TALAS E-newsletter – October 24

Posted on October 24th, 2019
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Ysleta ISD names Menchaca as Associate Superintendent
Last week, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced the appointment of Rosa Maria Mireles Menchaca as the new Associate Superintendent of High Schools.
Menchaca began her professional career in 1988 as an English teacher at Riverside Middle School, and has since held positions as dean of instruction, assistant principal, and principal in the El Paso area.

In 2017, Menchaca began serving as Academic Compliance Officer at YISD. In addition to those duties, she has also served as interim Associate Superintendent of High Schools for the past few months.

Menchaca holds a bachelor’s degree in English and two master’s degrees, all from UTEP.
Get to know TALAS President Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora was named Tomball ISD Superintendent of Schools in 2017.
She joined Tomball in 2014 as the district’s Chief Academic Officer. She has worked in education for over 30 years. Before joining Tomball, Salazar-Zamora served in Round Rock ISD as the deputy superintendent of curriculum and administration. Prior to working in Round Rock, Salazar-Zamora was the assistant superintendent of school support services in Houston ISD. She also worked in Spring ISD as an area superintendent, an assistant superintendent, and the executive director of student/school services.
While serving Kingsville ISD, she worked as the superintendent of schools for three years. Prior to becoming superintendent, she also worked in Kingsville as an assistant superintendent for curriculum/instruction and human resources, as well as a speech/language pathologist. While working in Bishop Consolidated ISD, she served as a principal and director of federal programs/special education. Salazar-Zamora began her education career in Alice ISD as a teacher, educational diagnostician, and speech and language pathologist.
She earned a doctorate of education at Texas A&M University, a master of education in educational administration and a master of education in special education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and a bachelor of science at Texas A&I University. 
Garland ISD Launches Program to Bring Back Students Who Have Dropped Out
Each day, they’re hitting the pavement, trying to find out why students dropped out of school.

Part cop, part counselor, they’re hoping to help these young people, who often gave up education for an occupation.

It’s called Operation Opportunity, Garland ISD’s effort to develop one-on-one relationships with students who have dropped out of school and help steer them back to the classroom.

“I’m working, I’m trying to pay off my car, it’s hard for me to just come up with some money,” one teen they caught up with at home said. “I’ve got to work all day and get a full-time job and I’ve got other bills to pay.”
How Ire’ne Lara Silva Learned to Flip the Script
In the Aztec empire, boys as young as twelve attended the cuicacalli, or “House of Song,” to learn the sacred hymns and dances of war as preparation for their military training. Deep into the writing process of her latest collection of poetry, Austin-based writer Ire’ne Lara Silva stumbled upon the Nahuatl word. Instantly, she knew it would be the title of her book, CUICACALLI/House of Song (Saddle Road Press), which was released in April. 

Much of Lara Silva’s writing centers around the beauty and pain of the Latinx experience, and she was drawn to the sense of strength that cuicacalli connotes. For most of her life, the story she was taught about her own culture cast Mexicans in the roles of villains or victims, and she wanted to flip the script. 

“I want to imagine our community beyond that pain,” she says. “I’ve been meditating on our history for 25 years now, and our survival is a thing of beauty—it shows a strength that should be admired.” 
New Reports Find High Childhood Obesity Rates in Texas, Even Higher in San Antonio
A new report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) found that the rate of obesity among young people ages 10 to 17 in Texas has held steady at 15.5 percent in the last several years, slightly above the nationwide rate of 15.3 percent.

The State of Childhood Obesity report analyzed information gathered as part of the 2018 National Survey of Children’s Health conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Screeners identified in advance households with children and asked parents a battery of questions designed to identify children with special health care needs, including the child’s weight.

Of the 4.8 million young people ages 10 to 17 with obesity nationwide, 485,700 are from Texas, according to the report.
New postings
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  • Director of Instructional Strategy Integration (Director III)
  • Senior Risk Manager (Portfolio Manager III)
  • Dyslexia Specialist for Review and Support (Education Specialist IV)
  • Review and Support Specialist (Program Specialist VII)
  • Senior .Net Developer (Programmer IV)
  • Director of Review and Support Monitoring (Director I)
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A woman who has reviewed over 50,000 resumes says these are the 7 most annoying mistakes she sees
When Tina Nicolai began working as a recruiter for Walt Disney World in the late 1990s, she noticed that many job seekers were submitting flawed resumes.

“I realized people simply did not know how to market themselves or their achievements,” Nicolai tells Business Insider. “And that’s how I knew there was a market to educate job candidates at all levels and in all industries.”

So in 2010, she founded Resume Writers’ Ink. “Since launching my company, I’ve read over 50,000 resumes,” she says. And there are a few mistakes that she’s seen over and over again that are “pretty irritating.”

Since hiring managers often base their first impression of you on your resume, it’s imperative that you review it closely before hitting “submit” on your job application. Especially when an opening yields a high volume of eligible, talented candidates, employers may be quick to toss your file in the “no” pile for even the smallest mistake.

So, as you give your resume a final look, make sure it doesn’t include any of the following faux pas, which employers may find to be annoying. And when in doubt, have a friend or expert give in one last read, too.

According to Nicolai, these are seven of the most annoying mistakes people make on their resumes:

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The Teachers’ Lounge: Recess for educators of color

The field trip is sold out. Sounds strange, but it happens every month at The Teachers’ Lounge.

No students are present at this teachers-only respite, a special kind of recess.
Once a month, usually on the second Saturday, educators of color from Greater Boston come together to celebrate, to affirm one another, and to workshop solutions to problems.

This doesn’t go down in a conference room. The atmosphere is equal parts party and professional. A live DJ plays everything from Ella Mai to Lil Nas X. You’re more likely to see a cocktail glass full of D’ussé on ice rather than a hot cup of coffee. There’s dancing and karaoke trivia. But panel discussions and small groups for critical conversations are part of the itinerary, too.
Chef José Andrés, actress Eva Longoria take to DC to raise awareness for Latino American issues

Celebrity chef José Andrés and actress Eva Longoria joined with Latino community activists on Wednesday to push for legislation to improve lives for the Latino American community. 

“The hardwork and hardships that DREAMers and undocumented immigrants bring to the table is unbelievable,” Andrés said.

Andres says immigration reform remains a top concern affecting the fate of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently in limbo. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) said hearing personal stories can help lawmakers and everyday Americans understand the impact of legislation.

“By putting their story at the front space of the American mind, people understand the DREAMer issue,” Kaine said.

During an event on Capitol Hill, Latino leaders including celebrities-turned-activists discussed the challenges families face because of what, they said, is divisive rhetoric trickling down from the White House to local communities.
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