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Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference 2017






WELCOME! Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX January 29–February 1, 2017

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TASA Texas Association of School Administrators

Kevin Brown TASA President

Johnny L. Veselka TASA Executive Director

Welcome to TASA’s 2017 Midwinter Conference!


elcome and thank you for making TASA’s 2017 Midwinter Conference one of your leadership development activities this year!

The heart of our conference centers around our General,Thought Leader, and Concurrent sessions, covering nearly every aspect of school leadership, including student engagement, finance, human resource management, digital learning, instructional leadership, facility planning, operations, and assessment and accountability. Conference standbys include exhibits featuring more than 350 vendors from across Texas and the nation, a high-tech version of our Showcase of School Architecture, and the 4th annual TASA Innovation Zone (featuring promising start-up companies). New this year are TASA edCamp @ Midwinter, an opportunity for leaders to engage in practical, conversational sessions facilitated by attending participants, and Learning with Apple @ Midwinter, special educator-led sessions offering a deeper understanding of how Apple products and digital content are transforming learning and teaching. We’re in full-on tech mode with our conference mobile app and Wayfinder stations offering up-tothe-minute information on sessions, speakers, and exhibits, as well as a return of the Dell Social Media Listening Center keeping a pulse on twitter conversations related to the conference. We appreciate the value of your time and have done our best to ensure that your conference experience is both rewarding and enjoyable.We hope you return home with new ideas and solutions to benefit your district and the students you serve.


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TASA Corporate Partners


Advertiser Index


Conference Sponsors


General Information


Concurrent Session Strands


Awards and Recognitions TASA 2017 Honorary Life Members


Superintendent of the Year


2016 Golden Deeds Award


2016 CTO Tech-Savvy Superintendent


Outstanding Administrators


Training Credit


Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Recipients


Special Events/Activities


Principals of the Year


Related Events


Texas Teachers of the Year


Regional Teachers of the Year


H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards


2016 Blue Ribbon Schools


Saturday, January 28


Sunday, January 29


Monday, January 30


Tuesday, January 31


Wednesday, February 1


Early-Bird Sessions


General Sessions First General Session


Second General Session


Third General Session


Thought Leader Sessions

Exhibit Hall Inside the Exhibit Hall


TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture


TASA Innovation Zone


Exhibitors 86 Exhibit Hall Floor Plan


Getting Around Convention Center Parking


Hotel and Shuttle Information


Downtown Austin Area Map


Convention Center Floor Plan


Monday Thought Leader Sessions


Tuesday Thought Leader Sessions


Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy


Hilton Austin Hotel Map


TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter


TASA Officers and Executive Committee


Learning with Apple at TASA Midwinter


Conference at-a-Glance


Concurrent Sessions Monday Concurrent Sessions


Tuesday Concurrent Sessions


Wednesday Concurrent Sessions



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Exhibitors Lounge

2nd General Session


K-12 Insight

Future-Ready Leaders/School Transformation Luncheon

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Blue Ribbon Schools Luncheon and Recognition Program

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Social Media Listening Center DellEMC

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TASA Leadership Luncheon

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Legacy Luncheon

Concurrent Session Technology Services

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Hilltop Securities Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP

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Registration and Information Hours Atrium, Level 1 (4th Street Foyer)

Speaker-Ready Room Hours

Sunday, January 29

Noon–6 p.m.

Sunday, January 29

Noon–6 p.m.

Monday, January 30

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Monday, January 30

7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31

7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1

7–9 a.m.

Wednesday, February 1 7-10:30 a.m. n


On-site Registration Fees Educational Entity TASA Member — $300 Non-TASA Member — $350 Teacher & Other Campus Staff — $95 Non-Educational Entity (Individuals who are not affiliated with an educational entity and are not registered exhibitors) TASA Member — $400 Non-TASA Member — $450 No fee is required from guests of registered participants, however, if the guest is an administrator in the same or a different district, the guest is expected to pay the full registration fee. Aspiring Superintendents’Academy – $100


First Aid + The First Aid Stations are located on the Trinity Foyer side of Exhibit Hall 4. Check the convention center floor plan located on page 100 for the exact location.


