TALAS E-newsletter – April 11

Posted on April 11th, 2019
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BISD launches national search; New superintendent to take reins by next school year
Brownsville Independent School District trustees have signed a contract with the Texas Association of School Boards to conduct a nationwide search for a new superintendent of schools.

Once the contract was signed on Friday the search went live on the TASB website Monday morning. State associations of school boards across the country then picked up the search and it became nationwide, said Butch Felkner, TASB director of executive search services.

Ivan Cantu, AVID Administrator with Garland ISD – TALAS member quoted
North Texas School Districts Encourage Parents
to Consider Pre-K
School districts across the area are encouraging parents to place students in pre-K and are accepting applications for next school year.

Some districts are trying to educate parents on why enrolling for pre-K can make such a big difference in their child’s education.
Conrado Garcia, superintendent of the West Oso Independent School District and TALAS member, quoted…
Teacher: ‘STAAR keeps students accountable’
Many educators believe, whether it’s the STAAR exam or some other test, there will always be a need for some type of end-of-course exam.
The exams started Tuesday and continue Wednesday. They are required by the state to see if students are prepared to move on to the next grade level.
Tomball ISD’s Chris Trotter named lone finalist in Cleveland ISD superintendent search
Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora announced April 8 the district’s Chief Administrative Officer Chris Trotter has been named the lone finalist in Cleveland ISD’s superintendent search.

“Chris exemplifies Team Tomball,” Salazar-Zamora said during the April 8 board of trustees workshop. “You have left a mark in this district. You will always be a part of team Tomball. We are so proud of what you are going to go and do and accomplish in your district. Never forget that this is still home.”

EPISD, Texas Tech Partner on Program for Students Interested in Nursing Careers
A new agreement between the El Paso Independent School District and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso could make it easier for students at Silva Health Magnet to earn a spot in the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing.

The agreement outlines pre-requisites that will help secure admission spots in the Hunt School of Nursing for Silva Students who earn an associate’s degree through dual-credit courses during high school.

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ALAS is proud to accept applications for the ninth cohort of our premier leadership development program. We will reach an amazing number of 122 SLA alumni graduates in May. Our goal and vision to recruit, prepare and expand opportunities for emerging school-system leaders have been successful and we continue to offer an exclusive yearlong training institute that includes coaching, training, mentoring and support. Download the application for additional information on the Cohort IX schedule and submission guidelines. 
Deadline to Apply: Due May 31, 2019
Dr. D retiring at Avalon after 25 years – Appreciation dinner slated for May 18
Dr. David Del Bosque has been principal and superintendent at both St. John’s in Ennis and Avalon. Longtime principal and school superintendent Dr. David Del Bosque is in his final days as head of schools at Avalon. Having announced his retirement for end of the spring, the beloved “Dr. D,” as he is affectionately known, will be honored in a special ceremony on Saturday, May 18. 
Get to Know…Superintendent Roberto Santos, United ISD
Roberto J. Santos is a native Laredoan who attended local schools and received his high school diploma from Martin High School. Upon graduation, he received an athletic scholarship to St. Edward’s University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He continued his studies at the University of Texas-Pan American where he completed a Master of Science Degree in Education. With a strong belief in pursuing higher education, he enrolled at Laredo State University and later at Texas A&M Kingsville where he received an administrator certificate as well as a superintendent’s certificate.

National News and Studies
Bonding Exercises Cut Discipline Disparity for Students of Color
Exercises that address middle school students’ worries about belonging can help black and Latino boys develop better relationships with teachers, according to new research.

The exercises also sharply reduce their risk of receiving discipline citations years into the future, report researchers.

Their research, which appears in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that guided exercises in two or more 25-minute class sessions early in sixth or seventh grade reduced teacher reports of discipline issues—such as for disrespect, defiance, or insubordination—among black and Latino boys by 57 percent over two years in one study. In a second study, the reduction for black boys was 65 percent from sixth grade through 12th grade.
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