TALAS E-newsletter – May 2

Posted on May 2nd, 2019
“Get behind other people’s success.
Your life was built on other people’s dreams, so let’s not let them down.”
Dionicia Nava, student
Remember to keep connected to TALAS – join TALAS at https://www.tasanet.org/domain/324
La Joya ISD taps interim as lone finalist for superintendent

La Joya school district trustees named Gisela Saenz as the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Saenz has served as interim superintendent since former superintendent Alda Benavides voluntarily resigned from the position on Feb. 25.
Former HCISD admin hired as next HR officer
A former Hays CISD educator and administrator has been tabbed as the next Chief Human Resources Officer in the district. Marivel Sedillo, who had previously worked as a teacher in Hays CISD for 16 years, was named as the Chief HR Officer April 22, filling a vacancy left after the abrupt departure of former HR officer Jim Baker in early March.
School Reform Is Simpler – And More Complex – Than We Think
For the past half century, education reformers have worked hard to close achievement gaps. But as recent research by Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson, Laura Talpey and Ludger Woessmann confirms, so far, the gaps just won’t budge.

It’s tempting to throw our hands in the air. Personalized learning, increased school funding, social-emotional learning, test-based accountability, portfolio districts, common core standards – all these and more and have been tried, along with a consistent acknowledgment that silver bullets are unlikely to surface.
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.
13 Austin-area high schools rank in top 100 in the state
13 Austin-area high schools rank in the top 100 best in the state according to a new report from U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday. The Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, a magnet school in Austin ISD, ranked number five in the state and number 28 in the U.S. According to the report, LASA has a 100 percent graduation rate and a college readiness index score of 98.8 out of 100, which is calculated based on student performance on state-required and college-level coursework exams. 
Sharp enrollment losses in lower grades raise more concerns about El Paso population growth
The number of El Paso County children enrolling in kindergarten through second grade has dropped precipitously in the last seven years, further evidence that El Paso’s once-robust population growth has stalled.

El Paso County schools – including both traditional school districts and charter schools – had 34,603 students enrolled in kindergarten, first grade and second grade this year, according to data released in March by the Texas Education Agency. That’s down more than 5,000 from the 2011-12 enrollment in those grades, according to TEA records, a decline of 13%.
Career Opportunities
Begin your search…
Houston ISD – Area Superintendent / School Support Officer (District Wide) Area Superintendent
Clear Creek ISD – Executive Director of Secondary Education
Texas Association of School Administrators
Texas Association of School Boards 
Arrow Educational Services https://arrowsearchinc.com/active-searches/
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
Round Rock’s El Amistad Club provides $160K in student scholarships
Reed Honshtein has his sights on being a pro football player. And a scholarship he received from a Round Rock nonprofit will help get him there.

Honshtein is among 96 students who received scholarships this year through El Amistad Club. The Round Rock-based organization — which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year — held a banquet on April 26 to present $160,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a postsecondary education.
National News
10 Colleges With the Most Hispanic Students
These universities attract Latino students. Almost every college strives for a diverse student body, but some institutions do better than others with enrolling certain minority groups. Here are the 10 schools that had the highest percentage of Hispanic, degree-seeking undergraduates in fall 2017, according to data collected by U.S. News in an annual survey.
Marie Izquierdo
Oscar Santos
Brenda Cassellius
Analysis: Boston Superintendent Finalists Offer Different Approaches To Improving Schools
Boston’s school committee is scheduled to decide Wednesday night who should head Boston Public Schools. Committee members will choose from three candidates who offer different experiences, visions for the job and temperaments, from a candid, no-nonsense educator to more conciliatory and flexible policymakers.
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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