Important Trainings for School Staff
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Overall - Trainings/Professional Development in Statute Note: M – mandatory, E – encouraged, O – optional
as of July 2019
Administrator appraiser trainingTAC, §150.1024 (b)
TAC, §150.1005 (c) (d)
AdministratorsBefore conducting appraisals, an appraiser must satisfactorily complete the T-TESS appraiser training and pass the examination and have completed ILT, ILD, or AEL certification training.X
Assessment instrument administrationTEC, §39.0304 (a), (b), (c); TAC, §101.3031 (a) (D)(ii); (c)School district employees involved in the administration of assessment instruments administered under Section 39.023.May include a qualifying component. Language in TEC is permissive, i.e., the Commissioner may require training. Part of the language in TAC is mandatory, i.e., the commissioner shall require training activities to ensure that testing personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge required to administer assessment instruments in a valid, standardized, and secure manner.XX
Bible Course TrainingTEC, §21.459 and TEC, §28.011 (f)Teachers of elective Bible courses. A course under this section may only be taught by a teacher who has successfully completed the training outlined in TEC, §21.459.The Commissioner shall make available training materials and other teacher training resources through access to in-service trainingX
Bleeding Control StationsTEC, §38.030(b)(3)School district police officer commissioned under Section 37.001 or school security personnel, school resource officer, other district or school personnel who may be reasonably expected to use a bleeding control station.Training may not be online.X
Bilingual Education/ESLTAC, §89.1245 (d)(e)(f); TEC, §81.303Teachers of bilingual education and ESL programs that are not fully certified.The Commissioner of Education shall encourage school districts to cooperate with colleges and universities to provide training for teachers assigned to the bilingual education and/or ESL programs. The Texas Education Agency shall develop, in collaboration with education service centers, resources for implementing bilingual education and ESL training programs.X
Cardiopulmonary ResuscitationTEC,§33.086Head director of school marching band; head coach or chief sponsor of extracurricular athletic activity, including cheerleading.Must maintain and submit proof of certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.X
Civil Rights TrainingUSDA, FNS Instruction Number 113-1, XIFrontline food service staff and those that supervise frontline staff.Civil rights training in compliance and complaints on an annual basis.X
Classroom ManagementTEC, §21.055(b),(d-1)New employees receiving a school district teaching permitComplete 20 hours of classroom management training and comply with continuing education requirements determined by the district board of trustees.X
Concussion TrainingTEC, §38.154 (b-1), (c)Each member of the concussion oversight team. The school nurse may be a member of the concussion oversight team if requested by the school nurse.Training must be from an approved provider and must include the evaluation, treatment, and oversight of concussions.X
DiabetesTexas Health and Safety Code, §168.005School employees acting as unlicensed diabetes care assistants.Provided before the beginning of the school year. If a school nurse is assigned to a campus, the school nurse shall coordinate the training of school employees acting as unlicensed diabetes care assistants.X
Disciplinary ProceduresTEC, §37.0181 (a) (b)Principal or other appropriate administrator who oversees student disciplineTraining on the distinction between a discipline management technique under Section 37.002(a) and Section 37.002(b). Training must be received every three years. May be provided in coordination with ESCs through the use of distance learning.X
DyslexiaTAC, §74.28(d)(e)Teachers who screen and treat students with dyslexia and related disordersTraining on instructional strategies described in the “Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders”X
English Language Proficiency AssessmentsTEC, §29.056(b)Professionals or paraprofessionals who administer English language proficiency tests.Training required by the test publisher.X
Extracurricular Athletic Activity Training ProgramTEC, §33.202 and TAC, §76.1003Coaches, trainers, sponsors of extracurricular athletic activities. Director of the marching band.Emergency action planning, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, communicating with 9-1-1, recognizing symptoms of potentially catastrophic injuries.X
Food Allergy TrainingTEC, §38.0151; Commissioner of DSHS guidelinesAwareness training for all staff; comprehensive training for food allergy management team.Training on anaphylaxis and emergency response to anaphylactic reactions. See
Gifted/TalentedTAC,§89.2Teachers that provide instruction and services that are part of the program for gifted/talented students. Administrators and counselors who have authority for program decisions.Minimum of 30 hours. Must be completed within one semester. Minimum of six hours annually. Must include the nature and needs of gifted/talented students, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students.X
Hazardous chemicalsTexas Health and Safety Code, §502.009Employees who use or handle hazardous chemicals (including science lab teachers).Must provide an education and training program with information on interpreting labels and MSDSs, use of protective equipment, first aid.X
HIPAATexas Health and Safety Code, §181.101Employees where information is necessary to carry out duties.Training on state and federal law concerning protected health information.X
