Leadership TASB Application Process


Leadership TASB (LTASB) is an in-demand program that selects only 36 trustees each year. To qualify you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 36 hours of board training
  • Have demonstrated leadership ability on your school board and in your community.
  • Attendance at the first session is mandatory and attendance at three of the four remaining sessions is required for graduation. 

Applicants must also show evidence of demonstrated leadership ability on their local school board and in their community, and must be able to commit to attend sessions on the designated dates for the program year.


Class members are selected by a committee composed of Leadership TASB graduates. The committee strives to select participants that represent:

  • Each of the 20 education service center regions
  • The ethnic diversity of the state
  • Districts of varying size and property wealth
  • A range of ages and years of board service

The committee's selection for each class is presented to the Member Services Committee of the TASB Board for approval.

Enrollment is limited. When more than one person from a district applies, applicants from other districts will be given priority consideration before the committee considers selecting two individuals from the same district. Candidates who are not selected are encouraged to reapply for a subsequent year’s class.

Application window is now open until July 1.

Request an application by e-mail

Interested school board members may request an application at any time during the year and will be placed on a waiting list until applications are available in the spring. Applications will be available by May 1 and must be returned to TASB no later than July 1 to be eligible for consideration for the upcoming year’s class.

LTASB benefits

Leadership TASB is much more than a series of training sessions. It is an opportunity to become part of a network of school board trustee leaders who learn and work together to enhance school governance in Texas, enabling our children to be prepared for a life of work and worth.

Program participants gain connections and learn skills that help them perform activities such as the following after their graduation:

  • Serve as mentors for new trustees
  • Build community coalitions with citizens, community groups, and local businesses to support public education
  • Speak to citizens and community groups about education issues
  • Share knowledge of innovative programs around the state with educators in your district and community
  • Write editorials about education for local newspapers and submit articles about effective practices to Texas Lone Star magazine
  • Testify before the Legislature and State Board of Education
  • Assist with or lead training sessions for board candidates and trustees
  • Assume leadership roles in area school board associations
  • Serve on TASB committees
  • Serve as advisors for state-wide education initiatives
  • Continue to communicate with fellow graduates to shared ideas and solutions to public education's challenges