Required Training Credits
Completion of annual required continuing education is a basic obligation and expectation of any sitting board member under State Board of Education rules. There are four tiers of continuing education as described in the State Board rules.
Tier One (Orientation)
- All newly elected or appointed board members must a receive a local orientation to their districts. The new member must receive the local orientation within 60 days of joining the board.
- Newly elected or appointed board members must also receive an orientation to the Texas Education Code within 120 days of joining the board.
- Experienced board members must receive an update to the Texas Education Code after each legislative session.
Tier Two (Teamwork)
- Each year, all members of the board and the superintendent must participate as a group in a teambuilding session intendend to enhance the team's effectivness.
Tier Three (Discretionary Continuing Education)
- First-year board members must receive at least 10 hours of additional continuing education related to activities the board has identified as being areas of need.
- Experienced board members must receive at least 5 hours of additional continuing education each year related to areas of need.
Tier Four (Evaluating Student Academic Performance)
- Each trustee is required to complete at least 3 hours of training every two years on evaluating student academic performance.
- The training must be research-based and designed to support the oversight role of the Board of Trustees under Texas Education Code section 11.1515.
Announcement of Required Training Credits
At the last regular meeting of the board of trustees before an election of trustees, the current board president is required to announce the name of each board member who has met the required continuing education, who has exceeded the required hours of continuing education, and who is deficient in meeting the required continuing education. With DSISD board elections being held in May, the required announcement will be made at the April board meeting each year.