TALAS E-newsletter – June 13

Posted on June 13th, 2019
We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming
TALAS Summer Conference
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23!
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New Career Opportunities:

Richardson ISD – Executive Director of Professional Learning

Lake Highlands High School Principal Lake Highlands Principal (Richardson ISD)
Uvalde ISD – Chief Financial Officer

Uvalde ISD – Director of Bilingual and Migrant Programs

Ft. Worth ISD – Senior Officer Technology Senior Officer
13 Ysleta ISD schools named to Texas Honor Roll
Officials with the Ysleta Independent School District announced that 13 of the district’s schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll, the most of any school district in the El Paso region.
“We are tremendously proud of our Honor Roll campuses, which continuously demonstrate the kind of innovative instruction and leadership that is needed to ensure student success,” said Ysleta ISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. 

King Davis, superintendent of Sheldon Independent School provides insight
 District School officials get insight from fellow crisis survivors
School administrators and officials from across the country who’ve survived natural disasters and other crises met with Bay District Schools staff Monday to share insights on recovering from catastrophe.

Like many parts of Bay County, schools still are recovering from Hurricane Michael eight months later. The Category 5 storm has caused numerous challenges for Bay District Schools, including almost 5,000 homeless students, a loss of more than 250 employees and a budget crisis because of the loss of students.
Dallas ISD is poised to be the best urban district in the country. Can its leaders pull it off?
It’s rare — particularly in urban school districts — for all the ingredients for success to emerge at the same time.

That’s precisely the encouraging position Dallas ISD finds itself in after scoring breakthroughs on many of the barriers that persistently hurt its chances to help students win.

The district is seeing remarkable growth in testing. It has more financial contributions — locally and from the state — than it has had in a while. Its keystone reforms are in place.
UTEP, EPISD Awarded Grant to Foster Next Generation of STEM Teachers
The University of Texas at El Paso will partner with the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) to foster the next generation of highly skilled STEM teachers through a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 
UTEP will receive support from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, an NSF effort that helps address the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by encouraging talented students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The effort is being led by Amy Wagler, Ph.D., associate chair in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, who is the grant’s principal investigator. 

More than 5,800 migrant kids are living in Texas shelters
The number of children in Texas shelters increased slightly last month, even as the number of migrants arriving at the border has surged.

Federal officials say more than 144,000 migrants were apprehended or denied entry in May, a 13-year high — and more than half of those were families with children. About 8% were unaccompanied minors, who are sometimes sent to these shelters temporarily if officials cannot find U.S.-based sponsors to take them in.

In June, The Trump administration canceled English classes, recreational programs — including soccer — and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying in federal migrant shelters nationwide, saying they faced budget pressures.

Career Opportunities
Begin your search…
Texas Association of School Administrators TASA Career Center
Texas Association of School Boards  TASB Executive Search Services
Arrow Educational Services Arrow Search Services
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/

National News
Failure Is an Option: For Students at Iowa Big, Tests Come First, Learning From Experiences Follows
At Iowa BIG, students collaborate with local businesses and community partners to pursue passion projects for which they earn academic credit. The model intentionally lacks the structure of traditional high schools in the hopes of helping students learn 21st-century skills like collaboration, communication, and time management.

“That’s what we care most about because these are the skills that get you to college and career,” said Trace Pickering, executive director and co-founder of Iowa BIG. “They get you hired; they get you fired.”
The school, which just finished its sixth year, earned recognition and $1 million in grant funding from XQ in 2016, an organization co-founded by Laurene Powell Jobs and dedicated to reinventing high schools around the country.
Citizenship Question Lawsuit Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Court To Delay Ruling
​Advocacy groups that sued to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delay issuing a ruling on the question’s fate.

In a filing released Wednesday, they cite recently uncovered documents that they say show an alleged cover-up of the real reason the Trump administration wants the hotly contested question on forms for next year’s national head count.

Meet your colleagues and the leadership of TALAS at the upcoming summer conference…
TALAS President
Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Tomball ISD
TALAS Vice- President
Rick Lopez,
Superintendent, Garland ISD
TALAS Secretary
Michael Hinojosa,
Superintendent, Dallas ISD
TALAS Treasurer
Paul Cruz,
Superintendent, Austin ISD
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