Why you should be on an advisory council

“It’s really about building relationships with the community. It’s about trying to understand the needs of the community, and trying to get those specific needs met.”

The president of a community education council in New York lays out the reasons parents should get involved. Good advice for any council, anywhere.

Why You Should Run For A Seat On Community Education Council – Fellow Parents Tell All

2017 Summer Institute in San Antonio

Hello my national and international Community Education colleagues and friends.

My name is Bob Wittman, and along with Bridget Gothberg,  am a co-chair for the upcoming 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement. You are getting this email because our planning team has identified you as a current or former community education leader in your respective state and someone who has not yet attended a Summer Institute. I know most of you are now retired, but we wanted to make sure you have all the latest information on the upcoming Summer Institute.

The 5th Annual Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement will be held in San Antonio, Texas on July 911.  This year we excited to partner with the Texas Community Education Foundation, which has been added as one of our key sponsors. It is great to work with our Texas colleagues once again.

The Summer Institute has emerged as one of the ways we have kept the national and international community education community connected, and the national and international community education conversation alive, relevant and impacting. For those who are not familiar with The Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement,  I’ve attached an overview of the Institute as well as this year’s schedule  for the three day experience.

We are hoping you consider joining us this year in San Antonio along with others from around the country.  Registrations are being taken by our host organization, The National School Public Relationships Assocation (NSPRA) at NSPRA.org/Seminar. Go to registration and look for Community Education.   If you are planning on coming this year, we ask that you please let us know so we can add you to our participant data base.

We are also asking for your help getting the word out and sharing this information with your colleagues. The most difficult challenge is getting the word out to people and sharing this invitation to join us. Your help in getting this information out to your network would be greatly appreciated. If it would be OK with you, we’ll continue to provide you with a few more email updates over the next month as more details are announced. If not, please just let me know.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Thanks everyone. I hope this email has found you all well and enjoying life. It would be great to see you in San Antonio.
Bob Wittman
Co-Chair of the 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement
Director of Community Education
Wayzata Public Schools

Sessions Schedule and Descriptions 2017 Preview (7)

2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement Description

Scholarship for 2017 Summer Institute in San Antonio

March 2017–The Texas Community Education Foundation is offering to pay the registration fee of $395 for a limited number of individuals to attend the National School Public Relations Assoc. Conference, which will include a day-long workshop on Community Engagement.

See Session Schedule and Details here: http://houseal.net/TCEA2017/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Schedule2017.docx

More information on conference details at www.nspra.org

Applicant must be currently active in Community Education or Lifelong Learning in Texas. Scholarship is for conference registration fee only. TCEF reserves the right to award as many or few scholarships as it decides. Go here to download the application (doc).

Description of session from Bob Wittman, MN:

Registration Is Now Open

Registrations are now open at www.nspra.org. To register, go to the NSPRA.org website, link to Seminar, registration and then register for the Summer Institute for Community Ed and Engagement. The cost again this year is $395 for the three day experience.

Hotel Information Is Also Available

Information regarding our host hotel is also available, and if this year is like other recent years, rooms will go quickly. Even if you are still just thinking about going, I would try to secure a room as soon as possible.

The 2017 Theme: Be The Connection

Connecting your community for improved livability is at the core of your daily work. But how much effort do you dedicate to that mission?  Be The Connection is the focus of the 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement. Join colleagues from across the nation that are pledging themselves to become community super-connectors. Being a super connector is about having a sincere desire to impact your community through connecting people and resources, sometimes with no direct benefit for yourself or your organization. The long-term payoff is that by being the connection, you influence real change in your community. Summer Institute facilitators will blend leadership discussion, best practices review, and practical tactical tips for you to Be The Connection in your community.

Our Comprehensive Program Is Attached

Attached is our 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement Program for your review. We will continue to share more as additional information and further details become available.

Please Help Spread the Word

We are hoping you will help us spread the word and the distribute this information about his year’s Summer Institute to colleagues from your state and work networks. Thanks in advance for sharing this information and anything you can do to encourage others to join us.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?

We are so excited to share this information with you. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Let Us Know If You Are Planning On Attending 

Once you register, let us know for we’ll be creating a group email of our participants in advance of the July Institute.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio!

Bob Wittman
Director of Community Education
Wayzata Public Schools



Minutes March 10, 2017

Texas Community Education Foundation
March 10, 2017
Jim’s, San Antonio TX
Present: Mauri Williams, Phil Houseal, Loretta Huddleston, Helen Kimsey

Treasurer’s Report
Total Balance $36,207.86
CD1 10,983.87
CD2 10,276.92
Money Mkt $14,947.07

Marketing Report
Phil upgraded the web site to be mobile-friendly. This will ensure it shows up in searches on browsers as well as be readable on smartphones.

Conference Report
Helen spoke with Bridgett Gothberg and Bob Wittman about offering to help with funding for the national conference to be held in conjunction with NSPRA this July 17 at the Hyatt Downtown in San Antonio

Moved (Mauri) and seconded (Loretta) to offer up to the following amount in support:

5-10 scholarships @ $395 = $3950

Pay hotel expenses for Sally Andrews to present = $500
Stipend for national speaker = $1000
Luncheon = $795
Motion passed

Board will request that TCEF receive acknowledgment and branding for its support.
Phil Houseal will attend to assist Sally and represent TCEF.
Phil will prepare a one-page application for scholarships to the event.
He will distribute to projects on his last known email database. Application Deadline May 15.

Mott Foundation
Helen reported that the Mott Foundation is holding a meeting April 4 to look at reviving its National Advisory Board. According to Bridgette, they have two slots available for Texas representatives to attend, expenses paid.

Phil will contact Becky Gossen to see if she has interest, given her previous involvement with both state and national organizations. Also Sally Andrews.

Next Meeting
Friday, May 19, 2017, to go over scholarship applications