TALAS E-newsletter – September 19

Posted on September 19th, 2019
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Join TALAS at TASA/TASB in Dallas

You are invited to meet and greet your colleagues at the TALAS/MASBA joint reception on Friday, September 20th from 5:30 to 7:00 at the OMNI Hotel Dallas Ballroom Section E . Mil gracias to Swing Education for their sponsorship and support!

The TALAS Executive Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 21st in Room C-143 of the Dallas Convention Center. The meeting begins at 8:00 am.

The TALAS Mentoring Program will take place on Saturday, September 21st with breakfast at 7:30 am in Room C-149 of the Dallas Convention Center. The program will begin at 8:00 am in Room C-141 (adjacent room). The luncheon is set for noon in Room C-149.

Join your colleagues on Saturday, September 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in room D168 . Superintendents Martha Salazar-Zamora, Ricardo Lopez, Michael Hinojosa and Paul Cruz will share their perspectives regarding the impact of the most recent legislative session and implications of A-F. We hope to see you there!
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Technology Underscores the Promise of a New School Year
As schools across the country reopen for the new academic year, students will be greeted by more than teachers, administrators and their peers. 

Many will also have new laptops or tablets through one-to-one computing programs, upgraded classroom technology for blended learning, and teachers trained to more effectively use technology to personalize instruction.

For many IT leaders, administrators and teachers, the technology also fuels their excitement and inspiration for the new school year.
Fort Worth Program Brings Latino, African American History Into Classrooms
Elías Valverde, a social studies teacher at Fort Worth’s Paschal High School, spent a recent morning talking to his ninth-graders about the history of La Gran Plaza.

The popular Fort Worth shopping mall with more than 200 stores has gone through several changes over the years. Today, it caters to the city’s growing Latino population. In a city of 895,000 people, around 35% are Latino.

Students point out the many items you can find there: elotes or grilled corn sold by food vendors and quinceñera dresses, the dresses worn by girls celebrating their fifteenth birthdays.

“Now La Gran Plaza is breaking the mold of malls,” Valverde said. “And this is not just here in Fort Worth, they’ve done it in other parts of the country, too, where the demographics of the people have changed the population, so they’re adapting to meet the new population.”
Get to know Juan Sánchez Muñoz, President of the University of Houston-Downtown
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, President of the University of Houston-Downtown, has helped expand the school’s reputation in the city and throughout the state.

Under his leadership, UHD has experienced growth in many areas. In 2018, the university posted its first enrollment increase in four years and exceeded its largest capital campaign goal. Additionally, he has helped steer $80 million in capital projects with more in development.

Outside of the university, Muñoz serves on several boards and committees focused on enhancing Houston’s economic and cultural landscapes and national organizations aimed at academic excellence. Among these is an appointment from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to the North Houston Highway Improvement Project Board.

Prior to UHD, Muñoz served as a Senior Vice President and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs at Texas Tech University (TTU) and served as a professor in the institution’s College of Education. Before arriving in the Lone Star State, he was a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton. 

Poll Indicates That Latinos Are Motivated To Vote In 2020
The University of Houston/Latino Decisions Poll shows Latinos are very motivated to vote in 2020.

“When we look at Latinos, we see a very interesting point, in terms of 85% of Latinos saying they will certainly vote or at least probably will vote,” says University of Houston political science professor Jeronimo Cortina.

Cortina says the polling numbers come after a dramatic increase in Latino turnout in 2018, especially among young voters.

Forty-seven percent of all Texas voters said they prefer a Democrat for president, compared to 42% who favor Trump. Among Texas Latino voters, the president is even more unpopular: 69% said they favor a Democrat.
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6 tough interview questions (and how to answer them)
So you’ve landed an interview—congratulations!—standing out in a sea of resumes is no easy feat, but now it’s time to knock your interviewer’s socks off. While the process can be long and nerve-wracking—these are questions that potentially alter your future after all—there are some tough interview questions you can bet on being asked.

1. Tell me about yourself
This is a little like the “What do you do?” question that can be so stressful. It’s asking you to round yourself up in a succinct but engaging way. You want to grab your interviewer’s attention without delving into your life story.

What the interviewer really wants to know is a little about your personality, but also what about you works for this particular company. Don’t have a scripted stock response. This should be tailored for each interview and you should talk about where you are professionally.

Do talk about why you got into your particular field and how it relates to your background. What it is about your line of work and experience that is specifically “you.” When and where you adopted your dog is cute, but save it for after you get hired.
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ACT, Univision Call for Better Preparing Latino Students for Standardized Tests

Nonprofit organization ACT, which conducts standardized tests for college admissions, and Univision Communications, have made necessary recommendations to make post-secondary education accessible for Hispanic students.

Univision, the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., and the ACT issued a joint report, “Breaking Down Barriers: Understanding Hispanic High School Students’ Perceptions on the Transition to College” wherein many recommendations were made for the policymakers and stakeholders to follow.

To compile the report and necessary recommendations, the center and Univision held a series of focus groups with nearly 50 college-bound students, mostly first-generation, and 44 parents who were asked about college expectations, future career aspirations and ways to get there, financial aid, college admissions testing among other things.
Working to Expand Opportunities in the Latinx Community

Advocacy is deeply woven into the fabric of Latinx identity and culture. At a time of widespread divisiveness in our country, leaders within the Latinx community are working to elevate voices of empowerment and uplift, whether it’s in health care, the boardroom, or the classroom. 

We spoke to three Teach For America partners about the critical issues facing the Latinx community. Together, they shared their thoughts on barriers facing the community and what they are doing to expand opportunities and help future leaders thrive in the classroom and at the executive level. 

It is in the face of adversity that the Latinx community continues to grow stronger and united, says Candelario Cervantez, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s National Latinx Alliances. “At this moment we are creating history that future generations will look to for inspiration,” he says. “It is through working together, in true partnership and collaboration that we will be able to achieve One Day and ensure all community members achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential.”

HITN Learning Promotes Bilingual Education During Hispanic Heritage Month
HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced “Raising Bilingual Children in a Multicultural World,” a month-long series of Hispanic Heritage celebrations across selected Barnes & Noble stores around the country to promote the advantages of bilingual education.

Planned activities include expert educational talks for parents, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids in metro areas with large Spanish-speaking populations, including: New York, Miami, San Diego County, El Paso and McAllen. The program will also feature well-known Latin mom influencers in each city.

“Events like these that promote bilingual education are a critical way to carry out the mission of HITN Learning,” explained David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning. “Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to encourage our audiences to feel pride in their roots while exposing them to the latest educator-approved methods in math and language learning. It’s a way for us to reaffirm our commitment to helping Hispanic/Latino families succeed socially, academically and emotionally.”

Sat. 10/5: Barnes & Noble Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway Blvd. West Suite 120, El Paso, TX, 11:30 AM

Sun. 10/6: Barnes & Noble Palms Crossing, 3300 Expressway 83 #1100, McAllen, TX, 1:00 PM

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