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Texas News
Coppell teens bridging language and culture gaps between Asians and Latinos through weekly storytelling
The two friends read to Coppell ISD students multiple times a week, translating Indian stories into Spanish for the bilingual classes.

Veda Kanamarlapudi and Aarushi Jaiswal grew up in immigrant households where grandparents and other relatives shared old Indian stories — such as the Jataka Tales that depict the life of Buddha.

That exposure to rich storytelling at a young age left a lasting impression on the Coppell High School juniors.

Hays schools name longtime educator as chief academic officer, swear in 2 board members
The Hays school district named a new chief academic officer and formally welcomed two school board members for a new term.  

On Monday, the school board approved the hiring of Marivel Sedillo as the new chief academic officer. Sedillo has most recently served as the district’s chief human resources officer since April 2019.  

Sedillo will replace Sandra Dowdy, who will retire in June.  

Klein ISD’s dual language immersion pathway expected to grow to more than 900 students in 2021-22
Just four years after its launch, Klein ISD’s dual language immersion pathway is expected to grow to more than 900 students in the 2021-22 school year, district officials announced during a presentation to the KISD board of trustees May 10.

According to Kathy Vergara, director of multilingual services for KISD, the dual language immersion pathway was first piloted at Klenk and Zwink elementary schools in the 2018-19 school year with 85 students.

San Antonio ISD, Mexican Consulate offer free literacy classes to adults looking for better job opportunities
Program includes reading, writing, math and social sciences material

San Antonio ISD is offering free literacy classes to Spanish-speaking adults to help parents support their children and make it easier for them to find jobs.

“They’re going to basically work at their own pace, and it’s basically reading and writing. It’s literacy, also math, social sciences,” said Luz Garcia-Martin, senior coordinator for the Dual Language ESL and Migrant Department at SAISD.

The school district partnered with the Mexican Consulate for the program.

5 Things Missing From Asian American History In Texas Schools
KERA spoke to educators in the state about what Texas students are missing out on when it comes to Asian American history. They said the lack of diversity, key figures and modern-day connection are some of the key issues.

Teachers and learning advocates in Texas have long called for greater representation of Asian Americans in classrooms. Now, the conversation is being reopened after the recent rise in Anti-Asian attacks and hate crimes.

Educators across the country say bottom line: there’s not enough Asian American history covered in classrooms.

Latinos are becoming the majority in Texas. Its flagship university tells a different story.
The University of Texas at Austin has enrolled enough Latinos to be considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a milestone both cheered and dismissed.

In a low-key announcement last fall, the University of Texas at Austin declared that it had reached a significant milestone. 

UT-Austin, which is in the state with the second-largest number of Latinos nationally, had finally enrolled enough full-time Latino undergraduates to be considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI. 

Top Golf VIP Event
June 24, 2021 in Austin

Sponsored by Swing Education, IXL, and in partnership with TALAS
As the year winds down Swing Education and IXL, in partnership with the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, are preparing for our June Top Golf outing! This event is by invitation only and space is limited.  

This year’s event will be limited to the first 50 TALAS Members that register for the event as part of the Summer Mentoring Program Meeting in Austin, TX. Once registered all you need to do is show up on June 24th and be ready to have a great time. EVERYTHING is included: Shuttle Transportation, Top Golf, Food, and Open Bar! 

TALAS Members get preferred registration now until June 1st. After that, open spots will be extended beyond TALAS.
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9 Questions To Ask During An Informational Interview
An informational interview is an informative meeting held with someone about a specific position, company, or field you have an interest in and want to learn more about. It should be a safe environment where you are free to ask questions and gain insightful feedback. It is not considered a job interview and typically shouldn’t last longer than thirty minutes at most. It’s not a traditional job interview wherein your objective is to be hired for a specific job. 

Before you ask for an informational interview, you should do preparatory research about the position, the company and the person you are meeting and create compelling questions to ask them to make the most out of the meeting. 

National News
Adolescents and the Race to Herd Immunity: How Vaccinations Became ‘Hip’ Back in the ’50s Thanks to Teens (and Elvis Presley)
It was a Saturday night in Albion, a small city just east of Battle Creek, Michigan, and teenagers lined up for a dance at the school gym.

The price of admission? A bared arm.

The year was 1958, and this was no ordinary Saturday night social outing: Billed as a “Salk Hop,” it was only open to young people willing to receive a jab of the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk, or show proof of vaccination.

Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning
Schools across the country are facing new pressure to open for in-person learning this fall given the authorization of a vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 and new federal guidance that vaccinated people do not need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in an interview with The Hill reiterated that he expects all schools to fully reopen in the fall and said the vaccine and mask guidance updates this week will likely adjust how schools plan for the next school year. 

Is Ed Tech Ready to Help Students of Color?
New report recommends investigating structures impeding success among students of color before throwing money at problems — and also says more research and research funding are needed.

When researchers set out to review which digital learning practices most benefit students who identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latinx, Latino or Latina, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Indigenous American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander, they quickly ran into a problem — there wasn’t much research to review.

5 ways to keep equity at the center of teaching
A new report imagines the ways in which the teaching environment can be rebuilt with a focus on equity

If school system leaders are to make equity a priority as education moves forward during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, teacher work environments will have to evolve.

The pandemic struck in the middle of social unrest as U.S. citizens called for action to combat racism and economic inequities. The pandemic highlighted existing educational inequities, drawing attention to large gaps in internet and device access along with differences in family structures and parents’ ability to work from home and help their children with virtual learning. Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students and their families have been disproportionately impacted.

Karen Vidángos of ‘Latina in Museums’ Talks Inclusivity + Hopes for More Diverse Future in the Art World
After a year-long closure to the public due to COVID-19, eight Smithsonian Museum facilities are finally reopening. Staggered re-openings expected in subsequent weeks include the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery and others. The museums, which are among the top 10 visited in the country, are sure to attract eager gallery-goers that are excited to once again experience art and culture exhibits such as “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now,” in person.

Despite the institutions having temporarily shut their doors within the past year, museum specialists working behind the scenes have innovated ways to bring art to folks at home to keep them engaged with exhibits through online programming, artist interviews, virtual gallery viewings and social media.

Meet Danny Ramírez, Newest Latino Member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
“Sometimes I have to pinch myself.”

For actor Danny Ramírez, being a cast member on the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a “privilege” and an opportunity that he doesn’t want to waste.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself because of what it means,” Ramírez tells Remezcla during a recent interview. “But I know there is more to bring. There is still a lot more for us to keep pushing this envelope forward.”

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