TALAS E-newsletter – January 23

Posted on January 23rd, 2020
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East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Superintendent Opening
JG Consulting has engaged with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) to recruit qualified candidates to serve as the Superintendent.

EBRPSS is seeking a visionary leader who can guide the creation of a true strategic plan and who can, through building and strengthening relationships with all stakeholders, put the district on a measurable path to dramatic academic improvement. The Superintendent must possess experience working with a variety of public-school models and/or types (i.e.: lab schools, magnet schools, charter schools), as well as non-public schools, to achieve academic success for all students within East Baton Rouge.

East Baton Rouge Parish School System is the second largest school system in the state of Louisiana serving more than 41,000 students. EBRPSS is the proud home to eleven U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools. The district continues to demonstrate academic growth in the District Performance Score (DPS). East Baton Rouge Parish School System was formally incorporated in 1880. In 2018 the voters approved a 1-cent sales tax renewal which is expected to generate close to $936 million over the next decade. The renewal will be used to enhance technology, build new schools, renovate schools, maintain a competitive salary package for employees and improve alternative education methods. EBRPSS is a thriving with an abundance of industries promoting continued economic development and is in close proximity to the city of New Orleans. Baton Rouge is not only the state’s capitol but it is also the proud home of Louisiana State University.

Retirement ready: RHISD Superintendent to end term following contract expiration

Rio Hondo Independent School District Superintendent Ismael Garcia submitted his letter of retirement amid an executive session during Monday night’s regular board of trustees’ meeting.

Though not announced publicly, Garcia confirmed his retirement in a phone call with the NEWS, saying it will be effective June 30, 2020 when his contract is set to expire.

The superintendent was listed on the meeting’s agenda for an evaluation.

Garcia was under scrutiny by several members of the Rio Hondo community due to RHISD’s financial situation, with some taking to public comment to voice their concerns.
BISD forms Hispanic Advisory Committee
After hearing concerns from the Hispanic community at a forum earlier this week, Beaumont ISD will now hold monthly meetings with a Hispanic Advisory Committee that will be open to the public.

“We hear them, and we want the feedback,” said Jenny Angelo, executive director of curriculum and instruction. “We thought one of the best ways was to gather all of the parents together.”

The district is considering having meetings in the evening and in the afternoon in order to accommodate different schedules. The plan is to have dates set within the next two weeks.

Let’s dance & celebrate: MASBA has been closing gaps for Latinx students & English Language Learners for 50 years! Join us for ¡MASBAilemos!—our golden jubilee conference at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk on February 20-23, 2020! Register today!

Special guests include Latino legend Gary Hobbs, motivational speakers Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch & Roy Juarez, keynote Jose Angel Gutierrez of UT Arlington, and we’ll be welcoming back all our MASBA Past Presidents! Because MASBA played a special role in securing UIL recognition of mariachi, we’ll have a special exhibit on MASBA’s hosting of the Texas High School Mariachi Competition from 2010 to 2015! And, in honor of our 50th anniversary, all attendees will receive our new 250-page work on the achievements & struggles of MASBA’s first 50 years!

Our conference kicks off on Thursday evening with our La Bienvenida reception. Come early & join us for our annual Tour of Best Practices on February 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.! Register for our Tour of Best Practices today! This year, we’ll be visiting school sites in the Edgewood, Southside & Southwest ISDs!

Coming from outside of San Antonio? Reserve your room today at our conference hotel for only $132/night!
New Career Opportunities this week
  • District Assessment Coordinator
  • Director of Bilingual/ESL
  • Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

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

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
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
Hidden in Tom Hanks’s Emotional Golden Globes Speech Was the Best Career Advice You’ll Hear Today. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

“Show up on time, know the text, and have a head full of ideas.”
He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time. So, when Tom Hanks shares career advice, we all do well to listen.

Last night, Hanks accepted the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” In his acceptance speech, Hanks repeatedly got choked up as he thanked his family, co-workers, and several notable actors and directors. After all, Hanks said, “you’re a dope if you don’t steal from everybody you have ever worked with.”

But it was toward the end of Hanks’s seven-minute speech when the famous actor dropped the real golden nugget.

Mexican Immigrant Dreams of Leading First U.S. Breakdancing Team to Olympic Gold

Antonio Castillo discovered the joyful athleticism of breakdancing as a child in Mexico in the 1980s. Now a new generation of young people comes to his Washington studio to learn the finer points of a dance style that has evolved into a sport, hoping one day to bring home Olympic gold.

Castillo wants his mostly teenaged students to know that the art form that he prefers to call “breakin’,” which was born on the streets of New York City in the 1970s, is not an exercise in nostalgia.

“It’s been evolving ever since,” said the 38-year-old coach. “They saw it in movies, spinning on their head or doing footwork or whatever the case may be. But they didn’t think about it as a sport.”

AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos
In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits — and stalls.

A Spanish interpreter is running late because of a flat tire. Rothschild tells the five immigrants before him that he’ll take a break before the proceedings even start. His hope: to delay just long enough so these immigrants won’t have to sit by, uncomprehendingly, as their futures are decided.

“We are, untypically, without an interpreter,” Rothschild tells a lawyer who enters the courtroom at the Stewart Detention Center after driving down from Atlanta, about 140 miles away.

In its disorder, this is, in fact, a typical day in the chaotic, crowded and confusing U.S. immigration court system of which Rothschild’s courtroom is just one small outpost.

More Latinos Earned Degrees This Past Decade Than Any Time In History

 70% more Latinos earned degrees in the past decade than any previous decade.

Last month, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a comprehensive data analysis on the state of education across all educational levels, and it appears enrollment of Latino students at college campuses has increased.

But while Latino enrollment has increased overall, the Latino student population as a whole still lags behind the enrollment rate of other groups. The same pattern exists with the number of college degrees awarded to Latino students.

During the 2017-2018 cycle, there was around 26 million students enrolled in postsecondary institutions in the U.S., including degree and technical/non-degree programs.

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