Message from the President:

Hello colleagues, in an effort to assist in keeping you abreast of the happenings in our profession, we will send out this electronic publication that we have named the TABSE Today. The goal of the TABSE Today electronic newsletter is to share pertinent information that is relevant and impactful to the education of all students, and especially students of African descent.

In addition to improving our individual and collective capacity, I believe it is important that we are diligent about being informed concerning the happenings of our colleagues across the state, to this end, we will also share noteworthy accomplishments of TABSE members, TABSE districts and key leaders.

As we move forward as an organization, I challenge each one of you to take intentional actions to ensure that we achieve the vision and the mission of our TABSE founders. Specifically, I am reminding you that we share the responsibility to get involved and stay engaged by doing the following:

1. Communicate the TABSE mission, agenda, and priorities to other colleagues who are interested in joining us in the work. Detailed information can be found at
2. Connect with a local affiliate in your area and identify an opportunity to serve. A list of active affiliates can be found on the TABSE website. If you have a question, please send an email to
3. Create a local affiliate in areas where there is none and identify a minimum of 10 people who are willing to work toward improving educational outcomes for all students and particularly students of African descent.

It is amazing to realize that it has been almost two months since the awesome state conference in Grapevine. Members and conference attendees are still talking about the experience and others are busy moving the TABSE agenda forward. We currently have three prospective new affiliates that are in engaged in completing the process to become a state affiliate and I anticipate several more in the near future. Please be sure to visit the TABSE website and review our TABSE Big 5 ( TABSE is on the RISE!

Please plan to join us on Twitter the first Sunday of each month for #TABSEchat beginning Sunday, April 6 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. This month’s chat will center around TABSE Priority 1: Student Achievement.

To participate, please create a Twitter account if you have not done so already. The following link has all the information you need to get started and details about how to participate in a Twitter chat:

If you have any questions about the Twitter chat, please email

TABSE Celebrations:

Congratulations to the Houston Alliance of Black School Educators for an awesome Teacher of the Year banquet…HAABSE Teacher of Year Banquet Photos (

Congratulations to TABSE Superintendent Pipeline Institute Attendee Pam Linton, currently of Richardson ISD, who was recently named to the position of Assistant Superintendent in Frisco ISD…(

Congratulations to the Lamar Alliance of Black School Educators for their formal recognition as a student organization at Lamar University.

Congratulations to TABSE Superintendent Pipeline Institute Attendee Orlando Riddick who was recently named as the lone finalist for Superintendent of Cedar Hill ISD… (

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Randle, President of the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators on her recent appointment to the Texas School Safety Center Board … (

Congratulations to Dr. Colina Poullard, the President of the Lamar Alliance of Black School Educators, for recently defending her dissertation at Lamar University.

Educational Issues:

Texas public school enrollment topped 5M in ’12

Odessa American Online (AP) – April 01, 2014

We Need Better Teachers
Hoover Institution – April 01, 2014

…to four years in a row would, by available estimates, close the achievement gap by income. Closing the black-white achievement gap, which is…

On Racism and Sexism, Don’t Let Progress Be the Enemy of More Progress | The Nation – April 01, 2014

…prosperity have turned sharply upward, such as the closing of the achievement gap, lower black poverty rates, falling rates of homicide against…

BUILDING ASSETS, REDUCING RISKS: Hazelden Publishing’s Newest Release Closes

Finwin – April 01, 2014

…ASSETS, REDUCING RISKS: Hazelden Publishing’s Newest Release Closes the Achievement Gap CENTER CITY, Minn. BUILDING ASSETS, REDUCING RISKS: Hazelden…


STEM Hubs Emerge to Bolster Math, Science Ed.
Education Week – April 01, 2014

Most STEM Ph.D.s Ditch Academia
US News & World Report – April 01, 2014

Women in STEM
Diversity Journal – April 01, 2014

Mass. school district combines STEM practice, theory
SmartBrief – April 01, 2014

Students like STEM, but don’t succeed
Community College Spotlight – April 01, 2014

Speech by Makhtar Diop at the University of Michigan STEM-Africa Initiative Third Biennial Conference
The World Bank – April 01, 2014

Southwest High School STEM fest full of energy – April 01, 2014


Austin School Board Begins Long Task to Find New Superintendent – April 01, 2014
Austin School Board Begins Long Task to Find New Superintendent Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and the AISD School Board met Monday…

Rawlings apologizes for botched Dallas ISD home-rule rollout, calls for discussions
The Dallas Morning News – April 01, 2014
…month ago and asked the community to offer specific solutions to improve the school district. Rawlings, the de-facto home-rule spokesperson,

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