Important Dates

Mar. 15 Advocacy Agenda
Call for resolutions begins

Mar. 19 Summer Leadership Institute
Session proposals due

Apr. 9 Superintendent of the Year
Deadline for nominations to ESCs

Apr. 28 Summer Leadership Institute
Registration opens

Apr. 29 NSBA Advocacy Institute
Early-bird registration deadline

Superintendent of the Year nominations due April 9

Local school boards are invited to nominate their top administrator for the 2021 Superintendent of the Year award. The annual award recognizes leadership, dedication, and commitment to public education. April 9 is the deadline to submit nominations to regional education service centers. Nominate your superintendent.

COVID relief meant for schools should go to schools

There’s no question that the pandemic has caused learning loss for many Texas students. This ongoing challenge will require a commitment and resources from the state to ensure the pandemic does not create an educational crisis for years to come. It is critical that federal stimulus funds meant for education go to education and not to fill in gaps in the state budget. Email your lawmakers with just a couple of clicks and ask them to ensure that much-needed funding for COVID relief is used as intended

NSBA Online Experience coming up, Garcia to become president

Get training from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) without the travel costs! NSBA has transformed its annual conference into the 2021 Online Experience, happening April 8-10. This conference marks the start of a special year for Texas as Aldine ISD trustee Viola Garcia will be elected president of NSBA. Read more.

Trustees, have you gotten your required training?

With May elections just around the corner, most school boards will report continuing education credit status announcements at their April board meetings. If you or other board members on your team need to complete continuing education, TASB can help. Read more.

Mark your calendar for SLI

At this time, TASB is tentatively planning an in-person Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) with a virtual component for at-home viewers. This event, scheduled for June 16-19 in San Antonio and June 23-26 in Fort Worth, will have limits on in-person registration levels in accordance with host city and CDC guidelines. Registration opens April 28. Housing links will be sent to registrants by email. Session proposals will be accepted through March 19.

Governing with a focus on student success

School board behaviors and beliefs impact student achievement. But which areas of school governance are most connected to student learning? Learn how best practices in district governance can help your board propel students to success. (Member exclusive — use your myTASB login.)

Changing school calendars because of COVID-19

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has caused learning loss for many Texas students. For this reason, some school districts are considering making changes to the academic calendar to add more instruction time. TASB Legal Services' shares seven considerations to take into account before altering the school calendar (pdf). 

Spring Workshops bring training to you

Receive high-quality training with school board members from your region and earn continuing education credit with TASB’s annual series of 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.

Registration open for SHARS Conference

TASB Special Education Solutions will host its annual conference April 29-30. The online event will cover School Health and Related Services (SHARS)/Medicaid billing best practices. Network with peers and experts and earn continuing education credit. The SHARS 2021 Conference is free to TASB member districts and education service centers. See the schedule and register.

Why teachers leave, how to keep great teachers

Texas has the fifth-highest number of teachers in the country who say they’re planning to leave the profession. That’s an ominous statistic for school district finances, considering that the cost of turnover typically is about 20 percent of a teacher’s salary. Additionally, high turnover has been linked to decreased employee morale, strained student-teacher relationships, and poor student achievement. Find out the reasons for teacher turnover and how to keep your best teachers. (Member exclusive — use your myTASB login.)

Resources available for school board candidates

Districts, information is available for school board candidates. The comprehensive 2021 Guide for School Board Candidates can be purchased in the TASB Store. Additionally, our online candidate resources include a recent webinar, state election resources, and more.

A quick and easy look at how the Legislature works

The Texas Legislature meets every other year for 140 days. With such a brief time to formulate the state budget, pass new laws, and make changes to existing laws, lawmakers have little time to waste while mapping the future of our state. This brief primer on the Texas legislative process will help you understand what’s happening.