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Help new board members get oriented

If your board has new members, share with them TASB's upcoming board development opportunities. The one-hour webinar Quick Tips for New School Board Members is Dec. 14 and the in-depth New Board Member Launch takes place Jan. 19. New trustees can also learn about other key resources in the article New School Board Member: What's Next?

Now accepting sessions for Governance Camp

Governance Camp will be held in Galveston March 1-4. TASB is now accepting submissions for sessions focused on governance, leadership, and student voice. Students have other opportunities to participate in the event, with a student demonstration, student panel, and scholarship opportunity. If your board team, district staff, or students have something to share, submit an application by Jan. 13

New TASB login: Check your access

A new TASB login has launched that replaces the previous myTASB experience. This change brings several benefits, including enhanced security and a user ID based on email, rather than a difficult-to-remember credential. All members have received an email with their new account information. Make sure you're able to log in to access your TASB services and just-for-you resources. If you need assistance, review our frequently asked questions

1 quick-and-easy thing to do now to prepare for the 88th Texas Legislature

Public school funding, teacher recruitment and retention, and vouchers are sure to be some of the biggest issues debated during the 2023 legislative session. Stay informed and make sure you're ready to act to strengthen public education by signing up for TASB's Texans for Strong Public Schools. You'll receive a monthly newsletter along with timely advocacy action alerts. Share the signup link with friends, family, and colleagues to help spread the word!

2023 state, federal legislative events scheduled

It's more important than ever to stay informed on issues related to public education and to advocate at the state and national levels. Mark your calendars now for the Texas Federal Advocacy Conference, Feb. 6-7, in Washington, D.C., and the TASA/TASB Legislative Conference, Feb. 21, in Austin. The Texas Federal Advocacy Conference will feature influential speakers and educational panels designed to inform trustees about the latest in federal education policy and will include a day for school leaders to visit with legislators at the U.S. Capitol. Trustees will earn up to seven hours of continuing education credit. The TASA/TASB Legislative Conference follows much of the same format at the state level. Attendees will spend the first part of the conference learning before vising with their legislators. Lunch and up to four hours of credit will be provided

Superintendent Salary Survey shows compensation increases 

The median salary for a Texas school superintendent in 2022–23 is $148,950, up 3.5% from the prior year as school boards seek to retain and recruit their top leader, according to the annual TASB and Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Superintendent Salary Survey. The survey is conducted each fall to help school districts across the state understand compensation trends. See highlights from the survey.

Access the School Board Recognition Month planning kit

January is School Board Recognition Month, so now's the time to start planning your district's celebrations! The theme for the 2023 School Board Recognition Month is Forward, Together. TASB's planning kit is full of ideas for honoring board members and letting the community know about their many contributions. The online planning kit includes sample materials, artwork for print and online, customizable certificates, and more. 

Conduct an effective superintendent evaluation

There's a new course, Superintendent Evaluations: A Comprehensive Guide, in the TASB Online Learning Center (OLC). This course will help you better understand this important board responsibility. Learn about setting performance goals, developing an evaluation instrument, and the importance of monitoring progress to ensure that student success is the bedrock of this process. Log in to the OLC to access the course.

Resources for school board officers

Congratulations! You've been selected as an officer on your board. TASB has several resources to help you in your new role. Attend the webinar Getting Started as a Board Officer Jan. 11 or sign up for  A Journey to Excellence: Board Officers’ Academy Remote Coaching beginning the week of Jan. 16. Board Officers Forum: Directing Your Focus as a Board Officer is a course available at your convenience in the Online Learning Center. Another good place to start is by reading  How To Prepare to Be an Effective School Board Officer.

Why nonpartisan school boards are a tradition worth protecting

Texans have always valued public education for their children. Just as important has been the belief that locally elected school boards are the best way to ensure that our public schools are accountable to their families and communities. Read more about how partisan politics divide school communities and hurt students

TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals coming in February

The TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals offers intensive training and networking opportunities for school district administrative support personnel. Sessions cover a variety of topics, such as elections, legal, policy, personnel, and communications. The conference will take place in Austin Feb. 2-3. Registration is now open.

Ott selected as Texas nominee for National Superintendent of the Year

Temple ISD Superintendent Bobby Ott has been selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators as Texas’ nominee for 2023 National Superintendent of the Year, an award given by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. As a state nominee for the national award, Ott will be considered by a panel of judges from across the U.S. that will select four finalists to be interviewed in January. Read more

Nominations open for H-E-B education awards

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards were created to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment. Nominations and applications are now open for the 2023 awards in the categories of school board, school district, principal, teacher, and early childhood facility. Learn more about the awards

No Star next month

The Star is not published in December, so the next issue will hit your inbox Jan. 17. TASB offices will be closed Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 23-Jan. 2 for the winter break. Enjoy your holidays!