Irving ISD Superintendent to Serve on Panel at FOCUS Summit
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 8:00 AM

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 (FARMERS BRANCH, Texas) – New Irving ISD Superintendent Jose Parra will serve on an educator panel Feb. 7 at the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s FOCUS Summit in Dallas. Parra began his new position in Irving ISD Jan. 6, replacing Dana Bedden, who left the district in July 2013.

Irving ISD has a poverty rate of about 80 percent, and a significant percentage of its student population is still learning English. Dr. Parra, along with three other educators serving on the panel, will share their insight on how school districts can collaborate with financial institutions and community leaders to bring financial education into the schools so that we can begin to solve the problem of financial insecurity that so many U.S. households struggle with.  

“We know how important it is to reach consumers at a young age so that they learn important money skills that will help them avoid financial mishaps in adulthood, and more importantly, achieve greater financial stability,” notes Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran. “We are very excited to have a panel of experts share the challenges and opportunities of bringing financial education into our local schools.” 

The one-hour panel discussion will begin at 12:50 p.m., Feb. 7. Serving alongside Parra on the panel, are:

  • Denise Blanchard, Community Partnerships, Amarillo ISD
  • Lynn Ojeda, Principal, Williams High School, Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy
  • Brook Syverson, Teacher, W.T. White High School, Dallas

The FOCUS Summit is being held Feb. 6-7 at the Doubletree Hotel Galleria in Dallas. Money guru Jean Chatzky is headlining the two-day program, which also features:

  • A Life Simulation, in which participants will assume the role of a family living in poverty and learn what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet in a simulated environment.
  • Financial education legislative update with Laura Ewing of the Texas Council on Economic Education.
  • An overview of financial education tools available to credit unions and educators, including the National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program, BizKid$, FamilyMint, Sammy the Savings Rabbit, Money Mammals, and more.
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