TALAS E-newsletter – July 11

Posted on July 11th, 2019
The TALAS Board of Directors welcomes to the Board
Dr. Veronica Vijil, Superintendent of Fabens ISD and Dr. Celina Estrada-Thomas, Superintendent Hutto ISD.
Renew your membership today at TALAS membership

Superintendent – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD – Deadline to apply August 14 PSJA ISD Search
Interested applicants may contact O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo at lohrstrom@808west.com, or Waterford School Services atfelipealanis@att.net or waterfordschoolservices@gmail.com.
DeSoto ISD:
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Assistant Director of Special Education
  • Director of Professional Learning
  • Director, Strategic School Support

Irving ISD – Assistant Chief of High Schools and Academic Support Services

Alief ISD – Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement Assistant Superintendent
Superintendent Search: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo Announces Lone Finalist for Monte Alto ISD
After a wide-ranging and exhaustive Superintendent search process that attracted more than 30 applicants from across the State of Texas, the Monte Alto ISD Board of Trustees are proud to announce that Dr. Rosalinda Cobarrubias has been named the Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools.
Harlandale ISD names interim superintendent

The superintendent of Harlandale ISD has been suspended with pay and now an interim superintendent has been named. The board gave a notice of termination to superintendent Rey Madrigal in the midst of a state overhaul.  

The district has named Samantha Gallegos as the interim superintendent. Harlandale ISD said Gallegos has 28 years of experience and most recently served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the district. Her appointment is effective immediately. Read more here: Interim Superintendent
After ‘F’ rating, Kingsville ISD superintendent asks principals to step down
A mass replacement of campus principals in the Kingsville Independent School District is part of the superintendent’s plan to turn around the district’s state-issued “F” rating.

Since May, principals of all seven schools in the district — a high school, a middle school, an intermediate school and four elementary schools — vacated their positions. Three retired, three resigned and one was demoted to assistant principal. The district’s assistant superintendent, an athletic coordinator and a few assistant principals also resigned, according to the Kingsville Record and Bishop News. Read more here: Kingsville
Austin ISD moving headquarters after more than 25 years
The Austin Independent School District’s headquarters has been located at 1111 West Sixth Street for more than 25 years. But that’s about to change.

AISD said their move to 4000 South Interstate Highway 35, at the northwest corner of I-35 and East Ben White Boulevard, is underway. The move is expected to be completed by September.

Read more here: Austin ISD
Young Christian Latina Leaders Leadership Retreat
Do you know any Latinas ages 12 – 25 that might benefit from participating in a 2.5 day leadership retreat to be hosted at Google and Apple in Austin? This event is free to attend. All event workshops, meals (at the event), and resources are free to all participants that register. Please note that If they are 12 – 17 years old, they do need to have a chaperone come with them. 

YCLL Leadership Retreat
Dates: August 7 – 9, 2019
Location: Austin, Texas (8/8 Google, 8/9 Apple)
Additional information available here: YCLL
Career Opportunities
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
Texas Association of School Administrators TASA Career Center
Texas Association of School Boards  TASB Executive Search Services
Arrow Educational Services Arrow Search Services
National News
Government Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement Means Fewer Hispanic Students
MORE THAN 300,000 Hispanic students have been displaced from K-12 schools in communities where local police have forged partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to better enforce immigration laws, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University.

The researchers used data acquired from the Department of Homeland Security through Freedom of Information Act requests to identify 55 counties where ICE partnered with local law enforcement agencies to identify, arrest and remove undocumented residents. Between 2000 and 2011, those policies resulted in the displacement of about 320,000 Hispanic students, most of whom were elementary school age and likely born in the U.S.

Read more here: Government Cooperation
Evelyn DeJesus Becomes First Latina Elected to Upper Leadership of United Federation of Teachers
Evelyn DeJesus, the vice president for education of the AFT’s largest local, the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, was elected unanimously by the national union’s executive council as executive vice president.

DeJesus will serve alongside President Randi Weingarten and Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson. She will finish out the remainder of Mary Cathryn Ricker’s term. Earlier this year, Ricker was appointed to serve as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education. Read more here: Evelyn DeJesus
Texas 10% policy didn’t expand number of high schools feeding students to top universities
The proposal to boost the number of black and Latino students in elite schools is to cream the top students from every neighborhood or community, rather than admitting only the top students on a national or statewide yardstick. That way the brightest Latino students in a predominantly Latino school, for example, can get a shot at a coveted slot that they otherwise might not get. Bill de Blasio, New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate, has floated this idea for diversifying his city’s elite high schools.

But the state of Texas provides a cautionary lesson for how much this sort of well-intended reform can accomplish. Research is showing that a policy that takes the top students from the state’s high schools didn’t increase diversity in Texas’s elite universities or increase the number of high schools that feed them. Read more here: Texas 10%
2019 ALAS Scholarships
ALAS is offering a $10,000 scholarship and a $2,000 scholarship this year thanks to our partner Curriculum Associates who is sponsoring the ALAS scholarships for the fifth consecutive year. 

ALAS recognizes Latinx administrators for their leadership by providing assistance toward an advanced degree in education. The top recipient will receive a one-time $10,000 scholarship award and the runner-up recipient will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship award. The scholarships will be made payable to the recipients’ institution of higher learning and the recipients will be presented the award during the Awards Banquet at the 16th Annual ALAS Education Summit in Orlando, FL. 

If you are an aspiring Latinx superintendent currently enrolled in, or have been accepted in to, an advanced degree program in education in a college or university, take advantage of this opportunity to secure a scholarship. 

For additional information click here: Scholarships
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