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ALAS will graduate our 8th Superintendents Leadership Academy Cohort this May! As of this Cohort, ALAS will have graduated 122 individuals that are prepared and ready to take on superintendent roles across the country. NYSALAS will host their inaugural summit following the SLA graduation.
Event Details: May 18, 2019
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Teachers College Columbia University Milbank Chapel
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
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New York State Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents invites you to attend the NYSALAS Inaugural Education Summit 2019!
Come participate in our inaugural education summit being held in New York City Teachers College at Columbia University on May 18, 2019.
Event Details: May 18, 2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Teachers College Columbia University Milbank Chapel
525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
NYS ALAS Flying ACEs —
Advocacy, Collaboration, Empowerment: Preparing Educators to Soar
About the event:
Meet our Executive Board of Directors representing all eight of our regions. Hear our New York State and New York City Chancellors speak about relevant issues. Listen to NYS ALAS Board Superintendent panel share their journeys. Interact with partners who have much to offer your schools. Participate in relevant professional development sessions with great leaders. Network and break bread with colleagues from across the state.
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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents invites you to attend our 16th Annual Education Summit "Leadership: Conquering the Equity Gap!" in Orlando, Florida.
October 17-19, 2019. Pre-conference events starting October 16th, 2019.
Event Location: Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld Hotel
6677 Sea Harbor Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Click here for hotel reservations!
Presentation RFP's now being accepted. Download the RFP Form —
Deadline May 31, 2019
|ALAS concluded the 3rd Annual Legislative Assembly/Update and the 5th Annual Leaders in Education Awards Gala in April 2019!
ALAS thanks everyone who attended the events and helped advocate for equitable education for our communities on the Hill and to everyone who joined us the honor and celebrate our Latinx Leaders! We are very proud of the individuals honored this year. We hope our events inspired, re-energized, and renewed your dedication in creating positive changes within our most cherished institutions; our community school systems.
Every year ALAS seeks to bring recognition and highlight those superintendents and school administrators who are making a strong impact in closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for all Latinx students. This year ALAS recognized Dr. Lupita L. Hightower, Superintendent of Tolleson Elementary School District No. 17 in Arizona, as the 2019 ALAS Latinx Superintendent of the Year! Dr. Arsenio Romero, Superintendent of Deming Public Schools in New Mexico as the 2019 Latinx Serving School District Superintendent of the Year! Mr. Guillermo Medina, Principal at Boulder Valley School District in Colorado as the 2019 ALAS Latinx Administrator of the Year! And Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, State Superintendent of Education of Illinois State Board of Education, as this year's Latinx Impact Award recipient! ALAS honored Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Representative D-NM 3rd District with the ALAS 2019 Estrella Award! Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Representative D-CA 40th District was honored with the ALAS 2019 Trailblazer Award!
|Dr. Lupita L. Hightower
||Mr. Guillermo Medina
||Dr. Carmen I. Ayala
|Dr. Arsenio Romero
Lucille Roybal- Allard
(D-CA 40th District)
Ben Ray Lujan
(D-NM 3rd District)
View the 2019 Leaders in Education Awards Gala Gallery!
View the 2019 Legislative Assembly/Update Gallery!
Thank you to our Legislative Assembly/Update Partners!
Thank you to our Awards Gala Partners!
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FLALAS & DPS
Michael J. Ramirez, FL-ALAS President and ALAS SLA Cohort V Member, will join the senior leadership team in Denver Public Schools this summer! Read More.
|ALAS SLA Cohort VIII Member, Dr. Victor Vergara, Selected as New Director of Multilingual Education for Federal Way School District!
Starting July 1st, Dr. Victor Vergara will be the New Director of Multilingual Education for Federal Way School District, WA. The most diverse District in the State of Washington. The school district serves 25,000 students – of those: 29.8% are Latina/o,11.5% Asian, 14.5% African American, 21% ELL students and 64% are low income students. Dr. Vergara is set to graduate from the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy along with 15 other exceptional leaders on May 18 in New York! ALAS congratulates Dr. Vergara and wishes him all the success in his new leadership roles!
|ALAS SLA Cohort VIII Member, Dr. Cesar A. Alvarez, Selected as the New Principal of Frances Willard Elementary School!
Dr. Cesar Alvarez will begin his new leadership role as Principal of Frances Willard Elementary School in Kansas City on July 15th, 2019! Dr. Alvarez will graduate from the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy on May 18, 2019 in New York City.
On behalf of the ALAS board, we are proud of all of our SLA and every other SLA Alumni who has moved up into new leadership roles across the country. We know you will pay it forward by continuing to be ALAS members and mentoring others.
Deadline to apply: Due May 31, 2019
ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy (SLA) Cohort IX Accepting Applications
ALAS is currently accepting applications for the ninth cohort of our premier leadership development program. We will reach an amazing number of 122 SLA alumni graduates in May. Our goal and vision to recruit, prepare and expand opportunities for emerging school-system leaders have been successful and we continue to offer an exclusive yearlong training institute that includes coaching, training, mentoring and support. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Download the application.
