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February Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February each year. Black history is World History and should be included in our yearly teachings to students of all backgrounds. Let us teach the truth so that young learners will learn facts, pro and con, as opposed to myths being perpetuated through some teaching tools. Say it loud!


Texas Education Policy Institute Conference

The Texas Education Policy Institute (TEPI) was convened in Austin, Texas on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the Austin Convention Center. The conference was a great success. TEPI Fellows presented their research on specific House and Senate bills presented during the 87th Legislative session. The photos below highlight the TEPI Fellows and key participants that contributed to the TEPI summit meeting.
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TEPI fellows, attendees and legislative participants

Seated l - r on front row are: Aaron Demerson, Commissioner representing employers, Texas Work Force Commission, Tamoria Jones, Chief Officer of State Representative Harold Dutton Jr., District 142, Jasmine Crockett, State Representative District 100, Mary Olison, TEPI Director, Senator Larry Taylor, District 11, Harrison Kelly, Texas Higher Education Commissioner, Dr. Kimberly McLeod, TEPI originator and Dr. David Harris, TABSE President, standing second to left.


Happy Valentine's Day

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Remember Valentine's Day on February 14th

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The 37th Annual TABSE State Conference

The TABSE Annual State Conference is scheduled for February 9-13, 2022. We hope to see you in Dallas.
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The Dr. Elaine Bailey Innovator's Steam Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Dr. Elaine Bailey Golf Tournament is almost here and you still have time to participate.

With only a few days left until our 3rd Annual Dr. Elaine Bailey Innovator's STEAM Golf Tournament, on February 9, 2022, I am asking you to reach out and engage your network to ask for their support. I know these are tough times for everyone, so I am asking that we highlight our empathy for college students through our fundraising efforts. Sign up to golf if you can, but if not, there is no donation too small.

TABSE family, please post, like, and share an invitation to "golf or give" on your social media accounts and group chat platforms. We are golfing with a purpose! Emphasize that the Dr. Elaine Bailey Innovator’s STEAM 3rd Annual Golf Tournament is to raise money for scholarships.

I have been asking members across the TABSE organization to help elevate our message. Share the link below to show your support for the upcoming tournament. Yes, we invite you to join us for 18 holes of fun, but if you are not able to be there to kick off the 37th Annual TABSE Conference, please click on the link to donate.

Your golf registration includes18 holes of golf and both brunch and dinner. We have 1st and 2nd Place Winners and prizes for

  • longest drive
  • straightest drive
  • closest to the pin
  • and last but definitely not least... drum roll please... we have the 13th hole as your lucky chance to win 1 million dollars... Yes, you read that right!

For additional information feel free to reach me by cell (713-494-6120) and/or by email.

I'm looking forward to a great day on the links with you!


Bashelia Ward

Manager of School Partnerships - South

LINC, The Learning Innovation Catalyst

(713) 494-6120



Someone You Should Know

Dr. Joseph Alvin Drayton was born on May 24, 1941, in Longview, Texas. Joseph began his formal education in Tyler, Texas where he graduated from Emmitt Scott High School in 1959. Committed to making his mark as the sixth member of the Jackson clan to receive a degree from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), he went on to attend Texas College. It was there that he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, eventually becoming a life member while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued his education at Texas Southern University and earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.).

Dr. Drayton enjoyed a distinguished career as an educator. He served in many capacities including public school teacher, School Administrator, Project Director, Assistant Superintendent and District Superintendent. He also served as field services supervisor for university students. His professional career began initially in Galena Park ISD, but he later joined the Houston ISD where he spent the majority of his career.

Joe Drayton was the 16th Past President of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) and a founding member and Past President of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE). Locally, he enjoyed affiliation with the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators (HAABSE). Dr. Drayton received many awards during his lifetime including NABSE’s most prestigious award, the President’s Award, HAABSE’s Living Legend Award, the George T. Nelson Harris County Council of Organizations Lifetime Achievement Award for Education, TABSE’s Appreciation of Dedication Award and the Boy Scout’s Silver Beaver Award.