Recharge Stations Located toward the back on either side of Exhibit Hall 4, Recharge Stations provide attendees the convenience of recharging phones, iPads, or laptops.


Innovation Zone Located in Exhibit Hall 4, TASA’s Innovation Zone features early stage companies that have been handselected based on their application to share their innovative products and services with Texas school leaders.


Shuttle Transportation See page 98 for shuttle information.


Lost and Found Located at the registration booth in the Atrium, Level 1.


Disclaimer The Texas Association of School Administrators endorses no individual, group of individuals, program or related meeting, or any sentiment expressed by any speaker or other participants in the program, except by official action.




he TASA Midwinter Conference features a comprehensive selection of concurrent sessions, including examples of innovative practices in school districts throughout the state, as well as sessions that highlight the collaboration between TASA and other organizations, topics of legal interest, statutory and policy matters, and Texas Education Agency programs.To assist conference attendees in selecting topics of interest as you plan your conference experience, we have included a number of concurrent sessions as part of special strands throughout the conference.


Planned by members of the Texas K-12 CTO (Chief Technology Officers) Council, addressing the use and implementation of information technology to improve student learning.

FACILITIES Dedicated to issues affecting facility planning and design including renewable energy, mobility, pro-

gressive learning environments, and community engagement.

Planned cooperatively by TASA and TASB, two sessions designed to offer attendees a total of two hours of Investment Officer Training credit (Monday, 10:45-11:45 am and 2:15-3:15 pm, Room 10B).


Focused on a variety of legal issues that are of interest to superintendents and other district and campus administrators, presented by school law experts representing both TASB and some of the state’s best law firms.


Focused on topics of special interest to administrators from rural/small school districts.


Planned cooperatively by TASA and the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration, designed to build a bridge that encourages research in the university with a strong practical application and to strengthen the collaboration between school practitioners and university professors.


Presented by staff of the Texas Education Agency, addressing a variety of statutory requirements, state policy initiatives, and agency programs.


Planned by school public relations experts and the Texas School Public Relations Association, focusing on the use of effective communication strategies.




arn up to 13 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit throughout the Midwinter Conference. The Superintendent and Principal Standard Certificates (issued after September 1, 1999) require renewal every five years, including 200 hours of CPE credit from approved providers.The Texas Association of School Administrators approved provider number is 500101. Please refer to the form/standards listed on pages 107-108 and select the standard most closely associated with the content of the session you attended. Certificate renewal standards adopted by SBEC for principals and assistant principals, with the omission of the policy and governance standards, are very similar to the superintendent standards; however, the numbering of the standards is slightly different. Complete information, including renewal requirements for teachers, principals, and assistant principals can be found on the Texas Education Agency’s website (www.tea.state. or by calling 512.936.8400.

Design that makes lives better. Architecture Engineering Interiors Planning Programming Branding & Graphics Sustainability / Booth 622


SPECIAL EVENTS/AC TIVITIES Conference Partners TASA is proud to welcome our association partners to the Midwinter Conference. These organizations hold meetings in conjunction with the conference, have a presence in the Exhibit Hall, and host concurrent sessions specifically related to their organizational purpose. n

Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) n Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA) n Texas K-12 CTO Council n Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)

New This Year! We’ve added a strand of concurrent sessions throughout the conference geared toward the interests and concerns of small and rural district administrators.

TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter Located at the back of the Exhibit Hall (Monday-Tuesday only) TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter is an opportunity for leaders to engage in practical, conversational sessions facilitated by attending participants. As an alternative to the traditional concurrent session, this area—new to TASA Midwinter Conference for 2017—provides a format for participants to draw on individual expertise, dive deep into meaningful dialogue with peers from across Texas, and collaborate for real results. Various topics have been pre-selected based on identified areas of critical need and scheduled so that conference attendees can simply show up and join in a conversation of their choice. During unscheduled session times, districts are free to use this space for spontaneous leadership collaborations with their team or fellow districts. (See p. 33 for a complete schedule of sessions.)

