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Meet the 2018 Coppell ISD School Board Candidates

April 6, 2018

Candidate Information:

There are seven candidates running for three school board positions in Coppell ISD this spring.  We posed several questions to each of  the  candidates running this year.    The questions were:

  1.  Tell us a little about yourself and why you’ve decided to run for a school board position.
  2. What unique qualities would you bring to the school board?
  3. How have you been involved with Coppell ISD prior to running for school board?
  4. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the district in the next five years?
  5. How important is serving the needs of gifted kids?
  6. How does Coppell ISD currently serve gifted kids and how does that compare to other districts?

Balki Chamkura and Manish Sethi are running for Place 2 (note that this is a special election to finish the final year in the three year term).  Nichole Bentley,  Dan Koller and Lynne Ryan are running for Place 6.      Tracy Fisher and Ron Hansen are running for Place 7.  So you can read the complete response from each candidate, we have placed their responses into their own page, and the links are below:

Balki Chamkura’s Responses (Place 2)

Manish Sethi’s Responses (Place 2)

Nichole Bentley’s Responses (Place 6)

Dan Koller’s Responses (Place 6)

Lynne Ryan’s Responses (Place 6)

Tracy Fisher’s Responses (Place 7)

Ron Hansen’s Responses (Place 7)

 

Please note that Coppell Gifted Association does not support or endorse any candidate and offers these responses as a service to its members to help you make an informed decision on Election Day.  Regardless of who you support, please get out there and have your voice heard on May 5th.

Any grammatical or spelling errors within the candidates responses are their own – we’ve simply compiled their answers as submitted.

Voting Information:

Early Voting – April 23rd – May 1st

Election Day – May 5th (Sat)

Early voting locations will be at Coppell Town Center,  Valley Ranch Public Library,  as well as other locations in Dallas County.  To see the complete list of early voting sites,  please click here.  On Election Day, you must vote in your precinct.  To find your precinct, visit the Dallas County Elections website.

2018 Summer Educator Scholarship Opportunity

February 24, 2018

Are you a CISD educator or administrator (and CGA member) interested in gaining some additional gifted education training and enrichment?

CGA will be offering a limited number of scholarships for professional development programs offered during the 2017 summer months.

If interested, please visit www.coppellgifted.org to apply.  Deadline for application is March 23, 2018.   Scholarship amounts awarded will be up to $750.

Questions?  E-mail scholarships@coppellgifted.org.

 

CGA Event: KidProv and Meet the 2018 School Board Candidates

February 19, 2018

CGA Speaker Series: Author Laila Sanguras on “Parenting for Grit: How to Raise Passionate Children Who Persevere”

October 2, 2017

Coppell Gifted Association is pleased to announce that author and former CISD educator Laila Sanguras will give a talk entitled “Parenting for Grit: How to Raise Passionate Children Who Persevere” on Thursday, October 12, at 6:30pm at Town Center Elementary in Coppell. The event is free for CGA members and $5 per family at the door for non-members.

Dr. Sanguras will summarize the evolution of grit as the popular phenomenon it is today and provide a rationale for why the development of this psychosocial skill is so important for our gifted children.

Dr. Sanguras writes that we should think of grit in this way: Imagine a race where every runner begins with the exact same running ability. At some point, fatigue sets in. Some runners slowly falter, fading into the background while other runners continue pushing themselves. After a certain distance, all of the runners will have stopped – leaving one who outlasts the rest. If all runners have the same ability, what is the difference among the first to drop out, the fifth, and the one who never stops? More importantly, can that intangible difference be measured and developed?

Yes, it can.

Grit is a skill, an ability that is malleable and transferable among contexts. Grit, the combination of sustained hard work and resiliency, is the difference between those who give up and those who don’t. Grit can be strategically developed through failure and healthy responses, which can be difficult for students and their parents, but the influence of parents on the development of grit is significant. Luckily, this is an area where we are all on the same page.

To illustrate, ask the dad of a 25 year old if he wants his son to move home. You know… for more opportunities to cook, clean, and financially support an otherwise-able adult. Most would guess that this loving father would like to love his son from afar, even if it’s from the house next door. We raise our kids so they move out. And stay out. And then come visit. The key to this is perseverance. Life is hard – there is no doubt about that. In order to face and overcome life’s challenges, we have to raise our children to be resilient, to see obstacles as opportunities, and to have hope.

Raising gritty kids is painful. It means saying no when your daughter calls to bring the homework she left on the kitchen table. It means teaching your son to advocate for himself instead of stepping in to handle things. It means setting and enforcing rules and expectations. (And sometimes it means hiding in your closet with a box of cookies just to get through it.)

Coppell Gifted Association is committed to promoting awareness of and providing information about the education and social/emotional needs of GT students; supporting the CISD and its teachers in their efforts to meet the needs of GT students; and identifying the unmet needs of gifted students and championing solutions to address them. Click on join to become a member.

 

September 2017 – Gifted Matters Newsletter

September 21, 2017

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ACTION NEEDED-Funding for Gifted Education in Danger!

April 17, 2017

Please see important message below:

 

For more details, please visit the following links:

Here is the text of Senate Bill 2145:  http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/SB02145I.htm

 At issue us Section 1.79, Item 22. It repeals Texas Education Code 42.156, Gifted and Talented Student Allotment, a description of which can be found here:  http://codes.findlaw.com/tx/education-code/educ-sect-42-156.html

 

 

Meet the 2017 School Board Candidates

April 7, 2017

Candidate Information:

There are four candidates running for two school board positions this spring.  We posed several questions to the  candidates running this year.    The questions were:

  1.  Tell us a little about yourself and why you’ve decided to run for a school board position.
  2. What unique qualities would you bring to the school board?
  3. How have you been involved with Coppell ISD prior to running for school board?
  4. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the district in the next five years?
  5. How important is serving the needs of gifted kids?
  6. How does Coppell ISD currently serve gifted kids and how does that compare to other districts?

Thom Hulme and Ron Hansen are running for Place 4.  David Caviness and Vara Kuppam are running for Place 5.    So you can read the complete response from each candidate, we have placed their responses into their own page, and the links are below:

Thom Hulme’s Responses (Place 4)

Ron Hansen’s Responses (Place 4)

David Caviness’ Responses (Place 5)

Vara Kuppam’s Responses (Place 5)

Please note that Coppell Gifted Association does not support or endorse any candidate and offers these responses as a service to its members to help you make an informed decision on Election Day.  Regardless of who you support, please get out there and have your voice heard on May 6th.

Any grammatical or spelling errors within the candidates responses are their own – we’ve simply compiled their answers as submitted.

Voting Information:

Early Voting – April 24th – May 2nd

Election Day – May 6th (Sat)

Early voting locations will be at Coppell Town Center,  Valley Ranch Public Library,  as well as other locations in Dallas County.  To see the complete list of early voting sites,  please click here.  On Election Day, you must vote in your precinct.  To find your precinct, visit the Dallas County Elections website.