September 2015

Building teacher career pathways in Big Spring ISD

Big Spring ISD is getting away from the one teacher to one classroom model by creating new roles for excellent teachers that will extend their reach to more students.

An update on Texas’ pilot teacher and principal evaluation models

Texas is in the process of developing new model teacher and principal evaluation systems. TASA, TASB, TASBO, and TASPA recently received an update on the pilot.

Benitez will continue TASPA’s tradition of training, support

TASPA’s new Executive Director, Rose Benitez. is continuing along the path laid out by her predecessor Melva Cárdenas and considering the organization’s future offerings.

Tuition exemptions for aides could help districts battle teacher shortages

Districts with promising educational aides might want to encourage them to look into tuition exemptions through the Educational Aide Exemption program.

School HR leaders can use big data to predict success

What can school districts learn from the data they have at their fingertips? Plenty, if they take the time to collect and thoroughly analyze it.


Register now for TASB/TxCEE/TASPA Symposium in October

Superintendent survey closing soon; District Personnel survey opens

Register now for the 2015 Texas School HR Administrator's Academy

Visit us at the TASA/TASB Convention

Watch your mail for HR Services membership invoices

There’s a pretty good chance your employees are unaware of the cost of their benefits. Read our September Q&A to learn about total compensation statements.
Upcoming Events
Six Steps to Better Pay Plans
Sept. 22, 2015


Pay plans control the largest portion of the school budget as the mechanism for distributing payroll dollars. To be most effective, pay plans must be built properly, reflect district goals and values, and be updated as market values change. This requires setting the right parameters for the pay structure, keeping a tight alignment with the right market benchmarks, and placing jobs correctly in the pay plan. Controlling pay equity among employees requires active management by plan administrators. This webinar for pay plan designers and administrators will describe six steps to achieving a better pay plan for your district.

Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace
Oct. 15, 2015


HR administrators and supervisors need to know how to respond to employees who need or request an accommodation because of a disability, medical issue, and return to work limitations. The challenges in these situations include determining what qualifies as a disability, identifying reasonable accommodations, and insuring the process is interactive. Presenters will provide a common sense approach to implementing a process that is efficient and compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Human Capital/Educator Evaluation Symposium
Oct. 27, 2015

October 27-28, 2015
Embassy Suites, San Marcos, TX

Sponsored by TASB and TxCEE

Texas School HR Administrator’s Academy (HR Academy)
Nov. 9, 2015

November 9-10, 2015
Austin Marriott North

Be prepared to hit the ground running, not one step behind! Co-sponsored by TASB and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), the HR Academy provides new administrators with the information and resources they need to meet the new challenges of a career in HR. Experienced attorneys, school human resource administrators, and human resource consultants will present topic sessions on the primary HR functions and critical issues every new administrator encounters. A notebook of resources is included in the registration fee.

Dollars and Sense—Good Pay Practices
Nov. 19, 2015

TASB Offices-Austin, TX

Understanding the strategy and architecture behind the district’s compensation plan is critical to recruiting and retaining top-notch staff and controlling costs. This workshop is designed for anyone who administers pay, recommends salaries, or explains it to employees or the board of trustees. Key components of pay administration will be covered including pay strategies, pay structures, pay adjustments, and placement for new or promoted employees.