Letter from the President
Dear ACET Membership:
March 20, 2020
Dear ACET Members:
Given the fluid nature of the nation's response to the COVID-19 crisis, ACET is canceling the Spring 2020 Conference. The health and well-being of our ACET members, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and staff is of our highest priority. ACET has contacted the conference and overflow hotels regarding the cancellation, however, members who reserved rooms are highly encouraged to cancel their rooms to ensure no charges will be incurred. Flexibility is key during these uncertain times and full refunds will be issued to all who have paid their conference registration. Refunds should be issued by the end of April 2020. Our decision to cancel instead of postpone the conference was solidified when San Marcos Mayor, Jane Hughson, announced yesterday that all public or private community gatherings of 50 persons or more are prohibited through May 11, 2020.
We understand your priority right now is focused on meeting the immediate needs of your own families and the children and families you serve in your respective communities. Further, in recognition of the travel limitations, remote work environments, and that business must go on, we are exploring several options to provide you with critical and up-to-date information you need regarding federal programs.
To better serve you, ACET partnered with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to post the presentations that were scheduled to occur during our conference on our website at https://acetx.org/2617-2 by April 20th. In service to our membership community, Cory Green, Associate Commissioner for the Department of Grant Compliance and Administration for the TEA, will live stream the presentation he was scheduled to give on April 30th. This live stream event will begin at 9am CST and is scheduled to end at 1pm CST. The link will be emailed to ACET members registered for the Spring 2020 conference and will also be available on our website. All who were scheduled to conduct a presentation at our conference will also be invited to submit their presentations for posting on our website in service to the ACET community. Committed to giving back to our community during this challenging time, ACET will provide these resources free of charge to ensure members continue to receive critical and up-to-date information.
Things will get better! These current travel restrictions will not last forever, and things will progressively return to normal. In uncertain times, we hope you will remember that ACET is committed to being a constant support for Texas education state and federal program professionals who continue to support children and families. Stay safe and healthy!
To all who are working so hard to ensure children and families can continue to receive meals throughout the week and children can continue their learning through online instruction - THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!!
Your ACET President
Letter from the Executive Director
Greeting Members of ACET:
I hope that all of you have remained safe and healthy during these uncertain times. It has been unsettling for all of us as we change the way the organization is functioning and how you are proceeding with the plans for the next school year. It truly has been a learning opportunity for all of us.
In April, we had to cancel our spring conference but were able to provide three presentations by Cory Green and his staff. Over 1000 people signed up to attend each of these virtual trainings. We were very pleased that we were able to facilitate these sessions. The numbers provided us with data that told us members were able and willing to attend a virtual event. That knowledge led us to our planning for the fall conference theme of “Moving Forward.”
As we begin planning for our October conference, we are “Moving Forward” with a virtual conference. The conference will be held on October 27th , 28th and 29th . The program planning committee is working on the plans for this virtual conference.
Soon you will be receiving information from the committee via Constant Contact and/or on the ACET website. Please watch for that information. You will receive information about times, agendas, registration, speakers etc.
I am looking forward to working with you as we begin “Moving Forward” with the fall conference.
Shirley Coleman, Executive Director