Illegal Steroid UseTEC, §33.091 (c-1)Each district employee who serves as an athletic coach at or above the 7th grade for an extracurricular athletic activity.Health effects of steroid use.X
Implementing an Aligned CurriculumTEC,§21.4511 (b)Public school teachers and administratorsTraining relating to implementing curriculum and instruction that is aligned with the foundation curriculum and standards and expectations for college readiness.X
Instruction of Students with DisabilitiesTEC,§21.451 (d)(2) (e)Educators who work primarily outside of special education and do not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement IEPs.Training based on scientifically based research as defined by Section 9101, NCLB Act of 2001. May include what is permissible under law regarding prayer in public school.X
Investment TrainingTexas Government Code, Title 10, Subtitle F, Chapter 2256, SubchapterA, §2256.008Chief financial officer and the investment officer. If the district does not participate in investment funds methods treasurer, CFO,or investment officers are excluded.Attend one training session containing 10 hours of instruction within 12 months after assuming duties. Must receive at least 8 hours of training not less than once in a two-year period.X
Language Proficiency Assessment CommitteeTAC, §89.1220(a),(f)Members of the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee(s),including parents.District must have a policy of file that provides for the selection, appointment and training of LPAC members.X
Literacy Achievement AcademiesTEC, §21.4552Teachers who provide reading instruction to students in kindergarten and grades 1-3.Training in effective and systematic instructional practices in reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.X
Mathematics Achievement AcademiesTEC, §21.4553Teachers who provide mathematics instruction to students in kindergarten or grades 1-3.Training in effective and systematic instructional practices in mathematics, including problem solving, the place value system, whole number operations, and fractions.X
Mentor TrainingTEC, §21.458(b)(1)(2); TAC, §153.1011(b)(6) and (c)(2), (c)(3)Administrators and mentor teachers for classroom teachers with less than two years teaching experienceResearch-based mentor and induction training program. The mentoring program is optional; training is mandatory if the district assigns mentors. Administrators training in implementing the program.XX
Migrant New Generation System (NGS)PL 107-110, Title I, Part C, Section 1304; Texas Manual for the Identification and Recruitment of Migrant StudentsAll personnel sharing responsibility for implementing NGS activities.Before November 15.X
Migrant Identification and Recruitment (ID&R)PL 107-110, Title I, Part C, Section 1304; Texas Manual for the Identification and Recruitment of Migrant StudentsAll recruiters and designated SEA reviewers for the Migrant Education Program.Training and certification offered by the Regional Education Service Centers. Must be before October 15 or before recruitment efforts begin.X
Multi-hazard Emergency Operations PlanTEC, §37.108 (a)(1) and (c-2)(4)School district employeesTraining in responding to an emergency. Document type of training, number of employees trained, and person conducting the training.X
Nature Science Curriculum ProjectTEC, §28.013 (d)Classroom teachers and state park employeesStaff development course in implementing the curriculum provided by the T-STEM Center at Texas Tech University and the South Llano River State Park. Curriculum available over the Texas Tech website.X
Open-enrollment Charter Schools Board Members and Officers TrainingTEC §12.123Members of the governing board of open-enrollment charter schools and officers of open-enrollment charter schools.Training in basic school law including school finance; health and safety issues; requirements related to the use of public funds; and, other requirements related to the public such as open meetings.X
Open Records RequirementsTexas Government Code,§552.012Officer for public information.Requirements of the law. Training not less than one hour and not more than two hours.X
P-TESS OrientationTAC, §150.1025Principals new to district or that have never been appraised with the T-PESSPrior to or in conjunction with the pre-evaluation conference.X
Positive Behavior ProgramTEC, Title 2, Subtitle G, Chapter 37, Subchapter A, §37.0013All staff if the district adopts a positive behavior program.Annually districts that develop and implement a positive behavior program as defined by TEC,§37.0013 may conduct training on the program adopted.X
Positive and proactive behavior managementTAC, §103.1201 (h)(2);(i)DAEP staffMust target prevention and intervention. Annual requirement.X
Reading AcademyTEC, Chapter 21, Section 21 .4551 (b)(3)(c)(d)Teachers of 6th, 7th, or 8th grade reading, math, science, or social studies at an academically unacceptable campus on the basis of student reading performanceTeachers other than those at unacceptable campuses may attend based on criteria adopted by the Commissioner.XX
Reading-to-learn AcademiesTEC, §21.4554Teachers who provide reading comprehension instruction to students in 4th or 5th grades.Effective instructional practices that promote student development of reading comprehension and inferential and critical thinking.X
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect/Sexual Abuse of ChildrenTAC, §61.1051 (c) (d);
TEC, §38.0041 (b) (1); §38.0041 (c) (1)
Each year as part of new employee orientation.Copies of Board Policy must be distributed at the beginning of each school year and must address methods for increasing teacher awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse of children.X
School board member training and orientationTEC, §11.159;
TAC, §61.1; Human Resources Code 42.002.