Learning with Apple @ TASA Midwinter Located on the 4th Floor, across from Ballroom D (Monday-Tuesday only) At Apple, we believe learning should be personal and accessible, no matter what a student’s abilities or learning style. For 40 years we’ve designed products that create opportunities to engage every student by making learning personal. Our products transform traditional classrooms and lessons into experiences that inspire creativity and encourage collaboration—experiences that profoundly impact a student’s curiosity for learning and path in life.

Please join us during TASA’s Midwinter Conference for any or all of these special sessions to get a deeper understanding of how Apple products and digital content are transforming learning and teaching. These sessions will emphasize engaging, hands-on projects that leverage the tools, resources, and features available to support all students and teachers in a flexible classroom environment.

TASA Social Media Listening Center Located in the Atrium, Level 1, across from Attendee Registration An exciting returning feature at TASA’s Midwinter Conference is our Social Media Listening Center powered by DellEMC.This innovative command center will keep a pulse on social media conversations related to the TASA Midwinter Conference and topics of interest to participants. Visit the center, located in the Atrium (Level 1), to experience the power of real-time listening in social media and its applicability to education. At the center, you will see and be able to participate in real-time trending topics on Twitter pertaining to education and the conference, and follow the most influential colleagues on Twitter who will be tweeting from the conference and afar. Listen to the conversations on Twitter with hashtags #TASA17 and #DoMoreEdu and by following @DellEMCedu on Twitter. DellEMC’s own Social Media Listening Command Center was launched in the company’s Round Rock headquarters in late 2010.With more than 25,000 social mentions of DellEMC each day, it is used to support DellEMC’s social media listening and engagement activities. For more information about DellEMC’s social media services visit

Blue Ribbon Schools TASA’s 2017 Midwinter Conference honors representatives from the 26 Texas schools selected in the 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools Program.These schools will be recognized at a luncheon in their honor on Monday, January 30 (Ballroom D). Founded in 1982, the Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels.All schools were selected as exemplary high-performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater. The schools completed a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Schools that received the award were also recognized at the 2016 Blue Ribbon School conference in Arlington, VA. (See p. 79 for a complete list of recognized schools.)


RELATED EVENTS Saturday, January 28 Texas K-12 CTO Council Winter Meeting

7 a.m.–3 pm

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salons A/B

Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Mentoring Program

8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–412

TASA Mentor Training

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

ACC–10 C

Sunday, January 29 TASA Budget Boot Camp

7:30 a.m.–12 p.m.


TASA Executive/Legislative Committees Joint Meeting

9 a.m.-Noon

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon B

Texas Urban Council Board Meeting

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–415 AB

Equity Center School Finance & Legislative Workshop

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

TASA Leadership Luncheon

Noon-1 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–406

Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Board Meeting

Noon-4 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–416AB

TASA Executive Committee

1:30-3 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon E

Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception 5:30-7 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel– Governor’s Ballroom (4th Floor)

ACC–Ballroom FG

Monday, January 30 Texas Association of Rural Schools Directors Meeting

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–415AB

Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools Annual Membership Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salons J/K

Texas Association of Community Schools Joint Legislative/Executive Committee Breakfast

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–408

Texas Leadership Center Board Meeting

8–9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–403

Texas School Coalition Executive Committee Meeting

8-10 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–404

Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration Winter Meeting

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–406

ESC Region 13 Breakfast

8:30-10 a.m.

Four Seasons Hotel–San Jacinto Ballroom


Texas Association of Community Schools Executive Committee

9:30–11 a.m.

Student Transfers Across Rural Texas (STAR Texas)

10–11 a.m.

ESC Region 2 Luncheon

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

TASA/Schlechty Center Luncheon

Noon-1 p.m.

TASA Legacy Luncheon

Noon-1:15 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom E

Blue Ribbon Schools Luncheon and Recognition Program

Noon-2:30 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom D

ESC Region 6 Luncheon

Noon-1:30 p.m.

JW Marriot–Grand Salon 7/8 (4th Flr)

Texas Reads One Book Advisory Committee Meeting

2:15–3:15 p.m.

