TALAS E-newsletter – April 18

Posted on April 18th, 2019
“Be strong minded and always think
that the impossible is possible.” 
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Jeanette Ball, Superintendent of Schools, Judson ISD
San Antonio-area school district picked for leadership program
The Judson Independent School District is one of six districts selected for the second cohort of the Holdsworth Partnership, a five-year educational leadership development program.

Districts were chosen “based upon willingness and ability to change, as well as level of commitment to growing and developing a pipeline of leaders,” the Holdsworth Center said in press release Tuesday.

TALAS Mentoring program seeking candidates
The TALAS mentoring program committee has opened the application window which will close in early June. We are looking to identify potential candidates to be members of Cohort 6, starting in June. For additional information, please contact Lucio Calzada at lucalzada@aol.com or 512.695.6713.
Dr. Carol G. Perez, Superintendent of Schools, Mission CISD
Mission elementary school to have greater focus on fine arts

Beginning in the 2019 school year. Salinas Elementary School will become the district’s first fine arts academy.

“We have been looking for ways to improve upon our offerings to the families of Mission CISD,” explained Dr. Carol G. Perez, superintendent of schools. “College readiness and STEM has been a focus for all our elementary schools. Now we are giving our community another option for those who also want to let their children explore their more creative sides while still maintaining strict college readiness standards.”
Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Seguin ISD Superintendent
Seguin ISD inspiring kids & teachers with recess
An area school district is increasing recess time for students. Seguin ISD is taking part in a program called LiiNK, or Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids. Many of the schools in the district now have four 15-minute unstructured, outdoor play breaks every day.

According to their website, “The LiiNK Project is based on research in the U.S. and other countries to incorporate a much more inclusive, innovative model than traditional public schools have adopted over the past 20 years.
Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D.
Socorro ISD reaches enrollment milestone
Socorro Independent School District student population topped 47,000 on March 28. The district reached the new milestone when third-grader Jesus A. Rodriguez enrolled at Robert R. Rojas Elementary in the Socorro feeder pattern.

Team SISD continues to be a fast-growing school district and has grown by 1,000 students in the last three years, despite more school choices. 
US Sen. John Cornyn visits El Paso’s Parkland Middle School for talks on grant program
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Tuesday was in El Paso at Parkland Middle School, 6045 Nova Way, to promote a federal educational grant program.

The senator took part in roundtable discussions with school district superintendents, educators, University of Texas at El Paso administrators and students about federal Gear Up grants they have received for college and career readiness. 
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Texas Association of School Boards 
Beloved 1,000-year-old buildings disappear in the blink of an eye.
Celebrities we’ve never met die young. Babies are born. Music goes from cutting edge to current to oldies. Technology that was prized becomes obsolete. A medical breakthrough averts certain doom…

Our experience with time keeps changing. The concept of the time machine was only invented in the 1800s, and people who lived when they were building Notre Dame had little concept of what the world was like a thousand years before them, and no imagination at all of what the world might be like today. Read more…
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
Early Childhood Coalition of Hays County to host free summit on importance of early childhood education
The Early Childhood Coalition of Hays County is set to host a free Early Childhood Summit May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas State University in an effort to educate the public about the role that early childhood education plays in later academic success and workforce development.
Get to Know…Superintendent Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Seguin ISD
Dr. Gutierrez has served as assistant superintendent in Plano ISD since 2016, a district with 54,000 students. While in Plano Dr. Gutierrez implemented flexible Professional Learning Communities to connect more than 4,000 teachers to professional development opportunities in support of their professional growth. Prior to Plano he served as interim superintendent at Little Elm ISD during the 2014-2015 school year and as Deputy Superintendent from 2015-2016. Little Elm is a fast growth district where he implemented board committees, town hall forums and an online feedback tool to increase community engagement and connect stakeholders. There, he also facilitated and monitored a five year strategic plan.

He has also served as an elementary principal and middle school assistant principal during his career. Dr. Gutierrez earned a bachelor’s degree from Angelo St. University, a master’s from Schreiner University and a doctorate from Texas Tech University.
“Be strong minded and always think
that the impossible is possible.” Selena
National News
California university announces plans for a Selena media course on slain star’s birthday
San Diego State University is planning a class all about the Queen of Tejano Selena Quintanilla.

Tuesday, on what would have been the late singer’s 48th birthday, the California school announced it will offer a new course dedicated to her.

“Selena and Latinx Media Representation” will begin spring 2020 and will explore the culture and influence of the Grammy-winning pop star, said Nathian Shae Rodriguez, an assistant professor of digital media studies.
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