Principals: Are you searching for a versatile state credit class which may be offered to 8th–12th graders and will…
•    Engage and empower students
•    Help meet school accountability measures and the demands of unfunded mandates
•    Build the number of students with the soft skills needed for college/career success
•    AND can improve school climate and culture in a cost-effective manner?
Then choose the TASSP/TASC Student Leadership Course.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course, purchase the curriculum and/or register an instructor for the Student Leadership Course Curriculum Academy.


NEWS:

 Nominees Announced for 2018 Superintendent of the Year Award: Regional winners of the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award have been announced. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984.
Regional superintendents of the year nominated by regional selection committees are the following:

• Daniel Treviño Jr., Mercedes ISD, Region 1
• Max Thompson, Banquete ISD, Region 2
• Jeanette Winn, Karnes City ISD, Region 3
• Mark Henry, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Region 4
• Mark Porterie, Port Arthur ISD, Region 5
• Tim Harkrider, Willis ISD, Region 6
• Susan Morton, Winnsboro ISD, Region 7
• Michael Lamb, Sulphur Springs ISD, Region 8
• David Vroonland, Mesquite ISD, Region 10
• Robin Ryan, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Region 11
• George Kazanas, Midway ISD—McLennan County, Region 12
• William Chapman, Jarrell ISD, Region 13
• Tim Seymore, Breckenridge ISD, Region 14
• Ross Aschenbeck, Sonora ISD, Region 15
• Bryan Davis, Dimmitt ISD, Region 16
• Kenneth Border, Shallowater ISD, Region 17
• Denise Shetter, Kermit ISD, Region 18
• Juan Martinez, Clint ISD, Region 19
• Brian Woods, Northside ISD—Bexar County, Region 20
Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance, and commitment to public involvement in education. Local nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee.
The state committee will interview regional winners in Austin on August 24–25 and select five state finalists. The Superintendent of the Year will be announced September 28 at the 2018 Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB Convention in Austin.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

 Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that 14 school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will be part of the 2018-2019 Texas Education Agency’s Math Innovation Zone pilot. Math Innovation Zones (MIZ) will support school districts and open enrollment charter schools in the expansion of high-quality blended learning programs in math. “The opportunity to dramatically impact the life trajectory of students with a focus on 8th grade Algebra I has established the foundation of Math Innovation Zones,” said Commissioner Morath. “With an approach that focuses on feeder patterns, work in these zones can help improve math outcomes for students beginning in pre-kindergarten to ultimately increase 8th grade Algebra I readiness and participation.”  The 2018-2019 program will include Pilot Grant Math Innovation Zones, as well as Exploratory Math Innovation Zones. Pilot Grant Districts will receive a $500,000 grant to pilot Math Innovation Zones during the 2018-2019 school year. Both Pilot and Exploratory sites will receive state negotiated software rates, access to Math Innovation Zones programmatic resources and will be eligible for an outcomes-based grant of $100,000 based on high-fidelity implementation of the program. Read More.
 Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that 26 school districts, public charter schools and education service centers have been awarded a Texas Education Agency 2018-2019 Principal Preparation grant. The grant can be used by districts to cover preparation and certification costs for aspiring principals. Click Here. Also announced that 25 school districts, universities, and education service centers have been awarded a Texas Education Agency (TEA) 2018-2019 Grow Your Own grantClick Here.
  Gov. Greg Abbott announces school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws after Santa Fe shooting. The governor's announcement follows three days of round table discussions about school safety last week at the Capitol. He said he was open to a special session to implement some of his ideas. Read the article

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