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Leadership and Governance

How to Lead: Hear from the Top 5 School Boards in Texas

How to Lead: Hear from the Top 5 School Boards in Texas

Hear from the presidents of the top five school boards in Texas in 2020. These 10-minute special episodes of TASB Talks podcast dig deep, one leader at a time.

How to Start Addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Schools

How to Start Addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Our Schools

The national conversation is focused on race, equity, diversity, and inclusion. School leaders are asking questions about how this affects their work and what to do for students. This article provides you with an overview of steps you can take to ensure equity for all students in your district.

3 Ways to Make the Most of a Virtual Conference

3 Ways to Make the Most of a Virtual Conference

Here are three expert tips to help superintendents and trustees make the most out this year’s TASA | TASB Virtual Convention.

How to Implement Great Ideas from TASB Conferences

How to Implement Great Ideas from TASB Conferences

Keep the momentum! Get the most of TASB conferences and learn to identify and implement great ideas after an inspiring event.

HB 3 Implementation: Academic Growth Plans and Goals

HB 3 Implementation: Academic Growth Plans and Goals

The district and board goal setting in HB 3 means that your board has to adopt plans in early childhood literacy and math, as well as college, career, and military readiness. Learn more about the process, the timeline, progress monitoring reports, and what’s required of you.

Trustees Have More Training Requirements, but More Time to Do It—Here Are the Details

Trustees Have More Training Requirements, but More Time to Do It—Here Are the Details

School board members have new training requirements this year on top of other required trainings. Time extensions are available for some trustees. Get the details on what’s required, and how to get virtual training through TASB.

How to Adapt to a Different Kind of School Year

How to Adapt to a Different Kind of School Year

What education will look like this fall is uncertain, but as school year begins, school boards can use these tips to stay flexible.

The Role of the School Board in Responding to the Coronavirus

The Role of the School Board in Responding to the Coronavirus

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Texas is a concern for every level of government, including school boards. The role of the school board in responding to a public health emergency is different than the superintendent’s role. Find out what members of your leadership team can do to best serve your district and your community.

How Social Emotional Learning Helps Trustees in a Crisis

How Social Emotional Learning Helps Trustees in a Crisis

Social emotional learning techniques are more important now than ever. They do more than just help students navigate unpredictable and stressful challenges. They're crucial for school boards navigating the world of coronavirus.

What You Need to Know about Receiving Public Comment

What You Need to Know about Receiving Public Comment

Use these tips to help your school board effectively manage open meetings and public comments safely and in compliance with the law during the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 Back-to-School Decisions Your School Board Must Make

6 Back-to-School Decisions Your School Board Must Make

COVID-19 complicates your board’s role in preparing the district for reopening schools and a safe return to classes. These six decision points will be crucial.

This Is How HB 3 and Revenue Caps Change the Budget Process

This Is How HB 3 and Revenue Caps Change the Budget Process

HB 3 and the new revenue cap mean your school district’s budget process will look different this year. Get details on the biggest changes in a short webinar and links to resources from TASB to guide you through the budget adoption process.

Leadership in a Small District with Great Expectations

Leadership in a Small District with Great Expectations

Join Magnolia ISD trustee Kelly McDonald and the Leadership TASB class on a trip to see what the big deal is in tiny Lefors ISD. It’s small size and limited resources don’t dampen this district’s expectations, and students are empowered to pursue their passion.

How to Do Virtual Board Meetings That Work

How to Do Virtual Board Meetings That Work

The COVID-19 public health crisis means meeting face-to-face is not an option. There’s a lot to consider—from legal compliance and community involvement to tech questions and remote meeting ground rules—when getting your virtual board meetings going under the relaxed Open Meetings Act rules.

4 Things to Think about as We Start a School Year like No Other

4 Things to Think about as We Start a School Year like No Other

Reopening school will be different this year, with a lot of difficult decisions to be made by trustees. Here are four things to help guide you as you navigate the best options for your students, families, employees, and community.

We Tried Online School Board Team Building. Here's What Happened.

We Tried Online School Board Team Building. Here

The Flatonia ISD board’s team-building training plans with TASB were turned upside down by coronavirus. Despite unknowns about how effective remote team building could be, we decided to move ahead with online board training. Find out how it went.

This Is a Crisis. Is It Crazy to Elect New School Board Officers?

This Is a Crisis. Is It Crazy to Elect New School Board Officers?

Just because you can elect new board officers, does that mean that you should during a crisis? If you are thinking about electing new officers right now, this article is for you. Assess your situation and decide how your team should move forward.

