Nominate Your Outstanding Board for the 2017 TASA School Board Awards by June 16
If your school board supports educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives, puts the welfare of students above personal or political motives, and works together to function as a policy-making body, you should nominate your board for TASA’s School Board Awards Program. There is no application form to submit; rather, superintendents should submit data and information that is supportive of the 2017 TASA School Board Awards criteria to their regional ESCs by June 16.
Follow Education Bills Using Online TASA Bill Tracker
The 85th Texas legislative session has begun. Bill filing began in November, and legislators will continue to file bills until the March 10 bill-filing deadline. See which bills TASA is following using the online TASA Bill Tracker. Search for a specific bill number or by bill type or author. As the session progresses, TASA members will receive more frequent Capitol Watch Alerts that include short bill summaries and updates on committee hearings. Watch for those in your email inbox! See a list of TASA's legislative priorities.
CMAT Levels 1 and 2 to be Held This Spring
TASA will offer a Level 2 CMAT at TASA Headquarters in Austin April 18-20. The training is designed to prepare instructional leaders to examine and evaluate system-based issues to optimize the delivery of effective teaching and learning. (Completion of Level 1 CMAT is a prerequisite for Level 2 training.) Due to high demand, TASA will also offer an additional Level 1 CMAT at TASA Headquarters in Austin June 20-22.
Has Your District Passed a Resolution Opposing A-F School/District Ratings?
The Bryan City Council is the latest organization to pass a resolution opposing the A-F school/district rating system. The council joins the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE), the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, the Matagorda Area Chamber of Commerce, and 556 Texas school districts representing 2.87 million students. If your district’s board of trustees has passed a resolution that includes opposition to A-F (download a sample), please notify Amy Francisco, TASA Communications and Media Relations, so your district can be added to the list.
Check Out TASA's MISSION: School Transformation Website
TASA's MISSION: School Transformation website features information on the initiative's history and key players, as well as access to helpful tools and resources, related professional development and projects such as TASA on iTunes U, and details on how to get involved. Several of the site’s main sections are devoted to MISSION principles: digital learning, high-priority learning standards, multiple assessments, community-based accountability, and organizational transformation. Explore the website.