Dear Members and Friends of NHAE
We are at the time of the year when we begin to fulfill one of our goals. That is to help aspiring teachers. This year we plan to award five scholarships to Latino students currently attending an accredited college or university in the State of Illinois. In addition, we plan to award one Aspiring School Administrator scholarship of $1,500.00 to a teacher who is taking classes to become a school administrator.
We are asking members and friends of NHAE to help us sponsor even more scholarships to future teachers. Please let us know which level of support you choose by sending an email to Maria Fresse-Giffels at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Ø NHAE Scholarship Sponsor -$200.00 and above
Ø NHAE Family and Friends -suggested contribution of $50.00
Ø Paying Back and Paying Forward -any amount you can
Your support will be acknowledged at the NHAE Annual Retiree and Scholarship Banquet on May 20, 2022, being held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center. Please tell us if your contribution
is to honor or recognize a person.
All contributions are strictly for scholarships to future teachers. Let us know, at the
above email, the amount of your contribution. Or better yet, Zelle your donation to 708-826-6646.
We thank you in advance, and we hope to see you at the banquet.
The NHAE 2022 Scholarship Committee
Araceli Ibarra, Chair
January 20, 2022
Fellow administrators, members, and supporters of NHAE:
I hope everyone finds themselves well and that your loved ones are in good health as well. As educational leaders we continue to find ourselves in this battle against COVID-19 and how disruptive it has been to the educational process. On top of that, we recently experienced a work stoppage in CPS that left our students and families without access to education. Fortunately under the leadership of our new CEO, Pedro Martinez, an agreement was reached with the CTU that returned students to our schools and classrooms. During that process our CEO reached out directly to school leaders during Zoom calls to hear from principals, who are usually caught in the middle between the teachers and central office, during these work stoppages. I do not believe that during my time at CPS, as a school leader, a CEO has had such direct contact with principals. I commend CEO Martinez for his efforts in engaging with such an important stakeholder group at Chicago Public Schools, our principals who have a pulse on what is happening among the staff and in the school community.
This month our invited guests are CPS Network Chiefs who will share their leadership stories and inspire our members to consider what their next career move could be. Whether it is moving from a teacher leader position, to an assistant principal position, or an assistant principal to a principal position, or from a principal position to a network or central office position, members need to be prepared to move on to the next step. Having the support of mentors and support networks, leaders create succession plans, and always, continue educational growth and professional learning opportunities in order to lay a solid foundation for success. Remember NHAE is one of those support networks, and we are committed to supporting you along your professional path as an educational leader.
I thank all who are able to participate in person today and those participating via Zoom. Let’s hope that we are turning a corner with respect to this omicron variant of the virus and that it will no longer disrupt our lives as profoundly as it has in the last month. Please continue advocating for the communities you serve, and most of all remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Dr. Antonio Acevedo
President of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education
November 16, 2021
Greetings fellow administrators, members, and supporters of NHAE,
As we now move into the second quarter of the academic year, let us think about what we have accomplished during the first quarter. As school leaders we have safely opened schools for all our students and have once again built community within the school building among the students and staff. While -it is clear- based on beginning of year data, that we have more students that will need additional supports to move them towards grade level this year, we also witnessed the joy that students bring when they are able to interact with their peers’ face to face. What a blessing this has been!
At our September meeting we had one of the largest turnouts for a general membership meeting in a long time. Our membership came out to welcome our first Latino CEO -not in an interim position- Pedro Martinez from our very own Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. CEO Martinez gracefully took questions from the membership and stayed well past the time he promised. During the meeting he committed to meeting on a quarterly basis with the executive committee and highlighted three areas of focus: t
Ø Talent: Latino leadership pipeline, and equitable representation in the district
Ø Equity: in funding and program access at neighborhood schools
Ø Dual Language Education and other programs for our ELLs
CEO Martinez even stayed to take pictures with the membership; it felt like one of our typical Latino milestone celebrations.
This month our guest is Adrian Segura, who is serving as the Chief Officer of the CPS Family and Community Engagement (FACE) office. He will share with us the strategy his office has to re-engage our families with the schools, as this has been a challenge due the current pandemic. Mr. Segura comes to us from my original neighborhood, Humboldt Park. Once again, we have achieved a milestone at CPS, by having our first Latino heading the FACE office in a district that is 47% Latino.
Finally, as we celebrate National Native American month, let us remember the contributions of the first stewards of the lands in the Americas, the history of colonization in these lands, and how that has affected us as Latinos. As Latinos the blood of our indigenous ancestors runs through our veins and lives within us today. Let us be thankful that in our city and state teachers are free to teach the true history of this country, both the accomplishments and the mistakes. For it is by reflecting on our mistakes of the past that we can ensure a better future for us and the children we serve. I wish everyone a happy early Thanksgiving and hope you can spend it with the people you love.
Dr. Antonio Acevedo
President of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education.