TALAS E-newsletter – October 17

Posted on October 17th, 2019
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El Paso area superintendent speaks at Texas Gun Sense Fundraiser

Clint Independent School District Superintendent Juan Martinez was a guest speaker at a Texas Gun Sense fundraiser in Austin last Thursday evening.

The youngest victim from the Walmart shooting last summer was a 15 year-old student at Clint ISD.

Martinez says the city is still healing. “We have a sense of ‘We’re not safe anymore than we used to think,” he says. “One of the safest cities in America. It just feels very different.”

State Senator Jose Rodriguez, of El Paso, was also at the fundraiser.
Meet Dr. Juan I. Martinez
Dr. Juan I. Martinez has been a Texas educator for 24 years, serving as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Human Resources, Chief Human Resource Officer and Superintendent. He is in his fifth year as the Superintendent of the Clint Independent School District.

Clint ISD encompasses three major, separate and distinct communities – the Town of Clint, a stable farming and ranching area; the town of Horizon City, a growing suburban area; and the community of Montana Vista, an unincorporated area, with over 11,000 students district-wide.

Dr. Martinez received his Bachelor of Business Administration In Computer Information System and Master of Education degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1993 and 1996. Dr. Martinez obtained his superintendent certification from the Angelo State University in 2006. He received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017.

Dr. Martinez and his wife, Brenda are proud parents of two children.
Corpus Christi hosts bilingual education conference this week Internal Auditor appointed in Ft. Worth ISD
The Texas Association for Bilingual Education is hosting its annual conference at the American Bank Center and Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi this week.

TABE is a nonprofit organization that promotes equal educational opportunity for bilingual/English-learning students through research, policy and professional development.

The conference, which runs Wednesday to Friday, is designed to provide educators, parents, students and education advocates with a comprehensive view of educational practices for bilingual and dual language learners.

‘Yana Wana’s Legend Of The Bluebonnet’
The stories about the Texas bluebonnet are as old as the hills and most of them include a Native American girl who first saw these amazing blue flowers. However, many of these versions of the legend involve the Comanche or one of the many plains tribes, despite the fact that these groups only arrived in Texas less than 400 years ago. Bluebonnets have been here a lot longer. 

The people who were most likely to have seen the first bluebonnets were the ancestors of the Coahuiltecan people, original Texas Native Americans who have been here for thousands of years. So what is the Coahuiltecan’s legend of the bluebonnet?

This is one of the themes of “Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet,” a play for young audiences produced by local nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute and Austin’s Teatro Vivo, and funded by the San Marcos Arts Commission, City of Austin’s Cultural Contracts and Texas Commission on the Arts. 
New career opportunities
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  • Texas Education Agency – Associate Commissioner, Governance
  • Budget Director (Director III)
  • New School Development Manager (Education Specialist V)
  • Accessibility Coordinator (Program Specialist VI)
  • Director of Instructional Technology Supports (Director I)
  • Early Childhood Partnership Specialist (Program Specialist VI)
  • TCDD Grant Management Director (Manager IV)
  • School Action Fund Grant Specialist (Program Specialist III)
  • Educator Recruitment and Development Specialist (Program Specialist VI)
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You Can Overcome a Long Gap in Your Résumé
How long can you step out of the workforce without sinking your career? The answer may surprise you.

Employers are rushing to interview applicants with résumé gaps as long as two years, according to a recent study of more than 36,000 applications by the résumé-writing service ResumeGo. That’s a marked change from a decade ago, when a career break as short as six months could be deadly.

This poses new opportunities for skilled workers, as well as challenges in navigating on-ramps back into a career.

Some early-job choices are simply a bad fit. Noah Kain, a 32-year-old from Baltimore, made an idealistic choice to join an environmental nonprofit after graduating from college. He was promoted twice in two years. But he soon wearied of the low pay and 10-hour workdays spent canvassing and fundraising.

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Dual Education Drives “Bilingual Millennials” As A New Employment Trend In Costa Rica
Bilingual millennials in Costa Rica have become the new employment trend, thanks to the implementation of dual education, according to recruiters and other experts consulted by La Republica.

“There is a growing interest on the part of companies, mainly the bigger, in providing opportunities for young people with technical or university training in progress,” said Laura Centeno, Director of Student Development Professional Lead University. La Republica.
This teaching modality combines classroom instruction with a practice directed at companies, which allows young people to gain experience while training.

Companies are giving more priorities to young Costa Ricans who also speak English, Portuguese or other languages since they stand out for adapting more easily, which corresponds to a skill at a time when the world is experiencing vertiginous changes in technology.
Smithsonian Museums Are Supposed to Tell the American Story. So Where’s the One Dedicated to Latinos?

When I was growing up in San Antonio, Mexican culture permeated every aspect of American culture. I heard Spanish every day: at the grocery store, on the playground and, of course, at home. The staples in the school cafeteria included corn dogs, but also cheese enchiladas. Kids of every background broke piñatas at their birthday parties. But in large parts of America, Latinos were seen as foreigners and outsiders, mentioned only in the context of drugs, gangs or immigration news. Not much has changed.

In September 2019, President Trump asked during a rally in New Mexico, “Who do you like more- the country or the Hispanics?” The framing of this question ignores the fact that in the United States, Americans and Latinos are one and the same. There are 58.9 million Latinos in America, about 63% of whom are of Mexican descent. While some of us are immigrants, as of 2015, 65.6% of American Latinos were born in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center. And many more Latinos have roots in this land that date back centuries.

One reason Latinos and Americans are cast as two distinct groups is America’s obsession with assimilation to white culture. Only as a white person in America is your Americanness not in question. Some people, like our President, have no problem denigrating the rest of us simply because of the color of our skin. But another reason Latinos are viewed as outsiders is our erasure from the American consciousness. When the role of Latinos in American history is overlooked and Latinos hold a disproportionately small number of prominent positions, many people just aren’t aware of our deep roots in America or our economic, cultural and military contributions. The harm of not being treated as valuable members of this country can be seen in the rise of anti-Latino hate crimes, as well as in the higher rate of depression among Latino youth than their white peers.
The benefits of Hispanic student-teacher matching for AP courses
Hispanic students comprise the largest minority demographic in the nation’s schools, accounting for 26% of students as of 2016. Indeed, the shift in school demographics to a majority-nonwhite student body is largely driven by the growth in the Hispanic population.

Even though Hispanics constitute a major share of the American student population, they continue to face barriers in accessing a quality public education. Many Hispanic students live in poverty or have parents who have not completed high school, attend highly segregated schools, and have a long history of being grouped into low academic tracks.

Because teachers of color serve as role models, and tend to hold higher expectations for students of color, school leaders are increasingly warming to the idea of providing students regular access to teachers who share their ethnic or racial background–including Hispanic students. A growing body of literature demonstrates that students who have demographically similar teachers exhibit better academic outcomes. Most of this research, however, has focused on the relationship between Black teachers and Black students, and there is little empirical evidence on the benefits of ethnic match for Hispanic students.

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