Education Newsletter – March 2016 FINAL


A high school diploma keeps students in good company!

81% of Texans have a high school diploma* [*2010 US Census]


What an Achievement!

Earning a high school diploma is viewed by employers is viewed by employers as a milestone achievement. The GED test isn’t easy and can be more difficult to pass the longer the student is out of school.


The diploma can forecast the student’s future

Students are more likely to get a job with healthy insurance and retirement.

Students are more likely to survive layoffs and downsizing.

Students are more likely to avoid homelessness, poor health, and prison.


Students will make more than minimum wage with a high school diploma

High school graduates make $143 more per week than high school dropouts. College graduates earn $356 more per week than high school graduates – and $479 more per week than high school requirements.


The student serves as a role model to younger siblings, classmates, and youth in foster care struggling to complete graduation requirements


High school diploma gives students more choices

Vocational certificates, Tech training for in-demand jobs, Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree, Military Service, Better jobs, career promotions, Successful relationships, Community respect.

It’s never too early to start the conversation about preparing for life after high school.

In order to help our children and youth achieve optimal success in adulthood, caseworkers must begin discussing college and career readiness, including post-secondary plans, options for testing supports and preparation, and further education and training, during their monthly face-to-face meetings, Transition Planning, during Permanency Planning and Case Planning Meetings.

There are many opportunities for children and youth in conservatorship to access resources and support to prepare them for life after high school.

A few examples are:

      College tours

      Visit a college or training class

Presentations on career choices – offered at schools, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club

Job shadowing

Attending professional meetings

Career exploration and aptitude assessments http://www.assessment. com/

Conversation Starters

“What kind of skills do you think you need to be a (fireman, teacher, truck driver, chef, veterinarian)”

“When I was 8, I wanted to be a (ballerina, forest ranger, nurse, cashier)-but then I became interested in (computers, how things worked, helping people).”

“One of the best things I liked about college was that you could take really interesting classes – such as Exploring Egyptian Artifacts or Modern Dance.” What kind of college class would you take?”

” You like (baseball, chess, cheer team?) What job would use those same skills? ”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

What they do: Provide basic nursing care in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices Education/Training: H.S. graduate. One year state- approved program and state test to be licensed.

Average salary: $42,490 Outlook: Increasing Need

Quick Career Choices allow students to complete training and coursework in less than one year and enter the workforce with a marketable skill            Source:

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

What they do: Support lawyers in legal research, administrative tasks, and drafting legal documents

Education/Training: Paralegal certification program approved by the American Bar Association. 2-year associate/4-year bachelor’s program

Average salary: $47,570 Outlook:In-demand profession

  • Truck Driver

What they do: Deliver and pick up merchandise or deliver packages within a certain area Education/Training: H.S. graduate.5-week training program offered through continuing education. Licensed commercial driver.    Average salary: $19.68 per hour Outlook: Growth area

  • Dental Assistant

What they do: Provide assistance to dentists, orthodontists. Promote dental health to patients. Education/Training: H.S. graduate. One year state- approved program and state test to be licensed.      Average salary: $42,490

  • Firefighter / EMT
    What they do: Provide protection and services from fire and emergencies. Education/Training: H.S. graduate. Training at community colleges and fire academies          Average Salary: $38,000

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Foster Care Liaisons

School District, College Champions, Education Service Centers

  1. What are the responsibilities of the School District Foster Care Liaison?The law states that each school district and open enrollment charter school shall appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the enrollment in or transfer to a public school of a child in the district who is in the conservatorship of the state.
  2. What are some of the Key Activities of the School District Foster Care Liaison?
    •   Streamline enrollment processes for students in foster care
    •   Implement student data tracking and monitoring mechanisms
    •   Ensure that students in foster care receive school nutrition and mealprograms without further application
    •   Help coordinate withdrawal, records transfer, and facilitate credit recovery
    •   Become a foster care expert and promote practices that align with federaland state law
    •   Coordinate with child welfare partners
    •   Provide foster care-related information and training to the district
    •   Work with DFPS to help students maintain their school placement, whenappropriate
    •   Review student schedules to ensure they are on track to graduate
    •   Encourage successful transition into adulthood and post-secondaryopportunities
    •   Encourage student involvement in extracurricular activities
    •   Know which supports are available within the district and community forstudents in care
  3. What types of trainings and resources can foster care liaisons provide to their district and local campuses?
    •   The Child Welfare System, DFPS staff, and DFPS Education Specialists
    •   Confidentiality/Sensitivity
    •   Enrollment/Withdrawal
    •   Foster Care Education Laws
    •   Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting
    •   The Impact of Trauma on Learning
    •   Transition Supports and Post-Secondary Opportunities
  4. Are School District Foster Care Liaisons registered with TEA?Yes! To see the list of district liaisons who are registered with TEA, visit:
  5. Where else can stakeholders and students find support for students in foster care?Each of the 20 Education Service Centers (ESC) in Texas has a foster care liaison to provide support to area school district staff. Texas public colleges and universities have designated a College Champion to assist students who were formerly in foster care.