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XG Summit to focus on student outcomes

Get the latest research and best practices in school governance directly from education governance experts at the virtual XG Summit November 9–10. The XG Summit, a part of TASB’s eXceptional Governance (XG) Project, highlights current research in the connection between school governance and student success. Read more

Action taken at the 2020 Delegate Assembly

More than 400 delegates participated in the first-ever virtual TASB Delegate Assembly on October 3. Delegates took action on critical decisions that will guide TASB in advocating for Texas public schools during the 87th Texas Legislature. Here are the top four things to know from this year’s Assembly. Read more

Did you attend txEDCON2020? These are your next steps

The first-ever virtual TASA | TASB Convention wrapped up earlier this month. Although everyone missed seeing each other in person, the event was still a great learning experience packed with inspiration, education, and networking. If you attended, take action on these three items to make the most of the event. Read more

Gonzalez named Superintendent of the Year

Jose Gonzalez, McAllen ISD, was named the 2020 Superintendent of the Year earlier this month during txEDCON2020. Gonzalez has served as an administrator in McAllen ISD for 22 years and has been superintendent for the last four, where he serves around 21,000 students. He thanked McAllen ISD staff during his acceptance speech. Read more

2020 Outstanding School Board announced

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) named the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Board of Trustees the 2020 Outstanding School Board. The announcement was made October 2 during the virtual txEDCON2020. The other four finalists for the award were Sheldon ISD, Region 4; Mesquite ISD, Region 10; Temple ISD, Region 12; and Tornillo ISD, Region 19. Read more

HR Academy kicks off next week

TASB HR Services' annual HR  Academy will take place 9–11:30 a.m. on October 22, October 29, November 5, and November 12. The online event includes training for new and aspiring human resources administrators but is expanding this year to include “Beyond the Basics” sessions for experienced staff. Sessions will cover the HR functions and critical issues every administrator encounters. There's still time to register.

Last chance to register for admin training

There is still time to register for the TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals, an intensive training and networking opportunity for district-level administrative support personnel. This year, the conference will be a live virtual event on October 22–23. Read more

Registration open for Legal Seminar

Register now for TASB Legal Services' annual Legal Seminar November 5–6. Earn up to six hours of continuing education credit during this interactive and informative two-day virtual event. The theme of this year's seminar is "Delivering timely legal training to help build better teams." Read more

Now accepting session submissions for Governance Camp

It’s time to start planning for Governance Camp, Powered by Student Voice, March 3–6, at the Galveston Convention Center! Attend Governance Camp to learn from one another about best governance practices and engage with students and board members to help you better serve your home district. Historically, this conference has been described as feeling like being away at camp. Read more

What is the board's role in student achievement?

Making decisions as a governing body can be challenging. TASB's webinar, The Board’s Role in Student Achievement, focuses on strategies and tools that will align your governance team to focus on what’s truly important—student success. The one-hour webinar will take place October 27 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Registration is now open.

Start preparing now for the Student Video Contest

TASB’s Student Video Contest has kicked off for the 2020–21 school year, and TASB wants you to be a part of it! This year may feel different than most, but hopefully this contest will spark some creativity and joy within your district's classrooms. In each category (elementary, middle/junior, and high school), prizes will be awarded to the winners. Read more

Deadline approaching to submit special education operating procedures

The new Texas Education Association requirement to submit special education operating procedures by October 31 is fast approaching. To assist districts, TASB Student Solutions has created a new membership that gives you access to model operating procedures and other resources that support special populations programs. Learn more about special education operating procedures and options for districts on the TASB Talks podcast. 

Spread the word: Vote November 3

Early voting for the November 3 election runs now through October 30. Check in with your friends, family, and colleagues and make sure they plan to vote. TASB Legal Services' Student Participation in Elections memo discusses educating students about voting, providing opportunities for students to serve as election clerks, and requirements for high school principals to serve as high school deputy registrars. TASB does not endorse or oppose any candidate for office.

Get your School Board Recognition Month planning kit

January is School Board Recognition Month! TASB’s planning kit for districts includes sample news releases, social media graphics, customizable certificates, ideas for celebrating, and more. The theme of this year’s School Board Recognition Month is aptly titled “Navigating to Success” to show appreciation for trustees who continue to guide their districts through unprecedented challenges. 

Just for trustees: Handling challenges this school year

With remote learning, new health and safety protocols, reopening schools, and economic struggles, the 2020–21 school year may be more challenging than most. These obstacles can seem overwhelming to board members who may be wondering what their role is in this upside-down year. Read more

How secure is your remote learning platform?

Districts that started the school year remotely are leaning on technology to deliver lessons to students’ homes across the state. Like Zoom and other virtual collaboration tools, remote learning platforms can open district networks and student data to attacks or exploitation by cybercriminals. There are hundreds of platforms on the market, so providing specific recommendations and security guidance is difficult. Review selection criteria and vulnerabilities that are common among most platforms.

Meet the Texas Teachers of the Year

The Texas Association of School Administrators, which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named the top teachers for 2021. Eric Hale, Dallas ISD, is the 2021 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. Anthony Lopez-Waste, Canutillo ISD, is the 2021 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Hale was chosen to represent the state as Texas Teacher of the Year in the national competition. Both winners will receive a cash award and commemorative trophy.

Blue Ribbon honors for Texas public schools

Congratulations to the 26 Texas public schools that received 2020 national Blue Ribbon honors. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes elementary, middle, and high schools that have high student achievement and/or highlights where exemplary progress has been made in closing achievement gaps. Each campus receiving honors this year has an economically disadvantaged population of 39 percent or more.