TALAS E-newsletter – October 31

Posted on October 31st, 2019
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Get to know TALAS Vice President Dr. Rick Lopez
Leading Garland ISD since January of 2018, Dr. Ricardo López is the 10th superintendent in the district’s more than 100-year history. His vision of access, equity, and opportunity for all students is encompassed in the district’s emphasis on student outcomes in the  One Goal, One Focus strategic plan  and the  College for All  innovative programs being phased in for students at all seven high schools.

López has also brought increased awareness and services for special education and dyslexic students in GISD by providing  additional teachers, training and resources  to ensure student needs are met and that every child reaches his or her full academic potential. 

López is also widely recognized for his proven success in closing achievement gaps for all learners, including implementing the  Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE)  model at two Garland ISD campuses to turnaround performance and provide added support for students most in need. His collaborative leadership approach and belief in the power of teamwork is evidenced in the  #LopezListens  sessions held with GISD staff, students, and tri-city community members.

In confirmation of his charisma, character and innovative approach to education, López was named a recipient of the Spirit of Sachse Award for 2019 and highlighted as a TASA Inspiring Leader at the 2019 TASA Midwinter Conference. He was also invited to participate in Governor Abbott’s Round Table for Safety and Security in 2018. He has received numerous other awards, including being named National Latino Superintendent of the Year for 2016 by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Pledged to providing excellence from the beginning of his career, López’s beliefs are grounded in quality teaching as the key to success for all students.

As a result of this commitment, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year for both Ysleta ISD and Region XIX, providing a springboard for his career as an instructional leader and change agent.

López is a recipient of the University of Texas at Austin Recruitment Fellowship and is a graduate of the Cooperative Superintendency Doctoral Fellow program at the University of Texas at Austin.

He has more than 20 years of experience in education, beginning as a classroom teacher, campus principal and district administrator in Ysleta ISD, and as superintendent in Mission Consolidated School District, prior to taking the helm in Garland ISD.

Dr. Lopez is a husband and a father of four daughters, with two that currently attend school in Garland ISD.
‘¿Qué Es Una Lengua Pura?’: Latinx College Students Learn To Defend Their Use Of Spanglish
College freshman Angie Bravo’s first language is Spanish, but she wishes she were better at it.

The 18-year-old grew up in Laredo, Texas, just across the border from Mexico. Like many of her neighbors, she speaks a version of Spanish influenced by English.

ListenListening…3:27TPR’s Camille Phillips reports on a college class in San Antonio where students are learning how to challenge negative perceptions about Spanglish.
“I think the one that judges me the most is myself, because I want to be able to practice Spanish and be able to carry a conversation fully within Spanish,” Bravo said in late September, standing outside her Spanish class at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Even in a state like Texas, where nearly 30% of the population speaks Spanish at home, there’s a perception that it’s better to speak “pure Spanish.”
La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success

Almost like a well-kept family recipe, there exists in education secret ingredients into what makes Latinx students successful. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success demonstrates how Latinx parents, a well-kept secret ingredient, assist with the academic success of Latinx students at all educational levels. Understanding the power of this secret ingredient—and how to use it—can have a profound impact on success for Latinxs students and can be used as a model for how to work with and support students from all marginalized groups. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success is suitable for educators at all levels. This book can be used in general education and teacher preparation courses, ethnic studies courses, training for individuals in helping professions, or to launch exciting new dialogue. 
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Best Times and Days to Submit Your Résumé and Job Application
Did you know that applying for a job on a Saturday decreases your chances of landing an interview? Or that including an objective on your résumé results in 20 percent to 60 percent fewer interviews, unless you happen to be a new grad? (And by the way, if you are a new grad, here are some handy tips for  writing that great first résumé , including the best ways to emphasize your projects.)

“Candidates should focus on making it past the top part of the recruiting funnel,” said Matt Singer, VP of Marketing for Jobvite, “because our data shows that those who interview stand a good chance of receiving an offer.”

In other words, you may not need additional skills to increase your chances of getting hired, if you use data to apply more efficiently and move beyond that initial screening stage. So  update your résumé  (making sure it doesn’t feature  any hidden surprises ) and get ready to optimize your application process.

National News
Students of color to UC: Drop the SAT or we’ll see you in court
Lawyers representing low-income students of color demanded Tuesday that the University of California drop the SAT and ACT exams in student admissions on grounds that they illegally discriminate against applicants who can’t afford test prep classes and pose other unfair obstacles that prevent qualified students from being accepted to UC.

The letter sent to the UC regents suggested that if the university leaders don’t agree to stop using the tests, the lawyers would sue on behalf of three students, student advocacy groups and the Compton Unified School District near Los Angeles.

One of the students, Kawika Smith, 17, a high school senior in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he grew up in poverty, often homeless and with family violence that left him with emotional stress. But he was also a bright student with enviable achievements whose SAT scores were too low to compete with others hoping to get into UC Berkeley.
Two Hispanic researchers honored
Materials scientist Nic Argibay and health and safety senior manager Rafael Gonzalez were honored at the 31st annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference by Great Minds in STEM, a nonprofit organization that recognizes Hispanic leadership and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

Argibay received a Most Promising Scientist or Engineer award and Gonzalez received a Luminary award during the society’s annual conference in late September.

HENAAC awards represent Hispanic contributions at high levels of academia, government, military and industry. Luminary honorees are professionals who lead key programs within their companies and who have made significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community as leaders and role models.
50 States of Ed Policy: What could California’s decision to delay the morning bell mean for other states?

A nationwide movement to delay school start times gained fuel this month after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill mandating later start times for most middle and high schools.

SB 328, the first legislation of its kind, requires public and charter middle schools in California to start no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools to begin at 8:30 a.m. or later, with the exception of rural schools. Under the law, optional early classes will still be allowed.

Until recently, the later-start-time movement nationally had been a slow-burning local issue for more than two decades. “Most of the communities that have adopted this have done so voluntarily and have done it with a process that has included buy-in building within the community,” Deborah Temkin, a director for the national research organization Child Trends, said.

But with the mandate coming for the first time from a state capitol instead of the grassroots, California’s top-down overhaul is expected to garner some resistance from key community stakeholders.
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