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Ysleta ISD superintendent honored as a ‘Difference Maker’
Ysleta Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre has won a 2022 Difference Maker award, a nationwide recognition of his leadership.

The award – presented by Studer Education at the 11th annual What’s Right In Education leadership conference in Florida – comes just two months after Ysleta ISD earned its first “A” rating from the Texas Education Agency for overall academic performance, with 98 percent of its campuses also earning top ratings of either “A” or “B” for their programs.

CFBISD board focuses on improving bilingual/ESL resources in schools
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD held its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3 to cover a report on bilingual/ESL learners in the school.

Olivia Perez, the Secondary Director of Bilingual/ESL at CFBISD, and Maria Carolina Christiansen, the Elementary Director of Bilingual/ESL at CFBISD, presented on the academic progress of emerging bilinguals in the district.

“Our culture as professional learning communities is key for the continuous improvement of our craft for the benefit of all students and it’s a critical piece when we think of our emerging bilinguals,” Christiansen said.

Professor, grad student spotlight importance of Mariachi
A University of Texas Permian Basin professor and a graduate student want to show the world what Mariachi mean to Hispanic culture and identity.

“We actually want to make sure that our students feel proud of who they are,” Tomas Espinosa, assistant professor of ESL/Bilingual Education, said.

Espinosa and Monika Cantu, who is working toward a master’s in business administration, have presented their study locally, nationally and internationally through organizations like the National Association for Bilingual Education.

Texas Republicans against “critical race theory” win seats on the State Board of Education, strengthening its GOP majority
The board is responsible for dictating what Texas’ 5.5 million students are required to learn in the state’s public schools.

Several Republican State Board of Education candidates who ran in opposition of so-called critical race theory in public schools won their races Tuesday night, giving Republicans one more seat on the board, according to Decision Desk HQ.

Most notably, Republicans successfully flipped District 2, which covers part of the Gulf Coast.

Roland Gutierrez Won’t Let Greg Abbott Forget Uvalde
While he’s not a “singular-issue” politician, “for these parents … there’s no issue out there that matters if you don’t have your kid.”

As he watched a couple load ice chests into their car at a gas station, something didn’t sit right with Roland Gutierrez. The pair were likely on their way to the lake to enjoy the late May sunshine in San Antonio—a normal way to spend the day, he knew. But Gutierrez, the state senator for District 19, couldn’t help thinking how surreal it is that life continues after a tragedy. He was on his way to Uvalde just days after an 18-year-old had opened fire on a classroom at Robb Elementary School, killing 19 students and two teachers. 

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Disrupting disruption: How 3 school districts improved with steady work
We live in an era where public school districts are routinely slammed for being hidebound and resistant to change. Some are, but others make changes all the time, sometimes with success. This post looks at a few districts that have done just that.

It was written by David Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and co-author of “Disrupting Disruption: The Steady Work of Transforming Schools.” A senior fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit education think tank based in California, Kirp has written more than 15 other books and dozens of articles about social issues and have been focused on education and children’s policy. He was the founding director of the Harvard Center for Law and Education, a national support center and advocacy organization that offers help to people experiencing difficulty in the implementation of key education programs and initiatives.

What Will End of COVID Public Health Emergency Mean for School-Based Telehealth?
Ramirez & Buher: How states, districts & Washington can ensure that students will continue to have access to this valuable public health resource

The expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, likely to occur in January, will create significant complexity for schools that provide telehealth services to students.

Since 2020, the COVID-19 emergency — a federal declaration issued by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services — has driven a surge in telehealth utilization among older Americans, enabled by regulatory waivers and flexibilities from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service.

L.A. Unified’s bilingual program for deaf students hailed as a model for California schools
Michele Bergeron knows that her 5-year-old son, who’s deaf, likes watermelon and pizza. He’s obsessed with airplanes, wants to play football, likes books about Spider-Man and someday wants to be tall like his dad.

“Without sign language, I never would have known any of this,” said the Fremont mother. “Sign language is the most important thing for deaf children and their families to learn. How else are you going to communicate? How will you know your child’s hopes and dreams?”

Nearly 3,700 migrants have been bused to Chicago from Texas. 425 are school-aged children.
It’s been two months since migrants began arriving in Chicago by busload from Texas — part of a move by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, to send migrants arriving at his state’s border to Democratic-led cities. 

Among the nearly 3,700 migrants who have been bused to Chicago, at least 425 are school-aged children. Many of these migrants are seeking asylum. 

State records indicate these students have enrolled in 12 different school districts, including Chicago Public Schools and several suburban districts. Data on children under age 5 was not provided, but a spokesperson for the Illinois governor’s office said they are being offered child care and access to early learning programs. 

How Districts Can Stay Ahead of Their Aging Ed-Tech: 3 Expert Tips
The pandemic accelerated the process for purchasing new education technology tools to support a remote learning environment for students and teachers, thanks in part to the billions of dollars in federal relief money.

The usage of ed-tech tools has also skyrocketed. The average number of technology products school districts access in a given month has almost tripled over the last several years, according to a recent report from LearnPlatform, an education technology company that helps districts measure the use and effectiveness of their digital products.

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