Important Dates

Jan. 17 Governance Camp
Registration and housing open

March 1-7 Student Video Contest
Submissions open

Register now for Governance Camp

Registration opened today for Governance Camp, taking place March 1-4 in Galveston. The conference will provide school board members with continuing education focused on learning about school safety, the 88th legislative session, and student voice. “Governance Camp is a signature TASB event not to be missed,” said TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell. “All of the sessions and keynote addresses are designed to provide trustees with the knowledge and skills to lead and serve their communities." Get details on the event and register.

New Board Member Launch provides strong foundation

The road to becoming an effective school board member requires a lot of learning. The New Board Member Launch Jan. 19 will help new trustees understand their roles and responsibilities and shift their perspective to that of an education leader. This thorough package of board member development includes a full day of live training and a robust collection of on demand learning in TASB's Online Learning Center. See the complete agenda and sign up today.

The 88th Legislature has begun

As Texas public schools struggle to attract and retain teachers, fund school safety initiatives, and deal with the mental health of students and staff, now is the time to reach out to lawmakers. TASB’s Texans for Strong Public Schools campaign makes it easy to email your state legislators in support of schools. Simply enter your address to be matched with your lawmakers, then you can send them a letter with one click. 

Happy School Board Recognition Month

Districts across Texas are celebrating their locally-elected, volunteer trustees this month. Gov. Abbott issued a proclamation stating, "To catch a glimpse of the Texas of tomorrow, we need only look into the classrooms of today." The proclamation also acknowledged the importance of locally-elected boards. "...Individual schools and districts are answerable to the people through elected school boards. These boards set a vision for their district based on students' needs and community values." Share your district's celebrations on social media using #SchoolBoardMonth or email details to communications@tasb.org.

State, federal legislative events happening next month

With an important legislative session now in progress, it’s crucial for school board members to advocate on behalf of their schools. Don’t miss 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 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.

Six-week board officer training program begins this week

If you’re a new board officer, interested in becoming one in the future, or an experienced officer looking to improve your skills, here’s a course to consider: A Journey to Excellence: Board Officers’ Academy Remote Coaching. This six-week program covers the role of a board officer, how to run an effective meeting, how to successfully work with different personalities, and how to provide useful feedback to other trustees. Participants will also receive three hours of one-on-one coaching. The program kicks off this week. Find out more about the course.

Take the self-assessment designed for Texas school boards

The State Board of Education’s Framework for School Board Development requires school boards to annually assess their development needs, both as a corporate body and as individuals. TASB's free Texas School Board Self-Assessment tool will help you access your team’s areas of strength and opportunities for growth, giving boards the insight they need to effectively serve the students in their districts. Learn more about the Texas School Board Self-Assessment.

Administrative Professionals Conference scheduled Feb. 2-3

The TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals, designed for school district administrative assistants, lets attendees network with colleagues from around the state, and get training on topics important to their jobs. The next conference will take place Feb. 2-3 in Austin. The program includes a variety of topics, such as service records, legal questions related to meetings, and communicating in challenging situations. Learn more and register.

Superintendent of the Year nominations

TASB is looking for outstanding administrators for the 2023 Superintendent of the Year. The annual award recognizes Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school leadership. Local school boards will receive nomination packets in the coming weeks. April 21 is the deadline to submit nominations to regional education service centers. Each region will submit one nomination to the state selection committee. 

Enter TASB’s Student Video Contest

Create a promotional video for your school district with students as the stars! Districts can win a $5,000 prize for creating a short video telling the world what makes their public schools the best choice. Entries will be accepted March 1-7, so start planning now. Learn more about entry requirements and changes for the 2023 contest.

School board candidate webinar, resources available

Let your school board candidates and community members know about the free Preparing to Serve: A Webinar for School Board Candidates on Feb. 8. Prospective board members can also find useful information in the 2023 Guide for School Board Candidates and by visiting TASB’s online resources.

Innovating in Board Development Services 

TASB is making changes in Board Development Services to continue innovating our trustee and team of 8 training and consulting programs. By the end of this month, you'll receive a three-minute survey to better understand your school board training and development needs. Additionally, while we seek feedback and evaluate your responses, we are discontinuing our Board Update newsletter. Rest assured, we’ll keep you updated on new training opportunities and other resources through The Star and on tasb.org

Excellence in Education finalists named

H-E-B has announced the finalists for its 2023 Excellence in Education awards in the categories of school district, school board, and early chidlhood education facility. The school board finalists are Edgewood ISD, Northside ISD, Texas City ISD, Tomball ISD, and Tornillo ISD. To determine statewide winners, a panel of judges visit each finalist to tour campuses and engage with administration, staff, parents, and community members. Winners will be announced April 30.