TALAS E-newsletter – July 18

Posted on July 18th, 2019
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San Benito ISD:

Santa Fe ISD – Director of Finance

Dallas ISD
Director of Business Systems
Director of Student Systems

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.
Hays CISD names Iric Ramos as new principal for Science Hall Elementary
Following the promotion of Karen Zuniga, the former principal of Science Hall Elementary School, to lead Lehman High School, Hays CISD has announced Assistant Principal Iric Ramos will serve as the school’s new head administrator starting in the 2019-20 school year.

After beginning his career in Austin ISD, Ramos joined HCISD in 2010 as an elementary school bilingual special education teacher in 2010. Two years later, he was promoted to campus leader and served as assistant principal at Simon Middle School and Camino Real Elementary School in addition to holding the position at Science Hall.

Ramos holds an undergraduate degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas University, in San Marcos and a master’s degree from Concordia University in Austin.
More Latinx Students, Stagnant Latinx Presidents
Despite the fact that the number of Latinx students has grown significantly over the last couple of years, Latinx administrators continue to find difficulty in advancing to the top positions in higher education. While  19 percent  of all students enrolled at universities in the United States are Latinx, only 4 percent of college or university presidents were Latinx as of 2016, according to  data  from the American Council on Education. The percentage of Latinx presidents remained unchanged between 2001 and 2016, while the number of black university presidents rose from 6 percent to 8 percent.

This gap is particularly prevalent in places like Texas, said Excelencia in Education CEO Deborah Santiago. There isn’t one Latinx president in the University of Texas system despite the larger population of Latinx students in the state over others. Santiago said seeing more Latinx administrators would be beneficial for Latinx students.
Read more here: Latinx Presidents
El Paso area school boards oppose charter school expansion fueled by federal funds
As charter schools expand in El Paso, fueled by a sizable federal grant, three of the county’s smaller districts are hoping recent resolutions will prevent students from leaving and encourage lawmakers to do more to quell charter growth.

On Wednesday, San Elizario ISD’s board became the latest to approve a resolution opposing charter school expansion in the region. The Clint and Tornillo ISD boards approved nearly identical resolutions in late June.

The resolutions come just months after IDEA Public Schools won an unprecedented $116 million over five years from the federal government to create 38 new schools across three states, 14 of which are slated for El Paso.. Read more here: El Paso charter schools opposed
Fabens ISD welcomes new administrative team
With the school year quickly approaching, Fabens ISD has announced three key administrative changes within their small school district.

Yvonne Coupland is joining the district as their new Chief Business Officer. She comes to the district from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.

Anthony Prado was named Principal of Fabens High School. Prado is joining the Wildcats from across the county in Canutillo ISD where he was an assistant principal.

Nancy Torres was named Principal of Fabens Middle School. She previously served as an assistant principal at Americas High School in the Socorro ISD.
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
‘Why don’t you speak Spanish?’: For Julián Castro and millions of Latinos, the answer is not so simple
Vanessa Gonzalez grew up surrounded by Tejano music and telenovelas in her small town in Texas. Yet as a third-generation Mexican American, Gonzalez hardly ever spoke the language.

She heard her grandparents talk to her uncles in Spanish, and couldn’t understand many of the words. She felt left out, ashamed, unable to connect with her grandmother in the language of her heritage. As she grew older, she started asking her parents why. Why didn’t they teach her Spanish? Why was she having such a hard time picking it up?

Do English-Language Learners Get Stigmatized by Teachers?
A Study Says Yes
Students are identified as English-language learners, in theory, to prevent educational inequity, but that classification may present another problem for children: teacher bias. Research from Ilana Umansky of the University of Oregon and Hanna Dumont of Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education suggests that English-learner classification has a “direct and negative effect on teachers’ perceptions of students’ academic skills.”

Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, the researchers examined teacher perceptions of 2,166 students who spoke a language other than English at home. At the start of kindergarten, the students had the same English proficiency and academic skill levels; whether they were identified as English-learners or not largely depended on differences in states’ and districts’ thresholds for classification.
Read more here: Learning the language
Managing Diversity
“I know that I don’t have a background in working with English language learners, but aren’t you using far too many videos in your class?” said the district level administrator. “You need to make sure that you are teaching the curriculum ‘as is.’ We can’t have you teaching any differently than the other teachers.” The principal stood by silently after admitting unfamiliarity with best practice for ELs but sided with his supervisor. Unfortunately, variations on this conversation are being repeated in schools throughout the country.
Read more here: Managing diversity
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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