I hope you are enjoying the nice autumn weather we recently received and that your academic year is going well! If you were unable to attend our first general meeting on September 18, you missed out on a very special presentation. PDK Chapter 12 was extremely honored to welcome State Representative James Talarico, who represents District 52 in the Texas Legislature. He is a former middle school English teacher and is currently serving on the House Committee on Public Education. Representative Talarico shared with us the key components of House Bill 3, including property tax reform and teacher pay raises, as well as other relevant topics related to education. Most importantly, he stressed the role of civic involvement and bipartisanship. Don’t forget that the state of Texas will be having an election on November 5 to approve a long list of amendments to the current 474 amendments in our state constitution. While many people think it’s all right to sit out what can be considered a “nonimportant” election, any election is important. These proposed amendments will affect many aspects of our daily lives, so make sure to research the issues and go out and vote!
Read for the Record is a global campaign that generates public support for high quality early reading and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading. On November 7, 2019, children and adults worldwide will gather to read Thank You, Omu!, the 2019 Read for the Record book. PDK Chapter 12 members have a chance to volunteer as celebrity readers. Thanks to our Vice President of Membership Azucena (Susy) Garcia, principal at Sanchez Elementary in Austin ISD, we have to opportunity to read at Sanchez, which is currently sharing its site with Metz at 84 Robert T. Martinez, Jr. Street, 78702. Because our next general meeting is on the day before Read for the Record Day, an email will be sent out later in October to chapter members with more specific information on the times during November 7th that Sanchez will host volunteer readers. More information on Read for the Record Day can be found at https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/.
A celebration of generosity and gratitude, Thank You, Omu! tells the story of a woman who makes a thick red stew that smells so delicious it brings neighbor after neighbor to her door. Time after time, Omu shares, until suddenly it’s dinnertime and there’s no more stew for her! When there’s one more knock on the door, Omu is surprised when her community brings her a special meal to show their gratitude. I know I am looking forward to reading this book to Susy’s students and hope you can join me on November 7 as we address important character education traits including sharing, generosity, and friendship!
Our next general meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 6, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the UT Sanchez Building. Remember that the Parker Conference Room in is our new meeting room on the third floor in Room 352. Free parking is available at the Bob Bullock Museum’s parking garage after 5:00 p.m. In keeping with this year’s theme of Innovations and Trends in Education, we are honored to have Dr. David Kauffman, the Executive Director of Multilingual Education in Austin ISD, joining us as we take a closer look at Dual Language education. Please save the date now and always feel free to bring one or more educator friends! Until November 6Th!
Joe M. Ramirez
PDK Chapter 12 President, 2018-2020