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January 10 is the deadline to apply for TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Awards. Winning Fund members receive $1,000 for their risk management initiatives.
Earn one hour of training credit in a December 9 webinar that will help board members effectively navigate the superintendent's evaluation process. Two time slots are offered, so register today.
The issues of student freedom from abuse, discrimination, and bullying are addressed in materials newly revised by Legal Services. Learn how to create more secure and effective learning environments.
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Help shape TASB's Advocacy Agenda!
Registration for the 2014 TASB Grassroots Meetings is now open. Direct TASB's advocacy efforts by laying the foundation for TASB's Advocacy Priorities, which will guide the Association during the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature. The meetings will occur between Jan. 7 and Feb. 26 in all 20 education service center regions across the state. Learn more and register.
Delegates Amend Advocacy Agenda
School board members representing districts from across the state recently adopted changes to the 2012-14 TASB Advocacy Agenda during the 2013 Delegate Assembly in Dallas. The updated agenda reflects legislation enacted by the 83rd Legislature earlier this year. Delegates amended TASB's Cornerstone Principles, Priorities and Resolutions.
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Extra-Duty Stipend Survey deadline extended: The survey covers more than 70 common extra-duty assigments. Participating will allow districts to use their data to create custom stipend reports. The new deadline is Dec. 13. 12/2/13Seeking effective teachers: The USDE is partnering with noteworthy corporations and education groups to launch a public service campaign aimed at recruiting top students to become classroom teachers. 11/27/13Help for Dallas ISD principals: Dallas ISD will restructure its school leadership department to provide better, more efficient support for the district's 223 principals. 11/27/13
Nov. 27 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey deadline to participate
Jan. 6 Winter Governance and Legal Seminar housing opens
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Educators are most familiar with the new high school graduation plans and testing requirements in House Bill 5, but an important feature of this legislation that is less well known is the requirement for districts to evaluate and report on community and student engagement. The December edition of Texas Lone Star provides some suggestions on where to start. Read more about it in the December 2013 Texas Lone Star.
On December 4, the Edna ISD Board of Trustees named Robert O’Connor as the district's new superintendent.
O’Connor most recently served as superintendent in Columbus ISD. He began his career as a teacher/coach, a position he held in Bellville, Palacios, and Sealy ISDs. He also served as a principal and superintendent in Kansas.
O’Connor will report to the district in January 2014.
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