Important Crisis Communications Tips for School Boards

Important Crisis Communications Tips for School Boards

Read how school boards and district communication partners can deliver timely, consistent messaging to the community during a crisis. Watch a webinar on the key components of a Joint Information System, including communication capabilities and collaboration, and learn practical tips for crisis communication.

Remote Meetings: What Board Members Need to Know Now

Remote Meetings: What Board Members Need to Know Now

Make sure your board doesn’t violate any Open Meetings Act (OMA) rules while meeting virtually. TASB’s recent webinar on the topic provides answers to your questions about remote board meetings. Find tips and tricks on how to conduct effective, productive, and compliant board meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Emergency Powers Should a School Board Grant to the Superintendent?

What Emergency Powers Should a School Board Grant to the Superintendent?

Your school boards can grant broad authority to the superintendent during an emergency, but should you? It may not be necessary. Here are some issues your school board needs to consider before making an emergency delegation of authority to the superintendent. 

Your School Board Can Come out of This Crisis Stronger

Your School Board Can Come out of This Crisis Stronger

Stressful situations can strain relationships or strengthen them. This is especially true for school boards. Find out how you can build and maintain a cohesive team for your school district during an emergency. Learn how make threats an opportunity to unite your team and achieve your goals.

How to Get from Dysfunction Junction to Student Success

How to Get from Dysfunction Junction to Student Success

Student success should be a core focus for every board. Learn how to move your board from dysfunction to eXceptional governance with student achievement as a top priority.

Lessons in Leadership: School Trustees Talk Coronavirus

Lessons in Leadership: School Trustees Talk Coronavirus

Coronavirus is testing school leaders like never before. Hear leadership lessons from trustees across Texas confronting the challenges of COVID-19. These 10-minute special episodes of TASB Talks podcast dig deep, one leader at a time.

Hear from the Trustees in TASB’s First Digital Board Officers’ Academy

Hear from the Trustees in TASB’s First Digital Board Officers’ Academy

As a new school board officer, you need training that fits your learning style and schedule. TASB’s Journey to Excellence Board Officers’ Academy Remote Coaching course delivers. Hear from recent participants and find out if it’s right for you.

5 Ways School Boards Can Build Trust in the Community

5 Ways School Boards Can Build Trust in the Community

Building strong, positive relationships with your community is an important part of being a school board member. Here are 5 tips to help you learn how to effectively communicate with different groups and individuals so you can build lasting community relationships.

The Unexpected Ways TASB’s XG Project Energized Longview ISD

The Unexpected Ways TASB’s XG Project Energized Longview ISD

The Longview ISD School Board committed to finding out what exceptional governance looked like in their district. After working with TASB’s XG Project, they’ve seen success and some surprising results.

Why Victoria ISD Is Committed to Radical Transparency

Why Victoria ISD Is Committed to Radical Transparency

When Victoria ISD decided to make their school board meetings more meaningful for the public and the board, they didn’t realize it would lead to embracing radical transparency and thinking like military strategists.

Mesquite ISD Wants to Be More Accountable, Just Not to the State

Mesquite ISD Wants to Be More Accountable, Just Not to the State

Mesquite ISD didn’t see the state’s A-F accountability system as helpful, only punitive. So, they proposed something bold: A local alternative—a homegrown school accreditation system that reflects community values and empowers students, parents, and educators.

How Lockhart ISD Is Improving Student Learning

How Lockhart ISD Is Improving Student Learning

Everything the Lockhart ISD board does now, every vote they take, directly connects to their vision and goals—and it’s reflected in their student performance data. But it wasn’t always that way. This is how better board practices supercharged student performance.

This Is Why There Are Fewer Female Superintendents

This Is Why There Are Fewer Female Superintendents

There’s a massive gender gap in school district leadership. Nearly three-quarters of all K-12 educators are women, yet women account for less than one in five of all superintendents. Let’s explore why there aren’t more women running school districts.

An Educator's Passion Drives TASB Incoming President Lee Lentz-Edwards

An Educator

Meet incoming TASB President Lee Lentz-Edwards. From an early age, education has held a special place in her heart. Read how this passion drives this longtime Kermit ISD trustee as she takes the helm at TASB.

Conducting a Superintendent Evaluation during an Unusual Year

Conducting a Superintendent Evaluation during an Unusual Year

How do you evaluate your superintendent and what do you evaluate your superintendent on in a year interrupted by coronavirus? Here are a few recommendations from our own experiences and reminders from TEA guidelines to help you with your evaluations this year.

What Do School Boards Need to Do about May Elections?

What Do School Boards Need to Do about May Elections?

Wondering what you need to do about May school board elections? Our recorded webinar and legal memos from TASB Legal Services answer some of the most common questions school board members and administrators are asking about postponing elections.