Developing a Principal Bank

Principal impact and preparation

Superintendents, school boards, parents and teachers all generally believe that the campus principal is a significant factor in a school's academic success. However, there has been limited research to make this connection. A recent study by Gregory F. Branch is program manager at the University of Texas at Dallas Education Research Center. Eric A. Hanushek is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Steven G. Rivkin is professor of economics at University of Illinois at Chicago provides new evidence on the importance of school leadership by estimating individual principals’ contributions to growth in student achievement.

The study concludes that "determining the impact of principals on learning is a particularly difficult analytical problem. Nevertheless, even the most conservative of our three methodological approaches suggests substantial variation in principal effectiveness: a principal in the top 16 percent of the quality distribution will produce annual student gains that are 0.05 standard deviations higher than an average principal for all students in their school."

Bain & Company, a global management-consulting firm released a report on developing school principals this month. It identifies roadblocks to grooming high-quality school leaders and lays out a roadmap for districts to  "methodically develop talented educators into a deep bench of prospective leaders with the experience and ability to build an extraordinary school."

Alvin ISD is one school district trying to develop aspiring leaders. In a topic session presented at the 2013 Winter Conference last week, Kim Alvarez, Alvin ISD Human Resources Director, shared Alvin's Aspiring Leaders Academy.

Update on Principal and Teacher Appraisals

Mark Baxter, Texas Education Agency Senior Policy Advisor updated TASPA members at the TASPA/TAEE Winter Confernce on the projected timeline for the new principal and teacher evaluation systems. He cited the reasons for the changes include feedback from the field, a need to create a system of continuous support and growth for all educators and meeting the requirements of the conditional ESEA Waiver.

Selection of 40 pilot districts and the principal evaluation steering committee and announcement of the evaluation contractors will occur the next two months. Guidelines will be finalized in late springand trainings with pilot districts will be conducted in Summer 2014. The rollout of the evaluation sysem in pilot districts will be Fall 2014.

Trainer of trainer sessions will begin in Sprng 2015. In Spring and Summer 2015, revisions to systems will be made and statewide trainings will be held with the new system rolling out statewide in Fall 2015.

The proposed new Teacher and Principal Standards are the TEA website at proposed Commissioner's Rules. The principal standards are available for public comment through December 23, 2013 and the principal standards are available through January 28, 2014.

TALENT MANAGEMENT: The Key to Enhancing Educator Effectiveness

American education is at a crossroads. Nationwide, districts are struggling with economic constraints, preparing for increased retirements within the workforce, and managing ever greater demands placed on individual educators and their schools.

Simultaneously, student performance data is being measured and analyzed to a degree not seen prior, and results across the nation show the need for significant improvement in student outcome. (Read Article)

TASPA Honors its Members

Dr. Timothy Rocka. Deputy Superintendent at Bryan ISD and TASPA President was awarded the TASPA 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the Winter Conference. Tim has been on the TASPA board over five years and has hosted many TASPA trainings. He has been the driving force to develop a new strategic plan for TASPA to continue to  continue to move the organizaton forward.

The Mary Hopkins Personnel Administrator of the Year Award went to TASPA District VI nominee Jerry Molinoski, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources with Ysleta ISD. Of his 35 years in education, 25 have been spent in human resources. Jerry has been involved in TASPA since 1988 where he currently serves as Chair of the Legislative Commitee and is a former TASPA District III representative. He is known for mentoring his staff to become top leaders in human resources throughout the state. Other nominees for this award were Mark Beaty, Seminole ISD, TASPA District V Bob Crager, TASPA Pearland ISD TASPA District II, and Sherry Reville, Quinlan ISD, TASPA District IV.

Pamela Hall, Austin ISD Executuve Director of Human Resources was awarded Honorary membership. Pam has been in human resources for over 15 years and served six years on the Executive Board holding all offices including President. She promotes TASPA at every opportunity and encourages all her staff to become members and attend TASPA events.

Also awarded Honorary Membership was Dennis Stephens, retired Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in Denton ISD. Dennis started in human resources in 1982 and atttended his first TASPA meeting that year.  He has been an active TASPA member since hosting regional TASPA trainings and participating in TASPA and AASPA events.with his staff. Denton ISD renamed the district’s central services building the Dennis E. Stephens Adminstration Building to honor his 41 years of service to the district.

Melva Cárdenas, current TASPA Executive Director was suprised by the TASPA Board with Honorary Membership. Melva worked in  MIdalnd ISD and Round Rock ISD as executive director of human resources. Upon retirement from district eimployment, Melva worked as Director of Educator Certification at TEA and in 2009 become TASPA executive director. Melva was always very active in TASPA state and regional events, serving on TASPA committees and as District 6 Representative.

TASPA also awarded three TASPA Scholarships to Kathleen Elder, Southwestern University, Angelica Herrera, Baylor University and Meredith Jones, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

TASPA Member and District News

Districts 1, 2 and 3
Districts 4, 5 and 6

TASPA Happenings

TASPA Elects New Officers

The 2013 TASPA Winter Conference was full of great sessions, great networking and a very full business meeting.

A new slate of officers was nominated and elected. Dr. Rebecca Morrison, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations for Edinburg ISD will be our 2014 TASPA President. The full executive board is President Elect Gail Prince, Human Resources Administrator Lewisville ISD; First Vice President Christie Volmer Coordinator of Human Resources, Canyon ISD; Second Vice President Willie Watson Executive Director of Human Resources Manor ISD; and Secretary Pattie Griffin Director of Human Resources San Angelo ISD.  Dr. Tim Rocka Deputy Superintendent Bryan ISD will serve as Immediate Past President. Our thanks to previous past president Dr. Martha Dominguez, Ysleta ISD for having served on the Board for the past six years.

TASPA District III elected Holly Morris-Kuentz Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Lake Travis ISD and District IV elected Penny Benz Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Keller ISD as new representatives. John Arellano, Executive Director for Human Resources Harlingen CISD was reelected as representative for District I.

The following commitee members were also elected or reelected at the district meeting:

Legislative Committee Jon Kramer, New Caney ISD – District II, Robert Stewart, Denton ISD – District IV (re-elected), Dana DeRouen, Socorro ISD – District VI

Nominations Committee Lee Felder, Bryan ISD – District II (re-elected), Johjania Najera, Keller ISD – District IV (re-elected) Woodrow Bailey, Midland ISD – District VI

SBEC Committee Melissa Aguero-Ramirez, ESC Region 1 – District I, Lisa Myers, Austin ISD – District III (re-elected), Rhonda Dillard, Frenship ISD – District V

Scholarship Committee Gytonnea Walker, North East ISD, District I, Valerie Baxter, La Vega ISD, District III, Ken Carriere, Canyon ISD – District V

You may go the the About TASPA page on our website for the complete list of TASPA officers and committee members and their contact information.

AASPA Events

AASPA is conducting its popular two day Personnel Administrator Boot Camp on January 23-24, 2013 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.