October 11, 2021
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the opening of the application for the Teacher Leadership Grant (District Practices Fellowship) for the 2022–2023 school year.
tagged: TEA, "Teacher training", "Texas Education Agency"
August 31, 2021
Social media is a tool human resources professionals can use to enhance recruiting efforts and broaden communication.
tagged: Hiring, HR, Recruiting, "Social media practices"
August 09, 2021
As the spread of the Delta variant increases infections and hospitalizations across the state, our members are again inquiring about additional COVID-related leave and newly released public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", Leave
July 13, 2021
HR Services consultants will present a variety of sessions at the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrator (TASPA) Summer Conference July 15–16 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Round Rock.
tagged: "Americans with Disabilities Act", Certification, Compensation, Recruiting
June 29, 2021
TASB HR Services has created a new tool, the Demographics Dashboard, which is now available to download from the HR Library (myTASB login required).
tagged: Diversity, HRIS, Human, Information, Resources, System
June 23, 2021
An unusually large number of superintendents are leaving education due to the high anxiety and stress endured amidst the challenges of navigating the yearlong pandemic.
tagged: Employment, Retention
June 22, 2021
TASB HR Services has been providing staffing guidance to school districts since 2003 and is proud to announce a new Strategic Staffing section in the HR Library (myTASB login required).
tagged: HR, Staffing
June 21, 2021
Performance management is the systematic process by which an employer involves its employees, as individuals and members of a group, in improving organizational effectiveness.
tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee performance", "HR training", "Professional development"
May 04, 2021
Requiring employees to use leave in half-day increments is one of many things districts do just because it’s always been done that way.
tagged: Compensation, Leave
April 29, 2021
New research encourages developing the role of assistant principals to advance education equity, promote school improvement, and foster principal effectiveness.
tagged: Diversity, Hiring, "Professional development", Retention
April 09, 2021
The pandemic-fueled nationwide teacher shortage that many have feared has yet to materialize; however, there is cause for concern in specific schools and subjects.
tagged: HR, "Teacher resignations", "Teacher shortage"
April 08, 2021
Budget preparation is in full swing, and districts may be struggling to find needed resources to support or improve student learning while sustaining a competitive compensation plan.
tagged: Employment, Staffing, "Teacher resignations", "Teacher retirement"
April 01, 2021
Substitutes are vital to school districts, so managing them effectively can increase retention and build your district’s substitute pool.
tagged: "Employee discipline", Employment, Hiring, HR, Unemployment
March 26, 2021
The final article in our strategic staffing series focuses on educational aides and campus clerical staff.
March 19, 2021
The fourth article of our strategic staffing series focuses on special education services which can be compared to state averages and recommended benchmarks.
March 17, 2021
It’s always important to recognize the achievements of others, and it may be even more critical this year due to the challenges of the pandemic.
tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Social media practices"
March 12, 2021
The third part of our strategic staffing series focuses on auxiliary staff who support child nutrition, custodial, maintenance, and transportation services in a school district.
March 05, 2021
The second part of our strategic staffing series focuses on teacher positions, which can be compared to peer district data, the state average, and TASB recommended benchmarks.
March 01, 2021
To provide school districts with valuable information and meet the recent uptick in requests for staffing benchmarks, we are releasing a five-part series on strategic staffing.
February 22, 2021
Mother-Friendly Worksites are organizations that proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their children.
tagged: Benefits, "Employee handbook", HR, Retention
December 09, 2020
A survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center shows educator morale is low and job applicants are declining.
tagged: Employment, Recruiting, Surveys
December 07, 2020
In some school districts across the state, having to take time off work or from class to spend half a day or more attending a doctor’s appointment is becoming a less frequent inconvenience.
tagged: "Health insurance", Recruiting
November 13, 2020
Workplace culture is dynamic; it can change over time and has the ability to surround and connect those who participate in it.
November 10, 2020
Now more than ever, educators and those who work in schools are looking to feel a sense of connection with their employers.
