Super Parent Academy will address major concerns that have arisen during the pandemic for parents of students receiving special education services


The Special Education Department is excited to announce the Super Parent Academy event on Wednesday, May 19th. This past school year has been one of many challenges and has changed the way students communicate and interact in the classroom. During the Super Parent Academy, Dallas ISD leaders will address major concerns for parents that have arisen during the pandemic. Leaders will provide new insights, information and recommendations that can help parents navigate the difficulties of learning gaps, mental health awareness and self-care practices. 

Learning Gaps – The plan to address the lapse in learning that students have experienced over the past year.

Mental Health – A detailed conversation on the importance of mental health and how students in special education can benefit from engaging with the Dallas ISD Mental Health Services department. 

Self-Care – Emphasizing the importance of taking care of yourself so that you better support others. 

Super Parent Academy Schedule & Presenters: 

8:45am – 9:00am – Welcome & Opening Remarks

Michelle Brown

Executive Director – Dallas ISD Special Education, Section 504 & Dyslexia Services

Juany Valdespino-Gaytan

Executive Director – Dallas ISD Engagement Services

9:00am – 10:00am – Closing the Learning Gap

Derek Little –  Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Dallas ISD Teaching & Learning 

11:00am – 12:00pm – Making A Connection: Why Engaging in a Student’s Mental Health Matters

Dr. Socorro Preciado & Dr. David Farmer – Clinic-Based Clinicians, Dallas ISD Mental Health Services              

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Mindfulness Self-Care: Finding Balance in Times of Stress

Dr. Deborah Purge – Center Manager, Youth & Family Services

2:00pm – 2:15pm – Closing Remarks

Dr. Gena Koster – Assistant Superintendent, Dallas ISD Special Populations

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