March 2016

HR Extras

Educators Rising focused on recruiting home-grown teachers


The growing need for teachers across the country is prompting creative directives to help fill vacant positions in the classroom.

One organization is looking to recruit from within by working with school districts to provide resources and services to high school students interested in teaching for a career.

Educators Rising, a national network relaunched last August, is a free service that connects district officials and teachers with the essentials needed for developing student interest in education as a profession. The network is made up of approximately 11,000 members, with student participants, teachers, and administrators in roughly 850 schools.

The organization offers national competitions, conferences, scholarships, and an honors society to its members. This year, they have introduced a micro-credentialing system to assist students in tracking the skills they have acquired. The general goal of Educators Rising is to engage students with a rigorous, authentic, hands-on opportunity to explore teaching.

High schools affiliated with the organization create and operate their own teacher preparation programs and elective courses. On a national scale, Educators Rising helps its members by providing lesson plans and teaching materials created by experts in the field.

Generating interest in teaching from the youth is another way organizations are attacking the shortage, and time will reveal how effective this movement is in producing a higher quantity of talented young teachers. 

Interim hearing scheduled on study of TRS health care plans

The joint interim committee to study the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) health benefit plans will meet April 13.

The committee of legislators was created to review and propose reforms to the TRS-Care and TRS-ActiveCare programs. It will examine the cost and affordability of plan coverage and the feasibility of allowing districts to opt out, among other issues. 

Pubic testimony related to TRS-ActiveCare will be heard at 1 p.m. in Room E2.012 of the Capitol Extension. Check here for the live (or archived) broadcast of the meeting.  

The joint interim committee members include:
  • Senator Joan Huffman (co-chair)
  • Representative Dan Flynn (co-chair)
  • Senator Jane Nelson
  • Senator Craig Estes
  • Representative Trent Ashby
  • Representative Justin Rodriguez
A report of the committee’s findings and recommendations will be submitted to the lieutenant governor, speaker, and governor by January 15, 2017.

Texas cities ranked among the best places to find a job

A recent report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Texas is the place to be for those seeking employment.

Analysts from the organization compared 150 of the most populated cities across 17 key metrics, including job opportunities, monthly median starting salary, and employment growth to find the best and worst places to work in the country. Three out of the top five cities were in Texas with Plano at No. 1, Austin at No. 3, and Irving at No. 4.

Most cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were ranked in the top-50, and West Texas had a good showing with Amarillo coming in at No. 13 and Lubbock at No. 42. Coastal cities like Houston and Corpus Christi also did well in the rankings, earning the No. 25 and No. 43 spots in the poll, respectively. 

HR manager named one of best jobs for 2016

A study conducted by Glassdoor ranked human resources manager as the sixth best job in the country this year.

The rankings were based off of earning potential, number of job openings, and career opportunity ratings. The human resources manager position boasts 3,468 job openings, a median salary of $85,000 per year, and a career opportunity rating of 3.7. These statistics cultivated a 4.6 rating on a 5.0 scale for the job.

Preceding HR manager on the list were data scientist, tax manager, solutions architect, engagement manager, and mobile developer coming in at No. 5.