Innovation in Action


Winners of the TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Awards recently were honored at the Funds’ annual conference in Austin.

Summer Leadership Institute

Housing and registration are open for the Summer Leadership Institute. TASB’s popular training conference is set in San Antonio June 11–13 and in Fort Worth June 18–20.

Register Now for Business/Education Forum

Support from the business community is critical to our schools. Join an important conversation on April 28 with business and education leaders from across the state.

Spring Has Sprung

TASB’s annual spring workshops start this month. Sessions are offered throughout the state, so make plans now to attend.

The envelope please...

Winners of the student video contest have been chosen. First prize of $5,000 and second prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the winning campuses in each category.

Loss Prevention Grants

Members of the TASB Risk Management Fund’s grant-eligible programs have until April 3 to apply for the 2015 Loss Prevention Grants. Don’t lose out!

Media Honor Roll

Reporters who are fair and balanced in their coverage of public education deserve a pat on the back. Say thanks by adding them to the 2015 Media Honor Roll.

Business Recognition

Add to the growing list of businesses and community groups that are standing up for public schools. Submit names of those who support your district.  Also, plan to attend the Business/Education Forum on April 28.

Legislative Conference

Make plans to attend the TASA/TASB Legislative Conference set for March 25 at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel. The conference is free, but preregistration is required.

It's Show Time

Entries for TASB’s video contest are ready for viewing. See why Texas students are saying “Texas Public Schools Rock!”

Getting on Board

School board candidates can learn more about the work of a trustee in a free webinar set for February 23 and repeated March 26. Preregistration is required.

Administrative Professionals Training

February 16 is the deadline for the February 19-20 Administrative Professionals Conference at TASB offices.

New Legal
Resources Available

A new article, “Social Media Guidelines for School Board Members”, offers practical tips for avoiding legal and ethical problems in the use of online communications about school district matters.

Winter Training

Housing is open for the Winter Governance and Legal Seminar in Corpus Christi March 5-7. Board members can earn up to 14 hours of training credit. Registration opens January 28.

TASB Member
Survey: 2015

This year’s Member Survey focuses on what is critical for members and how TASB can continue to provide the best possible service. Please share your thoughts about the Association by January 30.

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Legislative News

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Register Now for 2015 Legislative Conference

The 2015 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference is scheduled for March 25, 2015 at the J.W. Marriott Austin Hotel. This event provides trustees and administrators with an opportunity to learn about important issues being considered by state legislators and advocate on behalf of their local districts. Learn more and register today.

Updated Transparency Document

Texas public schools are on the leading edge of the movement to make government more transparent. Public Schools and Transparency (pdf) includes detailed analysis on the statutory requirements outlining the many ways that our schools must share information with the public.

Policy Service News

April 27, 2015: Updated Policy Development Tips

April 22, 2015: Numbered Updates and the Localized Policy Manual, a new resource for policy administrators

April 17, 2015: Vantage Points: A Board Member's Guide to Update 102

More news from Policy Service...

Legal Services News
HR Services News

Recruiting and retention: A new Batelle for Kids blog outlines a seven-step recruiting and retention strategy. 4/23/15

Interest in teaching down: A survey of ACT test takers shows high school students are less interested in pursuing careers in education4/23/15

STEM graduate salaries: 
The actual salaries of STEM graduates often exceed their expectations, according to a new NACE survey. 4/23/15

CPPP Report: Texas is struggling to produce enough college graduates to meet employer needs. 4/23/15

Bills to watch in the Texas Legislature: See TASPA's list of bills with HR implications. 4/23/15

Business Recognition Program

Stand Up for Texas Public SchoolsRecognize businesses that stand up for your schools.

Registration for the Business/Education Forum is now open. 

Student Video Contest

Watch this year's outstanding videos by students in elementary, middle, and high school.
 

 
Important Dates

May 1 Leadership TASB
Application process opens

May 15 Superintendent of the Year
Deadline for nominations to education service centers

Texas Lone Star and More

Cover of February-March 2015 issue featuring "Capitol Ideas" - Lawmakers eye education Legislation

The Texas shale oil boom has brought a host of challenges for the school districts and for HR administrators looking to attract and retain employees. Read about this and more in the April 2015 Texas Lone Star.  

 

 

Executive Search Services

Kelly WatersEl Campo ISD Names Lone Finalist

On April 15, the El Campo ISD Board of Trustees named Kelly Waters as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent.  Waters currently serves as assistant superintendent in El Campo ISD.

Further details can be found on the ESS Website.

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