Any interested person including current and prospective board members in. the orientation. Board members and superintendent in team buildingTraining is to be offered by Regional Education Service Centers or any registered provider. Training includes orientation sessions, annual team-building session, at least 10 hours of continuing education in first year of service and at least 5 hours in subsequent years of service. Training must include three hours on evaluating student academic performance and one hour on identifying and reporting potential victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other maltreatment of children.X
School bus emergency evacuationTEC, §34.0021(a) and (b)Students and teachersDistricts are encouraged to conduct school bus emergency evacuation training session in the fall of the school year; a portion of the session occurs on a school bus; and, the session lasts for at least one hour.X
School District Peace Officer Training CurriculumTEC, §37.0812
Occupations Code, §1701.262 and §1701.263
School district peace officers commissioned by a district with an enrollment of 30,000 or more students or school resource officers that provide law enforcement in the district.Must complete the education and training program required by the Occupations Code within 120 days of being commissioned or placement.X
School ReadinessTAC, §102.1002(a)(10)(D)Grantees of the Prekindergarten Early Start Grant ProgramJoint professional development that focus on proven school readiness components.X
Seizure DisordersTEC §38.033School nurse or school district employee whose duties include regular contact with students.A TEA approved online course of instruction regarding managing students with seizure disorders.X
Suicide PreventionHealth and Safety Code, §161.325 (a-1)(5); (b); (c)
TEC, §21.451 (d)(3); (d-1); (d-2)
All new district and open-enrollment charter school educators annually and to existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the TEA by rule.Suicide prevention training to be selected from a list of recommended best practice-based programsand research-based practices provided by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in coordination with the TEA.X
Superintendent Continuing EducationTEC §21.054(h); Human Resources Code §42.002Superintendents2.5 hours every five years on identifying and reporting potential victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other maltreatment of children.X
Teen Dating ViolenceTEC, §37.0831 (b) (2)Teachers and administratorsSchool districts must adopt and implement a dating violence policy which must address “training for teachers and administrators.”X
Texas Literacy Achievement AcademyTEC §28.0062; §TEC 21.4552Classroom teachers in grades K-3 and principals of campuses with grades K, 1, 2, and/or 3.The Texas Literacy Achievement Academy has been around for several years but HB3 of the 86 Legislative Session mandated this training for the audience listed by 2021-2022.X
T-TESS orientationTAC, §150.1006Teachers new to the district or teachers who have never been appraised under the T-TESSNo later than the final day of the first three weeks of school and at least three weeks before the first observation.X
Use of an automated external defibrillatorTEC, §22.902(c)School nurse, assistant school nurse, athletic coach or sponsor, physical education instructor, marching band director, cheerleading coach, other school employee specified by the Commissioner and student athletic trainerMust receive and maintain certification. School districts to make training available to employees and volunteers annually.X
Use of restraintTAC, §89.1053 (d)School employees, volunteers, independent contractors.A core team of personnel on each campus must be trained and must contain an administrator or designee. Personnel using restraint in an emergency must receive training within 30 school days after the use of restraint.X
Use of time-outTAC, §89.1053 (h)General or special education personnel who implement time-out based on requirements in a students’ IEPWithin 30 school days of being assigned the responsibility of implementing time-out.X
1. TEC, Chapter 21, Section 21.451 outlines staff development requirements for school districts. Among those requirements are that the staff development must be designed to improve education in the district and must be predominantly campus-based. Several topics that may be a part of the district staff development offerings are listed including technology, conflict resolution, discipline strategies, responding to reported incidents of bullying, and digital learning. It also may include what is permissible under law including opinions of the United States Supreme Court regarding prayer in public schools. Those trainings listed in Section 21.451 that are mandatory are included in the chart above.
2. TEC, Chapter 11, Section 11.252 states that the district improvement plan must include provisions for “staff development for professional staff of the district” as a “strategy for improvement of student performance.”
3. TEC, Chapter 21, Section 21.054 outlines continuing education requirements for educators, including classroom teachers, principals, and counselors. Section 21.0541 allows an educator to receive continuing education credit for completion of a course on the use of an automated external defibrillator. The 2019 Legislative session added many requirements regarding mental health issues including grief and trauma to the continuing education requirements.
4. TEC, Chapter 38, Section 38.0041 (c) requires training in sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other maltreatment of children with significant cognitive disabilities as part of the new employee orientation.
5. TAC, Title 19, Part 2, Chapter 97, Subchapter EE, Division 1 describes the various trainings required of campuses/districts in need of improvement.
6. Many grants require grantees to participate in specified Professional Development activities.