TALAS E-newsletter – December 12

Posted on December 12th, 2019
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Congratulations to Corpus Christi ISD,
Tomball ISD and San Elizario ISD
Congratulations to our colleagues on their districts being featured in  Texas School Business  magazine’s 13th Annual Bragging Rights issue: Corpus Christi, San Elizario, and Tomball! The special issue highlights programs and initiatives in these districts that showcase innovative thinking, passion, determination, and strong leadership within Texas public schools.  Read the issue online. Please be sure to share the issue and congratulate your colleagues!
Superintendent Search
Mt. Vernon, Washington

The Board of Directors of the Mount Vernon School District seeks highly qualified applicants for the position of superintendent. The district is replacing Dr. Carl Bruner, who has served as the Mount Vernon Superintendent since 2004 and will be retiring at the end of the current school year. This position is open until filled. To receive full consideration, apply by February 14, 2020.

Mt. Vernon is a majority Latinx district and they are looking for someone with a passion and vision for racial equity.
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PJSA) Is Recruiting
Dr. Arredondo is the new Superintendent at PSJA and he recently created three cabinet level positions: Chief Academic Officer, Chief of Operations and Chief of Human Resources.

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El Paso ISD names permanent principal at Jefferson/Silva
El Paso ISD officials this week announced the appointment of Cynthia Luna as the permanent principal at Jefferson High School and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School.

Luna, who until recently served as assistant principal at Transmountain Early College High School, began her tenure at Jefferson/Silva this week.

“We are happy to have found a wonderful principal for Jefferson/Silva from among our ranks of administrators. EPISD is growing its talent of leaders from within which shows true dedication from our staff on behalf of our students,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “Ms. Luna’s commitment for education will be a great fit for the students and community at Jefferson and Silva.”
Eanes ISD board votes to continue Spanish immersion program after dozens of parents voice support

The Eanes ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to continue a Spanish language immersion pilot program in kindergarten through fifth grade at a Dec. 10 meeting.

Dozens of parents spoke about the program, almost all in support of continuing it and including some whose children have behavioral or learning differences. Many cited their children’s positive experience in the program, which they said had improved their confidence, resilience and readiness for an increasingly globalized world.

A handful of parents said they had moved to the district because of the immersion program.
Partnership promises innovation for South Side youths

Texas A&M University-San Antonio will partner with seven South San Antonio school districts to improve education opportunities for children who will eventually choose careers in high-demand fields.

The partnership was announced Nov. 22 in a press conference at A&M-San Antonio. The partnership is called A&M-SA & South Bexar County ISDs Partnership to Impact Regional Equality and Excellence, or ASPIRE.
ASPIRE is part of SB 1882, Texas legislators approved the bill 2017, and ASPIRE went into effect Nov. 22, said Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of A&M-San Antonio.

Matson said she is proud of such a big accomplishment for the school and the community.

The bill allows school districts to partner with other educational institutions; the collaborations may receive additional state funding for the partnership school.
State guidelines for districts seeking to benefit from SB 1882 list three kinds of eligibility partnerships: turnaround partnerships, innovation partnerships and new school partnerships. 

Explore Career Opportunities Today
Texas Association of School Administrators TASA Career Center
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
Outdated Career Advice to Leave Behind in 2019
Social media is all a-chatter about not just a new year, but a new decade looming. But as you’re popping champagne, singing “Auld Lang Syne”, and watching the fireworks to ring in 2020, keep in mind that there is career advice that has no place in the new decade. Here are three things to leave behind in 2019 – and what to do instead:

1. Ditch advice focusing on your appearance. Women especially receive a lot of unhelpful and outdated advice on their appearance. “Make sure you always wear make-up… but no too much!” “Wear heels because you’ll look more confident!” “Wear only neutral nail polish shades, because you don’t want people to make assumptions about you!” (??)

The problem here is, of course, that this advice reduces you to a workplace ornament first. Before your expertise and talents are considered, this advice tells you that you exist to be aesthetically pleasing to your colleagues before anything else.

National News
Join the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) as we partner with FETC for our 2nd Annual ALAS at FETC Pre-Conference Partner/Match Sessions! 

Date: January 13-14, 2020
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, Florida 

The ALAS Partner/Match Sessions are designed to provide one-on-one meetings between ALAS education leaders and solution providers to discuss areas of interest for the upcoming year. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to; Curriculum and Instruction, STEAM, Digital Content/Virtual Reality, Online Resources, Facilities, Security, Finance, Leadership, Professional Development, Assessment, English Learners, Data Management and more!

ALAS Members: For your time and commitment, ALAS will cover your room and board for one night and provide current ALAS National members with a $250.00 scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding teacher or student in your school district. 

State affiliate groups with 5 or more attendees will receive $2,500 per affiliate, groups with 10 or more attendees will receive $5,000 per state affiliate. 
Enrollment In Teacher The Mendez v. Westminster Case: Mexican Families Who Ended Segregation in California Schools

Whenever we think of the Civil Rights era in the United States, we are reminded of Rosa Parks, who challenged white America by resisting to give up her seat on a bus. We also remember the Black Panthers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream.” And of course, the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education that ended racial segregation in schools in 1954.

But eight years earlier, in sunny California, a group of families struggled to stop their children from attending schools “only for Mexicans.” And they won.

Mendez v. Westminster served as a precedent for the mythical Brown v. Board of Education, the first case in which a federal court ruled that segregation by race in public schools was unconstitutional. However, it was forgotten for decades… Along with one of California’s darkest times, which explains why many Latino families were afraid to teach their children their language and traditions. 
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