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  • NHAE

September 29, 2021

Greetings fellow administrators, members, and supporters of NHAE:

Welcome to the new academic year and at this point school has been in session at CPS for a month now. Who would have thought that we could open schools for in-person learning for almost all of our students? Yet, we did it, and we have done everything in our power to keep our students safe while providing them with a sense of community in their classrooms alongside high quality instruction. What an achievement!

Yes, there have been a few bumps in the road, but as school leaders, we have learned to respond to the ever changing COVID world that we now live in. We are experts at adapting to changes in our school environment and reassuring the families we serve we are doing what is best for them. Congratulations for continuing on this journey.

As an organization, we have fought hard for equity in Latino and Latina representation at the various leadership levels in CPS. Today we are proud to announce that for the first time in CPS history, our district will be led by a Latino CEO that is not an interim CEO. We have had two interim Latino CEOs before. Just recently Dr. Jose Torres led us through a transition period and we are most grateful for what he accomplished with respect to re-engaging students in the short time he was our interim CEO. Before that, Jesse Ruiz served as interim CEO. But today our district of over 340,000 students that is 46.7% Latino has as its leader a Latino CEO and one that is originally from Chicago and from the historic Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen. ¡Bienvenido CEO Martinez!

As the premier Latino organization of CPS school leaders, we look forward to meeting regularly with you as we work towards our goals:

1. Advocating for the educational rights of Hispanic students.

2. Supporting and enhancing Bilingual, ESL (English as a Second Language), Multicultural Education, World Language and Dual Language Programs

3. Providing members with a support and professional development network which includes conferences and mentoring.

4. Providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues related to school reform as it affects the Hispanic community.

5. Maintaining an open dialogue collaboration and communication with organizations, community associations and other ethnically and racially diverse groups to provide quality educational services for all.

As we continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, let's remember all the Latino and Latina pioneers who came before us and paved the way so that one day we could finally have the position of the mero mero at CPS.

Keep up the great work and continue celebrating and elevating our own beautiful Latino and Latin American cultures and those of the communities we serve during our month. ¡Que viva la Raza!

Dr. Antonio Acevedo

President of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education.

  • NHAE

Dear Fellow NHAE Members and Friends:

Welcome back to school! We start this year with mixed emotions such as hope, excitement, determination, compassion, trepidation, and acknowledgement of our respective losses. Let us take a moment to take a deep breath and find strength within ourselves for the difficult task ahead of us. We are in this together and here for the many teachers, parents and students within our school communities.

Please know that you can depend on NHAE as CPS returns to in-person learning. We are sharing the dates for the meetings as well as the membership application form. We welcome you to continue your participation in our organization. Feel free to forward this message to other administrators.

Dues will be collected once again for the SY 21-22. Mail your $60.00 payable check out to NHAE. Mail it to Elba M. Iniguez, 3418 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, IL 60632. Please provide a personal email address instead of the CPS work email address so you may receive future notices.

We are excited to have our first General meeting in person and virtually. It will take place on September 29th at Mi Tierra @5:00-7:00pm. Mi Tierra is located in the Little Village neighborhood at 2528 S. Kedzie Avenue. Parking is available across the street. Individuals who attend in person pay $25.00 for a food at the restaurant. Please RSVP by September 8th, so we may have the correct amount of food cooked. Thank you for your continued support.

In Solidarity,

NHAE Executive Board

2021-2022 NHAE Membership Application Form

  • NHAE

May 21, 2021 during the Hybrid in-person/Zoom banquet

Good evening members of NHAE, supporters of the organization, honorees, and scholarship recipients.

I am Dr. Antonio Acevedo, the president of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education or NHAE. On behalf of the executive board, which in addition to myself includes, our vice president, Dr. Maria “Terri” Campos, our treasurer, Maria Fresse-Giffels, our corresponding secretary, Elba Íñiguez, and our recording secretary Nelly Robles, I want to welcome you to the 23rd Annual NHAE Scholarship and Retiree Banquet.

I want to share with you a bit about NHAE; Our mission is to advocate for, and support quality and equity in education for Hispanic educators and students.

NHAE is the following:

  • A professional organization formed in 1989; originally formed of Hispanic CPS principals, but now our members include assistant principals, central office and network office administrators, aspiring administrators such as teacher leaders, and other friends of the the organization

  • Committed to quality and equity in education

  • Provide mentoring for aspiring leaders

  • Support future educators through scholarships

  • Provide professional growth and networking opportunities

  • Provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues affecting Hispanic educators, students, and communities

This year we held three virtual general membership meetings during which we addressed topics centered on our mission. In September we began the year with a focus on equity and a presentation from Dr. Maurice Swinney, the Chief Equity Officer of CPS. At the November meeting the focus was on promoting leadership development opportunities through the Latino Leadership Pipeline, IALAS, and the GEM program. In January Dr. Victor Simon, superintendent of district 62 and former CPS network chief, shared with us his recommendations for preparing for a return to in-person instruction within a simultaneous teaching context. In March the membership received an update on the CPS Curriculum Equity Initiative, with respect to English Learners from Dr. Sherly Chavarría, Chief of Teaching and Learning, and Jorge Macias, Chief of the Office of Language and Cultural Education. In addition, each of our business meetings were followed by an hour of networking. We danced, had scavenger hunts, played Kahoot quizzes and other trivia games. I am very proud of the team that worked so hard to plan and execute these meetings and networking opportunities.

This evening is the culminating event of the year and one in which we network once again, award scholarships to education majors, honor members who are leaving CPS to take on a new leadership role, and show our gratitude to retirees who made the lives of our CPS students much better with their commitment and love.

Before I move on to the next part of the program, I want to reflect on the past 14 months during which educators have had to adapt to the challenges of remote learning, address our problems of race in this country with our students, and support one another through the loss of loved ones and other traumas associated with the pandemic.

As we turn the page on this pandemic and return to what might be normal. I hope we use the following terms less often:

  • Synchronous and asynchronous

  • Remote, hybrid, and simultaneous instruction

  • You’re on mute or hot mic

  • You’re frozen, it’s lagging, it’s glitching

  • I got a bad connection, I got kicked out

  • Telework accommodations

  • Did you complete the health screener?

  • HEPA air filters

  • Bring that issue to the safety committee

  • Quarantining, flipping pods, and contact tracing


Thank you for your time and with this we will move on to the next part of our program.

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