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Gregory-Portland ISD selects next T.M. Clark Elementary principal
Melinda Pena will serve as Gregory-Portland ISD’s T.M. Clark Elementary principal starting next school year.  

The district announced its selection Tuesday. 

Pena currently serves as the school’s assistant principal, a job she has held since 2018, a news release said. Former T.M. Clark Elementary School Principal Bobby Rister is retiring. 

Del Valle ISD hosts Austin’s first bilingual Entrepreneurship Conference
Studies show students who learn or know another language show heightened executive functions, attention control, cognitive inhibition and working memory.

In a partnership with Del Valle ISD, Latinitas, Austin’s only 100% bilingual STEM education nonprofit, brought its Startup Chica Conference to Del Valle on Saturday at the district’s Dailey Middle School. Open to girls, teens and non-binary students ages 9-14, attendees start a business for social good from concept to pitch.

Canutillo ISD Principals Headed To Harvard
Four Campus Leaders to take part in Summer Institute at Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Four Canutillo Independent School District elementary and secondary principals are bound for Harvard University. Canutillo ISD has the most leaders selected out of the four Region 19 public school districts represented to take part in the summer institutes at the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This program is sponsored by the Charles Butt Foundation, a non-profit pursuing a more equitable and prosperous future for all Texans through education and community partnerships.

DISD superintendent finalist Stephanie Elizalde: Dallas is ‘calling me back’
The former DISD administrator left two years ago to lead Austin ISD

Even after she took a job as the Austin superintendent nearly two years ago, something about Dallas still felt like home to Stephanie Elizalde.

In fact, she and her husband didn’t sell their two-story house on a tree-lined North Dallas street until three weeks ago.

Return of STAAR tests with stakes adds ‘trauma’ to trying school year, superintendents say
The statewide exams came back after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, better known as the STAAR tests, are generally used by the Texas Education Agency to assess public schools, students and districts. For the past two school years though, the TEA has suspended the tests or made them optional because of how the pandemic disrupted education.

Houston mom of undocumented kids calls Abbott school idea racist: ‘Not the before times’
Monica Reyes moved to Houston nearly 15 years ago from Guatemala, like millions of others who have migrated to the United States, with hopes for a better future.

She has faced some hardships since 2008, she said, but she has always found work, has always had food and her children have been enrolled in Houston ISD schools.

Two weeks ago, her confidence in those constants was upended when she heard Gov. Greg Abbott float the idea of targeting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that granted all students, including those not authorized to be in the United States — like her eldest who aspires to become an engineer — the right to an education.

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Survey: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Changed Post-Graduation Plans Due to COVID
Milwaukie High, near Portland, Oregon, is known as a “safe school,” said Principal Carmen Gelman. Sharing space with the Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, the school draws students who struggle with anxiety as well as LGBTQ students who might feel unwelcome elsewhere.

After two years of a pandemic, Gelman is proud that her students have learned to speak up for themselves. For example, they asked for a room in the school to gather when they’re feeling emotionally overwhelmed. But as seniors prepare to graduate, she said it’s “been like pulling teeth” to keep them focused on academics.

This state is enrolling fewer Latino and Black college students in remedial courses. It’s working.
California schools are seeing better outcomes among Latino and other students as a coalition recognizes the community colleges leading the shift.

The move away from placing predominantly Latino and Black community college students in remedial college classes and instead enrolling them in regular classes is seeing substantial results in California, with a boost in the course and graduation requirement completion.

Op-Ed: Want to shape your bicultural child’s sense of self before society does? Lead them to books
As I travel to speak at schools across the country, I am sometimes the first Latinx author students have ever interacted with, even in communities with high Latinx populations.

If that seems unbelievable in a country where more than 62 million people identify as Hispanic or Latinx, consider that in 2021, only about 9% of children’s books were written by Latinx people. Even fewer (7.6%) were about us.

School nutrition directors prepare for next academic year with and without universal meals
With no funding to provide all students free meals, one Colorado school district expects to raise meal prices by 50 to 75 cents.

Even though Maine has secured universal school meals for another year, Jeanne Reilly, a school nutrition director in the state, is still bracing for the next school year to be challenging in her district as supply chain issues and labor shortages persist. 

But Jessica Gould, a school nutrition director in Colorado, where federal waivers permitting universal meals are set to end this school year, expects to face those same challenges and more. 

New registry aims to fund Latino startups, make them visible to investors
“It should be unnecessary for us to have to call out that there’s an amazing talent pool out there,” Jorge Calderon, managing director of Hispanics in Philanthropy, said.

An initiative by a Latino philanthropic organization is helping advance equity, capital and resources to Hispanic startups by building an open-source registry and spotlighting a list of Latino startup founders.

The aim of the registry and the list is to make Hispanic startup founders more visible to investors who traditionally source opportunities through venture accelerators or through their own personal networks.

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