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", HR
October 21, 2020
As the holiday season approaches, districts should remind staff about expectations for returning to work following certain travel, as many may plan to go elsewhere for recreation or to see friends and family.
tagged: COVID-19, "Employee notices", "Epidemic Response", HR
October 19, 2020
October is difficult enough in a typical year, but with the addition of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools will need to be even more diligent in identifying and managing teacher burnout.
tagged: COVID-19, HR
October 16, 2020
Educational entities are aspiring to develop and cultivate leaders who are driven to lead with inclusion, diversity, and equity.
tagged: Diversity, HR, "Professional development"
October 08, 2020
A new report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) predicts the teacher staffing shortage will worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring school leaders to get creative and consider new staffing models.
tagged: HR, Retention, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"
October 07, 2020
Unconscious biases affect us all, but in the workplace they can influence salaries, promotions, and even retention.
tagged: Diversity, Retention
September 11, 2020
TASB HR Services recently presented a webinar covering complex scenarios related to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave issues.
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", HR, Leave
August 28, 2020
Requests for leave, specifically for childcare purposes, are on the rise as schools begin the year with varying instructional arrangements that may or may not qualify as a school closure.
tagged: "Epidemic Response", FMLA, Leave
August 11, 2020
HR Services’ division director Amy Campbell discusses issues related to returning to schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
tagged: ADA, COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", Leave
August 05, 2020
TASB HR Services recently presented a webinar answering many frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 workplace challenges.
July 30, 2020
As shelter-in-place orders expire, educational institutions are confronted with the complicated task of preparing facilities for a safe return of employees and students.
July 13, 2020
During this COVID-19 era, staff must be prepared to be flexible in their job assignments and duties.
tagged: COVID-19, HR, "Professional development", Staffing
July 09, 2020
Remote work arrangements provide additional options for the education industry as they manage COVID-19 exposures and illnesses.
tagged: ADA, Recruiting, Retention
July 06, 2020
Human resource professionals are adapting quickly to COVID-19-related issues, but it can be tough to keep track of all the useful information needed to keep processes running smoothly.
July 02, 2020
We continue to see daily reports of COVID-19 diagnoses in and around school districts, and district HR staff likely have had to deal with these issues directly as more employees have returned to campuses and central office buildings.
tagged: COVID-19, "Family and medical leave", HR, Leave
June 18, 2020
As schools grapple with decisions about instructional and work arrangements for 2020–2021, job description modifications and other methods for communicating remote work expectations to employees are being considered.
tagged: COVID-19, "Employee performance", Employment, "Job descriptions"
June 17, 2020
Conflicting guidance internationally, as well as within the United States, is making the task of determining best practices for reopen a near-impossible undertaking.
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"
June 10, 2020
TASB HR Services has fielded several calls from districts sorting through the numerous Centers for Disease Control (CDC) posters for the workplace.
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", "Worksite posting"
June 08, 2020
EdWeek Research Center’s new study sheds light on educator concerns on returning to the classroom and what factors may determine if they want to return at all.
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", "Teacher resignations"
June 04, 2020
Administering the technical details of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be challenging and may be problematic if not properly managed.
tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", "Fair Labor Standards Act", "Family and medical leave"
June 03, 2020
The face-to-face job interview process that once seemed immune to change has been thrust into the 21st century amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.
tagged: Employment, Hiring, HR, Recruiting
May 27, 2020
During these uncertain times, HR can be proactive and take steps to support staff returning to work after workplace and school closures.
tagged: COVID-19, "Employee performance", "Epidemic Response", HR
May 12, 2020
Failure to return a contract or a letter of reasonable assurance by its due date typically signifies an employee’s voluntary resignation.
tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Personnel records", Termination
April 24, 2020
Texas school districts may see an increase in unemployment claims from substitute employees as a result of closings in response to COVID-19.
tagged: Benefits, Unemployment
February 10, 2020
According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website, eighty-five percent of districts (875) have been designated as Innovation Districts or have plans to implement a plan in the near future.
tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Educator contracts"
February 07, 2020
Benchmarking allows an organization to identify and implement “best practices” and develop improvement plans.
tagged: HR, "Pay increases", Staffing
January 17, 2020
A drop in teacher preparation program enrollment nationwide may result in a teacher shortage, but a lack of detailed enrollment data leaves question marks about how to fix the problem.
tagged: HR, "Teacher certification", "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"
December 03, 2019
Research suggests that the most important factor in teacher success is the school environment.
tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Teacher shortage"
November 05, 2019
Teachers from Freer ISD and Premont ISD came together for the first of what may be many collaborative planning sessions.