ACC–Austin Suite

Texas School Coalition Membership Meeting

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–404

Lamar University Cardinal Reception

4-6 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–408

Texas State University College of Education Reception

5-6:30 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–410

University of North Texas Reception

5-7 p.m.

The University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Superintendency Program Reception

5:30–7 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–406

Sam Houston State University College of Education Doctoral Alumni Reception

6-7 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–412

Pink Pink Rose Reception & Dinner

6:30-9 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–408 Hilton Austin Hotel–415B Fogo de Chao ACC–8AB

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salons D/E

Max’s Wine Dive

Tuesday, January 31 TASA Higher Education Committee Meeting

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–402

ESC Region 4 Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salons AB

ESC Region 7 Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–400/402

ESC Region 8 & 12 Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon G

ESC Region 10 Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon F

ESC Region 16 Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.


ESC Regions 17 & 18 Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon E

ESC Region 3 Breakfast

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–412


RELATED EVENTS ESC Region 20 Breakfast

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon D

ESC Region 9, 14 & 15 Breakfast

7:30–10 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salon C

ESC Region 11 Breakfast

8–9:30 a.m.

ESC Region 1 Luncheon

11:30 a.m.

Future Ready Leaders/School Transformation Luncheon

Noon-1:30 p.m.

EdLeader21 Lunch

Noon-2 p.m.


Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) Consortium Luncheon

Noon-2 p.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–406

Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy (Part One)

1:30-5 p.m.


ESC Region 5 Breakfast

7–9:30 a.m.

Hilton Austin Hotel–402

Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy (Part Two)

8–9:30 a.m.


TASA Accountability Forum Seminar

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom D

Principals’ Institute

9:45 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Austin Hotel–Salons J/K Fogo de Chao ACC–Ballroom E

Wednesday, February 1

Mobile App Assistance Got tech questions? We’ve got the answers! Midwinter Mobile App TASAnet Member Services Center TASA Connect Career Center


The Mobile App booth is located in the registration area (atrium level 1) Monday (7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) and Tuesday (8 a.m.–5 p.m.).

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EARLY-BIRD SESSIONS Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. TASA Mentor Training (Invited Superintendents Only) Presenter: John D. Horn, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center, and Consultant, TASA

10C (Level 3)

TASA’s Learning for Leadership is a mentoring program for Texas superintendents. In this training session, superintendents who have agreed to serve as mentors to first-time superintendents are provided with an overview of the responsibilities inherent in this important support role, including assisting the new superintendents as they establish themselves in the position and begin working to achieve an impact on their school district. Sunday, January 29, 7:30 a.m.–Noon Budget Boot Camp (Preregistration Required) Presenters: Doug Karr and Omar Garcia, Consultants, TASA

13AB (Level 4)

TASA’s Budget Boot Camp has long been considered a valuable asset to Texas school administrators working to lead schools challenged by a lack of adequate funding. School finance experts and TASA consultants Doug Karr and Omar Garcia will give administrators the opportunity to:



Complete and/or update the latest release of the state-funding template under guided instruction


Project state and local revenue for the previous, current, and future school years for current and future planning purposes


Monitor the under/over-payment of Foundation School Fund state aid for the current school year


Ask questions and dialogue about other school-finance related items of interest

Sunday, January 29, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Women Leaders in Education: Lessons for Our Times 14 (Level 4) (Open to all conference registrants; no additional fee is required to attend) Presenters: Kathy Hurley, CEO, Girls Thinking Global, and Ann McMullan, Founder, McMullan Consulting

In this highly interactive, collaborative workshop, you will discover and share strategies for navigating leadership roles within K-12 education systems. Key leadership competencies — as described in Real Women, Real Leaders by Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway — will be reviewed and analyzed. A clear understanding of these critical competencies enables school leaders to create and navigate their own pathways to success.The workshop concludes with review and analysis of the five essential leadership principles covered in Life Lessons in Leadership:The Way of the Wallaby by Ann McMullan and Michael Barrett. Before you leave, you will create your own personal action plan that incorporates the leadership competencies and strategies covered in the session. Copies of both books will be provided to all workshop participants. Thriving vs. Surviving: Living Longer is Not the Goal (Open to all conference registrants; no additional fee is required to attend) Presenter: Todd Whitthorne, President, ACAP Health Consulting

13AB (Level 4)

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January 30

3:30–5 p.m.

