TALAS E-newsletter – August 1

Posted on August 1st, 2019
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Meet Dr. Ramiro Nava
He is currently serving as the Associate Superintendent of Operations at Somerset Independent School District.  Dr. Nava has served as Director of Special Education and Executive Director of Support Services during his tenure at Somerset ISD. In previous districts, Dr. Nava has served as Chief Academic Officer, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Principal, Vice-Principal, Summer School Administrator, and Classroom Teacher .

Having grown up in San Antonio, TX and attending the property-poor district of Edgewood ISD, Dr. Nava knows all too well the inequities of our public education system and the challenges facing our youths today. It is no surprise Dr. Nava’s passion is helping students who struggle to find their voice and achievement levels within the maze of classrooms, assignments, and accountability. 

Witness to the hardship his parents endured as first generation Americans, Dr. Nava strives to better himself everyday hoping to lead a district of his own. Incidentally, his leadership skills extend beyond the classroom having served as a school board trustee and past board president from 2000-2008.

Dr. Nava is completing his 15th year in education. His passion is working with people and building strong relationships with stakeholder to ensure students have the means and motivation to reach their desired potential.  Dr. Nava has served as both protégé and mentor with The Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Dr. Nava will be starting his third year supporting the TALAS Mentoring Program.
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  • Executive Director ESL / Bilingual Programs
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Lake Worth ISD – Assistant Superintendent of Student and Operational Services
Corpus Christi ISD hosts Tech Conference
Teachers from dozens of school districts explore technology at Tech2Teach conference

The opening riff to the song “Back in Black” blasted in a dark high school auditorium Tuesday morning, and text on a giant screen instructed the sea of teachers inside to turn on their phone flashlights. The screen asked teachers to flash their lights and cheer if they taught at high schools, then middle schools, then elementary schools. 

Then the screen said: “Make some noise if you make a difference.” The auditorium erupted in cheers.  Corpus Christi ISD hosts Tech conference
Historic zoning for childhood home of AISD’s first two Hispanic teachers recommended
Built in 1911, the home was purchased by the parents of Mary Grace Herrera and Consuelo Herrera Mendez in 1914. Years later, the sisters become the first two Mexican American teachers in the Austin Independent School District. Mendez Middle School was named after Consuelo and Mary Grace went on to testify in 1973 as a featured witness in a trial where the federal government brought suit against Austin for failing to desegregate the city schools.
Texas’ Top 10% Rule makes little difference in diversity on campus, study says

The Top 10% Rule has done little to increase diversity in universities across Texas, according to new research.

The study by Daniel Klasik, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kalena Cortes, a Texas A&M associate professor, analyzed admissions data from UT and Texas A&M from 1996 — two years before the policy went into effect — through 2016. 

The Texas Ten Percent Plan guarantees automatic admission to all state-funded universities for Texas students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. In their April study, the authors said the Top 10% Rule was started in order to promote campus diversity and college attendance in low-income areas without using admissions policies based on race. 
But in their study, Cortes and Klasik said they found little evidence the plan increased racial and financial diversity or the number of high schools that send students to Texas flagship institutions. Texas’ Top 10% rule
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National News
New Survey: Teachers Report Widespread Student Behavioral Disruptions but Sharply Diverge on Whether Consequences Demonstrate Racial Bias
American schools are undergoing a dramatic shift in their approaches to school discipline, as states and districts have worked over the past few years to reduce student suspensions under federal guidance issued by the Obama administration. The results of a new survey released today show that teacher perceptions of the transformation are mixed.

According to the survey, conducted in 2018 by the right-leaning Fordham Institute, most teachers believe their schools’ disciplinary policies are inconsistently enforced. A sizable majority said that the learning of most students was harmed by the presence of a small number of misbehaving classmates. And teachers in high-poverty schools were especially likely to encounter behavioral problems like violence and disrespect.

Read more here: New survey
School segregation worsens for Latino children compared with a generation ago
Latino children are likely to enter elementary schools this year with fewer white peers than a generation ago, judging by data reported in a new  study  published today in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

However, as racial segregation has intensified, low-income students of all racial groups are likely to learn beside more middle-class pupils than before.

In 1998, on average, the nation’s Latino children attended elementary schools in which nearly 40 percent of their schoolmates were white. By 2010, that percentage fell to just 30 percent nationwide, according to the study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Maryland; and the University of California, Irvine. Overall, Latino children today make up more than  one quarter  of the 35.5 million students attending elementary schools.

Read more here: School segregation
A view of the nation’s future through kindergarten demographics
Today’s kindergartners offer a glimpse of tomorrow’s demographics. The number of states where at least one-in-five public school kindergartners are Latino has more than doubled since 2000, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.

In 18 states, Latino children account for 20% or more of kindergartners. In 18 states and the District of Columbia, Latino children accounted for at least 20% of public school kindergarten students in 2017 (the most recent year available), up from eight states in 2000. However, only two states – Massachusetts and Nebraska – and the District have joined this list since 2010. This reflects the fact that Hispanic population growth has slowed over the past decade or so due to a declining number of births and a decrease in immigration, particularly from Mexico.
Read more here: Kindergarten demographics
College faculty have become more racially and ethnically diverse, but remain far less so than students
Racial and ethnic diversity has increased among college faculty in the United States over the past two decades, but faculty are still much more likely than students to be white.

In fall 2017, about three-quarters of postsecondary faculty members in the U.S. were white (76%), compared with 55% of undergraduates, according to the  National Center for Education Statistics  (NCES). In contrast, around a quarter of postsecondary faculty were nonwhite (24%), versus 45% of students. (Postsecondary faculty includes all faculty across institutions that grant associate degrees and higher.)

This imbalance extends to specific racial and ethnic groups. For example, in fall 2017, only 5% of faculty members were Hispanic, compared with 20% of undergraduates. Black faculty were also underrepresented compared with the black undergraduate population (6% vs. 14%). Conversely, Asian faculty made up a slightly higher portion of their peers compared with Asian students (11% vs. 7%)

Read more here: College faculty
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