October 29, 2019
Metrics can help decision-makers identify trends and manage the workforce more effectively. Using workforce metrics can support a district’s competitiveness and help the district avoid missed opportunities for improvement.
October 28, 2019
According to a survey from FlexJobs, nearly a third of workers have sought new employment because their employer didn’t offer flexible work opportunities, as reported by SHRM.
tagged: Employment, HR, Retention
October 24, 2019
No one enjoys disciplining employees, but every human resources professional and supervisor must be prepared to address performance issues.
tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee handbook", "Professional development"
August 14, 2019
To help address employee retention and attendance issues, some districts look to add employee attendance incentives.
tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee performance", Employment, HR
July 22, 2019
The Predictive Index’s annual Employee Engagement Report revealed some interesting insights into the variety of factors that lead to employee engagement.
tagged: "Employee surveys", HR, Recruiting, Retention
June 25, 2019
Offering employees professional development that is specific and relevant to their job duties can empower them to reach individual, and district goals.
tagged: Certification, "Employee performance", "Professional development", Retention
June 05, 2019
A new study uncovered some interesting insights on the modern job search, particularly regarding the role smartphones play and which candidates are most likely to use them as their primary tool to hunt for employment.
tagged: Recruiting, Technology
May 29, 2019
A study conducted by Michigan State University reveals eye-opening trends, raising questions about discriminatory behavior in performance appraisals.
tagged: Diversity, "Employee performance"
May 13, 2019
With more than a third of Americans using Facebook Marketplace, the tech giant is working to improve the content making up its job search function, according to a news release from the company.
tagged: Recruiting, "Social media practices", Technology
April 30, 2019
This year, fewer responding public school districts (20 percent) anticipate freezing pay for 2019–2020 (down from 28 percent last year).
tagged: "Pay increases", Surveys, "Teacher Pay"
April 11, 2019
A new report from the EEOC found the number of discrimination charges filed in Texas decreased significantly in 2018.
tagged: Diversity, "EEOC compliance"
April 09, 2019
Employee surveys can be a great tool to assess working climate. Without a good response rate, however, the district sees only part of the picture.
tagged: "Employee surveys", Surveys
March 20, 2019
A BLS report from the month of January found job openings in the U.S. have risen to 7.6 million.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL
March 13, 2019
A new report identified a major gap in the availability of counselors and nurses in public schools across the nation.
February 27, 2019
As schools focus more and more on attacking problems with teacher retention, one district in Tennessee is reporting positive results from its efforts to focus on employee wellness.
tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", Wellness
February 13, 2019
A recent study found schools with the highest numbers of disadvantaged students also had the least experienced, lowest-rated principals.
tagged: "Employee performance"
January 28, 2019
A few items to look forward to are HRAs and an expansion of HSA opportunities.
tagged: Benefits, HR, Leave
January 03, 2019
A grant program in Louisiana sparked innovative ways of improving preparation for alternatively certified teachers.
tagged: Certification, Retention, "Teacher certification", "Teacher training"
December 19, 2018
This year sparked a new era for teachers speaking out on pay issues and working conditions.
tagged: "Pay increases", Retention
December 17, 2018
The teaching profession received a lot of spotlight throughout 2018. Here's what happened.
tagged: contracts, Employee, HR, performance, Retention, Teacher
December 11, 2018
As we count down the final days of 2018, take a look back at what readers found the most interesting this calendar year.
tagged: Benefits, Certification, Compensation, HR, "HR training"
December 06, 2018
If you're not cautious, hiring for "cultural fit" can lead to unintentional bias that undermines efforts to promote diversity.
tagged: diversity, hiring
November 15, 2018
Black students are 13 percent more likely to go to college if they have just one teacher who looks like them by the time they reach third grade.
tagged: Diversity, Staffing
November 12, 2018
As technology continues to open up new possibilities in education, Texas districts are changing how they manage and employ virtual classrooms.
tagged: Recruiting, Staffing
October 16, 2018
Workplace culture is a big deal—it impacts engagement, productivity, retention, and growth.
tagged: HR, Recruiting, Retention
October 09, 2018
While other industries have managed to rebound from the financial crisis, public schools are still struggling to fill key positions.
tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"
October 08, 2018
A recent Education Week report found the public perception of teachers is changing for the better, and drastically.
