TALAS E-newsletter – August 15

Posted on August 15th, 2019
And it’s the launch of the 2019-20 school year!

We’re tracking who’s going where in Texas.
If you’ve got news to share, contact us at TALAS News
Corpus Christi ISD Appoints New Principals
Paul Haas Middle School and Fred Sanders Elementary School will have new leaders in the fall.

Anna Fuentes has been named principal at Paul Haas Middle School, and Criselda Castillo was recently selected to be principal at Fred Sanders Elementary School. Felicidades!

Criselda Castillo
Anna Fuentes
9th Annual Houston Arts Partners Conference Sparks Creativity In Every Classroom
The Houston Arts Partners Conference will be held on Sept. 13 and 14, 2019, at the University of Houston-Downtown. With the goal of ensuring participation in visual and performing arts for all students in the Houston area, this annual event generates cross-curricular learning, partnerships, and innovation for K-12 teachers of all subjects, fine arts educators, and teaching artists. Registration fees are $45 for one day or $75 for both days. For more information, to view the full schedule, or to register, visit  www.HAPconference.org .

Meet Rene Sanchez

Rene Sanchez is the Chief Operations Officer of the South Bend Community School Corporation. His responsibilities include Human Resources and Transportation. He serves as a TALAS mentor after completing the TALAS protégé program (Cohort 3). He has served on the Houston AHSA Board and was its President-Elect. 

As principal of Houston ISD’s 3000+ Chavez High School, his team founded the IB Diploma and Career Programmes, the Process Technology A.A.S program with San Jacinto College, was featured in a book for its culture and use of Universal Design for Learning schoolwide, and was recognized by the OECD for closing the academic gap with affluent schools. In 3 years, his vertical team increased their fine arts programs by 250%.

Originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, South Bend is a second home thanks to his University of Notre Dame degree. Rene earned his J.D. from Ohio State, a M.Ed. and began his Ed.D. at UT Austin, and is currently enrolled at Indiana State to conclude his doctorate.

Rene is beginning his 25th year in education. After many campus roles, he is trying to learn the craft of district leadership to become a superintendent and, eventually, a professor who will coach our future educational leaders.
Opportunities with…

Aldine ISD

Irving ISD
  • Director of Special Education Irving ISD
  • Director of Data Governance and Management Services Irving ISD

Galena Park ISD
Mass Shootings Have Latinos Worried About Being Targets
When Michelle Otero arrived at an art show featuring Mexican-American women, the first thing she did was scan the room. Two exits. One security guard.

Then she thought to herself: If a shooter bursts in, how do my husband and I get out of here alive?

Otero, who is Mexican-American and Albuquerque’s poet laureate, had questioned even attending the crowded event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center a day after 22 people were killed in a shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.

That shooting and an earlier one in Gilroy, California, killed nearly two dozen Latinos. The violence has some Hispanics looking over their shoulders, avoiding speaking Spanish in public and seeking out escape routes amid fears they could be next.
Behind The Curtain: SPA’s Ballet Hispánico Summer Intensive Builds Tomorrow’s Dance Elite
While most teenagers are soaking up the last bit of summer before the school year begins, a group of middle and high school-age students have already been hard at work getting a head start in their favorite topic. Approximately 70 students hone their craft in the annual Ballet Hispánico Summer Intensive, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. In it, dancers spend two weeks at the 9,000 square foot Hunter Dance Center located in the Heights for choreography lessons, workshops and lectures that immerse them in both the performing and working worlds of dance.

Read more here: Ballet hispanico
Discover New Career Opportunities
Texas Association of School Administrators TASA Career Center
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
National News
This year the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents is offering a total of five (5) scholarships to Latinx leaders to provide assistance towards an advanced degree program in education. Click on the link below for more details and application process.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ brings positive Latino roles to the big screen
Isabela Moner is keenly aware of how rare it is to see a Hollywood franchise film with a Latina lead. Pondering the responsibility of playing the protagonist in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” the 18-year-old takes a page out of her linguaphile character’s book and mines her Spanish and English vocabulary for the right words.

“I don’t know how to put it,” Moner says. “I don’t think there’s a word for it, at least in English.”

She pauses, then smiles and shrugs. “Right place, right time, I guess? I just hope that I can make people proud.”

Read more here: Dora
Latino activists march in El Paso to demand action from Texas lawmakers in wake of deadly shooting
Latino activists held a rally to demand action from Texas lawmakers one week after a shooting at an El Paso Walmart killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Members of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which considers itself the nation’s oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization, marched Saturday in Dallas to call for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to hold a special session on strengthening gun regulations.
Read more here: Latino activists
What have districts learned when embracing culturally responsive curricula?
With its announcement  earlier this month  that it will adopt a culturally responsive curriculum, after a unanimous vote by the city’s Panel for Educational Policy, the New York City Department of Education joins a number of other districts that have also overhauled longstanding Eurocentric curricula in recent years. 

The change follows the release of a  report  by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice in February that noted a “lack of representation, diversity and inclusivity” in the district’s teaching materials.

Read more here: What have districts learned
Mil gracias to our sponsors
for their on-going support of TALAS!
Dear Friends,

I’m so excited to give you a first look at part of our NEW Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Professional Learning module: Culturally Responsive Teaching.

This video is part of our new SEL & Equity Professional Learning strand, developed in partnership with Dr. Luvelle Brown and Dr. Nancy Lewin.

Rethink’s comprehensive SEL Professional Learning curriculum empowers educators with transformative tools to create safe and positive school climates in which both students and adults can thrive.

If you’re interested in providing your educators with on-demand, scalable and cost-effective Professional Learning that transforms your school this year, let’s schedule some time to talk. Please let me know!

Best regards,



Diana Frezza

Senior Vice President

m: 845-587-1523

19 West 21st St., Ste 403

New York, NY 10010


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