March 27, 2020
The past weeks have been challenging for all of us but you have proved that our TCAA family is resilient and strong.
Difficult decisions had to be made in the past few days that will impact us all. We hope these decisions will keep our family members safe and healthy. With that said, we have decided not to automatically resume school on Monday, April 6th, and instead continue to keep TCAA, FWAFA, and TeSA closed until further notice. We will continue learning through online education and will continue following guidance from the Governer, and monitoring federal, state, and local agencies as well as surrounding school districts. When we feel it is safe for our children and all of you, we will reopen.
Along with this closure update, it is with heavy hearts that we will need to cancel all spring performances, art shows, prom, and senior trip.
All paid activity fees related to these performances as well as senior trip costs will be refunded. Students and parents can expect these refunds to arrive by the end of the school year. If fees were paid via credit card, they will be refunded via credit card. If fees were paid with cash and/or checks, refund checks will be mailed. Please be patient, as we are working with limited resources during this time.
Contingency plans will continue, as we strive to host as many senior activities as possible. However, if necessary events such as Senior Showcase and Graduation will take place on virtual platforms. Senior Capstone will be optional this year but for those who wish to participate, a virtual platform will be provided.
We know this is not the ideal situation but we encourage you to keep supporting one another, reaching out to your principals and teachers, and doing what you do best… loving on our children and each other. Let us know if you need anything. We are here to serve and support you. This too shall pass. We hope before long we will be back together.
Take care and please stay safe and healthy!
Chief Academic Officer
March 24, 2020
As we continue to tread in unchartered waters, we wanted to provide our families with some helpful resources that may help you navigate through this difficult time. Please see the links below:
To find internet providers in your area:https://broadbandnow.com/
Many are offering free service right now, so be sure to inquire about this.
Meals for students in need:https://txschools.gov/?fbclid=IwAR1_x5plzEXrohgfU2qHwxaaeoDL0giWefvMJPMKOcUYMSi8Z08rW5ONUVM
Available to any school-aged child under the age of 18.
July 5, 2018
(Fort Worth, TX…) Clint Riley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Center for Arts + Academics, has announced that the 501(c)-3 non-profit organization has hired its first Chief Academic Officer, Natalie Texada. Ms. Texada will serve as superintendent for the arts-based public charter schools of Texas Center for Arts + Academics: Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) and Texas School of the Arts (TeSA).
“Ms. Texada has an exciting and unique set of skills, education, and experience that will truly benefit the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family,” said Mr. Riley. “She is an educator and administrator, an artist, a patron of the arts, and a parent of artists. As well, she served as the TeSA principal for six school years before departing to continue work toward her doctorate in educational leadership.”
Ms. Texada is an education doctoral student at Texas Christian University. She holds a Master of Education degree in educational administration from Texas Christian University, a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma. Her certifications include Texas Administrative Certification (Principal, Grades ES-12), Professional Development and Appraisal System Certification (PDAS), Instructional Leadership Development Certification (ILD) and Texas Teacher Certification (Dance, Grades 8-12).
“From the classroom to the stage, Ms. Texada is the perfect person to work closely with students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as community stakeholders,” continued Mr. Riley. “Importantly, Ms. Texada is a FWAFA parent, which, combined with her experience as a TeSA principal, provides her with an incredibly valuable perspective that will benefit us all.”
In addition to her prior role as TeSA principal, Ms. Texada was most recently Director of TRIO Upward Bound at Texas Christian University, and she previously worked with the Fort Worth Independent School District as a site supervisor for Fort Worth After School at Sunrise-McMillian Elementary School. Ms. Texada was also instrumental in founding a non-profit organization, Academy of Performing and Visual Arts (2007-2009), for the purpose of establishing an open enrollment charter school. Her classroom experience includes serving as a Dallas ISD teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School and W.H. Gaston Middle School. An artist herself, Ms. Texada was a scholarship student and apprentice with Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City and was also a professional dancer, enjoying a successful touring career with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
“Serving as Chief Academic Officer is a dream role,” said Ms. Texada. “Not only do I feel like I’m coming back home to the TCAA family, but this is the perfect platform to combine my background in and love for education and the arts. I’m thrilled about the possibilities as we continue to move these wonderful schools forward.”
According to Texas Center for Arts + Academics, as CAO, Ms. Texada will be responsible for the effective operation of the schools, including the general administration of all instructional, business, and other operations. Reporting to the President and CEO, she will be a member of the organization’s leadership team and responsible for providing the highest quality instructional and administrative leadership, facilitating positive individual, family, and community growth through guidance and role modeling for all stakeholders. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and administration, Ms. Texada will support the organization’s mission of excellence through ongoing instruction, program, and systems development and curriculum alignment with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the National Core Arts Standards.