Exhibit Hall 5

Innovation: It’s About Time Presenter:

Shanna Peeples, 2015 National (and Texas) Teacher of the Year and Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist, Amarillo ISD


Kevin Brown, TASA President, Superintendent, Alamo Heights ISD


Donna Bahorich, Chair, State Board of Education


TASA/TASB Caudill Award Winners, Golden Deeds Award, 2017 Honorary Life Members, and Recognition of Outstanding Educators

Star Spangled Banner Soloist: Kenneth Fernandes, Cinco Ranch High School, Katy ISD Performance by 2016 TMEA Honor Orchestra: Seven Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Katy ISD As National Teacher of the Year, Shanna Peeples traveled more than 200,000 miles and spoke in 27 states and five countries, delivering more than 300 speeches on public education and her experiences. Her efforts both as a teacher and instructional coach in Amarillo ISD and as an ambassador for public schools have won her recognition from across the nation. Most recently, the Texas School Public Relations Association named her its 2016 Key Communicator. In her keynote presentation, “Innovation: It’s About Time,” Peeples will discuss Harvard professor Tony Wagner’s philosophy that the world doesn’t care what we know anymore because the world – and our students – can get anything from Google. He believes that we no longer have a knowledge economy; we have an innovation economy. And the world cares about what we can DO with what we know. Wagner says an innovator is someone who is a creative problem solver, and if there’s anything we need more of in education, it’s creative problem solvers because problems are what we have plenty of in education.

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2nd General Session

January 31

3:30–5 p.m.

TEA Priorities for the New Year Presenter:

Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education, Texas Education Agency


Buck Gilcrease, TASA President-Elect, Superintendent, Alvin ISD


Outstanding Educators

Performance by 2016 TMEA Choir: Langham Creek Mixed Choir, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD As Texas commissioner of education, Mike Morath heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for 5.3 million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools. He previously served on the Dallas ISD board of trustees. Morath is a proud graduate of Garland High School in the Garland Independent School District. Thanks to a great public school education, he earned his BBA, summa cum laude, from George Washington University in two-and-a-half years. In his presentation, the commissioner will discuss TEA’s priorities for the new year.

Session Sponsor: K12 Insight 20

Exhibit Hall 5


3rd General Session

February 1

9:45–11:15 a.m.

Exhibit Hall 5

TASA’s Vision for Learning: The Power of Talk to Increase Evidence-Based Learning Presenters:

Lauren B. Resnick and Christian Schunn, Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh


Gayle Stinson, Superintendent, Lake Dallas ISD


2014 TMEA Class 5A Honor Band: Cedar Park High School Symphonic Band, Leander ISD

TASA published Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas in 2008. So, where were we then and where are we now with respect to one of the most powerful tools of intellectual development? Intelligence has been and is still often treated as a fixed attribute that limits many students’ ability to learn. We continue to argue that schools can and should create intelligence. Today, however, we know more about how to go about that process. A body of research has now confirmed that participating in certain forms of discussion-based instruction can lead to gains in performance, not only in the subject taught, but also in other, distant domains. This means that schools can actually “grow the mind.” Here, we look at a few powerful examples of dialogic teaching and learning, and discuss some of the policy implications for educational leaders. Lauren B. Resnick is one of the thought leaders who worked with the Public Education Visioning Institute as it was drafting the TASA school transformation visioning document, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. She is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science and also of Learning Sciences and Education Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Christian Schunn is a senior scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, a professor of Psychology, Learning Sciences and Policy, and Intelligent Systems, and he serves as co-director of the Institute for Learning alongside Resnick.