View the 2019-2020 SLA IX Cohort Schedule.
The Office of English Language Acquisition
A special thank you to OELA for hosting their Multiliteracy Symposium at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC! The event explored important topics with national leaders in research, practice, and policy who shared their perspectives on why developing language and literacy skills in English plus other languages is critical in today’s learning environment.
Featured speakers included leaders from federal agencies, Congress, educators, parents and students.
Welcome remarks by Jose A. Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of OELA, U.S. Department of Education, Remarks by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Closing Remarks by Margarita Pinkos, President of National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE).
ALAS Executive Director, Dr. Lewin, moderated a panel – Focus on Educational Systems and Practices. Panel consisted of the following participants:
Vanessa Bertelli, Executive Director & Co-Founder, DC Language Immersion Project
Daniella Anello, Head of School, DC Bilingual Public Charter School
Nandi Chase, Seventh Grade Student, District of Columbia International School
Cherise Cole, Parent, District of Columbia Public Schools
Prince George's County, MD:
Delores Millhouse, Co-Founder, My Bilingual Child
Noah Alexander Millhouse, Third Grade Student, Phyllis E. Williams Spanish Immersion School
Jane M. Tarwacki, Immersion Instructional Specialist, Prince George's County Public Schools
Mauricio Salinas, Spanish Immersion Program Coordinator, Cool Spring Dual Spanish Immersion School
Fairfax County, VA-
Rich Pollio, Director of ESOL Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
Sarah Eqab, ESOL Instructional Resource Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
Visit ALAS Website to view full gallery!
Recorded Live Stream
Take advantage of ALAS' new strategic partnership with Jason Learning — www.jason.org to support sparking and sustaining an interest in STEM in grades 3-12 students. We are excited about sharing three areas of interest that Jason provides:
For more information on how to bring these valuable resources to your schools and districts, please contact Tom Davis, Director of Business Development at email@example.com or cell at 619-607-2876.
- Real world, project based, NGSS standards aligned, digital curriculum that is constantly evolving and adapting.
- STEM Role models that come right into your classroom via zoom.
- World-wide Argonaut & Athena expeditions with real scientists and researchers available for one of your students and one of your teachers to experience. This is a life changing opportunity.
Info to the State Affiliates: State Affiliates Google Drive Folder Available Now! Please email Contact@alasedu.org to receive access.
Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents Utah concluded the 2019 Summit Equity: Standing United — Service Leadership for Our Youth on May 4, 2019!
ALAS-U Summit included discussions on fellowship, mentorship and career advancement with keynote speaker Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, ALAS Board Member.
Location: University of Utah Sorenson Arts and Education Complex
1720 Campus Center Drive, SLC
Click here to visit ALAS-U website for upcoming events.
ALAS Executive Director and and Benchmark Education partners meet with distinguished New Jersey educators to discuss the launch of New Jersey State Affiliate! In attendance: Rosa Diaz, Michelle Velez- Jonte, Maria Campanario, Yasmin Hernandez, Jennifer Osemwegie, Sylvia Esteves, Robert Altamirano, Albert Padilla
5/15/19 — Executive Director of Facilities and Maintenance, Stafford County Public Schools, VA
|New Postings Every Week on ALAS Website!
5/15/19 — Director of Equity and Accountability, Stafford County Public Schools, VA
5/15/19 — Executive Director of Human Resources, Stafford County Public Schools, VA
5/15/19 — Chief Officer of Middle Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, VA
5/13/19 — AVID Division Leadership Opportunities
5/10/19 — Superintendent, Edison Township Public Schools, NJ
5/10/19 — Deputy Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools, MO
5/08/19 — Superintendent, Orange County Board of Education, NC
5/07/19 — Principal, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax CPS, VA
Visit ALAS website for more career opportunities & information!
The nation's federal K-12 law may be penalizing older English language learners and the schools that educate them, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute argues. By making four-year graduation rates such a prominent part of school accountability plans, the Every Student Succeeds Act could lead administrators in traditional high schools to turn away older English learner students who may need additional time to earn their high school diplomas, posits Julie Sugarman, a senior policy analyst with the institute and the report's author.
District Administration Magazine
A range of policies and training techniques can change the way schools prevent or respond to physical altercations between students. School administrators can learn effective strategies on how to stop school fights by participating in training seminars from companies such as the Crisis Prevention Institute. Here are a few school violence prevention tips.
Mental illness is omnipresent in schools today, but it isn’t as well understood or managed as districts would hope. An October 2018 Education Week article stated that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 32% of adolescents have an anxiety disorder. This means that in a classroom of 24, eight students will suffer from clinical anxiety.