Dr. Drayton was an advocate for organ donation. During the early years after his heart transplant, he accepted many speaking engagements in an effort to tell his story and encourage others to become organ donors. A heart transplant added 20 years to his life—years that he never took for granted. At the end of life, it was his request that his organs be donated to Life Gift. NABSE, TABSE and HAABSE thanks Dr. Joseph Drayton for his life in education and his gifts of knowledge and friendship. God transitioned Joseph from time to eternity on July 11, 2017.

Dr. Joseph A. Drayton

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People Soaring High Like Eagles

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TABSE Constitutional Change Recommendations and Executive Board Elections

During the Delegate Assembly meeting/s scheduled during the State Conference meeting, members will be asked to consider and vote on certain Constitution changes being recommended. The proposed changes were emailed to all current members in advance for your perusal and understanding. Please review the information sent to you and plan on attending the Delegate Assembly meeting, which is open to all current TABSE members only.

The results of Executive Board election positions of Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian will be finalized following the Delegate Assembly meeting and should be announced during the meeting. TABSE has and needs talented and dedicated members to help the organization stay committed to serving our student populations around the state. Great leaders emerge from your serving with TABSE as elected officers and committee members.

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The Power Of The Vote

It is vital that WE exercise our right to vote in the upcoming elections in March and November. The primary elections will select those individuals who will represent us here in Texas, and we cannot take lightly the importance of electing individuals who will best represent and lead us in 2022.

Many legal tactics are being designed to make it more difficult to vote either by mail-in or early voting. Get prepared early to vote by knowing the issues and the candidate views on those issues. For the March 1st primary elections go online early to review the ballot for your area. If voting by mail-in ballot, make certain to follow the requirements to receive your ballot in a timely manner. Prior to voting early beginning on February 14th, or on election day, make certain that you know the appropriate polling locations and have the required documents needed such as Texas ID, Drivers license or other state issued ID with picture on it. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is February 18, 2022.

Don't be fooled, your vote is very important, therefore some are trying every method possible to prevent you from voting and/or claiming your vote will not make a difference. VOTE and convince others you know to vote in each election, because your vote DOES count and can help assure your needs are going to be addressed properly. Don't give away your vote for nothing and don't waste your vote by Not casting it!


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TABSE Business Partner of the Month

Achieve 3000

Achieve 3000

For more than 20 years, Achieve3000 has been empowering educators and helping them unlock student potential and accelerate learning growth. Now, more than ever, schools and districts need proven solutions that can help them address unfinished learning and prepare students for success. More than 5,000,000 students and 310,500 teachers worldwide are currently experiencing the power of Achieve3000’s solutions firsthand.

Their awards include: Actively Learn won the 2019 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Reading/Writing/ Literature Instructional Solution for Grades 9-12 and Higher Education.

Achieve 3000 Literacy was a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards for Best Reading/English Language Arts Instructional Solution and Best ESL, ELL or World Language Acquisition Solution. .

Achieve3000 Literacy was a finalist for the 2015 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device. . Smarty Ants won the 2012 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Game or Simulation.

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TABSE School District of the Month

DeSoto ISD

With a current enrollment of over 8,700 students, the DeSoto Independent School District is a small, suburban district 15 miles south of Dallas. The 23 square mile district serves students in the communities of DeSoto, Glenn Heights and Ovilla with ten campuses. The district enjoys community support of academics and athletics, along with taxpayer support for upgraded facilities, technology and instruction. Every school provides outstanding academic instruction supported by pyramids of intervention, enrichment, and privileges. Through their Collegiate Magnet Program - DeSoto High School students (starting in 8th grade) can earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree simultaneously through enrollment at Cedar Valley College.

DeSoto ISD received the GEAR UP Grant worth $7.8M to guide the 2014-15 6th & 7th graders through the first year of college; and processes put in place will benefit students across the entire DeSoto ISD!


TABSE Newsletter

Share with other educators around the state the outstanding programs and activities your local affiliate is engaged in, by submitting your events to the TABSE WORD newsletter. Articles should be sent by G Mail to "". In order to ensure time to place your information in the next months edition of the newsletter, please submit your articles by the 10th day of each month. Share your successes with your colleagues by having them reported in the monthly newsletter.

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