Important Dates

Oct. 18 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals
Advance registration deadline

Oct. 22 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey
Survey opens

Oct. 30 National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference
Registration and housing open

Nov. 19 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey
Deadline to respond

Nov. 22 Governance Camp
Deadline to submit education sessions

Dec. 6 Governance Camp
Deadline for Student Voice sessions

Jan. 10 NSBA Annual Conference
Early registration deadline

Jan. 15 Governance Camp: Student Voices Panel and Scholarship
Application deadline

Upcoming Training

Oct. 16 Facility Services Training: Best Practices: Efficient Facilities
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Oct. 16  TASB Risk Management Fund Webinar: Best Practices for Addressing Bullying in Schools

Oct. 17 Facility Services Training: Practices: Long Range Facility Planning
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Oct. 24–25 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Nov. 1 Fall Legal Seminar
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Nov. 1 HR Services Training: HR for Campus Leaders
ESC Region 9, Wichita Falls

Nov. 4–5 Texas School HR Administrators Academy
Austin Marriott North, Round Rock

Nov. 5 Facility Services: Best Practices: Procurement and Construction Fundamentals
ESC Region 1, Edinburg

Nov. 5 Fall Legal Seminar
ESC Region 5, Beaumont

Nov. 5–6 Facility Services Training: Asbestos Maintenance and Operations Contractor
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Nov. 6 Facility Services: Best Practices: Maintenance and Operations
ESC Region 1, Edinburg

Nov. 7 Fall Legal Seminar
ESC Region 14, Abilene

Nov. 12 HR Services Training: Managing State and Federal Leave
ESC Region 1, Edinburg

Nov. 13 Fall Legal Seminar
ESC Region 7, Kilgore

Nov. 13  TASB Risk Management Fund Webinar: Mental Health as Part of School Safety

Nov. 14 Fall Legal Seminar
Texas A&M University—Commerce 

Nov. 16 Fall Legal Seminar
Hilton Garden Inn, South Padre

Nov. 20–21 TASB Risk Management Fund Regional Training
Alpine ISD Administrative Office, Alpine

More training

Governance Camp: New name, revamped learning experience

Move over Winter Governance Seminar (WGS); it’s time for Governance Camp, Powered by Student Voice! Attend Camp to dive deeper into best governance practices and engage with students and board members to help you better serve your home district. Read more.

Last chance to register for administrative staff training

There is still time to register for the TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals, to be held in Austin October 24–25. The conference, which repeats February 6–7, 2020, allows administrative professionals to network with those in similar roles from across the state and provides training specifically designed for them. Read more.

Bryant named Superintendent of the Year

Keith Bryant, superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper ISD, was named the 2019 Superintendent of the Year during the recent TASA | TASB Convention in Dallas. Bryant has led Lubbock-Cooper ISD, which serves more than 7,000 students, for six years. He has been in education administration for 23 years. Read more.

Don't forget to vote November 5

Be sure to cast your vote in the November 5 election. There are 10 constitutional amendments on the ballot, including one to allow increased distributions to the available school fund. Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to register and vote in every election. TASB does not endorse or oppose any candidate for office.

Top takeaways from the 2019 Delegate Assembly

More than 380 voting delegates attended the 2019 Delegate Assembly September 21 during the TASA | TASB Convention in Dallas. After much discussion, the Assembly took action on critical decisions that will guide TASB in representing members' interests before state and national policymakers. If you were not part of the Assembly, here are five things you need to know. Read more.

Help raise awareness of cybersecurity in your district

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. This year’s focus is on personal accountability—encouraging proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. Read more.

Harlingen CISD awarded 2019 Outstanding School Board

Congratulations to the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees, named the 2019 Outstanding School Board by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). The award was given September 20, during txEDCON19, the TASA | TASB Convention, in Dallas. The board was chosen from five finalists. Read more.

Legal resources available on meetings, safety

TASB Legal Services has published new and updated information pertaining to board meetings and school safety. Board Officers and the Law provides detailed information on the legal duties and responsibilities of board officers. Open Meetings Act - Public Comment answers frequently asked questions about when and how boards can hear public comments from citizens during board meetings. Read more.

Save the date: 2020 Grassroots Meetings

The future of Texas public education is in your hands. You can make a direct impact on education policy by telling TASB which issues you want us to advocate before the Texas Legislature next session. Attend your regional TASB Grassroots Meeting to help shape the Association’s legislative voice. The 2020 meetings kick off in January. Registration opens November 1. Watch for more details!

Register now for Legal Seminars

Attorneys from TASB Legal Services are hitting the road for the annual Legal Seminar Series. The in-depth training on timely legal topics for board members will take place in six locations across the state. Check the Legal Services training page for registration details. Read more.

SBOE honors school volunteers

Fifteen Texans have received the State Board of Education's (SBOE) Heroes for Children award. The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board members and recognized for volunteering their time, talents, and skills in support of the public schools in their communities. Collectively, this year’s award recipients have donated 179 years of service to Texas public schools. The awardees were recognized at the SBOE meeting on Friday, September 13.

Texas public schools receive national Blue Ribbon honors

The US Department of Education recently announced that 26 Texas schools have earned the prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools designation. Blue Ribbon Schools is a program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels. Each recognized Texas school has an economically disadvantaged population of 31 percent or greater.

New SBOE chair takes office

On September 27, Keven Ellis was sworn in as the new chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE) after being appointed to the position by Governor Greg Abbott. Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor, was first elected to the SBOE in November 2016, after serving as board president of the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees. Read more.

Advocate on a national level at Advocacy Institute

Join school board members from across the country on Capitol Hill for the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Advocacy Institute, February 2–4. Help influence the new legislative agenda and shape the decisions that directly impact our students. Registration for the 2020 Advocacy Institute is now open.

Nominate education leaders for H-E-B awards

H-E-B is accepting nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Education Awards. The awards recognize outstanding public school professionals who go the extra mile to serve their students and communities. Public school teachers, principals, school districts, school boards, and private or public early childhood education facilities are eligible to win cash prizes and grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Read more.

CUBE seeking submissions for annual conference

The Council for Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is seeking programs for the CUBE 2020 Annual Conference in Houston, September 24-26, 2020. School districts and other organizations are invited to submit breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members and administrators from across the country. Deadline for submissions is December 6.