation is funded through indi-
business processes, reduces overhead and provides vidual and organization donations, funds
easy data analysis with proven ROI, plus flexible from partnerships with businesses and
best-practice features and greater user satisfaction. vendors, and money raised from the Silent
Augusoft, Inc. Auction at the annual conference (see
8441 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 200 Partners sidebar).
Minneapolis, MN 55426-1360 There is an ongoing search for major
tel 763-331-8300 underwriters, with the goal of someday
fax 763-331-8349 having enough principal to generate
augusoft.net enough interest to fund the initiatives.
PlanetKidz Become a Part
Planet Kidz is a statewide network of youth pro- The Foundation is a strong step toward
grams, designed to give kids in grades 3 through 8 a future growth and autonomy, a solid way
safe, fun place to be together after school. to bring the benefits of community educa-
www.planetkidz.org tion to more citizens of Texas. You can
972-772-6000 help by
email@example.com 1) identifying potential partners
2010 Industrial Blvd #604 2) donating to the Foundation
Rockwall, Texas 75087
Fax: (972) 772-3737 Send your contribution to TCEF, 1121
Second St., Kerrville TX 78028. For more
Collette Vacations information call 830-257-2218.
For 90 years Collette Vacations has established a rep- To find out more about becoming a
utation for quality and value offering unique travel Partner, contact Phil Houseal, 830-257-
opportunities on all seven continents. 2218, firstname.lastname@example.org.
800-922-7005 To Support the Foundation
The Foundation is actively seeking
partnerships with vendors, businesses, and
organizations. Since 1998 the Foundation
has played a part in starting many projects.
Anyone interested in supporting the
Foundation can contact Phil Houseal, 830-
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 7
Give It Your Best! Outstanding Community Education
Enter the Texas Community This award will recognize one instructor
Education Association Awards from each community education program
that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Awards Deadline: Feb 25
Below is a brief overview of the 2010-
2011 TCEA Awards. With the exception of Service to Community Education Submit to: Ester Buendia
the Publication Star of Excellence Award, Certificates of appreciation will be Northside ISD
which must be mailed in, all other awards awarded to those who have completed five, 6632 Bandera Road
must be submitted by email by the posted ten, fifteen, or twenty years of service to San Antonio, Texas 78238
deadline. Good luck, and we look forward community education. Phone: 210-397-8102
to receiving your award nominations! Ester.Buendia@nisd.net
Rookie of the Year
Download Award Applications from The opportunity to be recognized in this
www.tcea.com category will be extended to those with an
“outstanding first year” as a community
Achievement in Community educator.
TCEA will recognize the achievements Robert I. Berridge Award
of Texas community education programs This $250 award will be presented to a
with special ACE awards during the TCEA member who shows significant
Annual Conference. Each program is invit- development and implementation of inno-
ed to apply for one or more categories list- vative community education programs on
ed. The program event or activity should the local and state level. Nomination must
have occurred or been completed in the come from a TCEA member.
current or previous school year. An activity
or event that received an ACE award is not Jane Nelson Friend of Community
eligible for the same award again. Education
ACE - Outstanding Advisory Council This award will be presented to a nomi-
Activity or Event nated person who has shown significant
ACE - Bright Idea support to further innovative community
ACE - Outstanding Community education programs at the local or state
Education Event or Activity level. The award will include a one-year
ACE - Community Education/Business associate membership to TCEA.
ACE - Outstanding Community Caldwell/Culbertson Community
Education After-School Program
ACE - Outstanding Summer Camp
Education Service Award
This award will recognize a TCEA advi-
sory council member who has demonstrat-
Star of Excellence ed unselfish dedication to community serv-
TCEA will recognize program publica- ice, the willingness to serve the needs of
tions in two categories: others, understanding, patience and relia-
Publication (print) bility. This is the only award category that
Web site advisory council members may nominate
Entries will be judged in five divisions for.
based on student population.
Feb-Mar 2011 The Star 8
To Register or For Information
10127 Silver Park
San Antonio TX 78254
Conference Registration Method of Payment
(Payable to TCEA)
Check #_________ enclosed
Name PO#__________ enclosed
_________________________________________ Billing Information
City State Zip City State Zip
Early (by 3/18)
Member $199 $249 ____
J Non-member $275 $299 ____
One Day Only $125 ____
Awards Luncheon Only $40 ____
Y.O. Ranch Hotel & Conference Center
2033 Sidney Baker • Kerrville, Texas 78028
830-257-4440 • FAX 830-896-8189
Institutional $125 ____ TOLL FREE1-877-967-3767
Up to 8 professional and 20 advisory
Professional $60 ____ Ask for the Texas Community Education Assn. rate.
Individuals supervising a program
$ 85 - per room per night (limit 4 persons per room)
Advisory/Retiree $20 ____ Make reservations before Mar 3 to guarantee room
Total Fees ____
Mark your road maps NOW
for the 2011 TCEA Conference!
Help chart a whole new direction for community education.
April 3, 4, 5, 2011
Held at the fabulous YO Ranch Hotel!
the lobby for shopping and learning about
Conference.... From Page 1 new products and services to help you run
alternative to Round Tables - The World your program.
Cafe. It will be a luncheon activity that cre-
ates conversations that matter. And everyone loves coming to Kerrville Set Your Direction!
and the Hill Country in the spring - beauti-
Of course a large part of any conference ful scenery, bluebonnets, James Avery
is the opportunity for networking with your showroom/factory, plus great restaurants TCEA 2011 Conference
peers. This year will provide plenty of and shopping in nearby Fredericksburg. So
activities designed to get the creative and plan to come early and stay late, at the
social juices flowing - Welcome Reception, beautiful YO Ranch Hotel & Conference Use the attached Conference
Auction, Team Building, Mixers, and the Center at the Kerrville exit off IH-10. Registration form, or visit
culminating Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, www.tcea.com
which promises to be bigger and better than Sign up early (by March 18)
ever. to sign up and learn more.
Vendors and Exhibitors will be set up in
and get discount!
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