TALAS E-newsletter – January 16

Posted on January 16th, 2020
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Congratulations to Mr. Joe Lopez
New Superintendent Kermit ISD
Mr. Joe Lopez joined Kermit ISD in December 2019 as the Superintendent of Schools. Prior to joining Kermit ISD, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for Taft ISD. Under his leadership, Taft ISD made academic gains, improved the technology infrastructure and upgraded facilities in order to meet the needs of all students.   Mr. Lopez has 19 years of experience serving as teacher, middle and high school assistant principal, principal at both the elementary and secondary level, and central office administrator. During his educational career, he has placed an emphasis on collaboration and communication with students, staff, parents, and the community.  Prior to joining Taft ISD, he served as the Executive Director for State and Federal Programs in Mission CISD where he provided service and guidance to 24 campuses and approximately 15,500 students.

 Superintendent search: Gutiérrez hopes to be ‘uniter’ for Madison School District

Matthew Gutiérrez has become superintendent of two Texas school districts at times of unrest.

One of three finalists to become the next leader of the Madison Metropolitan School District, Gutiérrez said he hopes he can use the skills developed in those roles to build trust with the community here.

“That experience has made me a stronger leader, a more effective leader,” Gutiérrez said in an interview earlier this month. “Having had a background in human resources, I’ve learned how to place people first and work through very challenging situations.

Washoe County School District Superintendent Opening
JG Consulting has engaged with the Washoe County School District (WCSD) to recruit qualified candidates to serve as the Superintendent.

Washoe County School District is seeking an innovative leader who has served in a large, complex organization with a track record of success in implementing and driving curriculum best practices proving academic growth for all students. The Superintendent should be a team builder who has the leadership style and interpersonal skills to build, motivate and maintain a highly effective executive staff and who can set clear expectations and delegate authority but remains knowledgeable and accountable for the district’s overall progress. The WCSD leader should possess an unwavering commitment and dedication to supporting and growing a culture of inclusion and equity throughout the district and community.

Fabens ISD chosen as finalist in 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education District Award

The Fabens Independent School District was named as one of three finalists in the state of Texas for the H-E-B Excellence in Education District Award grant. Fabens ISD is the only school district in west Texas to be named a finalist.

“The Fabens Independent School District is extremely honored to receive this recognition. It is a true testament to the great community we have and to the commitment made by all of our staff and students,” said Dr. Veronica Vijil, the superintendent of schools for Fabens ISD.

Local school district upgrading libraries
A new year means a new upgrade for a number of libraries throughout a local school district.

Brownsville ISD is getting all new equipment. Computers, floors, and ceilings for their libraries. Sharp Elementary was the first to get a look at their new and improved library. The renovations were all part of making the school environment more inviting for students, as well as giving them a better learning experience.

Heather Olvera, Librarian – Sharp Elementary, “If you’d seen the before and now the after, it’s been a huge change and I’ve mentioned before it’s going to be a life changing experience for our students.”

Tomball ISD Placed on College Board’s 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll
Tomball ISD is one of 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.

To be included on the 10th Annual Honor Roll, Tomball ISD had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. 

Tomball ISD has been honored seven times and for six straight years during the 10-year existence. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

Recruitment for 2020-21 Underway
  • Principal – Districtwide Pool 2020-21
  • Assistant Principal/Dean, District Wide Pool 2020 – 2021

  • Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Principal 2020 – 2021 (221 days)
  • Executive Director – School Leadership
  • Manager – Campus Support Team

  • Director of Development
We look forward to having you join us!
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
Explore Career Opportunities Today
Texas Association of School Administrators TASA Career Center
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Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
This common mistake can cost you the job — and it happens after the interview
There are a few pieces of interview advice that are burned into my brain better than any Britney Spears song, which is really saying something. They go a little something like this: bring a printed resume, ask questions at the end and, maybe the most contended, send a thank you note after the interview.

While not everyone agrees interviewees need to send a thank-you note (just look at the controversy around this Business Insider article), I think everyone could agree that a lot of people who send them mess them up.

Not by sending them too early or by using the wrong salutation or by forgoing the written letter, three anxieties I have actually Googled.

No. A common way people mess up thank you notes is by sending the same one, over and over, to people who are all getting in a room together to discuss their future employment.

El Paso ISD names new principal for Moye Elementary

The El Paso Independent School District announced the appointment of a new permanent principal for H.R. Moye Elementary School.

Julie Anne Chavez will begin her tenure as the leader of the Northeast campus on January 23.

Chavez is currently the assistant principal at Mesita Elementary and the Mesita Early Childhood Development Center where she has served as an instructional leader, Response to Intervention coordinator, teacher evaluator and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports lead.

Latina Teen Develops Alexa Skill That Answers Immigrant-Related Questions
A 14-year old Latina high school student in Austin, Texas, developed an Alexa Skill called “Immigration Bonds,” that allows English- and Spanish-speaking immigrants to get answers to immigrant-related queries such as the duration of visa application and being allowed to get a driver license, according to an article by Mitú.

Since sixth grade, the Mexican descent Suguey Carmona has shown interest in coding. Not long after that, she was able to join Hello World, a K-12 computer science program based in Austin and San Francisco where she became exposed to different programming languages and discovered a way to help out immigrant families in her community through her love of coding.

Black and Hispanic Students Are Succeeding in Hard Courses. So What’s Keeping Many of Them Out?

 Nationally, black and Hispanic students are not enrolled in gifted and talented courses, Algebra I in 8th grade, or Advanced Placement courses in numbers that match their representation among students nationally. 

But a new report from The Education Trust, an advocacy organization for students of color and students from low-income families, says that multiple factors explain those disparities—and thus, different approaches will be needed to fix them.

Those approaches include increasing the number of seats available in advanced courses at schools that serve primarily black and Hispanic students. But policymakers must also eliminate the enrollment barriers facing the black and Hispanic students who attend schools where they are in the minority.

In addition to the report, Ed Trust created a data tool that allow users to see black and Hispanic enrollment in advanced coursework. 

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