Welcome to ACET
Over the past 40 years, the Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas has helped thousands of educators provide programs for educationally disadvantaged children in Texas. ACET is committed to insure that all children from Texas reach the pinnacle of success.
The ACET Spring Conference information pages will be posted on Monday, January 5. The conference will be located at the Austin Renaissance Hotel in Northwest Austin, Arboretum area, and is scheduled for April 7-9. We will post all conference information which includes Registration links, Hotel Reservation links, Exhibitor Information and Presenter Information at that time. We hope to see all of our members this spring!
Wow! What a great turnout for the ACET 2014 Fall Conference. Thank you ACET members for making this fall conference a big success and memorable experience! Members from all 20 regions were in attendance and helped push the attendance figure to 350. The Corpus Christi Omni Hotel was a great host and everyone seemed to enjoy the meeting room spaces as well as the downtown/seawall location. A big “THANK YOU” goes out to all of our presenters, general, focus and best practices concurrent session speakers who presented useful and interesting topics. As usual, all of the sessions were well attended and no big surprise was the New Directors Academy turnout which was over 150 – that’s a lot of new directors in the state! Keynotes by Ervin Knezek and Steven Spillan were very well received and of course we really appreciate TEA for sending their best headed up by Anita Villarreal and Nora Hancock and Cory Green as well as some new faces to the ACET Conference scene. We also appreciate our exhibitors and sponsors TECS, Educational Technology, Pearson and Thinking Maps who make the special effort to attend our conferences and make their products and services available to our members.
In 1974 when Mike Lehr and Beatrice Smith invited 41 public school personnel involved in federal programs to a meeting in Houston to discuss the feasibility of organizing a State association of those of us who work in federal programs, they knew that they were on a mission. What they didn’t know was that what sounded like a good idea then has turned out to be a great idea and turned in to one of the best state education associations in Texas - ACET! Ideas become successful organizations, only with the vision and hard work of its leaders and the continued support of its membership…and we think ACET is a great example of that. For 40 years ACET, its members, and the Texas Education Agency have collaborated to create statewide conferences that equip state and federal programs directors across the state with the process and content tools they need to implement the most effective, efficient and compliant programs possible. We have a lot of people to thank who over the years have kept the ACET torch moving in the right direction. Over the course of 2014 through our website and conference materials, we will be sharing stories, pictures and memories of events and people from ACET’s past 40 years. If you have a special memory, story or picture from ACET’s past (especially from the early history) that you would like to share please contact ACET’s Executive Director, Ken Schrader.