Important Dates

Apr. 20 TASB Member Survey
Survey opens

Apr. 28 Summer Leadership Institute
Registration lottery opens

Apr. 29 NSBA Advocacy Institute Online
Early-bird registration deadline

Apr. 30 txEDCON21
Session Selector closes for submissions

May 3 Delegate Assembly
Registration opens

May 6 Summer Leadership Institute
Registration lottery closes

May 7 TASB Member Survey
Deadline to respond

May 10 txEDCON21
Session Selector voting begins 

May 25 txEDCON21
Session Selector voting closes 
 

And the award goes to...

Congratulations to our Student Video Contest winners! This year’s videos showcased how Texas schools adapted to the pandemic, came together as a community to support each other, and kept learning despite countless obstacles. First- and second-place winners in each category received cash prizes to use in their classrooms. Watch the winning videos.

Summer Leadership Institute scheduled

TASB plans to host a live Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) in both San Antonio and Fort Worth this year. Safety is our top priority for attendees and staff. Each in-person event will have limited attendance and safety procedures in place. SLI is scheduled for June 16-19 in San Antonio and June 23-26 in Fort Worth. A virtual option will also be offered June 24-25. Learn more.

Submit a session for txEDCON21

The txEDCON21 Session Selector is the two-component process created for presenters and attendees. First, presenters submit proposal applications for sessions. Then attendees review and provide feedback as to which sessions they’re interested in going to at this year’s event. Read more

Next steps for TASB's advocacy plan

It's time to start thinking ahead to identify the legislative challenges Texas public schools will need to tackle in the period before the next legislative session. There are two steps your board needs to take to ensure you have a voice in TASB's advocacy plan. First, submit Advocacy Resolutions. Read more

Texans serving in national roles

At the close of last week's National School Boards Association (NSBA) annual conference, Texas school leaders officially took their places in national roles. Viola M. Garcia, Aldine ISD trustee, is now president of the NSBA board of directors. She's the first Latina and third Texas school board member to serve as NSBA president. Read more.

Thank the businesses that support your schools

Show your appreciation for the local businesses and organizations that help your district. TASB’s Business Recognition Program is a win-win for districts and schools. Districts can express appreciation for partners and encourage new partners to step up, and businesses get statewide recognition and visibility. For each name submitted, you'll receive an individualized presentation packet that includes a certificate and Stand Up for Texas Public Schools display materials and gifts — all at no cost.

TASB Member Survey coming soon

The 2021 TASB Member Survey will launch April 20. Board members, superintendents, and Education Service Center executive directors will receive an email with a link to the survey; you also can access the survey through the Member Center. We encourage all members to complete the survey so the Association can best meet your needs. Deadline for responses is May 7. For more information, contact TASB Planning and Research at planningandresearch@tasb.org

Localized training offered at Spring Workshops

Earn continuing education credit with school board members from your region with TASB’s annual Spring Workshops. This year’s events are a little different from those in past years — some are postponed until 2022, some will be hybrid, and most will be virtual events. Check out the Spring Workshop schedule to learn more.

Be proactive in preparing new board members

Getting your new school trustees off on the right foot is an important part of building a solid team. To ensure your new members get the right information early in their tenure, you should provide a robust local orientation, direct them to informative resources, and encourage them to attend upcoming training just for new trustees. For more information email board.dev@tasb.org or call 512.505.2453. 

Learn from experts, connect with peers at SHARS 2021

In 2020, TASB Special Education Solutions assisted schools in gaining over $206 million in revenue. Hear from experts on current best practices and tips on how to navigate the complicated SHARS/Medicaid process at this year’s SHARS 2021 Conference April 29-30. New this year: Enjoy lunchtime and evening virtual networking opportunities. Register now.

Legal resources available on budget, tax rates

Each year, Texas school districts adopt their budget and tax rates under the Texas Education Code. TASB Legal Services can help school leaders navigate this important, and often confusing, process with new and updated resources on the TASB School Law eSource. 

Weekly podcast covers education legislation

The legislative session has officially kicked into high gear. With thousands of new bills being discussed, debated, and amended, it’s a challenge for anyone to keep up. One easy way to stay up to date with the legislative happenings and how they affect Texas public schools is to subscribe to the TASB Talks podcast. We’ll release new Lege Update episodes every Monday through the end of the session. Listen now or subscribe.

Understanding the Texas school finance system

How well do you understand the current state school finance system? If hearing terms like student-based allotment and golden pennies makes your head spin, you’re not alone. Our Online Learning Center course on this subject, Understanding School Finance, will give you an up-to-date overview of the essentials in just an hour. The course has been updated with all the changes from House Bill 3. Because of the importance of this issue, we are offering the course (for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit) at no cost to members. Simply log in to the Online Learning Center using your myTASB credentials to enroll.

Fund awards honor excellence in risk management

In the past year, Texas public schools combated numerous risks, including the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme winter weather. Through it all, schools continued to deliver excellence in risk management and education. TASB Risk Management Fund members may now submit their risk management solutions for a 2021 Excellence Award. The Fund will recognize up to 10 members with a $1,000 honorarium toward their continued efforts. The application deadline is June 4.

Make plans to attend national advocacy event

Registration for the National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute Online is now open. The 2021 event is set for June 8-10. The program features industry experts discussing a variety of topics, such as the Public School Transformation Now! Campaign, efforts to close the Homework Gap, the Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education initiative and other equity issues, and much more. A preconference webinar will offer advocacy training and tips to help attendees during virtual appointments with members of Congress.

Nominate your school board for TASA award

School boards were put to the ultimate test in navigating the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. Recognize your school board for its exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication to Texas schoolchildren. Nominations open for the Texas Association of School Administrators' School Board Awards April 14. Learn more about the criteria and nomination process.

Calling Texas' top teachers!

School districts are invited to honor their best educators in the Texas Association of School Administrators’ 2022 Texas Teacher of the Year awards program. The program recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. Applications are due to regional Education Service Centers by June 3.