TALAS E-newsletter – May 9

Posted on May 9th, 2019
Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.
Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice
Remember to keep connected to TALAS – join TALAS at https://www.tasanet.org/domain/324
Executive Director Search: TAMS (Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools) Hires Arrow Educational Services to Conduct a Search
The application deadline is June 7. For more information, click on the link below.

Opportunity – Director of Secondary Education – Texas City ISD
Texas City ISD has 14 schools and nearly 9,000 students in 78.31 square miles of La Marque and Texas City. The District grew by nearly one third of its population with the annexation of La Marque ISD into Texas City ISD on July 1, 2016.

Texas ISD is looking for an individual to provide leadership for the curriculum and instruction program for the district, grades 7-12. The Director of Secondary Education shall facilitate programs, activities, and systems that support the educational process of students and staff grades 7-12.

Opening – Principal – North Garland High School – Garland ISD
North Garland High School is a public secondary school located in Garland, Texas. North Garland High School enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Garland Independent School District. The school is known for the endorsement of its highly competitive Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Program. 

UISD names new executive director of federal, state programs
United Independent School District has announced that one of its school principals has been named the new executive director of federal and state programs.

The executive director, Rebecca C. Morales, is an 18-year veteran educator of United ISD with an extensive background in education. She is a graduate of Texas A&M International University where she earned her bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in bilingual education, as well as a master of science in education in educational administration.
Texas Group Will Register Latinos to Vote at Quinceañeras
Growing up in a semi-strict environment, going to quinceañeras was the only opportunity I had at a social life. I’m sure most Latinas can relate. While I couldn’t spend the night at a friend’s house or go on dates, I sure could have a fun time at a quinceañera. It didn’t even matter if I knew the birthday girl or not! Quinceañeras, which typically happened every weekend, is the one place where Latinos, of all generations, can converge to celebrate tradition, socialize in a safe place, and converse about anything and everything.

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.
Austin children’s author encourages mindfulness, embracing Spanish
Gabi Garcia wanted to find more books that encouraged teaching mindfulness to children. When she couldn’t, she decided to do it herself, and also made them available in Spanish.This week marks the 100th anniversary of National Children’s Book Week, and it also happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month.  One Austin author, Gabi Garcia, combines the two in her writing while also encouraging young readers to embrace being bilingual. 

Do San Antonians speak a different kind of Spanish?
San Antonio professors of Spanish have learned so much in their classrooms about heritage speakers, those of us who learned Spanish before English and spoke it primarily at home.

The city has served as a laboratory for educators who recently gathered at a one-day Spanish conference at Our Lady of the Lake University, described as a celebration of academia and of students of the language.

Career Opportunities
Begin your search…
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
Texas Association of School Administrators
Texas Association of School Boards 
Arrow Educational Services Arrow Search Services
National News
The science divide: Why do Latino and black students leave STEM majors at higher rates?
Lab classes have always left Shason Briscoe wracked with anxiety. The 21-year-old senior at the University of California at Davis wasn’t concerned about the academic rigor or long hours spent in the classroom — it was the uneasiness he felt when his peers and instructors watched him. Briscoe, who is African American, studies computer engineering at UC Davis, where black students constitute fewer than 3 percent of students in the program. Often, he is the only black student in his classes.

Americans See Advantages and Challenges in Country’s Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity
As the United States becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, and as companies from Wall Street to Silicon Valley grapple with how to build workforces that reflect these changing demographics, Americans have a complicated, even contradictory, set of views about the impact of diversity and the best way to achieve it. Most say it’s a good thing that the country has a diverse population, but many also say this introduces its own set of challenges. 

Bilingual Teachers in Short Supply Across America
About 10 percent of public school students in the United States are English language learners. In some states, that number is much higher. In California, for example, 38 percent of students enter the public school system as English learners. Overall, about 21 percent of California public school students are considered English learners.
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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