TALAS E-newsletter – September 26

Posted on September 26th, 2019
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Thank you for joining us at TASA/TASB in Dallas

Thank you for making the TALAS/MASBA reception a rousing success. The music was wonderful, new friends were made and old friends reconnected, all in support of our students. Mil gracias to Swing Education for their sponsorship and support!

The TALAS Mentoring Program took place on Saturday, September 21st and board members and superintendents provided their insights into leadership, expectations and their respective roles. Thank you to all of our guest speakers, mentors and mentees for a great day of professional development.

On Saturday, September 21st Superintendents Martha Salazar-Zamora, Ricardo Lopez, Michael Hinojosa and Paul Cruz spoke to a packed room. The session, Legislative Impact and A-F Implications, provided an opportunity for each superintendent to share their perspective.
YISD to host 7 active shooter trainings
The Ysleta Independent School District will be hosting community active shooter trainings. They are free and open to the public.

The District said its an effort to help the community be better prepared for emergency situations.

Participants will be taught the best methods and actions they can take.
In Texas, this Latina’s research is helping close the education gap
For years, Ruth Lopez Turley knew about the existence of data pointing to the educational inequality faced by minority students. She also knew there were few initiatives focused on closing the gap. Now, as director of the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), which is housed at Rice University, she harnesses the information from these statistics to help improve the lives of students.

We spoke to Lopez Turley, who has a doctorate in education, about the consortium. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Socorro ISD students explore careers at first-ever Job Con event
The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with Workforce Solutions Borderplex, organized a first-ever Job Con event to help sophomore students learn about education pathways, fields of study and careers.
The event provided more than 2,000 students a day of hands-on career exploration at Eastlake High School. Students were exposed to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), business and industry, public service, arts and humanities, and multidisciplinary studies, all which are offered by Team SISD.

“Sophomore year is the last year students can change their endorsement. That is why Job Con was the perfect event for our students at this grade level,” said George Thomas, director of SISD Career and Technical Education.
Reading’s best language
New study shows early reading in any language helps children learn to read English.

A new study co-authored by the University of Delaware’s Steven Amendum has found that children who had strong early reading skills in their native Spanish language when they entered kindergarten experienced greater growth in their ability to read English from kindergarten through fourth grade.

Importantly, when the researchers factored in how well the students spoke English, it turned out that native language reading skills mattered more—even at kindergarten entry—to the students’ growth across time. Plainly stated: children who had stronger Spanish reading skills upon entering kindergarten did better across time, even than their Spanish-speaking peers who were more fluent in speaking English but less proficient in reading Spanish.
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13 tips for the perfect phone interview
Job interviews can be an intimidating experience. When the interview takes place over the phone, it can be even trickier. Awkward silences seem to be magnified, and you can’t rely on the interviewer’s body language to judge the atmosphere. How can you ace that interview when you have no visual clue?

You can turn the situation to your advantage if you use the conditions wisely. For example, try creating a cheat sheet ahead of the interview. It’s always good advice to research the company before you meet, but in the case of a phone interview, you can keep your notes by your side while you talk. They’ll never know!

The phone element also gives you the advantage of invisibility. You can choose whether to wear clothes that make you comfortable or ones that make you feel professional. Try standing up while you’re on the phone – it’s been proven to help you cultivate a more powerful attitude.

Our new infographic gives the complete lowdown to take advantage of the special circumstances of the phone interview.
National News
How to Spot ‘Hispandering’ as the 2020 Election Approaches
Is that time of the season again, Americans will elect the next President of the United States on November 3, 2020 and presidential candidates are doing whatever it takes to secure the Hispanic and Latinx community for the upcoming election. While “Hispandering” (Hispanic and pandering) is nothing new in the United States, after the constant attacks to Spanish-speaking immigrants from our current commander-in-chief, favorable immigration policies seems in everyone’s agenda. 

Politicians are trying to reach out to voters by speaking or including Spanish words during their speeches, TV commercials and debates; they also invite Hispanic and Latinx artists and use their music in rallies, express their discontent with the President and the immigration crisis on the southern border, not to mention they also let the community know about how they will fight against discrimination, racial profiling, police brutally, and the list goes on. 

“Never mind policy, trot out some Hispanic stars, drop a few words en español as you talk about how very important ‘Hispanic issues’ are — as if they weren’t the same as all Americans’ issues — and do everything but don a golden-threaded mariachi sombrero while promising ‘el mundo’,” wrote columnist Esther J. Cepeda in an Op-Ed during the President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign. 
Hispanic Or Latino?
We’re a week into what the federal government officially recognizes as National Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate the history and culture of Hispanic Americans from all backgrounds. Or should that be Latinos? Isabelia Herrera is a freelance reporter who’s asking a question we’ve seen popping up more and more. She wrote a piece about it for The New York Times. It’s titled, “Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need A Rebrand?”
Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need a Rebrand?

It’s almost Sept. 15, which means any day now my Instagram stories will be packed with cringe-worthy ads targeted at the Latinx community: references to chanclas and cafecitos, or social media managers of corporate accounts trying to tweet in Spanish. That’s what Hispanic Heritage Month has been reduced to in my eyes: a month when brands pander to us, hoping to convince us to spend our last few centavos.

National Hispanic Heritage Month has been around since 1988, when Ronald Reagan signed a bill to extend a weeklong celebration — “National Hispanic Heritage Week” had been introduced two decades earlier — into a full month. Back then, it was viewed as a step toward visibility, named after the new shared label, Hispanic, that had come into use to refer to Spanish and Latin American descendants living in the United States.

Día de Muertos Barbie: Respectful Tribute, or ‘Obviously Cultural Appropriation’?
In Mexican culture, the Día de Muertos — or Day of the Dead — is when the gateway between the living and the dead is said to open, a holiday during which the living honor and pay respects to loved ones who have died.

A new Día de Muertos Barbie, released on Thursday, was intended less as a portal into the realm of the dead and more as a gateway into Mexican culture. At least that is what Mattel is hoping for.

“We often look at different ways to continue to engage girls and families to gain knowledge and celebrate other cultures and other parts of the world,” Michelle Chidoni, a spokeswoman for the company, said. “Our hope is for this Día de Muertos Barbie to honor the holiday for the millions that celebrate and to introduce people not familiar with the tradition to the rich meaning.”
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