October is National Principals Month

National Principals Month is officially recognized throughout the country with national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. senators and representatives and other government officials. TASSP strongly encourages schools and communities to come together to honor their school leaders during October and to be reminded that principals appreciate “thank you” messages throughout the year. Click Here

Please encourage everyone within your span of influence to exercise their right to participate in the democratic process by voting!

Log on to the Texas Educators Vote website and utilize the resources available:
1. Educator’s Oath to Vote
2. Culture of Voting Resolution
3. Superintendent Timeline
4. Texas Educator Vote Brochure
5. What Educators Can and Can’t Do
6. Rules for High School Principals Registering Students
7. Texas Secretary of State’s Project VOTE

Support for Public Education in the Texas Legislature is dwindling. We must have everyone in the education arena voting to elect House Members and Senators who support Public Education in Texas. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance in encouraging others to vote.


NEWS:

• TASSP congratulates Brian Woods, superintendent of Northside ISD-Bexar County, has been named the 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

• The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers – one component of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative – is designed to encourage the best and brightest students to consider a future in the teaching profession. Scholars receive up to $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. Click Here

• What is a Texas School to Watch? A Texas School to Watch is a school that consistently has moved to meet fully the nationally endorsed criteria for high-performing middle schools; one that has made marked progress in meeting all of these criteria, including measurable gains in the academic achievement of all students over time, and is committed to continuous improvement. These schools will serve as models and mentors for other schools seeking to improve. Click Here

• H-E-B accepting nominations for the 2019 Excellence in Education Awards: Nominations can be submitted online through Oct. 22, 2018. Click Here

• John M. Martinez, Jr. was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in Washington D.C. on September 23-26, 2018 as part of the NASSP 2018 Principal Institute. Mr. Martinez, Principal at Mackenzie Middle School, Lubbock ISD, represented Texas in this national recognition program where principals representing the fifty states participated in professional development and advocacy training. Read more...

• TASSP/TASC Student Leadership Course: The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and Texas Association of Student Councils sponsor the TEA approved course, STUDENT LEADERSHIP. Developed originally in 1996, and revised in recent years, this course curriculum is available for purchase and implementation in secondary schools. TASSP/TASC serve as the sponsoring organization with TEA and the course can be offered in Texas High Schools for state elective credit (1/2 to 1 credit). Schools or school districts must purchase the curriculum through TASSP/TASC and complete the TASSP/TASC Participant Agreement to offer this course as state credit. The curriculum may be purchased as supplemental resource for other classes or educational purposes. Click Here

• NHS Outstanding Service Project Award Application: The Outstanding Service Project awards program was created in 1994 to recognize NHS and NJHS chapters that make significant school or community service contributions at the local level. Applications are accepted between July 1–November 1. Ten NHS and 10 NJHS projects will be recognized each spring. Click Here for information.


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To offer Texas principals and assistant principals a forum to explore the best practices in school administration with the ultimate goal of helping facilitate student learning. It is the intent of the organization that we honor our motto, "Above All, Students First," in all that we do.

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