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Texas News
Here’s who will lead Corpus Christi ISD’s newest elementary schools
The principals who will lead Corpus Christi ISD’s newest elementary schools next year have been announced.

Cullen Place Elementary School will take in students from Montclair, Meadowbrook and Woodlawn elementary schools. Current Montclair Elementary School Principal Steve Barrera will lead the new consolidated campus.

Barrera has been a principal in CCISD since 2006 and an educator since 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a master’s from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

San Elizario ISD board votes to transition to a 4-day week for upcoming school year
The San Elizario Independent School District school board voted and approved to transition to a 4-day week for the 2023-2024 school calendar.

The vote happened Wednesday during a regular meeting.

In a four-to-one vote, the board members voted to approve a 4-day week schedule, making San Elizario ISD the first school district in the El Paso area to transition to a 4-day week.

Houston ISD’s independence remains in limbo following Texas Supreme Court ruling
The legal fight began in 2019 when the Texas Education Agency released a report announcing its intent for a state takeover.

The independence of the state’s largest school district remains in limbo following an opinion ruling from the Texas Supreme Court last Friday.

The court sided with the Texas Education Agency, which has long been vying to take over Houston Independent School District.

Copperas Cove ISD Multicultural Festival celebrates diversity, giving support to bilingual & ESL students
It’s not easy moving to a different school in a different place and fitting in.

Just imagine what it’s like if you move to a different school in a different country speaking a different language.

With 34 different languages spoken across come Copperas Cove ISD, communicating be a tough.

“The challenges are there when you move in to the states for anybody. The fears are there,” said Jaime Ibarra, who has bilingual students in CCISD.

$1M Grant to Help Build a Better Texas Counselor Preparation Program
Brown Foundation gift continues effort to enhance El Paso’s education pipeline

A team of El Paso educators and community leaders plan to use most of a $1 million grant to launch an initiative to ensure more counselors are prepared to help the region’s high school seniors be ready for college by the time they graduate.

“Our goal is not only to ensure that every classroom across El Paso has a strong teacher that is preparing students for college, but also that all students have access to the support they need to actually pursue a college education, and that includes having access to a school counselor,” said Eddie Rodriguez, executive director of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED).

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National News
5 Big Challenges for Schools in 2023
Newly sworn-in elected officials, from governors and lawmakers to state and local school board members, must now confront five big and often polarizing issues in the second half of the 2022-23 school year.

Policymakers on both sides of the political aisle will continue to focus on teacher retention, school safety, and academic recovery from the pandemic. But they’ll also work on more contentious topics, such as parents’ rights and LGBTQ students’ rights.

Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Hosts Third Virtual National Career Fair
In order to help organizations that are affected by ongoing staff shortages and who are looking to diversify their workforce, as well as individuals who are looking to enter the education field, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting a virtual National Career Fair from noon – 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

School districts and education companies around the country will be at the online event to recruit for a wide variety of jobs, including teachers, school counsellors, school and district superintendents and other education positions, as well as for company jobs such as education consultants.

English Teachers Should Teach More Nonfiction, National Group Says. Here’s How
Nonfiction is too often underrepresented in English/language arts classrooms, even though it’s “never been more vibrant or vital” for young people.

That’s according to a new position statement by the National Council of Teachers of English. The professional organization brought together 10 people—including teacher educators, teachers, and nonfiction authors—to write the statement, which was released Thursday and includes a list of recommendations to expand the use of nonfiction in ELA instruction.

Let’s help our middle schoolers learn from their digital worlds
New report highlights the value of learning, exploring and socializing online

How can digital technology help middle schoolers thrive? This is not the question we are usually asked about screen time for youth, but it should be.

As developmental scientists, we know that early adolescence — ages 10 to 13, roughly, or the middle school years — is a pivotal period for promoting positive development. The rapid physical, cognitive and social changes that happen during these years create an intense period of exploring a wider world and navigating more complex social situations.

YA author Meg Medina is the country’s first Latina ambassador for young people’s literature
The Library of Congress named the acclaimed Cuban American author, who remembers trips to her Queens, N.Y., library, to encourage reading and library visits across the country.

With little money for books, the mother of acclaimed author Meg Medina took Medina to their local library on Northern Boulevard in Flushing in Queens, New York, which “had the added benefit” of being across the street from a Jack in the Box.

“My mother did something that I think was a great strategy, which was when you went to the library, it got coupled with other things. It might be a trip to the supermarket, or it was Jack in the Box, or it was, you know, stopping at the candy store,” said Medina, whose middle-grade novel “Merci Suárez Changes Gears” won the prestigious 2019 Newbery Medal.

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