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Texas News
Donna ISD names Angela Dominguez as superintendent finalist
The Donna Independent School District Board of Trustees voted the first woman as a sole finalist as superintendent on Tuesday.

The board made the unanimous vote to have Angela Dominguez as the sole finalist for the superintendent search. Trustees must wait 21 days to officially hire Dominguez.

In May, Dr. Hafedh Azaiez announced he would leave his position at Donna ISD to become Round Rock ISD’s superintendent.

UTEP, El Paso ISD teacher residency partnership expanded to five campuses
El Paso ISD expanded the Miner Teacher Residency Program to five campuses this year, giving 24 UTEP seniors an opportunity to intern in the classroom for a full year alongside a mentor teacher.

The program, which began three years ago with Mesita Elementary and Austin High School, is now at Newman and Tom Lea elementary schools, and Terrace Hills Middle/Collins Elementary, which will be consolidated next year to become Bobby Joe Hill PK-8.

PSJA ISD elementary school designated as an International Baccalaureate World School
Third campus in the school district to receive prestigious designation

Berta Palacios Elementary in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School for the Primary Years Program (PYP) by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB).  

 The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core, enabling students to learn between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries. Through the programme of inquiry and by reflecting on their learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile. 

Aldine ISD to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Schools across the district will celebrate the diversity, culture, traditions, and contributions of Hispanics.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates a diverse group of people. They trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Of the district’s student population, nearly 75 percent are Hispanic. They represent many Spanish-speaking countries.

Sandra Cisneros on Bad First Drafts, Staying Hopeful, and Her New Novella
The former San Antonian started writing the story that became Martita, I Remember You thirty years ago.

Before I could even ask my first question for our interview, Sandra Cisneros and I had already talked about social media (her advice: writers don’t have time to “fritter on Twitter”), conservative Latinos in South Texas, certain politicians whose mothers need to “give them a nalgada with a chancla (slap with a sandal),” why poetry is like a combination of jazz and knitting, how I could find a Xolo (a hairless dog breed my family and I have long coveted), and so much more.

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¡Viva! A Latinx Legacy Month Celebration
September 24, 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
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By defaulting to the language settings of a parent’s device, Securly Home helps Spanish-speaking parents take an active role in their child’s online activity and education. 

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National News
San Antonio Superintendent Pedro Martinez will be next CEO of Chicago Public Schools
Pedro Martinez, a Chicago Public Schools graduate who now leads the San Antonio Independent School District, is Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick to be the next Chicago schools chief.

Lightfoot made the announcement Wednesday morning at Benito Juarez High School, Martinez’s alma mater. Martinez is the first Latino to be permanently appointed as the city’s schools chief.

Majority of Latino Parents Support Vaccine Requirements for Kids, Educational Staff to Return to In-Person Schooling
New survey reveals Latino parents among most likely to have children vaccinated, have growing concern for safety amid rising presence of Delta variant

An overwhelming majority of Latino parents support policies that require all students and educational staff to be vaccinated for in-person schooling, according to a new survey by UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza) of Latino parents about evolving perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. 

First nationwide look at racial breakdown of career education confirms deep divides
The Department of Education’s findings provide more evidence of racial disparities in career and technical education, first identified in a Hechinger Report/Associated Press analysis last year

In Nevada, just 4 percent of students who took a career-oriented science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) course in the 2019-20 school year — 88 students total — were Black, even though Black students make up more than 11 percent of the state’s public school enrollment.

4 ways to teach reading comprehension to emergent bilingual students
Learners who don’t speak fluent English may be able to decode words in English if they understand the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, and phonics. But just sounding words out is not enough for true reading comprehension. The goal should be an asset-minded orientation, meaning honoring the learners and what they know by valuing their prior knowledge and their lived experiences.

Consider this: In the past, we’ve used the label “English Learner,” which is a deficit point of view because it focuses on what the learners need to do and what they don’t know. On the other hand, the term “Emergent Bilingual” identifies who the learners are and who they are becoming. By learning English, the student is becoming bilingual (and in some cases, multilingual). This paradigm shift is the first move toward creating an asset-minded orientation.

The new Latino landscape: How Latinos are growing and reshaping the United States
The swift growth of U.S. Latinos is reshaping big states and small towns. Meet the faces of a new era.

In New Hampshire, a Roman Catholic church where Irish and French Canadian immigrants used to worship now has the state’s largest Latino congregation. In the Deep South, a county in Georgia is one of the nation’s top 10 in diversity.  

Hispanics accounted for over half of the nation’s population growth in the last decade. This is not just reflected in larger cities, but in mountain towns, Southern neighborhoods and Midwestern prairies.  

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