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ALAS: Leaders in Equity Update - March 23, 2022

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March 23, 2023

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Biliteracy Resources for Diverse Students
Best Diversity and Inclusion Solution award winner: Authentic Voices
Sound-Spelling Transfer Kits created with Silvia Reyes
Intervention resources for bilingual and dual language classes
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The relationships and knowledge I gained through participating in ALAS and AZ ALAS have been invaluable! I've grown tremendously thanks to the guidance and support of our SLA Instructors Dr. Patricia Garcia, Dr. Ed Cora and my SLA cohort #12 members — The Heavy Hitters! I also want to express my gratitude to AZ ALAS current and retired Superintendents as well as our non-Latino Superintendents allies for preparing me to successfully navigate the Superintendent interview process. Dr. Maria Ott, Dr. Kishimoto, my USC Urban Superintendent program and ALAS Women Superintendents in Policy Leadership cohort members have also been exceptional pillars of support! It truly did take a village of Superintendents to empower the little 6 year old immigrant girl from Honduras inside of me to envision herself as one of their peers! I believe that our ALAS network not only assists us in attaining the role of Superintendent, but most importantly in equipping us to execute the job well! Thank yo u ALAS, I won't let you down and I'm ready to pay it forward!
Aranzazu Jimenez while in NPLA has discovered her leadership style, one that allows her to approach parents calming to problem solve, and to work with grade level teachers in professional learning communities! Refer someone or yourself to NPLA by emailing Maria Castilleja or view the academy information by clicking this link.

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State gifted ed policies crucial to access for ELs, students with disabilities
K-12 Dive
Schools in states with mandates for gifted and talented education have higher rates of participation for English learners and students with disabilities in those programs, according to a paper released March 16 from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. Read More
English learners could gain support and clout under Ed. Secretary's plan, expert says
Education Week
From 2002 to 2008, federal formula grants to support English learners' language development and academic achievement were run by the Office of English Language Acquisition, or OELA, within the U.S. Department of Education. Read More
Democrats introduce their own 'Bill of Rights' for public school students, parents
K-12 Dive
Just days after Democrats criticized a House Republican bill that would give parents more authority over education decisions, House Democrats introduced their own "Bill of Rights for Students and Parents," a resolution that supports inclusion of learning about diverse groups. Read More
Developing a high-quality and diverse principal pipeline
The Education Trust
A good principal raises student outcomes, cultivates accepting communities, closes academic gaps that separate students of color from their peers, and ensures classrooms are staffed with strong teachers from diverse backgrounds. Amid this confusing pandemic recovery and the influx of historic federal funding, it is more important than ever that schools have exceptional leaders at the helm. That's why state policymakers must focus on expanding and improving principal preparation programs. Read More
How succession planning can help close the gender gap for superintendents
Education Week
Women run about 30% of the country's 500 largest school districts. Whitney Oakley, the superintendent of the 68,000-student Guilford County public schools in Greensboro, N.C., is one of them. Read More
Leaders feel crushed and are in need of care
Education Week
Leaders need care. This includes (but is not limited to) built-in mental health absences, increased pay, dedicated mental health staffing, and professional learning for the district leaders who are supposed to support these leaders. We deserve it — and the schools that we serve deserve cared-for leaders. Read More
Addressing the digital divide's effects on education and the workforce
eSchool News
Our society relies on the internet for education, jobs and personal needs, yet our country's digital divide has been an ongoing issue, affecting the 14.5 million Americans who don't have access to broadband internet. Read More
Top ed tech sites used by schools employ 'extensive' tracking tools
K-12 Dive
Nearly all top ed tech sites use "extensive" tracking technologies, according to an analysis of sites endorsed and scraped from 15,573 school domains by researchers at the University of Chicago and New York University. Read More
Engaging Latino parents: One district's success story
Education Week
If school districts want a broader, more diverse group of parents to attend meetings, ask questions, and participate in school-based activities, they can't just invite families to show up — they need to set up systems that make them feel welcome and heard. Read More
Potential of light literature
Language Magazine
Regardless of the reason for coming to the U.S., all immigrant children who speak a language other than English share a common risk: The danger of losing their mother tongue. Read More
How federal COVID aid is uplifting English learners in this small Rhode Island city
The 74
It's 3:45 p.m., an hour since the final bell rang at Ella Risk Elementary School, but Patricia Montalvo's classroom is still full. She points to the white board, prompting the class of third and fourth graders — many of whom immigrated to the country within the last year — to read a word that's broken down by syllable: ex | er | cise. Read More
A dual immersion program that's unique — and seeing academic returns
Education Week
If you find yourself in Jenny Yang's third-grade classroom at Vang Pao Elementary in southeast Fresno, you'll hear students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the mornings in the Hmong language. Read More
Exploring language acquisition in multilingual children
Language learning is a human universality. There is no human culture without language, and in every culture, children naturally pick up the language or languages used by those around them. Read More
Education secretary wants to change the way funding for English learners is managed
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is proposing to move the federal program that supports the nation's English learners back into the hands of the Education Department's office of English language acquisition, or OELA. Read More
Higher ed can do much more to include immigrants, starting with English instruction
The Hechinger Report (Commentary)
Last fall, U.S. college enrollment fell for the third straight year, part of a significant and steady drop of nearly one million students since the start of the pandemic. Read More
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