September 11, 2018
Rising academic standards, among other factors, are increasing the need for school leaders to focus on instructional leadership.
tagged: "HR training", "Teacher training"
July 24, 2018
The annual Superintendent Salary Survey has officially launched and districts can submit data up until August 24.
tagged: "Superintendent salaries"
July 13, 2018
Another year, another great TASPA conference! Check out some of the highlights from the event.
tagged: "Social media practices"
July 11, 2018
Check out this infographic of what to do and what to avoid on social media for administrators and leaders in education.
July 05, 2018
A new study found tenure of superintendents who have left their position in the nation’s largest schools is about six years, on average.
tagged: Retention, Staffing, Surveys
June 11, 2018
There’s a large population of adults on campuses on any given day who typically aren’t included in emergency training and drills—substitute teachers.
tagged: HR, "Teacher training"
Recent celebrity suicides have brought national attention to mental health issues. How can HR support employees who struggle with mental illness?
tagged: Benefits, HR
May 31, 2018
Recent headlines involving inappropriate and highly offensive use of social media provides employers with the opportunity to examine hiring practices.
May 22, 2018
There's a new two-day professional learning opportunity to help district administrators better understand Student Learning Objectives and how to implement them.
tagged: "HR training", T-TESS
April 17, 2018
In an article published earlier today, SHRM explored some new trends in the recruiting field that’ll help hiring managers reexamine and reevaluate their own methods.
April 13, 2018
The nationwide teacher walkouts and protests are producing results, but where does Texas sit with teacher pay and public school funding, and can teachers in the Lone Star State do anything about it?
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", TRS
April 10, 2018
It's been six months since Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas, and while all public schools in disaster counties have reopened, many students never returned to their home district.
March 27, 2018
A new analysis from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution looked into the effects of financial incentives on attracting minority teachers, check out the details here.
March 15, 2018
With roughly 65 percent of the American workforce planning to watch March Madness while at work, administrators must learn with ways to reduce the negative impact on productivity or suffer significant financial consequences.
March 07, 2018
A recent report from The School Superintendents Association (AASA) found nearly three-quarters of superintendents say their school districts are inadequately funded.
February 21, 2018
A study conducted by Glassdoor ranked human resources manager as the fifth best job in the country in 2018, up from No. 6 last year.
February 14, 2018
The number of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Texas is lower than it’s been since 2009, according to an EEOC news release.
A news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailed the wages of the nation's 113.3 million full-time and salaried workers in 2017.
tagged: "Department of Labor", "Pay increases"
November 01, 2017
Employment projection data released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.
October 09, 2017
A report from Education Next revealed some enlightening statistics about public opinion of various education topics.
tagged: HR, Salaries
October 04, 2017
Despite persistent shortage areas, Texas’ production of newly certified teachers has held steady during the past two years.
tagged: Staffing, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"
September 26, 2017
We’ve received a large number of questions related to Hurricane Harvey, so our staff collected the most common ones and provided answers and guidance in this FAQ feature.
tagged: Compensation, "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Teacher contracts"
September 06, 2017
The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has caused destruction and devastation along the Texas coast and into parts of southeast and central Texas resulting in over 160 district closures.
tagged: HR, Unemployment
August 16, 2017
Our new Talent Dashboard is a tool that can be used in absence of an existing analytics tool.
Read on to find out what dashboards are and how they can impact your workforce decisions.
tagged: HRIS, "Human Resources Information System"
In the summer edition of the HR Exchange, TASB HR Services published a report identifying trends among male and female superintendents. This follow-up goes into more detail on why the gap exists.
