TALAS E-newsletter – March 14

Posted on March 14th, 2019
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TALAS Board President Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora – Tomball ISD
Invites you to make plans to attend the TALAS Summer Conference in Austin, Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.
This summer the TALAS Summer Conference is an opportunity for various Hispanic school administrator associations and groups in the state to come together and plan for the upcoming year and share opportunities for professional development and networking. The conference will begin with lunch on Saturday, June 22 and end with the President’s Lunch on Sunday, June 23. Additional information will be shared in the weeks ahead. Make sure to save the date and plan to attend!
Tomball ISD extends dual language to non-Spanish speakers
Tomball ISD students will get a chance to learn in both English and Spanish as the school district rolls out a new dual language program for the 2019-2020 school year. The school board approved the program in January to begin at Rosehill Elementary in August.
The Latina energy executive bringing science to the lives of young Hispanic women
“What I love about my role is that I have the privilege of leading BP America’s science, technology, engineering and math national strategy, encouraging young students across the United States to pursue STEM education,” said Martinez.

House Democrats roll out legislation to provide permanent protections for millions of ‘Dreamers’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats on Tuesday introduced an updated Dream Act that would provide permanent legal protections and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who came to America as children.

The bill, H.R. 6, called the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, would extend protections for Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure recipients, providing work permits and blocking deportation for immigrants from countries grappling with war or natural disasters. It would benefit roughly 3.6 million Dreamers, including the 800 thousand who have been shielded from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

College Completion Rates Are Up, But The Numbers Will Still Surprise You
Go to college, we tell students. It’s a ticket out of poverty; a place to grow and expand; a gateway to a good job. Or perhaps a better job. But just going to college doesn’t mean you’ll finish. To unlock those benefits — you’ll need a degree. And yet for millions of Americans, that’s not happening. On average, just 58 percent of students who started college in the fall of 2012 had earned any degree six years later, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Hands-On AP Computer Science Principles Course Has Broad Appeal for Diverse Groups of Students — and Is Changing How They See Themselves
Seth Reichelson has been teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles at Lake Brantley High School in Orlando, Florida, for three years, and he’s still surprised by the ingenuity the course brings out in his students. “I love seeing what my students design and implement,” he says of the nation’s fastest-growing AP class. Introduced three years ago, AP Computer Science Principles takes a much more creative, hands-on approach than the AP’s old standby, Computer Science A — with the goal of appealing to a far more diverse array of students.
Dallas ISD’s merit-based teacher pay becomes flash point in Texas House’s school funding debate
The Texas House’s $9 billion school funding plan had its first public vetting Tuesday, with school advocates and officials at odds over the pros and cons of a merit pay system partially inspired by Dallas ISD. School superintendents, including the top brass from Dallas and Richardson ISDs, offered full-throated endorsements of the House’s omnibus public education bill in a committee hearing. The plan would give schools $6.3 billion in new funding in the next two-year budget, reduce property tax burdens by $2.7 billion, fund full-day prekindergarten for low-income students and incentivize districts to implement merit pay.

Prof. Roderick L. Carey talks about the educational challenges facing Black and Latino boys
The challenges facing Black and Latino boys as they move through the education system are daunting, said Roderick Carey, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at the University of Delaware. It’s not just the lack of material resources that plague many high-needs, low-income urban public schools; although, this is certainly critical to student success. Rather, Carey is interested in the ways in which societal discourse about Black and Latino boys influences their treatment in the public sphere, which in turn shapes their academic future.

Meet TALAS’ Board Members
TALAS Board Member Jose Espinoza, Superintendent, Socorro ISD
TALAS Board Member Steven Gutierrez, Assistant Superintendent of Ancillary Services, Tomball ISD
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