Austin ISD X PodcastNov 22, 2022
Election Results and the Interim Supt.
We hear from newly elected Austin ISD Trustee Candace Hunter as she shares her experience and journey from classroom teacher to board member. Emily and Cuitlahuac also give their analysis of the election results including the historic Austin ISD bonds. And we weigh in on the news that Interim Superintendent Dr. Anthony Mays will be leaving the district sooner than expected.
2022 Election Picks
Cuitlahuac makes his picks for the Austin ISD Trustee elections and why you should vote for all three Austin ISD bond proposals. There are only a few days of early voting left, and of course Election Day. Give this short episode a listen, share it with your friends, and get out and vote.
Candace, Emily & Cuitlahuac are joined by special education services advocate Lisa Flores to discuss the Austin ISD discipline data presented to the trustees as part of the superintendent scorecard during the first board meeting of September. What can Austin ISD do to stop disproportionately discipling Black students? Did the district meet its goal when it comes to disciplining students with disabilities, or are campuses using "shadow discipline" to improve their data? What purpose do police on campus serve and what impact are they having? While this conversation about discipline in schools starts by focusing on the the Austin Independent School District, its goes over issues of students safety in schools that are important to everyone.
Bond, Austin ISD Bond
Join the AISDXP team as we learn more about the bond, get an update on where the district is in the bond process, and hear our take on voting.
https://www.austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/lpc (meetings tab)
https://www.austinisd.org/advisory-bodies/bsc (meetings tab)
Bond 2022 Considerations
We understand that voting for a Bond is a complex and individual process. We felt that the last 4 minutes of S3 E3 deserved to be heard again and on its own.
No Margin for Error
In this episode Emily and Candace analyze the June 23 Austin ISD Budget Hearing and Regular Board meeting; providing commentary and asking the questions that have yet to be answered around the essential areas redesign, district partner accountability, and the way forward.
Interim Superintendent Selection (Post Mortem)
Join the AISDXP team as they reflect on the interim Superintendent selection process, how the process can be improved, as well as the path forward for the community.
Staying the Course (The Titanic Edition)
Join Cuitlahuac, Candace, and Emily as they take a look at three of the major issues facing the Austin Independent School district: Essential Areas redesign, selection of an interim superintendent, and the budget.
I recently got intwined in the snarl that is Austin ISD communication. I attempted to make a public comment based on the requirements on the website and the outgoing instructional recording. However I was informed today that the language is incorrect and my comments do not meet the threshold to be played. Lesson learned; all my future comments will be made in person. Below is the social media post I made along with the recording of my public comment.
@Austin ISD has chosen opacity over transparency. I made a public comment based on the website (now changed see original below) and outgoing message original recorded here along with the comment you will NOT hear this evening. I was informed the process has changed; therefore my call did not meet the requirement. This only further supports the lack of communication within the district itself and with the community.
BlogCast 1.9 Anxiously Waiting & Cautiously Hoping
Candace shares all the feels as Austin ISD moves to optional masking beginning Monday March, 7; the week before Spring Break and SXSW.
Hot Takes & Reflections: Special Edition Martin/Mendez
The AISDXP team commiserates with our co-host, Emily, a parent at Martin and attempts to analyze and reflect on the Austin ISD's decision to remove 6th grade from two Eastside middle schools and the community engagement around the decision.
Austin ISD Q & A on the change:
BlogCast 1.8 Crisis Fatigue: An Austin ISD Reality
Candace looks at how stressful it is educating kids, and how the district can start to heal itself and the community.
Hot Takes & Reflections January 23, 2022
The AISDXP team talks Covid, scheduling (7/8), community engagement, long range planning and feeder patterns. Accompany resource can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O0kbzhSN3iNDUKoZO9KUnxBO7qJ7_TReKwDO14kxmFQ/edit?usp=sharing
BlogCast 1.6 Austin ISD Feeder Patterns and Enrollment Design
Emily discusses the need for a holistic discussion about feeder patterns in Austin ISD, and touches on a few of the various methods of enrollment design.
Example of a healthy feeder pattern
Example of a fractured feeder pattern
San Francisco United School District's new student assignment policy
BlogCast1.5 Can I Really Have It All in Austin ISD?
This week Candace prepares to take her 7th grader to the High School Fair in the hope of finding a program aligned to her daughter's current course of study in Digital Arts.
BlogCast1.4 Austin ISD’s Proposed Schedule Change
Basic breakdown of Period Scheduling and lots of questions.
BlogCast 1.3 AISD's Myth Busters Misses the Mark
In an attempt to provide clarification for the community Austin ISD publishes Myth Buster posts. However this only served to increase the chasm between administration and some district families.
BlogCast1.2 Middle School Musing and High School Fair Hopes
This BlogCast captures Candace's thoughts about the Austin ISD Middle School Fair on 11/13/21.
HT&R Nov 13, 2021 -Superintendent Contract Extension, Long-Range Planning Committee, Superintendent Scorecard
BlogCast 1.1 Neighborhood Schools As Safety Schools
In this Blog Cast Candace shares some thoughts around middle school magnet/arts academy programing and its impact on neighborhood schools.
