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Texas News
A look at the impact Kingsville ISD’s superintendent has made in her first year
Kingsville has always been home to Dr. Cissy Reynolds-Perez and for almost a year now, she’s been working towards the transformation of the school district.

About 10 months ago, the Kingsville Independent School District welcomed Superintendent Dr. Cissy Reynolds-Perez and since then, she’s made every effort to give her students the best education they can get.

On Tuesday, several education, city, county and even state leaders were in Brahma Nation to highlight the transformation of Kingsville ISD.

Ysleta ISD educator honored by STTE, CREEED
The Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation and CREEED recognized the exceptional accomplishments of eight El Paso-area educators as part of the 2021 STTE Foundation/CREEED Teacher Awards, and one Ysleta ISD staffer was honored.

The tv Technology Cultivator Award was bestowed upon Ysleta ISD’s Arturo Ordaz, Mesa Vista Elementary School.

Educators recognized during the awards show displayed their dedication to students and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by developing creative solutions to ensure children continued to learn and grow, even in virtual learning environments.

Still sprinting after one year, superintendent at San Antonio’s Southside ISD wants to change expectations
With only days left in the 2020-2021 school year, Southside Independent School District teachers and administrators were not letting anyone slow down.

Instruction continued to the very last day of classes, when students celebrated the start of the summer break — what little they could have of it this year.

This was only part of the message Ramirez was repeating to staff during his last campus evaluation visits of the school year.

Voces of a Pandemic: Exploring the Stories of the Latina/o Community Affected by the Coronavirus
UT Austin professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez is leading a project to record and archive Latino experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From being overrepresented in essential jobs, to underrepresented among those with access to healthcare, to the undocumented living in fear, the global coronavirus pandemic has affected Latinas/os disproportionately.

As this crisis unfolds, the Voces Oral History Center is leading a team of collaborators including institutions of higher education across the country, to record, archive and disseminate interviews to help researchers, journalists and the broader public gain a greater appreciation of the experiences in the Latino community during this historic time.

How COVID Reshaped the Reading Wars in Texas: Educators Say More Structured ‘Science of Reading’ Approach Worked Best During Pandemic
igers, today we’re going to keep unpacking the alphabetic code,” said first grade San Antonio teacher Victor De La Cerda, teaching a reading lesson to a lively group of six year olds—some in person, others in Zoom boxes.

“Watch my mouth,” De La Cerda says as he makes a long “u” sound.

Intermittent with group drum rolls created by childrens’ fingers rapidly tapping tables, the class identifies words with a long “u,” which can be spelled four different ways. Today they will focus on the spelling “u_e” as in “cute.”

Introducing the TALAS El Paso Executive Board!
A message from Mark Paz, President of TALAS El Paso:

I’d like to formally introduce the TALAS El Paso Executive Board Members, the first in the region!

I’d like to thank all our nominees for accepting the nomination and can’t wait to collaborate with all of you as we begin to unite and transform our region. Our new board members are ready to get to work and will be heading to Austin in a few weeks to meet with our TALAS Executive Board and other area affiliates to help shape our El Paso affiliate for lasting success.

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Supporting Your Career
How To Start A New Career With No Experience
After more than a year of working from home and managing Zoom meetings while juggling family time, many employees are ready to start a new career. In fact, Prudential Financial’s Pulse of the American Worker survey states that one in four employees are thinking about a career change. Another study conducted by Harris Poll found that the majority (52%) of U.S. workers are considering changing jobs this year, and as many as 44% have actual plans in place to take the leap.

Making a career transition is always scary. But it’s easier in this market because the demand for talent is incredibly high. If you want to start a new career but don’t have experience in the field, it can be done. You just need focus, drive, preparation and motivation.

National News
Supreme Court unanimously backs limits on immigrants with temporary protected status seeking green cards
As many as 400,000 immigrants have been granted temporary protected status in the U.S. because of unsafe conditions or crises in their native countries.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that immigrants who entered the country unlawfully and were granted a temporary stay for humanitarian reasons do not become eligible to seek permanent residency.

As many as 400,000 immigrants have been granted temporary protected status in the U.S., which means they are allowed to stay because of unsafe conditions or crises in their native countries.

Ed Department Spotlights ‘Deep Cracks’ in the Nation’s Schools with New Report, Upcoming Equity Summit
The U.S. Department of Education will hold a virtual summit on June 22 — the first in a series of events focused on addressing the inequitable impact of the pandemic on students of color and other high-need groups.

Setting the stage for the conversation, the department’s Office for Civil Rights released a report Wednesday, summarizing what it calls a “developing story” of how the shift to remote learning and the public health crisis widened disparities in students’ access to a quality education.

Who’s Teaching the Children Crossing the U.S. Border? Answers to 6 Questions
Since 2014, more than 250,000 unaccompanied children have arrived at the southwestern border of the United States and the influx has risen in recent months.

As the Biden administration struggles to accommodate the burgeoning numbers, the amount of time these children spend in U.S. care lengthens, raising questions about what is happening with their education status.

New Study: After School Shootings, Well-Off Families Flee and Enrollment Drops. Low-Income Kids are Left to Confront the Aftermath
For more than a decade after the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, Frank DeAngelis held a simple promise: He’d stay on as principal until every student class enrolled in the district during the attack reached the graduation stage.

Despite the community upheaval and media frenzy that followed the notorious massacre, DeAngelis kept his word, remaining as principal until his retirement in 2014. But new research suggests that many families take an opposite approach after a shooting tears apart a school community.

Voto Latino, Uber partner to up the Latino vaccination rates nationwide
Overall vaccine hesitancy is trending down, but Latinos still represent a smaller minority of those getting the jab.

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be distributed across the U.S., several states have begun reporting the demographic makeup of their vaccine distribution numbers.

Latinos comprise a very low percentage of those receiving a vaccine, despite being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Iris Carrasco, the DACA recipient out to inspire Latinx students to reach for the stars
Almost 10 years after getting her DACA status, Carrasco received her master’s degree in education from Fresno State University.

Iris Carrasco was only three years old when her family emigrated from Mexico to California.

Her family came to the country as a way to give their six children better lives and different opportunities not feasible in their native country.

As Carrasco grew older, she realized having a college education was the ultimate key to a better life in the states.

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