January 2017, Vol. 2

Model contract changes

What changes were made to the model contracts for 2017? Find out in this month's Q&A!

Most health insurance premiums rising in Texas districts, cost passed on to employees

Most responding Texas school districts (82 percent) saw their health insurance costs rise in 2016‒17, according to the latest health insurance premiums survey conducted by TASB HR Services.

Building teacher career pathways in Texas schools, part 2

The second half of this two-part story explores different practices from various districts on how they map out their teacher career pathways.

Upcoming Events
Hiring Effective Teachers and Keeping Them
Feb. 8, 2017

ESC 11—Fort Worth

The key to improving student performance is ensuring that each classroom is staffed with an effective teacher. Selecting the right teacher involves using interview questions based on teaching competencies and knowing how to identify effective responses. Issues in teacher retention and engagement will be discussed and strategies for keeping top performers will be presented.

Writing Effective Job Descriptions
Feb. 15, 2017

ESC 20—San Antonio

This workshop reveals the secrets to writing functional, low maintenance job descriptions that support administrative decisions related to hiring, pay classification, exemption status, ADA compliance, performance management, fitness to return to work, and more.

Determining Employment Status and Benefits
Feb. 22, 2017

ESC 7—Kilgore

Ever wondered what to do with a retired, part-time, volunteer, substitute employee? Determining employment status is complicated due to the many state and federal rules that apply. Employment classification can affect rights and entitlements, pay and benefits, assignments and schedules, and even terms of employment. Improper classification can carry hefty fines and penalties for school districts. This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of the various employment categories and how to classify employees correctly.

Effective Interview Questions for Teachers
Feb. 28, 2017


The two keys to good interviews are using questions that identify the critical attributes of effective teachers and knowing how to assess candidate responses. This webinar will discuss resources for developing appropriate questions and provide suggestions for developing a guide that campus-based interview teams can use to identify qualified candidates.