HT&R Sept. 11 2021 - New Northeast Middle School, LBJ, the new General Counsel, and a 2022 Bond
Candace and Cuitlahuac share their hot take on the latest regarding the new Northeast Middle School being built in the Mueller development, an what they know about issues at LBJ High School. They also talk about how district's hiring of a new General Counsel and who the new hire is, and their reaction to the district's plan for a bond election in fall of 2022.
Here are links to the stories we mention.
Northeast Middle School
- https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/schoolchanges/scenarios/english/AISD_scenarios-ENGv3.pdf (p23)
- https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/schoolchanges/scenarios/english/110419_AISD-School-Changes-Scenarios-V2-3.pdf (p26 & p27)
16 - Alejandro Delgado
HT&R July 31 - Virtual Option, Mask Mandates, and More
15 - Alexandra Guilamo - Bilingual Education, Funding & Federal Policy, Parental Agency
Founder of Taju Learning, Alexandra Guilamo co-hosts this episode and gives her perspective on a range of topics including bilingual education, equitable funding of schools, the effect federal policy has on a local level, and how best for parents and community members can impact their children's education.
14 - Ellison & Bavu Blakes - El’s Mirror, Lion History, Netflix or Blockbuster of Education
Ellison and Bavu Blakes, authors of the book El's Mirror, co-host this special episode of AISDXP. They share the real-life events and their creative process behind writing their book, the meaning of Lion History, and what Netflix and Blockbuster have to do with the future of education. Buy the book El's Mirror by clicking here !
HT&R: Feb. 27, 2021 - HVAC at Martin, Snovid Repsonse, Departing Staff.
Candace & Cuitlahuac discuss an ongoing issue at Martin Middle School, the district's response to the Great Texas Snow Storm, and the ever growing number of Central Office resignations.
HT&R - Continuing Sports, Leadership & Board Reflections
13 - Paul Saldaña - Austin ISD Trustee Board Officer Elections
Candace and Cuitlahuac get the download on upcoming board officer elections and why they're important from Paul Saldaña, former Austin ISD trustee, businessman, advocate, and philanthropist. Listen to find out our choice for AISD Board President, Vice President, and Secretary.
HT&R - Season 1 Finale
12 - Geoff Carlisle - Science & Sex Ed State Standards, Hot Take on Covid & Election Reflection
11 - Bianca San Miguel, Carlos Contreras, Leslie Hibbard, Lori Wheeler- Teacher Voice in a Pandemic
HT&R 5 - Lack of ReImagination
Texas Education Agency’s ever evolving guidance gives permission to districts to end virtual learning with a 14 day notice.
Waxahachie ISD’s assault on public education.
HT&R Candidate Convos & Election Endorsements
Candidate Conversation - At-Large Noelita Lugo
Candidate Conversation - Dist 8 - Jared Breckenridge
Candidate Conversation - Dist 2 - John Mckiernan-González
Candidate Conversation- Dist 2 - Ofelia Zapata
Candidate Conversation - At-Large - Leticia Caballero
Candidate Conversation - Dist 5 - Lynn Boswell
Candidate Conversation - Dist 5 - Piper Stege Nelson
Candidate Conversation- Dist 5 - Jennifer Littlefield
Candidate Conversation - At-Large - Mike Herschenfeld
10 James Butler - Mindfulness, "Discipline", & Anti-Racism
HT&R 4 - New Job Descriptions And School Re-Openings: Teachers' Voice & Parents' Choice.
09 Roxanne Evans - Re-De-Segregtaion - The History & Legacy of Austin ISD's Failed Integration
08 April Clark - Shiny New Buildings
08 April Clark - LEED accredited licensed Architect April Clark breaks down the Design Information and Education Specifications Austin ISD uses to build new schools. Candace and Cuitlahuac talk about their experience on the Campus Architectural Team of a new school construction. And April shares share her personal journey through the permanent closing of her children's campus.
Austin ISD Future Projects
HT&R 3: Learning Pods Update, New Positions & Leadership in Austin ISD, Zoom Cameras, Teacher Suspensions and Reflecting on Starting a Podcast & Patreon.
Candace and Cuitlahuac give their hot take on how Austin ISD is going to involve or not involve themselves in learning pods, break down changes at the top of the district administration with new positions and new people in leadership, and weigh in on the debate over zoom cameras and teachers being suspended for posting Black Lives Matter in their virtual classrooms. We also reflect on why we started this podcast, how we go about making it, and are asking for listeners to become patron on Paetron. patreon.com/aisdxp
07 Mercedes Perry - Dual-Capacity Framework, Parent Choice, and a Lived Experience in Austin’s Segregated Schools
Mercedes Perry, a former Austin ISD Parent Support Specialist, talks about that role, describes the Dual-Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships www.dualcapacity.org , discusses PTAs, parent choice & her lived experience in Austin’s segregated schools.
06 Diana Haggerty Stronger Together ATX
HT&R 2 - Mixed Messages and Sincere Attempts: The Anti-Blackness on Austin ISD’s Board
Candace and Cuitlahuac break down the comments made by Austin ISD Trustee Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias towards the district's equity office, his subsequent nonpology, and statements made by Board President Geronimo Rodriguez and Trustee LaTisha Anderson.