TASB buildings are temporarily closed. Staff members are working remotely and are available by email or phone.

Other HR

May 18, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

As we move into summer, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of June.

tagged: HR

May 06, 2020

Video Chat Fatigue

With schools and a number of businesses closed to the public, many employees are relying on video chat platforms to remain connected.

tagged: HR

April 16, 2020

TEA Releases Mentor Program Allotment Details

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will begin accepting applications for the Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) on April 20, 2020.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, "Professional development", "Texas Education Agency"

April 13, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for May.

tagged: contracts, HR

April 09, 2020

COVID-19 and Unemployment Compensation

TASB Risk Management has provided a helpful Q&A regarding COVID-19 and unemployment compensation claims.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", HR, Unemployment

April 08, 2020

Tools for Responding to an Employee Diagnosis or Exposure to COVID-19

Tools for responding to an employee diagnosis or exposure to COVID-19 are available in the HR Library.

tagged: ADA, COVID-19, "Employee notices", "Epidemic Response"

April 07, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions—Part 2

We’ve received a variety of new HR-related inquiries since we posted the first round of COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

tagged: Benefits, COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", HR, Leave

April 01, 2020

TASB Talks: School Board Operations during the COVID-19 Crisis

HR Services’ Amy Campbell speaks on managing personnel during the COVID-19 crisis in TASB Talks Episode 34. She teams up with Joy Baskin, director of TASB Legal Services, to help districts respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

tagged: Compensation, HR, Leave

March 26, 2020

Coping with the Stress of Uncertainty

COVID-19 had understandably caused stress and anxiety throughout our population, but there are ways to take care of one’s mental health in the face of uncertainty.

tagged: HR

March 25, 2020

COVID-19: Shelter-in-Place Exception Letter

As more cities and counties in the state of Texas are requiring residents to shelter in place due to COVID-19, school entities may need to provide written documentation for employees who are categorized as essential personnel.

tagged: HR

March 18, 2020

Recent Travel Reporting Forms

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the United States and abroad, districts may want to use a recent travel reporting form to track travel of employees and students.

tagged: "Employee notices", "Employee surveys", HR

March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

As district operations continue to be impacted by COVID-19, TASB Legal, Policy, and HR Services continue to receive questions about how to handle various issues related to compensation, leave, meetings, and more.

tagged: Compensation, contracts, HR, Leave

March 16, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for April

Current events may have people feeling completely out of routine, but the annual schedule of HR operations continues. As March wraps up, let's look ahead to our HR to-do list for April.

tagged: HR

March 11, 2020

TEA to Award ADSY Grants

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is accepting applications for the Additional Days School Year (ADSY) Planning and Execution Program.

tagged: TEA

March 04, 2020

Infectious Disease and Public Schools

As concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus continue to grow, it is important for districts to review their infectious disease response plans and monitor available resources.

tagged: HR

March 02, 2020

TEA to Evaluate Education Preparation Programs

In an effort to assess educator preparation program (EPP) effectiveness, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is gathering data via principal and first-year teacher surveys.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, Surveys, TEA

February 17, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for March

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for March.

tagged: "Educator contracts", HR, Staffing

January 21, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for February

As we move into spring, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of February.

tagged: ACA, Benefits, HR, Staffing

January 13, 2020

Upcoming Workshop: Effective Documentation of Teachers

TASB HR Services and ED311 present Effective Documentation of Teachers, a one-day workshop for HR administrators, principals, assistant principals, and teacher appraisers.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee performance", "HR training", Termination

January 09, 2020

No Changes to TASB Model Contracts

There will not be any changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2020.

tagged: contracts, "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher contracts"

December 17, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for January

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for January.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Personnel records", Staffing

December 16, 2019

Educational Testing Service Seeks Constructed Response Scorers

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is seeking school district administrators to participate in the online scoring of the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL).

tagged: HR

December 16, 2019

Top Tweets from TASPA Winter Conference 2019

TASB HR Services attended the TASPA Winter Conference on December 11-13 and presented on a variety of topics including certification, compensation, appraisals, and more.

tagged: media, practices, Social

December 11, 2019

Teacher Stress and Burnout is Real

It’s no secret that teacher stress is at epidemic proportions, and it’s affecting students in the classroom more than ever.

tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Teacher shortage"

December 09, 2019

TASB HR Services to Present at TASPA Winter Conference

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting at the TASPA Winter Conference in Austin on December 12 and 13. 

tagged: HR, "HR training"

November 12, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for December

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for December.

tagged: HR

October 15, 2019

Darktober: Strategies for Helping Staff Cope

I’m not sure where the term Darktober first got its start, but it’s an epidemic felt in education, particularly by new teachers.

tagged: Benefits, Employment, HR

October 14, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for November

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for November.

tagged: HR

October 01, 2019

HR Services Celebrates 35 Years

September 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of TASB HR Services. We’re so proud of how far we’ve come since 1984, and we’re so excited for where we’re going. 

tagged: HR

September 27, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for October.

tagged: HR, "Salary surveys", Surveys

September 18, 2019

TASB HR Services to Present at TASA | TASB Convention 2019

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting at the TASA | TASB Conference in Dallas on September 20 and 21.  