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MONDAY THOUGHT LEADER SESSIONS Monday, January 30, 8:15–9:15 a.m. No Excuses Leadership: Nine Bold Choices Exceptional Leaders Make – Ballroom F Presenter:

Damen Lopez, Founder, No Excuses University Network of Schools

Twitter Handle: @noexcusesu Presiding:

Elizabeth Clark, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Birdville ISD

To say the road to becoming an exceptional leader is an adventure would be an understatement. The word “adventure” conveys a level of fluidness in your travels that, while filled with many ups and downs, still tends to lead to your destination with a high level of certainty. This might be appropriate if you seek to become a leader, but to become an “exceptional leader” is altogether different. The road to becoming an exceptional leader is more like a journey. Average people don’t take journeys. Journeys are both led and participated in by exceptional leaders willing to make bold choices along the way. There is a direct correlation between exceptional leaders — whether they are teachers, administrators, counselors, or parents — and the choices they make. No Excuses Leadership guides you on a journey to make nine bold choices that have the potential to change the lives of your students, colleagues, and community, but only if you choose to live by them.

Book Signing Immediately Following Presentation: No Excuses University—How Six Exceptional Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Schools Session Sponsor: NWEA

Becoming a Lifelong Learner – Ballroom G Presenter:

Travis Allen, Education Visionary, College Student, and CEO, iSchool Initiative

Twitter Handle: @iSchoolTravis Presiding:

George Kazanas, Superintendent, Midway ISD

Take a journey with college student Travis Allen and learn what it means to be a lifelong learner, a concept that has an entirely new definition in today’s Information Age. It requires us to create new skills as we embrace our inner student. Discover how schools, teachers, and students unintentionally obstruct their own path for the best possible education, and learn how to cultivate the right environment to break past these barriers.

Session Sponsor: Cisco


Monday, January 30, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Leading — and Surviving — Change in Challenging Times – Ballroom F Presenters:

Kathy Hurley, CEO, Girls Thinking Global, and Ann McMullan, Founder, McMullan Consulting

Twitter Handle: @Ann_McMullan Presiding:

LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent, Lufkin ISD

Leadership is the essence of the role of any district or school leadership team. Understanding how to lead and navigate change — especially in today’s ever-changing K-12 education climate — will be at the heart of this highly collaborative discussion. In this interactive session, you will learn from the presenters as well as through collaborative activities and exchanges with peers.

Book Signing Immediately Following Presentation: Real Women, Real Leaders by Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby by Ann McMullan and Michael Barrett Session Sponsor: SunGard K-12

Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed – Ballroom G Presenter:

Fenwick W. English, Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Steven Ebell, Deputy Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD

The ethos of corporate managerialism has permeated education and the politics of education. A key to that emphasis is pay for performance. What is the effect of this approach on ethics and values? This presentation explores some of the implications of personal incentives on educational leadership.

Book Signing Immediately Following Presentation: Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed

Monday, January 30, 10:45–11:45 a.m. Discovering the Proven Power of Transformational Leadership – Ballroom F Presenter:

Mike Patrick, North America Sales Leader, Milliken

Twitter Handle: @MillikenandCo Presiding:

Gayle Stinson, Superintendent, Lake Dallas ISD

Milliken & Co. — located in Spartanburg, South Carolina — is innovative in every aspect of their organization, constantly looking to customers’ needs and paying close attention to their culture and leadership. Milliken overcame significant challenges with the decline of the U.S. textile industry and now thrives as a global innovator. The story of their journey has great value for school leaders who are in the midst of transformational change. Discover Milliken’s proven approaches and their ability to inspire educators and students to embrace education in a new way, adapting to the ever-changing technological landscape through ownership and engagement.

