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Texas News
UISD superintendent elected to board of directors for South Texas
This week, UISD Superintendent David Gonzalez was elected to be a part of the South Texas Association of Schools Board of Directors, and he now joins a team of other esteemed superintendents throughout South Texas.

According to UISD, Gonzalez’s seat on the Board of Directors will allow him to provide guidance and direction on education-related bills during state legislative sessions. Between him and the other superintendents from Zapata ISD, Roma ISD and beyond, Gonzalez can provide more specific input that focuses on the needs of Laredo students.

Roma ISD to offer incentive for fully vaccinated employees
Roma ISD School Board approved stipend for employees that are fully vaccinated by Sept. 1, according to a press release.

The board approved a one-time $350 stipend for employees that receive whichever of the three vaccines available, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson.

“Although vaccination is always a choice, we want to encourage employees who can be vaccinated against COVID-19 to be vaccinated,” said Roma ISD Superintendent Carlos Guzman.

Tutoring is key to helping students recover from ‘COVID-slide.’ How can Texas school maximize it?
Schools across the state will have to bolster their tutoring ranks to combat learning loss.

Kids at McShan Elementary unexpectedly found tutoring help from a teenager in Rio de Janeiro over the past year.

The pandemic’s unrelenting hold on Brazil kept 18-year-old Maria Luiza Gesteira at home, worried that if she ventured out, she could bring COVID-19 back to her parents.

She looked for ways to virtually volunteer to pass the time. And via YouTube, she found McShan, some 5,200 miles away in Dallas, and tutored students on Zoom up to three times a week.

As Latino vote accelerates, Texas Republicans seek more restrictions
Opponents of Republican-led restrictive voter laws say the aim is clear: Suppress Latino votes, even though it may also hurt the GOP.

Among the 100 or so people taking part on Day 1 of a Texas voting rights march styled after the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches in Alabama was an 80-year-old Tejano music superstar better known by his stage name, Little Joe.

Little Joe, whose full name is José María de León Hernández, has pushed for equality for much of his more than six decades in entertainment. He has joined protests for farmworkers and was active in civil rights protests of the Chicano Movement.

‘Mr. Spanish’ was buried at this Texas school. Now, it may become a new national park.
The Blackwell School is one of the last ‘Mexican schools’ still standing as a testament to racial segregation and the community’s resilience.

Jessi Silva remembers going to the grocery store in Marfa, Texas, as a child, tagging along while her mother went to get a shopping cart. But there was a problem.

“A white lady was gonna take the cart,” Jessi, now 72, said. “My mother was there first. The Anglo lady gave my mother a dirty look. My mother let her have the grocery cart. And I thought to myself, why is she doing that?”

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Supporting Your Career
How To Get Promoted: The 5 Things You Need Before You Move Up
How are you feeling about your career right now? According to a the Gallup 2021 Global Emotions report, 2020 was officially the most stressful year on record. If you want to create a new experience in 2021, maybe the time is right for you to move up in your career. However, getting promoted isn’t only about having a positive attitude or doing a great job. Lots of folks are conscientious and dedicated – so what makes you stand out above the rest? Being smart about landing a promotion means internalizing how advancement really works. While every company is different, your next promotion happens inside of a context. Understanding that context, plus being great at your job, can help position your career for success.

National News
Recession, Recovery & Robotics: Can CTE and Reno’s Reinvented Schools Avert a COVID Classroom Crisis?
How going all in on career and technical education after the last economic downturn could now help the city weather the pandemic’s K-shaped recession

On Nov. 28, 2020, the COVID-19 infection rate in Washoe County, Nevada, crested at 113 new cases per 100,000 residents. What that grim statistic meant to residents of Reno, Tahoe and the county’s other small cities depended greatly on their socioeconomic status. 

Employment on that day, for instance, was down 1 percent over January 2020 — low, but also deceptive. Employment among middle-income workers, those making $27,000 to $60,000 a year, was flat.

New Study: Did Online School Drive Down Cyberbullying?
When the pandemic first struck, many child well-being advocates worried that the massive shift to remote school would spur an uptick in a troubling behavior: online bullying.

According to new research from Boston University, however, virtual learning may have had precisely the opposite effect.

During online school, “there’s no increase in cyberbullying, and in fact, there appears to be a decrease,” co-author Andrew Bacher-Hicks told The 74.

4 Ways to Keep Staff and Students Safe From the Delta Variant
The timing couldn’t be worse: Just as schools reopen, a super-contagious COVID-19 variant, Delta, is infecting people nationwide at alarming rates. Unvaccinated people are particularly vulnerable, but even the inoculated can fall victim to this aggressive new strain.

It’s particularly important right now to use all the mitigation strategies you can to protect students and staff. But protecting them isn’t just about what you do; it’s about how you think. Here are four key things to consider.

They Came To The U.S. As Children, But At 21, Their Legal Status Runs Out
Pareen Mhatre, 21, is set to graduate sometime next year. A biomedical engineering major at the University of Iowa, she’s hoping her degree will lead to a career developing medical devices, particularly for rural populations.

“Before the pandemic, I was actually a volunteer there, and I was able to witness the top-tier care that the hospital staff provided to the patients along with the technology that is used,” she says. “I want to be able to help these populations get the medical care that they deserve.”

‘They’ll know more than I ever knew’: More states move to require lessons on Native American history and culture
When Jaylyn Suppah was a high school student, she had a lot of questions for her civics teacher.

Why were their lessons on Native Americans about tribes from the Midwest, with no mention of regional tribes like hers, the Warm Springs, Wasco, Shoshone-Bannock, and Yakama? Why did the textbook only spend a few pages on their history? And why were critical topics, like the forced assimilation of Native American children at U.S. boarding schools, missing?

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