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Happy Holidays from TALAS
Today’s newsletter will be the last of 2022, so we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and readership this year. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a wonderful year ahead!
Texas News
TALAS Partnership Spotlight with Hutto ISD and ParentSquare
We are thrilled to share the first episode of the new TALAS Partnership Spotlight series. Join host Dr. Rick Fernandez, Hutto ISD superintendent Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas, and Dr. Chad Stevens, Chief Strategy Officer at ParentSquare, as they share their experiences in public education and the challenges that schools and parents are facing with communication!
Austin school board picks Matias Segura to serve as interim superintendent
The Austin school board on Thursday night tapped Matias Segura, chief of operations, to serve as interim superintendent for the next six months while officials search for a permanent leader for the 74,000-student district.

Segura will replace interim Superintendent Anthony Mays, who is leaving the Austin district this month to become the superintendent at the Alief school district in Southwest Houston.

New principal appointed to Canutillo Elementary School
The Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the appointment of longtime district administrator Andrea Esparza as the next principal of Canutillo Elementary School.

She will begin her tenure on Jan. 3 after the winter break.

Esparza has 20 years of experience in public education and has served children in the Canutillo and El Paso independent school districts.

2022 DREAM Summit empowers HISD students on their paths to higher education
Hundreds of students born outside the U.S. and their families attended HISD’s 2022 DREAM Summit on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center. It was the first time the event hosted by College & Career Readiness and Multilingual Education was held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summit aims to help HISD DREAMers, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, visa holders, permanent residents, refugees, and asylum grantees learn more about the college application process and financial aid requirements.

San Antonio nursing student turned ‘living legend’ wins national award
A lesson in giving added to UT Health San Antonio’s nursing program thanks to a woman who has broken so many barriers that she’s considered a national treasure.

Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, grew up in the projects of Dallas, didn’t speak English until third grade, and had a family that worked multiple jobs to keep her in school. But she says she also had the one thing needed to succeed that has served her well — the drive to go to college.

“I had a drive, and I knew that I did not want to be poor. I wanted to get educated,” remembered Martinez Rogers, a 50-year veteran of the UT Health San Antonio Nursing School.

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Looking ahead to 2023: Here’s what’s in store for education
Giving students access to instruction, focusing on impact and promoting student outcomes are key for administrators in K-12 and higher ed alike.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you it’s been a challenging year for both students and faculty in both higher education and K-12. But like any obstacle, it’s overcome with perseverance and innovation, ultimately carrying us to the other side with hopes of a brighter tomorrow.

As for 2023, there’s a lot to look forward to. Here’s why.

Report: Half of Largest School Districts Changed Leaders Since Pandemic
The new analysis from consulting firm ILO Group shows virtually no change since 2018 in the percentage of superintendents who are women

Half of the nation’s 500 largest school districts have changed superintendents or are in the midst of a transition, according to a report tracking leadership churn since the pandemic began.

Forty-seven of those districts have seen two or more leadership changes. The turnover has been particularly hard on women: Of the 94 female superintendents who left their positions, two-thirds were replaced by men, according to the report, released Monday from ILO Group, a consulting firm that focuses on female school leaders.

14 Charts This Year That Helped Us Better Understand COVID’s Impact on Students, Teachers and Schools
From unfinished learning to missing students and lost earnings, these charts help explain the pandemic’s long-term impact

The pandemic had to end sometime. Historians will ultimately place its climax at some point in 2022.

It was the year that Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s most prominent public health authority, declared that the country was “out of the pandemic phase,” as COVID case rates plummeted from their Omicron highs. By the fall, President Biden was in somewhat controversial agreement with that sentiment, noting that most people had laid down their masks and returned to something like normal. 

Ashley Hope Pérez: ‘Young people have a right’ to stories that help them learn
For over a decade, I lived my professional dream. I spent my days teaching college literature courses and writing novels. I regularly visited schools as an author and got to meet teens who reminded me of the students I taught in Houston — the amazing humans who had first inspired me to write for young adults.

Then in 2021, my dream disintegrated into an author and educator’s nightmare as my novel Out of Darkness became a target for politically motivated book bans across the country.

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