Session Sponsor: Milliken 25

MONDAY THOUGHT LEADER SESSIONS System Change in an Era of Transformation – Ballroom G Presenter:

Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Schools-CEO, Surrey School District, British Columbia

Twitter Handle: @jordantinney Presiding:

David Belding, Superintendent, Aubrey ISD

School districts around the world are embracing “21st century competencies” to modernize systems in response to an increasingly globalized and technological world. In response to these changes, every district can highlight pockets of innovation and creativity. The question is “How do you take these wonderful pockets and move them to scale?” British Columbia is undergoing substantial curricular and assessment changes. The Surrey School District’s innovation and leadership has resulted in ISTE’s 2015 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation, the Cmolik Prize for contributions to public education in British Columbia, and recognition by the National Centre on Education and the Economy as one of the highest performing systems in the world because of steps taken on teacher collaboration. In this session, Surrey Superintendent Jordan Tinney will share how Surrey embraced innovation and change through modernizing curriculum and assessment.

Session Sponsor: FreshGrade

Monday, January 30, 1–2 p.m. Effects of Poverty on the Brain and Learning – Ballroom F Presenter:

Martha Burns, Adjunct Associate Professor, Northwestern University, and Fellow, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Jeanette Winn, Superintendent, Karnes City ISD

Poverty may be the main problem we face in education today. This session will review the newest educational neuroscience research that reveals the negative effect poverty has on brain maturation, specifically in the regions of the human brain necessary for learning math and reading. The good news is that there are evidence-based neuroscience solutions as well.

Session Sponsor: Scientific Learning

Leading vs. Managing: Should We Fuss? – Ballroom G Presenter:

Doug Christensen, Ph.D., Emeritus Commissioner of Education (Nebraska), Director of Education Specialist Degree Program, Professor of Education Leadership, Doane University

Twitter Handle: @DougChristense1 Presiding:

Clark Ealy, Superintendent, College Station ISD

Join Doug Christensen for a conversation about leading, including: how leading and managing are co-dependent; how leading and managing are potentially pathological to the individual and the organization; how effective leading and managing are products of the concept of “design”; and how leading and managing “by design” is critical to leading change and improvement.


Monday, January 30, 2:15–3:15 p.m. Powerful Readers and Writers in Diverse 21st Century Classrooms: A Leader’s Call to Action! – Ballroom F Presenter:

Ernest Morrell, Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

Twitter Handle: @ernestmorrell Presiding:

Doug Williams, Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD

What can educational leaders do to create comprehensive literacy learning environments in schools and classrooms that increase student engagement, develop literate identities, and promote academic achievement? This talk employs a sociocultural framework to explain key reasons why students who want to do well end up failing, and it helps leaders and teachers imagine ways to eliminate these causes of failure. Ultimately, it offers a socially, culturally, and digitally relevant model of literacy education that draws upon multicultural literature, contemporary events, and youth research in neighborhoods and communities to inspire students as social actors while also developing them as powerful readers, writers, speakers, and users of emergent digital technologies.

Session Sponsor: Scholastic

Next-Generation Assessment and Accountability: Why A–F is a Mistake – Ballroom G Presenter:

John Tanner, Executive Director, Test Sense, and author, The Pitfalls of Reform

Twitter Handle: @testsensejt Presiding:

Greg Smith, Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD

In fall 2017, in accordance with existing legislation and unless there is a change in state policy, Texas will join 16 other states in implementing a public school rating system that assigns letter grades to schools and districts. In this session, John Tanner, author of The Pitfalls of Reform, will review the research associated with A-F school rating systems and discuss why they fail as an indicator of school quality, create confusion among educators, and fail to offer the public useful or accurate information about their schools. He will also explore, why, to be meaningful, next-generation assessment and accountability systems must be community-based and not focused on state testing mandates. The TASA Accountability Series of essays, published in November 2016, addresses these topics in detail.


TUESDAY THOUGHT LEADER SESSIONS Book Signing Immediately Following Presentation: The Pitfalls of Reform

Tuesday, January 31, 9–10 a.m. Leading a 21st Century District – Ballroom F Presenters:

Ken Kay, CEO, EdLeader 21, and Karen Garza, CEO, Battelle for Kids

Twitter Handle: @kenkay21 Presiding:

Dana West, Superintendent, Amarillo ISD

Superintendents in Texas and around the country are leading the effort to transform their districts by focusing on what 21st century competencies their students need to succeed in their future lives and careers. Join Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21, as he moderates a panel of district leaders in a discussion about the critical elements of their transformation efforts. Panelists include Dana West, superintendent, Amarillo ISD, and Christine Caskey, chief academic officer, Katy ISD. The session will include a focus on: creating a profile of a graduate; creating the requisite school and district culture and leadership; and focusing on 21st century pedagogies and 21st century assessment strategies.

