• Register for the 2016 TSPRA Annual Conference at Horseshoe Bay Resort

    PRFitwebTSPRA is now accepting conference registrations. Click here to access the links to register. If you're registering as a member, you MUST be logged into the website to access the form. 

  • Apply for a 2016 Conference Scholarship 

    PRFitwebTSPRA is giving away two scholarships to members for the 2016 Annual Conference. For eligibility information and instructions on how to apply, log in to the TSPRA website and click "Scholarships" in the left hand Member Area menu.
  • Congratulations to
    the TSPRA Peachjar winner:
    Veronica Castillon

    Castillon VeronicaVeronica Castillon of Laredo ISD will receive a scholarship for the 2015 NSPRA National Seminar in Nashville courtesy of Peachjar. 

  • Watch the 2015 CTPS 
    Video Contest Winners

    RBFCU Logo 2012Click here for links to the statewide video winners for the 2015 Celebrate Texas Public Schools Video Contest, sponsored by Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union.

TSPRA E-newsletter

Issue 209, September 30, 2015
In this issue...

Feature Story
From Scholarship Chair David Hicks

Other Stories
 Texas Tribune Festival giveaway
H-E-B discounts on school and office supplies
♦ Sponsor Spotlight

Upcoming Events
and MORE!home newspaper


Words to Delete from Press Releases

We all know how important it is to avoid jargon in our writing, but it's not easy to banish corporate-speak from press releases and blog posts. We want our communications to be clear, concise, and not sound like they were written by a focus group with a thick thesaurus.
Look for better words than bland constructions such as "end-user," "value-added" and "mission-critical." Try substituting "use" for "utilize," "outcomes" for "deliverables," and "expandable" for "scalable."
All the contacts and connections in the world don't mean anything if your audience can't understand your message. Watch your vocabulary to make it easier for them. 

- Becky Gaylord, Gaylord LLC  

TSPRA Tweets

April 24-27
STARR Testing

April 25
TSPRA East Texas Meeting

April 26
Take our daughters and sons to work day

April 26
TSPRA West Central Texas Meeting

April 27
HASPRA Meeting

April 30
Deadline to order Star Awards duplicates

May 1
Deadline for submitting STAAR 15% grade deferral waiver requests to TEA

May 4
Generation TX Day

May 4
SPRINT Meeting

May 10
Board2Board Training
San Antonio

May 15
Deadline for joining NSPRA for $25 rebate to TSPRA

May 15

Deadline TASB Superintendent of the Year nominations

May 16
SASPRA Meeting

June 14
TSPRA Executive Committee meeting

June 29
Deadline TASA School Board of the Year nominations

July 8-11
NSPRA National Seminar

October 22
School Finance Lawsuit Trial begins



TSPRA is preparing to launch a member satisfaction survey with the help of our sponsors at K12 Insight. Stay tuned for more details.