TALAS E-newsletter – December 19

Posted on December 19th, 2019
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TALAS at Mid-Winter
Saturday, January 25th 
TALAS Mentorship Program
Austin Convention Center 10 AB
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

TALAS Affiliate Meeting
Austin Convention Center Room 8 A
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

TALAS & TABSE Joint Luncheon
Austin Convention Center ACC 8ABC
12:00 PM

Sunday, January 26th
TALAS Executive Board Meeting
1:30 to 4:00 PM Hilton Hotel Room 404 (Room adjacent to Texas Urban Council)
1:30 Lunch Served; 2:00 Installation of Officers;
Update of TALAS Vision Statement with Roz Keck

Past President’s Dinner Honoring Dr. Salazar-Zamora
Hosted by Rethink Ed and Renaissance Learning
7:00 PM (Venue Pending)

Monday, January 27th 
TALAS Presentation – Exemplary Dual Language Programs: Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio ISD’s
Ivonne Durant, David Kauffman, Laila Ferris, Olivia Hernandez
Austin Convention Center, 16 B
10:45 to 11:45 AM

TALAS Meet & Greet Four Seasons Hotel
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Hosted by Renaissance Learning, Naviance, Paxton Patterson, and Insight

Tuesday, January 28th
Second TALAS Panel Presentation – Advancing a Legacy for Latina Superintendents in Texas: Martha Salazar-Zamora, Celina Estrada Thomas, Veronica Vijil
Austin Convention Center, 17 B
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Third TALAS Panel Presentation: Education – Public School Transformation – Is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time! Martha Salazar-Zamora, Rick Lopez, Robert Bostic, Charles Dupre
Austin Convention Center, 13B
2:15 to 3:15 PM
Multiple Superintendent Searches
in Idaho

The Idaho School Boards Association is assisting with various superintendent searches this year. Below is the map of the current searches. For more information on current searches, please visit  Idaho Superintendent Searches
EPCC adopts Tornillo Elementary
to promote a College-Going Culture
El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Tornillo Elementary as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on Thursday.

EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Tornillo Independent School District (TISD) Superintendent Rosy Vega-Barrio, Tornillo Elementary Principal, Myrna Lopez and the student body to the program.

“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”

The lines that divide: School district boundaries
often stymie integration
The football stadium at Houston High School was alive with the sounds of a 185-student marching band and an announcer bellowing “Touchdowwwwn, Mustangs!” Videos played on a sophisticated scoreboard as players scrambled across pristine artificial turf.

It made the community’s wealth obvious, especially to parents from Southwind High, seated on the visitors’ bleachers. At Southwind, more than 4 in 10 students live in poverty and nearly all are black or Hispanic. It is part of the Shelby County Schools, which primarily serve Memphis.

At Houston High, 3 percent of students are poor and 14 percent are black. It sits in Germantown, a neighboring mostly white suburban district.

“Memphis is segregated — very much so,” said Catrina Morrow, whose son plays defensive end for Southwind, where she said there never seems to be enough money for anything. “I feel like if they don’t want the black children there, that’s fine. But cater to our children as well, be concerned about our children as well.”
Eugene schools leader is a top finalist for national superintendent of the year award

The top administrator of one of Oregon’s largest school districts was announced as a finalist for the national superintendent of the year award Tuesday.

Gustavo Balderas was named state superintendent of the year in September and joins three other finalists for the national award, which will be announced in February. Balderas has led the Eugene School District since 2015.

In that time, Balderas has boosted the ranks of people of color in administrative positions. About 40% of Eugene principals and around one-third of administrators are people of color, according to district figures.

“Dr. Balderas has been an exceptional leader for our schools and has transformed the way we look at education for our kids,” Anne Marie Levis, chairwoman of the Eugene School Board said in a statement. “He is laser-focused on results for our students, insightful in the work that he does and knowledgeable about what makes a difference for our students and their achievement.”

Teacher bias devalues math skills of girls and students of color, research finds

 New USC research into how teachers evaluate the mathematical ability of students suggests that white teachers and teachers of color alike have biases that favor white and male students.

The researchers asked two questions: First, when reviewing the work of fictitious students, do teachers’ ratings of students’ abilities differ depending on the gender or race/ethnicity of students’ names? And second, do teachers’ own race, gender and educational backgrounds predict their implicit biases?

The study, published in the December 2019 edition of Educational Researcher, found that teachers evaluated students’ performance equally along racial and gender lines but assumed that girls—and especially girls of color—had lower math abilities than boys and white boys. According to their findings, the lowest-rated group was always females of color.

Explore Career Opportunities Today
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Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Derail Your Next Interview
Job interviews can make even the most confident person feel vulnerable. No matter how well you’ve prepared, there’s no way to know for sure what questions the hiring team will ask, and if you’ll know the best way to answer them. If you’re unemployed during this process, you may have the added pressure of needing to do well in the interview to boost your chances of landing a job and a steady paycheck. These elements combined can contribute to  a perfect storm of stress  and feelings of helplessness throughout each step of the job interview process, with the stakes escalating each time you jump through another hoop.

As an executive coach, when I help clients prepare for interviews, many express that they feel undeserving of the position — like a fraud in mortal fear of being discovered to be inadequate. This was the case with my client Cliff (not his real name), who came to me for advice when he was interviewing for COO positions in start-up biotech companies. Having founded, grown, and successfully run his own company for eight years, Cliff was eminently qualified for a C-suite role. Why then was he plagued with self-doubt about applying for one?

Latinos for Education: Changing The Face and The Future Of Education

Education is an essential part of ensuring that future generations are both equipped and empowered to create change and make this world a better place. It is a fundamental human right, and a powerful tool to ensure that today’s youth can become the influential change-makers and leaders of tomorrow. And yet, for many people and especially for minorities, education is not a guarantee. This is especially true for Latinos, who are significantly less likely to have access to education, less likely to graduate from higher education institutions, and also less likely to have access to professional opportunities in the education sector.  

But Latinos for Education is dedicated to flipping the script and changing that story by helping to provide support and access to Latinos, with the core belief that education provides opportunities for every student to decide his or her destiny. This non-profit organization is on a mission to develop, place and connect essential Latino leaders in the education sector, with the ultimate goal of infusing Latino talent into positions of influence across the country.
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. 
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