A recent survey conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia found nearly two-thirds of new science educators taught at least one course outside their subject area expertise in their first five years in the classroom.
tagged: "Teacher shortage"
July 18, 2017
Each university will get approximately $5 million over a 10-year period, with the final figure contingent upon how many students pursue the scholarship.
tagged: "Teacher training"
June 07, 2017
How are districts using HRIS in 2017? What are districts doing to get help with their HRIS? Check out some of the latest trends here.
We spoke with HR staff across the state to learn about what challenges they faced this year and what successes they enjoyed. Some of their insights also give a peek into HR in 2017–2018.
tagged: HR, "HR training"
May 03, 2017
Districts who have a grasp on what motivates Generation Z will have a better chance at recruiting and retaining them. Here’s what we know so far.
tagged: Employment, Recruiting
Pay raises are in a holding pattern for 2017‒18 in Texas schools, with overall expected increases unchanged from last year, according to the latest prospective pay raise poll conducted by TASB HR Services.
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries
April 19, 2017
The Rural Schools Task Force hosted regional forums on teacher recruitment, retention, use of technology, resource allocation, as well as parent and community engagement.
tagged: Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher recruiting"
March 22, 2017
There's now another place you can post job vacancies online—your district’s Facebook page.
tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Social media practices", "Teacher recruiting"
March 15, 2017
A fraudulent phishing scam has circulated throughout districts in Texas and across the country in recent months, exposing private W-2 information of employees in several school districts.
March 01, 2017
Learn how the new American Dream crafted by millennials may affect public education employers in this article.
tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Employment
February 17, 2017
Considering the opportunities to market district culture, the ability to network, recruit, and keep up with the latest news, Twitter provides numerous benefits for someone in an HR role.
February 01, 2017
Becoming a District of Innovation can have a big impact on the way HR operates. We have a few tips in this article on how to facilitate a seamless transition.
tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, HR
November 29, 2016
School climate impacts multiple variables in a school’s success, from retaining teachers to overall achievement. Here's how to improve yours.
tagged: "Employee performance", Employment
November 23, 2016
Knowing your HR Information System’s capabilities and maximizing them for your district’s benefit will inspire greatness in your department.
October 25, 2016
The value in spending time and resources in training teachers is higher than ever, thanks to a variety of initiatives, programs, and legislation forming around the country. Read about some of the recent developments in teacher prep here.
October 05, 2016
The value of employee engagement cannot be understated. Here's how you can ensure your district is taking the right steps in providing an engaging work environment.
September 07, 2016
One of the elements of education that has evolved with the growth of technology is how educators are communicating with their students, particularly outside of class. Find out what group-messaging platforms districts are using and how to facilitate that communication in this story.
Pay structures and retirement systems in education no longer meet the needs of new graduates, and they appear to be driving high-achieving millennials into other professions. What can the education field do to attract the new generation?
August 04, 2016
While predicting the future sounds like the stuff of horoscopes and psychics, anticipating what’s headed our way can help us be prepared for the possible challenges. What’s in store for HR in 2016-17? Let’s take a look into our crystal ball.
tagged: FLSA, HR, T-TESS
June 16, 2016
It’s tough to keep up with the latest trends in best practices for online application management. Fortunately, we’ve come up with some ways to make sure your district is current in its online recruiting presence.
May 23, 2016
The successful matchmaking website eHarmony.com recently unveiled the beta version of its next venture, Elevated Careers by eHarmony. Is this the way Generation Z will look for jobs?
May 18, 2016
The field of human resources has been around for more than a century, but as the workplace continues to evolve, so must the HR profession. We take a look at some of the field's biggest challenges for the future.
April 13, 2016
The dangerous part about low-performing employees is the contagious effect they have on their coworkers. A recent study shows underachievers not only reduce workplace morale but drive out their high-performing colleagues.
March 07, 2016
With ongoing teacher shortages, many districts are turning to social media to recruit young talent.
February 16, 2016
The Gates Foundation announced its intent to focus its education reform efforts on teacher preparation in April 2015. Its first effort includes a grant for Texas Tech's College of Education.