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development"

September 17, 2019

Texas Education Human Resources Day: October 9

Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 9, 2019, as Texas Education Human Resources Day.

tagged: HR

September 16, 2019

TEA Announces Competitive Grant Opportunities

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is offering grant opportunities to recruit and prepare teachers and principals. 

tagged: HR, Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting", "Texas Education Agency"

August 16, 2019

HR Manager Named Top 5 Job for Career Growth Opportunities

If you’re looking for a career path that offers an abundance of opportunities for advancement, working in human resources is about as good as it gets.

tagged: Employment, HR

August 15, 2019

Improving Campus Safety through a Community Approach

A community approach to building safe and secure schools benefits principals and helps prepare for a variety of emergencies.

tagged: Employment, HR

July 31, 2019

The Critical Effects of Employee Isolation

Teaching has always been among the most isolating professions, but rarely have we explored the consequences of a lonely workforce.

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment, "Workplace culture"

July 26, 2019

New SBEC Rules for ESL Certification Standards

Find out more about SBEC's new rule concerning supplemental certificate standards for teachers of English Learners. 

tagged: Certification, "English as a Second Language", ESL, "Teacher certification"

July 24, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for August

As we begin the new school year, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of August.

tagged: Benefits, HR, "HR training", Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

July 08, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for July

As we start preparations for the new school year, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of July.

tagged: HR

July 03, 2019

Follow TASB HR Services on Facebook

We're excited to announce our new Facebook page! Click here for more information on how to add HR Services to your news feed. 

tagged: HR, "Social media practices"

June 25, 2019

How Culturally Aware Teaching Draws Students to STEM

A unique program at the University of Houston is aiming to help STEM educators provide more culturally responsive teaching for female and minority students.

tagged: Diversity, "Teacher training"

June 07, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

As we head into the summer, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of June.

tagged: Compensation, Employment, HR, T-TESS

May 24, 2019

Takeaways from English Language Learner Report

ELL enrollment has remained stable over the past six years, but the number of different languages spoken in districts has increased significantly, according to a new report.

tagged: Diversity, "English as a Second Language", ESL

April 30, 2019

Surveys to Evaluate Texas Educator Preparation Programs Due Soon

Each principal who has first-year teachers on his or her campus is required by SBEC to complete a survey about the preparation of those first-year teachers.

tagged: Surveys, "Teacher training"

April 29, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

As we near the end of another school year, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of May.

tagged: HR, Nonrenewal, Termination, T-TESS

February 19, 2019

TxCEE Offering Workshop on Student Learning Objectives

TxCEE is providing a one-day workshop to help administrators understand Student Learning Objectives.

tagged: HR, "HR training", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

January 09, 2019

Steps to Take after Conducting Employee Surveys

Many districts conduct employee surveys to understand more about what staff members think and feel, but not all have an appropriate strategy for how to proceed after a survey is complete.

tagged: "Employee surveys", HR, Surveys

January 07, 2019

T-TESS and Appraisal Frequency

Did the implementation of T-TESS impact the frequency of teacher appraisals? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: "Employee performance", T-TESS

December 04, 2018

District Personnel, Community College Salary Survey Results Posted

We have results from the TASB District Personnel Salary Survey and TASB Community College Salary Survey available on DataCentral.

tagged: compensation, salary, surveys

November 30, 2018

Teacher Evaluations Transform Principals

Revamped teacher evaluation standards across the country have increased principals’ attention to instruction, but not all changes are for the better. 

tagged: "Employee performance", T-TESS

November 12, 2018

Register for Webinar on Protecting District Data from Cybercrime

The TASB Risk Management Fund has opened up registration for its webinar on securing staff and student data to TASB HR Services members.

tagged: "HR training"

November 08, 2018

Superintendent Survey Highlights: Average Increases of 3%

The average pay increase in 2018‒2019 for continuing superintendents was 3.1 percent. Full results from the survey available here. 

tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

November 01, 2018

Fall 2018–2019 Salary Survey Update

A few quick updates for upcoming salary survey deadlines and results. 

tagged: "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

October 30, 2018

Top Tweets from HR Academy

Check out some of the top tweets from this year's HR Academy. 

tagged: HR, "HR training"

October 16, 2018

2018–2019 Salary Survey Updates

A few quick updates regarding multiple salary survey deadlines and result highlights. 

tagged: "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

October 11, 2018

Top Tweets from Texas Education HR Day

Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed Wednesday to be Texas Education HR Day—here's how districts celebrated on social media.

tagged: HR, "Social media practices"

October 01, 2018

EEO-5 Survey Due November 30

Conducted in even-numbered years, the EEO-5 survey collects data about gender and race/ethnicity by job groupings.

tagged: "EEOC compliance"

September 27, 2018

Sample Principal Interview Questions Added to the HR Library

Using an interview process with questions focusing on principal competencies is important for successful hiring.

