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

Jose ParraIrving, Texas Independent School District Superintendent Jose Parra will serve on an educator panel at the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s FOCUS Summit Feb. 6-7 in Dallas. Parra, who began his new position in Irving ISD on Jan. 6, is in his 26th year of serving public education in Texas. He will be joined on the panel by:

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

The distinguished panel of educators will focus their discussion on how credit unions can enter schools, sustain the relationship, and remain relevant.

The two-day focus summit is being held at the Doubletree Galleria Hotel in Dallas, and brings together credit union professionals, financial education advocates, community leaders and school officials to share ideas and best practices on removing the barriers to household savings and asset building and empowering consumers to become better managers of their personal finances. 

A highlight of the two-day program is a presentation from money guru Jean Chatzky. The acclaimed author and financial editor for NBC’s “Today” Show will focus her discussion on money – how to get it, how to keep it, how to invest it, and how to make peace with it.

The summit also features a Life Simulation, in which participants will assume the role of a family living in poverty. Some families are newly unemployed, some are homeless, and others are senior citizens living on disability payments or raising grandchildren. The “families” will struggle to make ends meet in a simulated environment.

A financial education legislative update will also be presented by Laura Ewing of the Texas Council on Economic Education, and attendees will receive 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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