ACET 2020 Spring Conference
A River of Knowledge for State and Federal Programs
City of San Marcos Conference Center-Embassy Suites
April 28-30, 2020
San Marcos, Texas
Please keep watching this page for further updates about the 2020 Spring Conference. Follow the Link below to access the latest scheduling information and presentation handouts
March 23, 2020
We will be refunding everyone’s payment and checks will be mailed by the end of April 2020. We ask that you not cancel check payments as this costs the organization $12 for every check that is returned due to its cancellation by the districts.
Checks that have been mailed and not deposited will be returned to the district as we receive them so there is no need to cancel them either.
Please forward this information to your Business Office so that they will be informed of our process.
We regret the cancellation of the conference and are trying to make the best of the situation. We will be posting sessions that the presenters are recording to the website as we receive them. You should begin to see presentations after April 20th. Cory Green will be doing a live presentation on April 30th from 9AM-1PM. A link to his presentation will be sent to you and posted on the website prior to that presentation.
There will be no charges for viewing these presentations.
We hope to see all of you at the October, 2020 conference in Las Colinas.
Be Safe and we wish you well as you move forward in these uncertain times.
Shirley Coleman, Executive Director
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.
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!!!!
Letter from the Executive Director
Greetings ACET Members,
As we begin a new decade, ACET is also beginning new updates to the organization. You will find that the website is being updated to provide easier access to information and a more modern look. The webpage is still in its beginning stages but hopefully it will be fully updated and operational in the near future.
As you explore the website, if you have suggestions for additions, please send those to me for consideration. We want the website to meet the needs of all of our membership.
Conference registration opens January 31, 2020
Our registration process is also changing and we hope that you will find these changes to be useful. One of the most valuable, we feel, will be the ability for your support staff to register one or more individuals at a time and that the registration will be clear as to who is being registered to attend the conference and who registered that person. Over the years, this has caused some confusion as we did badges and/or tried to contact attendees.
In the registration process, it will also ask for your method of payment. If you know your district will use ETF and/or a PO to generate a check, that will let us know what to expect in the way of payment. EFT payments do not always come with enough information for us to identify to whom the payment should be credited. Knowing to expect an EFT payment will help us find the correct person to credit.
We are also exploring the option for the use of credit cards to pay for conference. If you have an opinion about the use of credit cards, please let me know. We would like to know how many districts and/or individuals would utilize the credit card option.
We have also added an Announcement button at the top of the webpage where you will find the most current information about activities concerning the organization. I would suggest that you make it a habit to check for announcements fairly frequently, especially as we approach the start of a new conference.
These are just a few of the changes in progress. Be sure to explore the website as it continues to evolve. We are looking forward to seeing you in San Marcos in April!
Shirley Coleman, Executive Director