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Southwest ISD Board of Trustees name Dr. Jeanette Ball as superintendent
The Southwest Board of Trustees named the lone finalist, Dr. Jeanette Ball, as their superintendent Wednesday.

The Southwest Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Ball as their superintendent at their January 17th meeting. By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Dr. Ball to be the new superintendent for Southwest ISD.

Edgewood ISD School Board Named State Finalist in H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards
Edgewood ISD is one of only five school boards selected throughout the state of Texas.

The Edgewood ISD (EISD) School Board has been named one of five state finalists in the prestigious H-E-B 21st Annual Excellence in Education awards.

“Our School Board offers the district a unified and clear vision for the success of our students and staff,” said EISD Superintendent Dr. Eduardo Hernández. “It takes teamwork and the collective leadership that our board develops within themselves makes our district stronger.

West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia to retire
West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia is stepping down after seven years in the position and about 45 years in education in the Coastal Bend.

The West Oso ISD board of trustees accepted Garcia’s resignation Tuesday evening, with Garcia’s last day set for Jan. 25. During the same meeting, the board named Executive Director of Academics Kimberly Moore as interim superintendent.

Austin ISD wants to raise teacher pay by at least 5% for the next school year
Austin ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Ed Ramos told school board members Thursday that compensation is the number one priority for the district’s 2023-2024 budget.

“Hiring teachers and keeping them in the district is a challenge not only for Austin ISD, but for districts across the state,” he said.

Austin ISD’s goal is to raise classroom teacher pay by at least 5%. Ramos said the increase is key to compete with surrounding Central Texas school districts. He told AISD trustees that while the district salaries are competitive for teachers with zero to five years of experience, salaries for veteran teachers are lagging. He is especially focused on getting Austin ISD’s pay on par with Hays CISD, one of the highest paying districts in the area.

UH Immigration Clinic ‘Training Ground’ for Law Students, Resource for Asylum Seekers
As a new year begins, time stands still on the U.S.-Mexico border for tens of thousands of migrants waiting for asylum hearings. It can take months or even years for their cases to be heard, if they are heard at all. But students at the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic are getting a unique opportunity to help some navigate the complexities of the U.S. legal system.

“These people risked everything to get here, and most of them can’t afford legal representation,” said Teresa Messer, Immigration Clinic director and professor of practice at the Law Center. “Our students not only provide the pro bono representation they need, but they get a top-notch educational experience as well.”

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What Educators of Color Say It Will Take to Boost Their Numbers in School Leadership
Daniela Anello wasn’t thinking about a career in school leadership until her then-principal at the DC Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., told her that she had what it takes.

Anello, who had wanted to be a teacher since she was in high school, was working as a literacy coach, helping Principal Wanda Perez turn around the school.

Perez’s endorsement made all the difference. She suggested that Anello apply for an emerging leaders’ program at the New York City-based New Leaders, an organization that provides preparation for principals.

Regulating Teacher Credentialing to Benefit English Learners
One education challenge that is often overlooked is that some students do not speak the same language as their teachers and peers. This problem is especially salient for non-English speaking students studying in the United States.

The number of English learners (ELs) in K-12 schools has grown by more than 1 million since the year 2000, bringing the total number in the United States to an estimated 4.9 million students.

Report reveals Hispanic families often seek better school opportunities for their children
More than half of parents try to improve the academic situations of their kids.

According to figures released by the National School Choice Week organization, 59% of parents of Hispanic and Latino origin have considered finding a new or different school for at least one of their children in the last year.

With the objective of finding options that allow their children to improve their academic performance and find a place where they can feel more comfortable, these searches seek to reduce school dropout rates and increase the chances of success.

A New Program Will Train Teachers to Teach Climate Change, Without the ‘Doom and Gloom’
Climate change is expected to affect every facet of our lives, and students are hungry to learn more about it. Many experts say the topic goes beyond science class and should be woven through subjects and grade levels.

Yet more than three-quarters of teachers have never received any professional training or education on climate change or how to teach it, according to a nationally representative survey of teachers, conducted by the EdWeek Research Center in December.

Why the U.S. must recognize and support caregiving students in middle and high schools
Many children and adolescents are responsible for disabled, chronically ill or aging family

Middle and high schoolers juggle a lot between school, friends and family life. But an estimated one in five have even bigger responsibilities — they are also caregivers for their families, at a time when most U.S. schools do not formally identify or support caregiving students.

It’s time for adults to recognize and help caregiving adolescents through federal, state and local educational policies, so they do not need to choose between caregiving and school activities.

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