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Lloramos con nuestra familia en Uvalde
TALAS extends its profound sympathy and condolences to the Uvalde district and community. There are no words to express the pain and sorrow of this unimaginable tragedy and loss. Please know that we share in your shock and grief, and stand in solidarity with you in these difficult moments.
Texas News
‘Why the Kids?’ In Close-Knit Uvalde, It’s Everyone’s Loss.
Xavier Lopez, 10, made the honor roll on the day he was killed.

He was eager to share the news with his three brothers, but Xavier’s grandparents said he decided to stay at Robb Elementary School following an end-of-year ceremony to watch a movie and eat popcorn with another family he cherished: his fourth-grade classmates.

Xavier’s classroom, where a nightmare erupted when a gunman burst in and killed 19 children and two teachers, reflected the close-knit character of Uvalde, a Mexican American ranching town in southern Texas where lives are braided together by generations of friendships and marriage.

As Tragedy Unfolded, TX House Discussed Troubling State of Student Mental Health
Texas Rep. Diego Bernal, a member of the House education committee, was listening to testimony at the Austin capitol building Tuesday when he started to get messages from staff about an active shooter in Uvalde, 175 miles away.

“The information we received didn’t communicate at all how serious or deadly it was,” he said, adding that he hoped it would be resolved quickly.

Rep. Harold Dutton Jr, a Democrat and chair of the committee, allowed testimony to proceed until it became clear that the shooting at Robb Elementary — 19 children and two teachers dead — was far worse than initial reports. 

A Cry for Help from Teen Boys in Austin is Answered
As teenage boys in Austin, Texas, returned to school last fall after more than a year learning remotely at home, counselors were alarmed to see how many were talking about suicide. 

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in suicidal ideation,” said Roxie Frederick, a counselor at Austin Independent School District’s Alternative Learning Center who often meets the boys after their emotions have boiled over into an angry confrontation resulting in disciplinary action. 

West Oso ISD superintendent set to resign
Conrado Garcia called his time there and the school’s progress, “rewarding and a source of personal pride to reflect on.”

West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia is resigning from his position, effective Monday, June 23, 2022, citing his reasons as both personal and professional.

In his resignation letter to the board obtained by 3NEWS, Garcia expressed gratitude towards those who surrounded him during his six years as superintendent. He called his time there and the school’s progress, “rewarding and a source of personal pride to reflect on.” 

UH to introduce Mexican American and Latino/Latina Applied Studies B.A. degree next Spring
If you plan to attend the University of Houston in the Spring of 2023, there will be a brand new degree program for you to consider.

The university will offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mexican American and Latino/Latina Applied Studies.

The program will focus on the experiences and contributions of the Latino community.

Upcoming Events
Save the Date!
Save the date for the TALAS Summer Conference 2022:

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Kalahari Resort
Round Rock, TX

Stay tuned for continued updates on this exciting event.
The Holdsworth Center Webinar:
Why Invest in Strengthening the Principal Leadership Bench?
Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Now more than ever, principals must be prepared to navigate ambiguity and respond to challenges with creativity. Aspiring principals need more opportunities within their districts to learn, grow and prepare for these critical roles, and, when given support and guidance, district leaders can design and develop systems that make this possible.

Join us for a conversation on June 9 at 10AM with three district leaders who have made this work a priority as part of their involvement with the Holdsworth Leadership Collaborative:

  • Dr. Roland Hernandez, Superintendent, Corpus Christi ISD
  • Dr. Walter Jackson, Superintendent, La Porte ISD
  • Dr. Hedith Sauceda-Upshaw, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Conroe ISD
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National News
27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that has killed 19 children and two adults marks the 27th school shooting this year. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter behind Tuesday’s incident was killed.

This comes just 10 days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., that took the lives of 10 people.

Education Week has been tracking school shootings since 2018. According to its database, 119 such incidents have taken place since then.

In quick response to Uvalde, leaders harden schools to calm community fears
“Is school safety on America’s short list of priorities? If not, why not?” education leader asks in wake of Texas school shooting.

The “tranquility of school” became a nightmare in Texas on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders said in locking their buildings down after the Uvalde shooting. The Pennsylvania district was on modified lockdown Wednesday, restricting visitors and canceling all outside activities—including recess—not approved by school police.

Curriculum Case Study: How Grade-Level Literacy Doubled in Just 2 Months in a Rural Tennessee District
“Ican actually read this!” kindergartner Easton Malone exclaimed while reading a book during Dr. Seuss Week this spring.

Every teacher in primary grades longs to hear those words from their students. If you step foot in any of the classrooms from pre-K through second grade in Elizabethton City Schools, you are met with a palpable buzz of excitement and purpose as our youngest readers embrace a new reading approach. This enthusiasm has not always been present: getting to this point has been a journey. 

Lessons from college dropouts who came back
A staggering 39 million U.S. adults started but didn’t finish college

Ron Floyd dropped out of New Jersey’s Seton Hall University after his junior year more than 20 years ago. His father, the family’s primary breadwinner, had just been laid off from work. Floyd said he lost interest in his studies, was doing poorly in his classes and didn’t want to burden the family with tuition bills. He returned home to East Windsor, Connecticut, to get a job.

How language-rich math can help students learning English
When Nicole Thompson teaches a math word problem to her fourth grade class in Pajaro Valley Unified, she has the class read it over three times.

After the first read, students discuss with a partner what the situation is that’s described in the word problem. The second time, they discuss what numbers they see and what those numbers mean. The third time, they talk about the question and what they need to solve.

Thompson said the strategy really helps her students, especially those for whom English is a second language.

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