TALAS E-newsletter – May 16

Posted on May 16th, 2019
“Our children yearn for educators who will not only provide them with a quality education but an educator who will communicate to them that their culture, language, and backgrounds are valuable assets that will help them achieve success.”
Vanessa Lugo – International Studies Coordinator and Community Relations Coordinator, Denver Center for International Studies at Fairmont
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Opportunity – Director – Center for Advanced Learning
JG Consulting has engaged with the Gresham-Barlow School District to recruit qualified candidates to serve as the Director of the Center for Advanced Learning.

The Director is responsible for working through the Center for Advanced Learning Governing Board. The Director also maintains responsibility for staff leadership and development, as well as overall management and operations of programs. The Director manages the recruitment of students, development and implementation of curriculum, and student achievement data.

Opportunity – Tarkington ISD – Executive Director of Elementary Curriculum & Special Programs
Tarkington ISD is looking for an individual to evaluate and provide leadership for the overall instructional program for grades PK-5, and for the implementation of special programs such as Special Education, Dyslexia, ELL, RTI, School Health, Homebound Services. Facilitate and manage implementation of state and federal grants including ESSA grants.

School Survival on the Road Less Traveled – Gathering 2019
A Retreat-Style Event for Digitally Transitioning School & District Leaders
November 15-17, 2019
Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
1590 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, 
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Fort Worth ISD Trustee Jacinto Ramos Jr. Selected for National, State Leadership Roles
Fort Worth ISD Board of Education Trustee Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr. has been chosen to lead two education organizations: he is the new chair of the 2019-2020 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) as well as the next president of the Mexican American School Boards Association.  

Mr. Ramos was elected to the leadership position at CUBE during the National School Boards Association annual conference, March 30-April 1. He succeeds Micah Ali, who praises his selection.
Austin district ready to restyle school dress code
Austin district leaders could revamp the dress code policy in time for next school year to remove language that some say unfairly targets female students and specific cultures.

The potential changes come just months after a local group petitioned the district to reexamine the current policy, saying it doesn’t align with district values of inclusivity and calling it “vague, arbitrary, sexist and racist.”

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 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. Make plans now to attend!

Registration for the TALAS Preconference is only $75 (TALAS Members) or $150 (non-member) and can be paid on-site. For hotel information and more information about the UT / TASA Summer Conference please click on the link below.
‘Excellence in Education’: Roma ISD receives $50,000 as part of statewide recognition
H-E-B awarded the Roma Independent School District a $50,000 cash prize in a statewide initiative for educators on Sunday.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards presented over $400,000 in cash and grants to individuals and collective entities. Two principals, six teachers, two school districts, a public school board and an early childhood organization were among the recipients, according to an H-E-B news release. The program has given over $10 million to education since 2002. A panel made of school administrators, former winners and community leaders acted as judges for finalists.

Mexican food, assimilation, and middle-class Mexican Americans
On the evening of May 1 in the Carwein Auditorium, Dr. Jamie Armin Mejía, professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Texas State University, gave a speech that shared the challenges he has faced teaching in his field — especially coming from a minority background. The talk focused on Mexican food and the way it has dominated American culture, cultural assimilations and the struggles of middle-class Mexican Americans or Chicanxs. 

Career Opportunities
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Hispanic vote share rises in Texas during 2018 midterm elections
The “sleeping giant” of Texas politics is showing signs of emerging from the long slumber that has vexed a generation of Democrats and has helped Republicans maintain a stranglehold on power in Austin and the state’s clout in Washington, D.C.

That is among the findings of a recent analysis of statewide voting trends, coupled with data supplied by a nonprofit that has sought to increase Latino voter participation both in Texas and across the nation since the 1970s.

National News
‘Born to Win, Schooled to Lose’
Race and class matter when it comes to who gets ahead educationally in American society, according to an analysis released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

The report, “Born to Win, Schooled to Lose: Why Equally Talented Students Don’t Get Equal Chances to Be All They Can Be,” analyzes various federal education databases to show that children who are black or Latinx or are from low-socioeconomic-status families perform worse over time academically that those who are white, Asian American or are from higher socioeconomic levels. The part of the report that may be particularly alarming is that these trends hold true even for disadvantaged students who are academically talented and for those who are privileged but less academically talented.

Julian Castro releases education plan calling for universal pre-K, student loan forgiveness
Julián Castro, the former Obama administration official and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Monday released a sweeping education proposal that calls for universal pre-K and student loan forgiveness, among other priorities.

Mr. Castro is calling for eliminating tuition at public universities, community colleges, and technical and vocational programs.

His plan would also push monthly student loan payments for borrowers to zero until they earn more than 250 percent of the federal poverty line.

ALAS is proud to accept applications for the ninth cohort of our premier leadership development program. We will reach an amazing number of 122 SLA alumni graduates in May. Our goal and vision to recruit, prepare and expand opportunities for emerging school-system leaders have been successful and we continue to offer an exclusive yearlong training institute that includes coaching, training, mentoring and support. Download the application for additional information on the Cohort IX schedule and submission guidelines. 
Deadline to Apply: Due May 31, 2019
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