TALAS E-newsletter – September 12

Posted on September 12th, 2019
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PSJA school board names Houston ISD area super as lone finalist

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school board has named a lone finalist for the superintendent position to succeed Daniel King, who announced his retirement in June.

Trustees named Jorge Arredondo, an educator with over two decades of experience in the field, as the lone finalist for the post in a 4-3 vote Thursday evening. In accordance with state law, school districts must wait 21 days before being authorized to approve a contract for a new superintendent.

Arredondo is currently the area superintendent for Houston Independent School District, which has over 200,000 students.
Garland Association of Latino Administrators (GALA) Is Officially Launched
TALAS congratulates GALA on the launch of their new association.

GALA is committed to providing strategies to help all educators eliminate the achievement gap among Latino students.

Officers include: Beatriz Martinez, President, Cris Valdez, Secretary
Alex Rivera, Treasurer and Javier Solix, President-Elect

Follow GALA on Twitter @GALAUSA1
Community reacts to PN-G’s $131 million bond proposal
Port Neches-Groves Independent School District could see four new elementary schools within the next couple of years.

That’s if the two communities approve a $131 million bond issue that was placed onto the ballot by the PN-G ISD board last month.

Community members got their first chance to ask questions and share concerns about the bond Monday in a special community meeting hosted by PN-G ISD Superintendent Mike Gonzales.

The bond would be used to replace the seven current K-5 schools in the district, with four consolidated campuses, which would be split into pre-K through second-grade campuses and third-grade through fifth-grade campuses, one of each in Port Neches and Groves.
Texas State’s SURE Named ‘Program To Watch’ By Excelencia In Education
SAN MARCOS – The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at Texas State University has been named a Program to Watch by Excelencia in Education, a national organization focusing on the success of Hispanic students and the Hispanic serving institutions that promote their achievement.

Texas State’s SURE program is one of 20 so recognized nationally by Excelencia in Education.

“By promoting and celebrating what works in serving Latino students in higher education, Excelencia increases awareness about the positive impact of the growth of the Latino population and programs that serve them well,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “Examples of Excelencia inspires leaders to implement innovations that can serve all students.”

TSC, BISD combine resources to meet demand for welders
Two of Brownsville’s most historic institutions will rely on their long standing and successful working relationship to address the need for additional skilled labor.

Expansions in the red-hot oil and gas industry along the Texas Gulf Coast mean new jobs in an assortment of trades and crafts—and Texas Southmost College and the Brownsville Independent School District – are committed and poised to play larger roles in supplying local workers for these jobs.

Over the past several months, TSC and the BISD Career and Technology Education Department have been working to finalize their plans to begin offering specialized training for entry-level positions for an industry in immediate need of 250 welders and calling for more than 500 new welders over the next five years

Hispanic Heritage luncheon set to honor local leaders
Los Barrios de Amarillo, the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce are working together to honor Hispanic leaders and bring awareness of the contributions made to the community.

National Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated September 15th through October 15th, 2019.

To celebrate, the Hispanic Heritage lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, at the Wesley Community Center.

Organizers are asking for nominations of a Hispanic leader who is making a difference in our community. Nominations can be made at www.surveymonkey.com. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 13th.

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6 super unique questions to ask at the end of a job interview
When you are sitting in the hot seat, hopeful — and anxious — about a promising opportunity, it doesn’t feel like interviewing is a two-way street. Especially when you are attempting to impress your could-be boss or potential colleague. However, career expert Amanda Augustine says every candidate should treat the experience as the opportunity to get a new gig, sure, but also determine if you actually want to work for the company.

This means coming prepared for anything they will throw your way and follow-up questions to pose as the session comes to a close. “Asking thoughtful questions signals to the interviewer that you’re taking the interview seriously and are genuinely interested in the position,” she explains.

Though you probably a handful of go-to questions, there are a few zingers you’re missing. Here, the pros provide inspiration for the next time you’re going through the interview process: Unique questions
Ensuring representation: A Q&A with Andy Canales, of Latinos for Education
Andy Canales is the founding executive director of Greater Houston’s Latinos for Education, an organization that works toward increasing Latino representation on the boards of nonprofit educational entities.

For Canales, whose parents emigrated from Central America in the early 1980s, his background defined his calling. In middle school, he attended one of the lowest-performing public schools in Los Angeles. Though he was able to succeed academically, he knows the road is hard for many students and works to provide experienced Hispanics in organizations that can advocate for these children and teens.
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The Push to Get More Teachers of Color in Special Education Classroom

It’s a constant struggle for school districts across the country to find qualified special education teachers. An extra challenge: finding special educators of color to help meet the needs of a student population that can be disproportionately nonwhite.

Just over 82 percent of special education teachers in public schools are white, according to 2011-12 federal data, the most recent available. Meanwhile, only about half of students receiving special education services are white, according to 2017-18 data.

Yet teacher diversity matters: Decades of research has shown that students often perform better academically when they are taught by teachers of the same race.

“The special education field is really prime to recruit faculty of color,” said Jacqueline Rodriguez, the assistant vice president for programs and professional learning at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. “We do have a disproportionate representation of students of color and students with second-language acquisition in special education programs and being identified as students with special needs. We also know that … we have a dearth of certified and qualified special education teachers in the field.”
As Schools Diversify, Principals Remain Mostly White — and 5 Other Things We Learned This Summer About America’s School Leaders

While kids were running through sprinklers and eating popsicles this summer, a handful of education researchers crunched the numbers about their principals.

Reports released this summer offer new insight into America’s school principals, from their racial diversity to how turnover affects student achievement.

The new papers add to a growing body of research about principals but also raise new questions, said Brendan Bartanen, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and co-author of recent reports on principal diversity and principal turnover.

“We know that principals matter,” Bartanen told The 74. “We still don’t have a great understanding of the specifics of that — how do they matter, what are the specific things that they do, what are the ways that we could train them better and provide them better development?”
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Here’s a suggestion for Thursday’s presidential debate: Talk about public education
A Pew Research Center  poll  conducted in 2017 discovered more Americans considered the nation’s public schools “below average” than “above average” when compared with those in other countries. While only a small percentage of whites and Asian Americans are dissatisfied with their local public schools, the same is not true for other groups.  Almost two-thirds of African Americans  say black children do not enjoy the same access to a good public education as whites. The same is true for just under half of Latinos and 4 of 10 Native Americans. And they are right to be unhappy. By the fourth grade, Latino, black and Native Americans are far behind white children when it comes to  reading skills Calculus  is offered in half of high schools — an embarrassingly low number in and of itself — but in less than 40 percent of those that educate large numbers of black and Latino students.

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