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TCTA staff members spend about 30 minutes answering members' questions about hot topics in education.

Upcoming sessions

If you have topics you'd like us to address in future sessions, please email communications@tcta.org.

Members who need immediate assistance with a job-related problem or question should call the Legal Department at 888-879-8282. For general inquiries, submit an Ask-a-Lawyer question.

Previous sessions

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Feb. 28: Teacher Incentive Allotment Program

Holly Eaton and Julie Leahy explain what the Teacher Incentive Allotment program is, how it works, and what issues you should be aware of if your district elects to participate.

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Dec. 6: 2023 Legislative Preview

Paige Williams and Pamela McPeters preview the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature, which begins Jan. 10. This presentation covers new members of the Texas House and Senate and takes a look at some key education issues expected to be discussed during the session.

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Nov. 1: Leave & Absences

Dohn Larson and Julie Leahy ´╗┐discuss requests for time off, explaining state vs local leave, when your district can deny a request for leave, how absences could impact your job and how leave factors into retirement.

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Oct. 4: STAAR Redesign

Jordan Runge, the director of Strategy and Operations with the Student Assessment Division at the Texas Education Agency, previews changes coming to STAAR tests to better align the exams with classroom instruction, showing examples of new question types and sharing resources for teachers to prepare students for the redesigned exams this spring.

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Sept. 6: Back to School: Working With Parents

Michael Currie and Gerald Francisco discuss the laws relating to parent-teacher conferences and share 10 best practices for meetings with parents.

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Aug. 23: Back-to-School Checklist

Dohn Larson and Julie Leahy review common questions that pop up as the school year starts, including the rules regarding planning and preparation time, extra duties and lesson plans.

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Aug. 9: K-3 Reading Academy Flexibility

Dohn Larson ´╗┐reviews changes to the K-3 Reading Academy that will give teachers more flexibility beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

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Year End Summer

May 3: Year-End Checklist and Summer Training

Michael Currie and Gerald Francisco review items that should be on every educator's end-of-year checklist and discuss summer training/professional development rules and requirements.

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Get Ready To Retire

April 5: Getting Ready to Retire

TRS Chief Benefit Officer Barbie Pearson joined TCTA to discuss the steps involved in getting ready to retire from public school districts in Texas. She walked through resources available on the TRS website and answered questions from TCTA members about retirement.

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March 1: Contracts

Dohn Larson and Michael Currie review types of teacher contracts and explain the new rules regarding late resignations and sanctions for contract abandonment.

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2022 Elections

Feb. 1: 2022 Elections & Public Education

Paige Williams and Pamela McPeters explain what you need to know before voting in the 2022 elections, which begin with the March 1 primaries. They review the legislative outlook for public education in Texas, how you can find and support education-friendly candidates and why it's so important for teachers to vote to make public education a key issue in every election.

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COVID19 Appraisals

Jan. 11: COVID-19, Appraisals and Contracts

Julie Leahy reviews the latest COVID-19 guidance from TEA, and Gerald Francisco provides an overview of teacher appraisals and contract renewals, highlighting key timelines in the process and deadlines to protest an evaluation.

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Student Discipline

Dec. 7: Student Discipline

Dohn Larson and Michael Currie explained key provisions of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code related to student discipline and answered questions from members.

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Extra Duties

Nov. 2: Extra Duties, Planning and Preparation

Gerald Francisco and Julie Leahy reviewed the law and answered questions about extra duties and planning and preparation time.

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