District Administration Magazine
School safety concerns have dominated recent headlines and educational conferences. However, most of the discussions, suggestions and recommendations revolve around gun control, gang-related issues, bullying and additional school safety officers. What has slipped through the cracks during many school board meetings is that improving school safety does not require districts and schools to spend enormous sums to provide a safer and more orderly learning environment. On the other hand, it does demand that all stakeholders are committed to and buy into a collaborative approach to a structured learning community.
District Administration Magazine
School district technology initiatives can succeed or fail based on the technological expertise of the superintendent who is leading the district. The days of having a superintendent refer all technology questions to the IT department are gone. Today's superintendent is responsible for ensuring that all stakeholders — both within the district and in the community at large — embrace transformative digital learning. In order for superintendents to walk the walk and talk the talk, a strong partnership with the district's chief technology officer and other members of the technology department is fundamental for success.
Biometric technology is already part of the K–12 ecosystem, where administrators are using iris scans and "facial fingerprints" to grant access to buildings and computer labs, track attendance, manage lunch payments, loan library materials and ensure students get on the right buses. Biotech is also touted as a security measure, particularly for young students who haven't yet mastered the use of passwords.
U.S. News & World Report
Boys are naturally better than girls when it comes to STEM learning ... right? This long-standing myth was again put to rest by the fact that girls outperformed boys on the 2018 Technology & Engineering Literacy Assessment, given to 15,400 eighth graders at about 600 schools across the U.S. This isn't the first time that eighth-grade girls did better than their male peers at the TEL assessment, but the gender score gap increased from three points in 2014 to five in 2018. Additionally, female students earned higher scores in even more content areas and practices than four years ago.
By Angela Cleveland and Stephen Sharp
Today’s educators recognize that they are not just teaching a subject; they are teaching life skills to students so they can successfully navigate academic, career, and social-emotional challenges as they arise. Integrating developmentally appropriate mental health and wellness strategies into all content area subjects is increasingly as commonplace as integrating study skills strategies.
The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public data sets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 different conditions, practices and outcomes that demonstrate STEM success rates.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering making changes to the Educational Broadband Service, which is spectrum that is dedicated to serving educational institutions. But the schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition and the Consortium for School Networking are leading a petition to the FCC to make sure that the EBS spectrum remains in the hands of educational leaders and tribal entities.
The U.S. Department of Education is fighting to delay a special education regulation two months after a federal judge found that the agency’s efforts to do so were illegal.
In March, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan determined that the Education Department had violated the law in moving to hold off on implementing the “Equity in IDEA” regulations finalized under the Obama administration.
The Associated Press
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that teachers are walking off the job too often and that protests about pay and school conditions should be done on "adult time" so students aren't hurt. DeVos made the comments in Baltimore while speaking at a conference for education journalists. Teachers from West Virginia to California have walked out of classrooms in recent months to protest working conditions and call for better benefits. Many have demanded changes including higher pay, smaller class sizes and more classroom funding.
For the first time, this fiscal year the California Department of Education awarded $5 million through the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Grant to six organizations to train preschool teachers who work with dual-language learners.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Panasonic Foundation recently announced a partnership that will teach computer coding skills to hundreds of students in four cities across the nation, including Newark. Other cities included in the code as a second language effort include Reno, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; and Calexico, California.
District Administration Magazine
You've all read the research that vendors include to document the effectiveness of their curricular products and programs, but not all curriculum evaluation is created equal. Administrators can and should look at effectiveness research with a more analytical eye to gauge a program's potential to improve learning. Here are five curriculum evaluation tips for gauging the quality of the evidence that accompanies curricular products.
Becoming a teacher of a second or foreign language: for some, it's the natural progression from studying a language; others start by giving informal individual, private or group classes, or helping friends study their own language. Having lived in a country where demand for your language is high doesn't count as concrete training, but it may make you realize that teaching is a skill worth developing.
It's a repeated experience observed across all grade levels and classrooms — student frustration. Teachers recognize the signs — a defeated sigh, a sheepish glance at the floor or a demeaning self-directed comment like "I'll never be able to do this," "Forget it, I'm done," or "I'm not smart enough." All of these statements — and the other signs of frustration — are things that should signal a call for action. But what action?
Schools must be held accountable for students who are permanently excluded, according to a government-sponsored report. And schools found to be deliberately excluding students in order to boost their legal table positions face being downgraded by education inspectors.
The Hechinger Report
To Eva Santiago, her son's education has always felt like an impossible dilemma. Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. But he was articulate and curious, so when he was 6, Santiago took him to be tested for the city's exclusive gifted-and-talented program. She was pleased when his score earned him one of the coveted spots.
The Brookings Institution
Without question, teachers are central to student success. Anyone who has taught knows how rewarding it is to witness student learning. Teaching can also be one of the most stressful, demanding, and undersupported professions, leading to national teacher strikes, shortages, and high rates of turnover. In fact, research shows that 46% of teachers report high levels of daily stress, which affects their health, quality of life, and teaching performance, and costs U.S. schools billions of dollars each year.
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