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

Important Dates

Sept. 18 NSBA Advocacy Institute
Deadline for stipend nominations

Sept. 29 txEDCON2020
Preregistration deadline

Oct. 1 Delegate Assembly
Delegate and alternate final registration deadline

Oct. 1 District Personnel Salary Survey
Deadline to participate

Oct. 8 Community College Salary Survey
Deadline to participate

txEDCON2020: Speakers announced, registration open

Get ready for this year’s TASA | TASB Convention, taking place virtually September 30–October 2. Attendees can look forward to two dynamic, inspiring keynote speakers. Shawn Achor, best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential, is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. He has worked with more than a third of all Fortune 100 companies, including the NFL, the Pentagon, and the US Department of Treasury. Read more

Delegate Assembly: Caucus meetings this week!

With no travel required, it is easier than ever for your board to participate in Delegate Assembly, TASB’s annual business meeting. The event will take place online October 3 at 2 p.m., and the caucus and orientation meetings are being held online this week, Wednesday, September 16–Friday, September 18. If your board doesn’t have a delegate and alternate registered, get them registered now so they can participate in all of the Assembly activities. Read more

Finalists named for Superintendent of the Year

Five Texas public school administrators were selected as finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award. The state selection committee, which interviewed regional winners August 28-29, targeted such issues as advocacy, diversity and inclusion, the impact of the pandemic on education, and the board-superintendent relationship. Read more

District admin staff training to be held next month

Register now for the TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals, which will be held virtually October 22–23. The conference will be held live, and anyone who is registered will have access to the sessions for 30 days after the event ends. Unlike years past, the conference will not repeat in February, so don't miss this opportunity! Sessions are geared toward district administrative assistants and includes topics such as elections, legal issues, policy, human resources, cybersecurity, special populations, and personal growth.

Training series focuses on serving special populations

Explore timely topics that impact special student populations—including special education, Section 504, English learners, and gifted and talented—during TASB Student Solutions’ new training series. Presented by experts in special populations and school law professionals, these trainings are beneficial to district-level administrators, special populations teachers and specialists, and general education teachers. The webinars, held throughout the year, are State Board for Educator Certification continuing education unit eligible, and many are free or available at a small fee to Texas school districts. Learn more and register.

Last chance to apply for Advocacy Institute stipend

TASB offers a stipend to cover the registration cost of Texas trustees attending the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute, and Friday, September 18, is the last day to submit nominations. The 2021 event is set for January 24–26 in Washington, DC. Read more

Is your district complying with new Title IX regulations?

The US Department of Education released new Title IX regulations that address how schools respond to on-campus sexual harassment. The requirements went into effect August 14. TASB has resources that can help you get up to speed on the new rules. Read more

Legal Seminar happening soon

TASB Legal Services is hosting its annual Legal Seminar November 5–6. Earn up to six hours of continuing education credit during this interactive and informative two-day virtual event. Each day of the seminar will feature two topics with daily question and answer sessions. Presenters will be available online to answer your questions during each broadcast. Read more

Salary surveys in progress

TASB HR Services recently launched the District Personnel/Teacher Salary Survey and the Community College Salary Survey. TASB HR Services survey contacts receive email invitations with links to the questionnaire. Visit the HR Services webpage to review the salary survey deadlines for 2020–21 and find out how your district or community college benefits by participating. For more information, contact TASB HR Services at salary.survey@tasb.org or 800.580.7782.

All-new BuyBoard launches

The all-new BuyBoard® platform launched September 1. Members can now log in and explore. Significant upgrades were made to bring the ease of online shopping to government procurement, while maintaining the compliance focus that districts require. Read more

Sign up to attend the HR Academy

The Texas School HR Administrators 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. Registration is now open.

XG Summit to focus on governance research

The third eXceptional Governance (XG) Summit, a learning experience that takes a deep dive into school district governance research, will be held virtually November 9–10. Hear from prominent researchers and practitioners who are passionate about the school board’s role in improving student achievement. Read more.

What you need to know about public comment

The public has always had a right to address your board about meeting items, but in this unusual school year with big changes in how education is being delivered, more of your community may be showing up to share opinions. Find out how you can help your school board effectively manage open meetings and public comments safely and in compliance with the law during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Make voting a priority

October 5 is the registration deadline to vote in the November 3 election. Check your voter registration to make sure your voice is heard. Then, encourage everyone you know to register and vote; let them know that you take your responsibility as a voter seriously and they should, too. Read more about promoting a culture of voting. TASB does not endorse or oppose any candidate for office.

Nominations open for H-E-B Awards

The H-E-B Excellence in Educations Awards, honoring outstanding public school professionals, is now accepting nominations in the categories of school board, school district, teacher, principal, and early childhood facility. Each year, H-E-B awards more than $700,000 in cash prizes, gift cards, and grants to finalists and winners. Since its inception in 2002, the program has awarded more than $10 million to Texas educators, schools, and districts.

Texas Teacher of the Year finalists announced

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) recently announced that six outstanding educators from across the state have been chosen as finalists in the 2021 Texas Teacher of the Year program. The six finalists will be interviewed September 12 by a panel of judges composed of representatives of educational leadership associations, community and business leaders, a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and prior Texas Teachers of the Year. Read more

Nominate your district for NSBA Magna Award

Nominations are being accepted through October 30 for the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 2021 Magna Awards. This year’s awards program will focus on equity in education. It will recognize district programs that remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children. A grand prize and five winners will be awarded in each enrollment category: under 5,000; 5,000–20,000; and more than 20,000.