Important Dates

Sept. 26 National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute
Registration opens

Oct. 5 District Personnel Salary Survey
Deadline to participate

Oct. 12 Community College Salary Survey
Deadline to participate

Oct. 15 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals
Regular registration deadline

Oct. 18 National School Boards Association Annual Conference
Registration and housing open

Oct. 20 Texas School HR Administrators Academy
Early registration deadline

Oct. 23 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey
Survey opens

Upcoming Training

Sept. 21 BoardBook Skills Building Workshop
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Sept. 28–30 TASA/TASB Convention
Austin Convention Center, Austin

Oct. 2 Facility Services Training: Asbestos Designated Person
ESC 7, Kilgore

Oct. 3 Facility Services Training: Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
ESC 7, Kilgore

Oct. 4 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Maintenance and Operations
ESC 7, Kilgore

Oct. 16–18 TASB Risk Management Fund Regional Training
Deer Park ISD Education Support Center, Deer Park

Oct. 17 BoardBook Skills Building Workshop
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Oct. 18 HR Services Training: Dollars and Sense: Good Pay Practices
ESC 1, Edinburg

Oct. 18–19 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Oct. 23 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Procurement
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Oct. 24 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Efficient Facilities
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Oct. 29–30 Texas School HR Administrators Academy
Austin Marriott North, Round Rock

More training

Convention: Highlights and what you need to know

The 2018 TASA/TASB Convention is next week, September 28–30, at the Austin Convention Center. Join us in the live music capital of the world for a spectacular lineup of speakers, sessions, networking, food, learning, and fun. Here are some highlights and things you need to know before you go. Read more.

Finalists selected for 2018 Superintendent of the Year

Five Texas public school administrators are state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award. The finalists, selected from the regional SOTY winners, will complete a second round of interviews during the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin, and the winner will be announced September 28. Read more.

There's still time to register your delegate!

The 2018 TASB Delegate Assembly is tailored to recharge your advocacy efforts as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session. The Assembly is where you and your fellow trustees lay the groundwork for tackling the tough advocacy issues for our schools. This year’s meeting is September 29 during the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin. Here are six reasons you should attend. Read more.

LTASB alumni to celebrate at Convention

The 2019 Leadership TASB (LTASB) Class is holding its first session at this year’s TASA/TASB Convention, and as is traditional, LTASB’s annual Celebration/Auction will reunite LTASB graduates from previous years. Read more.

Reserve a spot at administrative staff conference

Registration is now open for the TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals, to be held in Austin October 18–19. The conference, which repeats February 7–8, 2019, allows administrative professionals to network with those in similar roles from across the state and provides training specifically designed for them. Read more.

Student Video Contest: Show off your school!

Students across the state are getting their cameras ready to roll for the TASB Student Video Contest. The contest offers an opportunity for them to show off their creativity and tell the world what makes their schools special. Read more.

Two salary surveys now in progress

TASB HR Services recently launched two new salary surveys: the District Personnel Salary Survey and the Community College Salary Survey. Visit the HR Services webpage to download the surveys, review the salary survey deadlines for 2018–19, and find out how your district or community college benefits by participating. 

Time to register for Legal Seminar Series

TASB Legal Services is hitting the road this fall to bring legal training to a location near you. TASB attorneys will kick off the annual Legal Seminar Series on November 2 with their first of seven stops across the state. Read more.

Registration open for HR Academy

Online registration is now open for HR Academy, the premier training opportunity for new and aspiring HR administrators, October 29–30 at Austin Marriott North. The event is cosponsored by TASB HR Services and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA). Don't miss out on your chance to learn from HR experts in public education.

Save the date for the 2019 Legislative Conference

TASB and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) are hosting the Legislative Conference February 26, 2019, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The conference is free; however, preregistration is required. Read more.

Legal update: Epinephrine, knives, robocalls, and more

With a new school year underway, TASB Legal Services has published several new and updated articles and FAQs that may answer some of your questions. Find these resources and additional information in School Law eSource. Read more.

Texas Teachers of the Year named

Two Texas educators received top honors in the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year awards. Rhonda Peña, a fifth-grade mathematics teacher from Mission CISD, was named the 2019 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Jeff Wheatcraft, an eighth-grade science teacher from Alamo Heights ISD, was named the 2019 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Read more.

Texas schools earn distinctions under state accountability system

More than 400 campuses that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2018 state accountability system also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school, according to the Texas Education Agency. Read more.

Poll shows strong support for teachers, public schools

Two-thirds of Americans believe teachers are underpaid, according to the recent PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. When questioned about school improvement, nearly eight in 10 respondents said they would prefer to reform existing public schools rather than finding an alternative approach, more than in any year since the question was first asked. For the 17th consecutive year, Americans have named the lack of funding as the biggest problem facing their local schools. Read "Teaching: Respect but dwindling appeal" on the PDK Poll website.

Awards honor outstanding public school professionals

H-E-B is accepting nominations for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. The awards recognize educators who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and communities. Read more.

Nominations open for Magna Awards

Applications are being accepted online for the American School Board Journal's Magna Awards. The 2019 awards are focused on equity in education, recognizing district programs that remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children. A grand prize and five winners will be awarded in each enrollment category: under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment. Nominations are due October 31.