TALAS E-newsletter – November 14

Posted on November 14th, 2019
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GALA Launch
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cordially invites you to the

GALA Launch
Wednesday, November 20 at 5 pm
The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center
300 N 5th Street, Garland, Texas

RSVP by November 15 by visiting GALA Launch
Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar appointed to TEA’s Compensatory Education Allotment Advisory Committee
Los Fresnos ISD Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar and
Mission CISD Teacher Annabel Tenorio have been appointed to TEA’s House Bill 3 Implementation: Compensatory Education Allotment Advisory Committee.
Tomball ISD teachers make up one-third of Texas finalists for 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Two Tomball ISD teachers are among the six finalists in Texas for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, TISD officials announced Nov. 8 in a press release.

Amy Edmondson, a seventh-grade math teacher at Willow Wood Junior High School, and Markaela van Putten—a dual-credit biology, anatomy and physiology teacher at Tomball High School—are among the six Texas finalists being considered for a presidential award in grades 7-12 mathematics and science, according to the release. Edmondson and Putten, along with the other state finalists, will be reviewed by a national selection committee, which will select up to two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction to receive the 2019 PAEMST, according to PAEMST information.

In addition to Edmondson, grades seven-12 mathematics finalists include teachers at Denton and Dallas ISDs. Grades seven-12 science finalists include teachers in Amarillo and Aledo ISDs, as well as van Putten, according to the release.
Over 300 PSJA ISD students hear personal stories, experiences from veterans
Over 300 students in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District got the opportunity to hear personal stories and experiences from veterans on Monday.

It was all part of the district’s first-ever “Vessel Project: Lunch With A Veteran.”

Students taking Dual Credit US History courses from PSJA Early College HS, PSJA North Early College HS, PSJA Memorial Early College HS, and PSJA Southwest Early College HS had the opportunity to interview and interact with dozens of Veterans.

According to a release, the Vessel project aimed to pair high school students with Veterans from across different military branches in the Rio Grande Valley and allowed them to hear about the sacrifices they made to defend the country.
First-Generation American has a special message for ESL and bilingual students
The American dream, a journey of adversity and resilience.

“My dad came here when he was 15 and basically started an annual tradition of working 9 months here in California and then going back to Michoacan his home state in Mexico. Gets married and then has kids and then when we get older a teacher finally convinces my dad to settle roots,” says José M. Hernández.

He credits the sacrifices of his parents and the guidance of his older siblings in achieving his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut.

“I’m looking at my flight suit and you have the NASA logo, have the American flag and I say ‘how great is this country that gives the opportunity for a first-generation to actually become an astronaut and represent the United States up in space.”

Siblings start tamale business, aim to pay bills and save money

The smell of flour dough and chicken wafts around Lesly Reza Olguin’s apartment as she helps her brother Hector make dozens of tamales to deliver to students in the upcoming week.  

After encountering some financial obstacles her sophomore year, Lesly, a bilingual education senior, began selling homemade tamales to UT students out of her Riverside apartment. This year when her brother, a radio-television-film freshman, said he needed some financial help, she decided to start up the business again. 

“I know there’s not a lot of places in Austin that sell decent tamales, and I (was) pretty sure people would buy them, so I just thought, ‘I’ll go ahead and try this,’” Lesly said. “Overall it is hard work, but it pays off.” 

The Olguin siblings are first-generation college students and both said they have struggled with expenses since starting at UT. After tweeting to promote their business on Oct. 22, they received an unprecedented outpouring of support from the UT community. With over 1,000 likes and retweets to date, they said orders are piling up. 
Who is Hispanic?
Debates over who is Hispanic and who is not have fueled conversations about identity among Americans who trace their heritage to Latin America or Spain. The question surfaced during U.S. presidential debates and the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. More recently, it bubbled up after a singer from Spain won the “Best Latin” award at the 2019 Video Music Awards.

So, who is considered Hispanic in the United States? And how are they counted in public opinion surveys, voter exit polls and government surveys like the upcoming 2020 census?

The most common approach to answering these questions is straightforward: Who is Hispanic? Anyone who says they are. And nobody who says they aren’t.
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How to Ask for – And Get – a Raise
You are long overdue for a raise, and your boss doesn’t seem to be doing anything about giving you one. Even if you know you deserve a higher salary, you, like many people, can be hesitant to ask for a raise. You have three options. You can do nothing, but then you may stay at the same salary indefinitely. You can look for a job that pays more, or you can ask for a raise. Clearly, sitting around and waiting for your boss to make the first move hasn’t worked so far, and looking for another job can be a big hassle. 

So, your best course of action could be to ask for a raise.

Research What Others in Your Field Earn
Before approaching your boss, you need to do some research. It’s time to learn about typical salaries in your field so that you can then figure out if you are earning less than you should. You can try talking to colleagues in your field. However, be forewarned that this may be in direct violation of your employer’s policies. Also, many people are reluctant to discuss what they earn with a coworker.

National News
What today’s DACA case means to undocumented students, educators
Hundreds of thousands of undocumented students across the country live with the fear that they could face deportation and an end to their plans for higher education.

The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has provided work authorization and deportation protections for undocumented people who were illegally brought to the United States as children or overstayed a visa. For seven years, DACA gave some relief so students could work and go to college without looking over their shoulders for immigration officials.
US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father’s arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won’t even look at him.

After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once bright and beaming girl arrived back in Honduras withdrawn, anxious and angry, convinced her father abandoned her.

He fears their bond is forever broken.

“I think about this trauma staying with her too, because the trauma has remained with me and still hasn’t faded,” he said, days after their reunion.

Driving Dual Language Forward
Our language shapes our individuality and how we interact with those around us, and our focus in life. The language or languages we speak are who we are. Some of our students grew up bilingual/multicultural in Los Angeles, Chicago, or border towns with Mexico. One co-author of this article grew up on the border in both Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. In that border community, she used a combination of English and Spanish to navigate between cultures and establish relationships. She had to communicate in: (1) academic Spanish, (2) everyday Spanish, (3) academic English, (4) everyday English, and (5) translanguaging at times. Her educational and community environments were enriched by being located in a multicultural translanguaging culture without borders or boundaries. At school, she learned English and its culture via U.S. literature and history; at home, she anchored her language and culture from children’s world literature, family tales, favorite sayings, and stories in Spanish. This ideal situation is now being replicated in dual-language schools, where the whole school is a context of cultural and linguistic enrichment.
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