TALAS E-newsletter – August 29

Posted on August 29th, 2019
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Operation K.E.Y.S. aims to reconnect dropouts in Corpus Christi with the classroom

The Corpus Christi Independent School District is seeking volunteers for a campaign to reconnect dropouts with educational opportunities. (Photo: Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times)
Operation K.E.Y.S., or Keeping Every Youth in School, is a dropout recovery walk in which volunteers team up to visit the homes of out-of-school seventh- through 12th-graders and get them back on track. The district will compile a list of students who attended CCISD schools last year and have not enrolled this year.

The walk is set for Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Teams will assemble at Moody High School and disperse to knock on doors.

Texas Superintendent Giving Portion of their Salary to Students for Scholarships
Wow! These are the kind of educators you want for your children.

Over in Sequin, Texas, the local superintendent is going above and beyond for his students. Dr. Matthew Gutierrez made a pledge to donate $2,000 of his own salary that would go to scholarships for students in the Seguin ISD.

Opportunities with…

  • Early Childhood Specialist (Program Specialist VI)
  • Early Childhood Readiness Specialist (Program Specialist VI)
  • Reading Academy Specialist (Program Specialist VI)
  • Contract Specialist III, IV and V
  • Special Education Professional Development Manager (Manager IV)
  • Blended Learning Operations Manager (Program Specialist VI)

  • Director – Equity Leadership Development and Planning
  • Executive Director of Financial Services
Spotlight TALAS Member Mark Ramirez
Dr. Mark A. Ramirez, ALAS SLA Cohort III Member, currently serves as an Executive Director in Dallas ISD.    

He is currently seen as an emerging leader within Dallas ISD and his job entails supervising 10 secondary campuses in the Southwest part of Dallas, Texas. Dallas ISD is the second largest school district in Texas serving 150,000 students. Dr. Ramirez supervises 6 high schools and 4 middle schools that have a combined enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. His primary responsibilities include coaching and developing principals to ensure improvement in student achievement. The most recent TEA accountability ratings show that Dallas ISD increased from a rating of 81 to 86, and 5 of his schools earned a rating of an A or a B.  

Dr. Ramirez is completing his 20th year in education. He has served as the principal of Molina High School in Dallas ISD, district science coordinator for Harlingen CISD, assistant principal at Sunset High School in Dallas ISD and began his career as a teacher at Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary in Dallas ISD. During his tenure at Molina High School the campus experienced double digit growth on state assessment results and unprecedented gains in the graduation rate. As an executive director he was instrumental in leading efforts for four schools to become recognized as International Baccalaureate world schools and his campuses continue to be some of the top performers in Dallas ISD.  

Dr. Ramirez has been fortunate to have great mentors along his career path and he strives to be a mentor for future educational leaders. He works on building positive relationships and building leadership capacity within his campuses. Being in the TALAS mentoring program has given him the opportunity to expand his mentoring network and is thankful for Dr. Carlos Ramirez and Dr. Lucio Calzada for their leadership and guidance.  

Dr. Ramirez earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary science from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University. His doctoral research was on effective leadership practices utilized by urban superintendents to influence and increase the achievement of Hispanic students. He still serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University
Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre named Finalist for Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Charles E. Dupre, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools, is among five public school administrators from across Texas selected as a state finalist for the annual Superintendent of the Year award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. 

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Dupre on earning recognition as a 2019 TASB Superintendent of the Year Finalist,” said Jason Burdine, FBISD Board President. “This honor speaks highly of his capabilities, passion and drive in leading one of the largest public school districts in the state.”

Read more here: Ft. Bend

Congratulations to the regional winners:
Regional winners nominated by regional selection committees are: Carlos Guzman, Roma ISD, Region 1; Sharon McKinney, Port Aransas ISD, Region 2; Tina Herrington, Wharton ISD, Region 3; Cody Abshier, Liberty ISD, Region 5; Christopher Moran, Whitehouse ISD, Region 7; Paul Jones, Paris ISD, Region 8; Roosevelt Nivens, Community ISD, Region 10; John Ramos, Castleberry ISD, Region 11; Duane Hyde, Highland ISD, Region 14; Carlos Rios, San Felipe Del Rio CISD, Region 15; Tanya Larkin, Pampa ISD, Region 16; Leandro Gonzales, Jr., Grady ISD, Region 18; Evelyn Loeffler, Sierra Blanca ISD, Region 19; Lloyd Verstuyft, Southwest ISD, Region 20.
It allows us to dream big:’ The fastest-growing college in Texas fills a gap by focusing on homegrown students
Nearly two decades ago, state Rep. Helen Giddings and state Sen. Royce West helped lay the groundwork for a new four-year university in the heart of southern Dallas. 

Seeing that dream come into focus, Giddings said, has been thrilling. On Monday, Giddings and West took part in the grand opening of the University of North Texas at Dallas’ $63 million student center.

“I could not be more excited,” Giddings said. “As I drove up today, I couldn’t even imagine this hill, this building and all the students, all the excitement when we started years ago.”  

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/
Career change resume tips: effectively translating your skills (with examples)
Statistics show that working professionals change jobs an average of 12 times over the course of their work-life, spending five years or less in each position.

If you’re feeling that itch, you’re not alone. And it might even be a great time to try something entirely new and change your career field.

We’ve got a few tips on how to translate your skills on your career change resume to ensure a smooth transition as you embark on a new journey.

“Career changes are very common and have become more so in the last 10 to 15 years with the changing economy and jobs landscape,” says Brie Weiler Reynolds, FlexJobs’ senior career specialist and career coach. “It’s something we work on often with clients, and one of the most important factors in making a successful career change is translating your best skills from your previous career so employers can understand that you’re a great fit, even if you’re coming from a different field.”

Read more here: Career change resume tips
National News
As Trump Pushes to Detain Migrant Families Indefinitely, Advocates Fear Expansion of Already-Inadequate Schooling
t’s back-to-school season, with local news flooded with mayors and superintendents high-fiving returning students and social media feeds full of smiling kids showing off their new backpacks.

But for the migrant children in the custody of various federal agencies, the back-to-school experience is vastly different. Far from bright classrooms with new friends and eager teachers, children in detention are often faced with limited, repetitive schooling ahead of uncertain futures in this country. Now, the Trump administration has proposed keeping some of those children in detention with their families indefinitely.

Read more here: Migrant children
Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Principals in the U.S.
“The 2017–18 National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) is a state and nationally representative sample survey of public and private K–12 schools, principals, and teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. NTPS collects data on core topics including teacher and principal preparation, classes taught, school characteristics, and demographics of the teacher and principal labor forces… This report presents selected findings from the Public School Principal and Private School Principal Data Files of the 2017–18 NTPS, representing results of the second collection of NTPS.

The purpose of NTPS is to collect information that can provide a detailed picture of U.S. elementary and secondary schools and their staff. This information is collected through school, principal, and teacher surveys. Information can be linked through all three surveys. 

Among public school principals during the 2017–18 school year, 78 percent were non-Hispanic White, 11 percent were non-Hispanic Black or African American, 9 percent were Hispanic, and 3 percent were another race/ethnicity. Among private school principals, 86 percent were non-Hispanic White, 5 percent were non-Hispanic Black or African American, 5 percent were Hispanic, and 4 percent were another race/ethnicity.

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.

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