Some Abilene-area students will be returning to class for a new school year as early as this week, while others have a couple more weeks of summer break ahead.
Fall classes at Abilene schools will begin according to the following schedule:
- Aug. 11 − Abilene Christian School and Texas Leadership Charter Academy
- Aug. 17 − Abilene ISD, Wylie ISD and Premier High School
- Aug. 22 − Cisco College
- Aug. 29 − Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities and Texas State Technical College
ACU professors selector for new Association of Teacher Educators initiative
The Association of Teacher Educators recently selected two members of the Abilene Christian University faculty were recently selected to participate in its inaugural Inquiry Initiative, ACU said in a news release.
Dr. Dana Mayhall, assistant professor of teacher education, and Dr. Amy Spiker, associate professor of teacher education, will join the group of 80 educators to explore teacher practices and identify inequitable distribution of resources in schools.
“ATE is committed to exploring ways teacher education scholars and practitioners can impact the pressing teaching and learning challenges of our time,” ATE president Rachelle Rogers said in teh release.
Ranger College receives $1.5 million for job training
The Texas Workforce Commission recently awarded two grants totaling more than $1.5 million to Ranger College to support job training, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said in a recent news release.
Both the $324,000 Jobs and Education for Texans grant and the $1.2 million Skills and Development Fund grant will help the school provide training in the automotive and manufacturing industries, in partnership with TechnipFMC and Saint-Gobain Abrasives.
According to the release, funds from the JET program will be used to acquire equipment to more than 120 students for automotive industry careers, and the grant from the Skills Development Fund will help provide training for more than 600 new and incumbent workers in the manufacturing industry .
Brookesmith ISD receives funding to fight child hunger
No Kid Hungry, a national campaign operated by the nonprofit Share Our Strength, recently announced that Brookesmith ISD is one of six rural Texas school districts that will be provided funding to improve child nutrition programs.
Each of the school districts will receive $30,000 through No Kid Hungry’s second annual Rural School District Cohort, in partnership with the Texas Rural Education Association.
Through the year-long program, child nutrition directors from each district will collaborate to share and adapt best practices to support students.
Abilene Education Foundation to give grants to first time teachers
The Abilene Education Foundation announced Tuesday its Judy Dudley Memorial Giving Incentives for First Time Teachers (GIFT) Grants to Abilene SID teachers.
The grants of $150 each, which will be presented to about 58 teachers who are new to the profession, are intended to purchase additional classroom materials.