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The new GALA Board of Directors
Garland Superintendent Dr. Rick Lopez addressing the group
Celebrating the GALA Launch
The Garland Association of Latino Administrators held a successful GALA Launch on Wednesday, November 20 at The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center. With over 200 people in attendance, GALA also acknowledged and thanked the Garland Association of Black School Educators for their attendance and support. In addition, Phyllis Williams, the Executive Director for the Texas Association of Black School Educators, joined the Texas Association of Latino School Administrators Executive Director Stan Paz in offering support for the newly formed association. Garland Superintendent Dr. Rick Lopez addressed the crowd and applauded GALA for continuing the tradition of identifying and mentoring Latino educators who aspire to serve students in leadership positions. Stay tuned for upcoming events and news about our newest affiliate in Garland. Congratulations to the GALA Board on a fantastic launch event.
Mission CISD continues to make strides in improving school safety
Mission Consolidated Independent School District is continuing their efforts to improve school security.
According to a press release, the Board of Trustees and administrators recently approved moving forward with developing security measures for entrances at a number of campuses that lack them.

“Over the years, the design needs of schools have changed as new threats and security issues come to light,” Superintendent Carol G. Perez explained in a press release. “We are looking at updating the entrances to a number of our older campuses in order to bring them up to date with the latest in access control systems.”

San Marcos CISD Weekly Newsletter Shines

Take a moment to check out SMCISD’s weekly newsletter. Andrew Fernandez serves as the Executive Director of Communications in the district and produces this communication highlighting students, families and community members, with stories and beautiful photo montages. This week’s Rattler Recap includes SMCISD students honoring our Veterans, a Living Museum bringing history to life, and a unique way of engaging families with literacy. All that and much more in this week’s Rattler Recap. Click on the image or below to read more:

GSMP Hosts Greater San Marcos Eduction Summit
The Greater San Marcos Partnership held the Greater San Marcos Education Summit on Tuesday at the Embassy Suites City of San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center.
Tuesday’s summit was expected to highlight the career and technical education programs that are helping fill workforce gaps across Hays and Caldwell counties.
“The school districts in our region represent the most critical training ground for our future workforce,” GSMP President Adriana Cruz said. “The strategic partnerships secured by our school districts help ensure that our students are well prepared for the demands and opportunities in tomorrow’s job market.”

The superintendent panel included San Marcos CISD Superintendent Michael Cardona and Mark Estrada, Superintendent of Lockhart ISD.

Michael Cardona, Superintendent, San Marcos CISD
Mark Estrada, Superintendent, Lockhart ISD
Security improvements, new fine arts building to be funded with $20M Somerset ISD bond
Voters approved the bond on Nov. 5
Taxpayers in the Somerset Independent School District approved a $20 million bond to help pay for security upgrades and to build a new fine arts center.
Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa said the fine arts center has been in the plans for nearly 10 years.
The $3 million in security upgrades include security cameras and adding a new system to the front door of every campus that will require people to be buzzed in.

Hinojosa said the current local property tax rate is the lowest in Bexar County, but homeowners will see an increase with the new bond.

RRISD superintendent to offer input for national strategy to combat youth vaping
The American Heart Association announced a new effort Friday to combat youth vaping across the country, including a donation of up to $20 million for research into the effects of it. And a central Texas superintendent is playing a part in coming up with their strategy.
Round Rock Independent School District’s Steve Flores went to Philadelphia on Friday to give his perspective at a forum hosted by the American Heart Association.

“The launch of this game-changing research initiative marks a sentinel moment in the fight to prevent youth vaping and protect our children from nicotine addiction,” said Robert Harrington, M.D., FAHA, President of the American Heart Association.

Moving Beyond Enrollment: The Future of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Depends on More than Growing Student Numbers
Over the last 30 years, college enrollment for Hispanic and Latinx students has skyrocketed. In 1995, when the federal government first appropriated special funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) — or those with at least 25 percent Latinx enrollment — an estimated 1 million Hispanic and Latinx students attended American colleges and universities.
By 2016, that number had more than tripled to 3.2 million, according to Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Hispanic and Latinx student success.

Naturally, as enrollment has grown, so have the number of colleges and universities qualifying as HSIs. According to the most recent government figures, there were 523 HSIs in 2017, with 328 schools qualifying as emerging HSIs — or those with 15 to 24.9 percent Hispanic and Latinx enrollment.

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45 Pieces of Career Advice That Will Get You to the Top
When it comes to your career, sometimes it feels like you could use all the advice you can get. From picking the “right” career to actually excelling in it, there’s certainly a lot to learn.
And that’s why we’ve gathered our all-time best career advice. From starting out at the bottom of the totem pole to advancing to a more senior position to—who knows?—maybe even branching out to open your own business, we’ve collected 45 of the best tips for whatever stage you’re at in your career.
Tip 1
On Working a Not-Quite-Dream Job
The best career or job is the one in which you’re using the skills you enjoy. But, not every job needs to address all of your passions. Use every job as an opportunity to learn something new and keep an open mind; you may find that you really enjoy something you never imagined would appeal to you.—Miriam Salpeter, Founder of Keppie Careers
National News
Students talk through math in this California school.
Now test scores are rising.
Scores for Latino students more than doubled at
Robbins Elementary since 2014-15.
California school districts have long struggled with a persistent gap in math test scores between racial and ethnic groups. But at one small rural school district, the gap between Latino and white students has narrowed more than it has at most districts in the state.
At Winship-Robbins Elementary School District, a single-school district in south Sutter County, the percentage of Latino students meeting or exceeding standards on the Smarter Balanced math test more than doubled over the last five years. And although their scores still slightly trail those of their white peers, the gap between them has narrowed by nearly 16 percentage points during that time.

One of the main reasons for the improved scores is a change in the way teachers talk to their students about math, said officials at Robbins Elementary, the district’s one school. Starting last school year, teachers focused on creating more opportunities for students to talk through word problems with each other and build their ability to recognize and apply math terms, rather than relying on rote memorization.

Are There Any Latino Football Players in the NFL?
The NFL might have a somewhat diverse player base compared to other major professional leagues in America, but this doesn’t mean that every group is represented equally. As such, while black and white players make up the majority of the NFL, other groups can be underrepresented when exploring the diversity of the league. A 2017 study showed that while 17.3% of the country is Latino, only 2% of NFL players are Latino.
Whether this speaks for interest within the community or a problem in who is given the opportunity.
Bias or chance?
A 2015 article by the Desert Sun posited that at that time, only 1.53% of the NFL was Latino. While these numbers are somewhat larger now, they are still minuscule when they are compared to the national population.
Football remains one of the most popular sports in high school and children’s leagues, and it does not avoid communities with heavily Latino populations.
Latino Courses in Schools in Connecticut will be a Requirement for Graduation
Students of color are finding it difficult to graduate. African-American males and Hispanic males have the lowest number of students who persevere to finish their studies.
School districts in Waterbury in the state of Connecticut in the United States of America are going to execute a law passed this year which requires them to offer courses that focus on Latino and Puerto Rican and African-American studies.

Waterbury is ahead of the other districts in the state because the city already offers similar courses that focus on the fields of Latino and Puerto Rican and African-American studies.

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