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New Webinar! Enhance Student Progress on Index 2
January 22, 3-4:30 pm (Central)
What does Index 2 actually measure? Did we do a good job or not? Where are we now and what can we do this semester? Answer these questions and develop a structured plan for spring to ensure student success on STAAR.
Justin Richardson, Canyon ISD Executive Director Curriculum and Professional Development and Tim Persall, Hays CISD Executive Director Elementary School Performance

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TEPSA/Legal Digest Law Workshop Returns to Austin
February 21, 9am - Noon


What Elementary Principals Need to Know About Special Education and Section 504 with Jim Walsh


Documentation: Legal Issues and Practical Strategies with Kevin Lungwitz


Five Legal Issues Elementary Principals Will Encounter with Haley Turner


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News and Info for Texas PreK-8 School Leaders
December 10, 2013
Draft Principal Standards Posted
Submit Comments by December 23

TEPSA's voice was heard at various stakeholder meetings and we're pleased to report several positive changes were made to the proposed principal standards including restoring the word "leader" to "principal". However, we still have concerns regarding sections that are too prescriptive, too vague, or too focused on specific behaviors.

Download the proposed standards and 
submit comments by December 23 regarding the following areas:

Standard 1 Instructional Leadership

Section (b)(1)(A)(i)(V)

TEPSA believes that principals should consistently visit classrooms and meet with teachers/PLCs, teams, etc.; however, this section micromanages daily tasks and does not consider emergencies, central office meetings or other events that often disrupt a daily schedule.


Recommended Revision: "Routinely visit classrooms to monitor and collaborate with staff to improve instruction."


Standard 2 Human Capital

Section (A)(i)(VI)

Remove the phrase "effective" so it reads: "create opportunities for teachers and staff to take on a variety of leadership roles..."


TEPSA believes ALL teachers and staff should have leadership opportunities and decision making abilities to enhance their professional growth and experience.


Standard 3 Executive Leadership

Our recommendation to add an ethical standard was accepted. While we appreciate the idea of emphasizing responsibility in the descriptor sentence, we believe it is unnecessary to restate that multiple times in the same sentence. As well, we believe "outcomes" is too narrowly stated.


Recommended revision for descriptor sentence: "The principal is responsible for modeling a consistent focus on and commitment to improving student learning."
Section (A)(i)(1)
The phrase "take personal responsibility for the success of the school" should be replaced with the phrase "are committed to ensuring responsibility for the success of the school."
Section (A)(i)(II)
We believe this section is vague. What does a "relentless pursuit of excellence" look like and how would this be measured?
Section (B)(ii)
Replace the phrase "...accepts responsibility for mistakes" to "...views unsuccessful experiences as learning opportunities."


Standard 4 School Culture

We are pleased to see our recommendation for school safety is now included.


Section (B)(iv) 

Given the importance of this concept, we believe the language should be strengthened to read: "The principal creates, oversees, and maintains an atmosphere of safety that provides for the social, emotional, and physical well-being of staff and students."


Section (B)(v)

Due to the individuality of each student, we recommend this section be updated to read: "Discipline. The principal oversees an orderly environment, maintaining expectations for student behavior while implementing a variety of student discipline techniques."

Education Updates
Data Underscores Need for Greater Investments in Texas Children
TEA News
Due to changes in legislation, the performance report formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report is now the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). See the 2012-2013 TAPR.


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TEPSA Summer Conference
Topic Session Submissions Due January 24
Help us create a learning experience that engages, challenges and empowers the education community! Submit your session ideas today. Registration opens in March.
In particular, we're seeking outstanding leaders to present on the following: 
  • Innovative technology integration for learning 
  • Effective strategies for ELLs and at risk learners 
  • Building 21st century skills 
  • Middle level focus (grades 4-8) 
  • STAAR and assessment practices 
  • RtI implementation and interventions 
  • Best practices for beginning administrators
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2013 NDP Cristi Parsons was awarded $10,000 courtesy of Mentoring Minds.
Texas' NDP receives $10,000 courtesy of Mentoring Minds.

National Distinguished Principal (NDP)
Honor outstanding principals who ensure Texas' children acquire a solid foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. One principal will receive $10,000 courtesy of Mentoring Minds, and s/he will represent Texas in Washington, D.C. as the 2014 NDP.
District Assistant Principals of the Year
Selected by their TEPSA districts, Assistant Principals of the Year are honored for outstanding work. They are also considered for the National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas award. The award recipient will receive a check for $2,500 courtesy of Horace Mann. Applications due January 15 to your TEPSA District President. Learn more.