TALAS E-newsletter – May 31

Posted on May 31st, 2019
Remember to register to join TALAS at the Summer Conference on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Do it today!
It’s a great opportunity to network with district leaders.
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New Career Opportunity-The Holdsworth Center – Vice President
The Holdsworth Center is seeking a Vice President who shares a deep commitment to our
mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we aim to be of service to public school districts across the state of Texas.
For a complete job description click on the link below. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in the Center and its mission directly to Denise Smith at HoldsworthVP@denisesmith.net. Applications will be received until June 7, 2019. We will contact those candidates who most closely match our requirements.
Mercedes ISD taps Sharyland administrator for super
The Mercedes school board approved Carolyn Mendiola as the lone finalist for superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday night. The board has been conducting the search since March with the resignation of former Superintendent Daniel Treviño. Filomena Leo has filled the position in the interim.
Tomball High School seniors stroll down memory lane with Cougar Walk
Graduation day is right around the corner for seniors at Tomball High School, and many had the opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane as they participated in this year’s Senior Cougar Walk.

“I was happy and a little sad,” said senior Saylor Walker. “I saw my classroom and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I went in that classroom!’ It was super sweet.”

The walk is considered to be a Tomball ISD tradition.
School finance reform leaves Austin ISD with a major surplus
After planning for massive cuts and a $47 million budget deficit, Austin ISD is seeing a sudden change in fortune.

On Saturday, the Texas legislature passed school finance reform, allowing the district to keep $193 million it would have otherwise owed the state.
With all that extra money, come some extra asks.
Last week, the teacher and employees union, Education Austin, rallied outside a school board meeting while asking for a 10 percent raise. Now, it’s digging in. 

ECISD to open new high school geared toward career-oriented programs
East Central Independent School District is opening a new high school that will include programs that offer work experience beyond a high school diploma.
The programs will offer what students need for their desired career path, including industry sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and e-commerce.

ECISD Superintendent Roland Toscano is calling the new high school a game changer, and with significant donations from H-E-B and the Charles Butt Foundation, the district is able to make this happen.

“When our kids go through the academic programs study, they’re aligning that with sectors of the economy in high demand. So when they leave us, they know their path,” Toscano said.
TASA Midwinter Conference Call for Proposals Open
We’re getting a head start on creating a program for the 2020 TASA Midwinter Conference that meets the needs of school leaders, and we need your help!

Do you have an idea or expertise to share? We’re interested in a variety of session formats, ranging from traditional presentations to open discussions, panels and workshops. We’re also looking for sessions that provide learning opportunities on the following topics:

Career Opportunities
Begin your search…
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
Texas Association of School Administrators
Texas Association of School Boards 
Arrow Educational Services Arrow Search Services
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
National News
NABE 5th Annual Dual Language Symposium
​We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the NABE 5th Annual Dual Language Symposium. This is a great Professional Development opportunity for teachers, researchers, school system and university administrators and Title III Directors from across the country and from Puerto Rico.
There will be presentations from experts in the field of Dual Language Education, a panel discussion, cultural immersion activities, and exhibitor offerings, as well as networking opportunities during breakfast, breaks and lunch.
Participants will also receive a Dual Language Toolkit with resources that they can use in the classroom.
Who should attend: Superintendents, Principals, Administrators, Practitioners, & Researchers

Portland high school students walk out, say they’re fed up with lackluster responses to racist incidents
Synceire Bivens just wanted the world to know what happened.

In late April, a girl at Wilson High School yelled the n-word at a group of black boys, and video of the incident began circulating on Snapchat. The footage started fights, eventually putting the school on lockdown as police heard another brawl may be brewing.

Providence superintendent: Racism at core of suspension disparities
The outgoing superintendent of Providence Public Schools said racism was to blame for an imbalance in which students are being suspended from school when they misbehave.

The comments by Superintendent Chris Maher came at the first joint meeting of the Providence School Board and Providence City Council Wednesday night. The school department presented recent out-of-school suspension data to the officials and discussed efforts to further decrease the number of suspensions.

The data, presented by Dr. Marco Andrade from the school department, showed 24.5% of male students suspended this year were black, while black males make up just 15.9% of the total student population. Similarly, 25.2% of female students suspended this year have been black, while only 16.5% of the total female population is black.
Teachers of Color Get Lower Evaluation Scores Than Their White Peers, Study Finds

Teachers of color are disproportionately more likely to be rated minimally ineffective or ineffective on evaluations than their white counterparts, a new study finds. 

The study finds that across Michigan, nearly 19 percent of black teachers and about 13 percent of Hispanic teachers received a low evaluation rating from 2011-12 to 2015-16, compared to just 7 percent of white teachers. Teachers of color in schools with a predominately white faculty are even more likely to receive low scores.  

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.
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