tagged: HR

September 18, 2018

TEA Now Accepting Applications for Grow Your Own: Teachers Grants

Districts, Education Service Centers (ESCs), open-enrollment charter schools, educator preparation programs, and higher education institutions all are invited to apply.

tagged: TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

September 04, 2018

Evaluating Teachers Using SLOs

A big change is coming to teacher evaluation systems this year with the introduction of student growth measures.

tagged: "Teacher training"

August 29, 2018

Preventing Debt Collector Harassment

Learn how can HR staff help employees facing harassment from debt collectors while at work.

tagged: HR

August 28, 2018

Infographic: Student Measures Teacher Evaluation

View this Teacher Evaluation infographic for a quick update on teacher evaluation and student growth measures.

tagged: T-TESS

August 08, 2018

Multiple HR Library Updates Posted

Consultants are continually working on new materials for the HR Library and updating existing content. Check out our most recent changes here.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

August 03, 2018

TASB HR Services Introduces New Tool for Tracking Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Tracker, a customizable tool developed by TASB HR Services, is now available for members in the HR Library.

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA

August 01, 2018

Superintendent Contract Practices Info Available in DataCentral

Looking for Texas school district current practices for superintendent contracts? DataCentral has survey results from nearly 300 districts. 

tagged: Surveys

August 01, 2018

CTE Pay Data Now Available in DataCentral

The results from one of our newest surveys are now available on DataCentral.

tagged: Surveys, "Teacher stipends"

July 06, 2018

Resist Teacher Isolation with these 5 Tips

Teachers are not immune to feeling isolated in the workplace, which decreases morale and productivity. Here’s how to overcome those challenges.

tagged: Employment

June 07, 2018

Participation in the BLS Current Employee Statistics Survey

Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey? Find out in this brief Q&A!

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL

May 15, 2018

Infographic: How to Contact the TEA Certification Division

Use this handy guide to get the information you need when contacting the TEA.

tagged: Certification, TEA

April 12, 2018

Increase Engagement to Reduce Teacher Complaints

Districts can’t avoid state and federal accountability requirements that impact teachers, but they can address teacher areas of concern like working conditions, administrator support, and pay. 

tagged: Retention, "Social media practices"

March 20, 2018

Infographic: A Brief History of the HR Exchange

The HR Exchange has been around for more than two decades and even started out under a different name. Learn more about the history of our publication here.

tagged: HR

March 12, 2018

Introducing the HRX: Functionality, Navigation, and Timeliness

Learn how to get the most out of our brand new blog format with this quick tutorial. 

tagged: HR

February 22, 2018

4 Keys to a Smooth Transition into K-12 HR

Transitioning to K-12 HR from a different field can be a challenge. The following tips will help new administrators settle into their roles.   

tagged: HR, "HR training"

January 03, 2018

No Changes to TASB Model Contracts

There will not be any changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2018. The 2017 TASB Model Contracts and related documents are available in the HR Library.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"

November 30, 2017

Top Tweets from HR Academy

HR Academy 2017 was a success, and we appreciate everyone who attended the training.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

November 17, 2017

3 Steps to Standardize Duty Schedules

Maintaining a multitude of work calendars can be a time-consuming process for human resources and payroll and result in employees being confused about their work start and stop dates.

tagged: Compensation, Staffing

October 30, 2017

Top Tweets from Texas Education Human Resources Day

Check out some of the best tweets from the HR holiday.

tagged: HR, "Social media practices"

August 23, 2017

T-TESS—A Year in Review

How did the first year of statewide implementation of T-TESS go? TASB HR Services talked with Texas Education Agency's Linda Johnson to discuss the progress of the new teacher evaluation system. 

tagged: "Teacher training", T-TESS

August 02, 2017

Teachers Want More Professional Development on Digital Tools

A new report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt surveyed teachers and administrators from all 50 states on a variety of topics, including classroom technology, professional development, and more.

tagged: "Teacher training"

February 01, 2017

How HR Can Help Homeless Students Succeed

HR Services surveys cover Texas public school district practices for superintendent contracts, teacher contracts, and administrator and professional support contracts. Read our results here.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Staffing

January 18, 2017

HEB CEO Pledges $100 Million for Public School Administrator Training Academy

Out of his own private resources, HEB chairman and CEO Charles Butt is making a $100 million donation to help create The Holdsworth Center in Austin, a training academy for public school administrators.

tagged: "Teacher training"

November 10, 2016

Top 10 Things HR Should Share with Their Board of Trustees

HR is responsible for a wide range of topics their board members should know about—far more than just employee discipline. 

tagged: HR

October 05, 2016

Getting the Most Out of Your HR Services Membership

At TASB HR Services, we are consistently finding new ways to assist our members in addition to the numerous services we already offer. If you’re a member, we encourage you to check out all of our resources in this story.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

April 27, 2016

Payroll and HR: Identifying Responsibilities and Working Together

Payroll and human resources are both vital units in a school district, but confusion and frustration can arise from lack of clarity in understanding which department can most effectively handle specific tasks.

tagged: HR, "HR training"