Grayle James, a trustee from Fort Bend ISD, and Xavier Herrera, a trustee from Stafford MSD, joined 29 other school board members from across Texas Nov. 15-18 at the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2018.
Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. The trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 184 to 83,270, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.
Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.
Meeting in Odessa, the trustees heard featured speaker Lloyd B. Potter, PhD, Texas state demographer, whose presentation focused on current trends in the Texas population and how demographic shifts impact Texas school districts. Also during the session, the class visited Ector County ISD schools and learned how the district is implementing interventions to assist campuses with low academic performance ratings.
Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Galveston, March 1-3; El Paso, April 19-21; and Fort Worth, June 28-30. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education.
Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 800 graduates to date. TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas 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 public school students.