When It Comes to Profound Learning, Let the Students Do the Work – Ballroom G Presenter:

Rosita Apodaca, Senior Fellow, Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh


Daniel Treviño, Jr., Superintendent, Mercedes ISD

Learn how the Institute for Learning’s Principles of Learning make thinking visible and engage learners with high thinking demand tasks, complex texts, and Accountable Talk practices. You will see ELs take charge of their learning and show their thinking in ways that allow teachers to mediate. Professional development for educators is done in apprenticeship and in community. Evidence is provided to show how our approach increases student learning, develops teachers, and deepens leaders’ understanding of their roles.

Tuesday, January 31, 10:15–11:15 a.m. The STEM of Learning – Ballroom F Presenters:

Richard Erdmann, Co-founder, Syfr Learning, and Peter Negroni, Former Senior Vice President for K-12 Education, College Board


Richard Carranza, Superintendent, Houston ISD

Does STEM apply to how we design learning? Actually, there is a science and mathematics to learning but for the most part we do not use it. With all the focus on STEM, one would think that we would apply it in how we design our students’ learning but our experience is that while schools continually try to figure out how to teach STEM, they do not use STEM to figure out how to teach. Spend some time exploring STEM as it applies to learning and see a preview of how the TASA-Chevron STEM program will be extended in the years to come.You might be surprised.


The Science of Learning: How Understanding Brain Function Increases Student Math Success – Ballroom G Presenter:

Nigel Nisbet, Vice President of Content Creation, MIND Research Institute

Twitter Handle: @nigel_nisbet Presiding:

Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent, Burkburnett ISD

To ensure that we are creating a level but rigorous playing field for all students to succeed, regardless of their primary language and socio-economic background, we have to better understand the science behind how students learn.This presentation will demonstrate how neuroscience, motivational research, and innovative technology can transform math education for ALL students. Participants will gain knowledge of the brain’s perception-action cycle and leave with a solid understanding of why the transition from a passive environment to an active learning environment is key to deeper conceptual levels of understanding. Participants will also take away how these methods, tools, and insights can support the design of instructional materials that are engaging, effective, and supportive of 21st century learners that are better prepared for success in school and our knowledge-based economy.

Session Sponsor: MIND Research Institute

Tuesday, January 31, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Re-Envisioning Teaching and Learning for Today’s Digital Students – Ballroom F Presenter:

Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships, Discovery Education

Twitter Handle: @scott_kinney Presiding:

Orlando Riddick, Superintendent, Cedar Hill ISD

Today’s students engage with content differently than any previous generation.Yet even though learners have a clear preference for how they interact with information, we largely ignore them when considering educational content. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in professional learning and education technology, Discovery Education’s Scott Kinney will take attendees into the minds of today’s students and help participants re-envision the future of teaching and learning.

Session Sponsor: Discovery Education

Improving Student Learning – The Solution to Filling Absences in School Districts – Ballroom G Presenter:

Fred Bentsen, Director of Business Development, Source4Teachers


Kevin Worthy, Superintendent, Royse City ISD

In today’s educational landscape, it has become increasingly necessary to provide students with effective, consistent education, even in the absence of regular district staff. Year after year, districts are challenged with hiring enough qualified substitute talent to meet their needs.Without a substantial enough substitute pool to cover employee absences, districts are forced to consider unappealing options such as combining classrooms or sacrificing teacher preparation time for classroom coverage. These options come at significant financial cost, and more important, at the cost of student productivity and engagement.Taking a step toward improved student experience, Fred Bentsen will highlight and share best practices on how districts can increase their fill rate.

Session Sponsor: Source4Teachers


TUESDAY THOUGHT LEADER SESSIONS Tuesday, January 31, 2:15–3:15 p.m. Evidence-Based Practices for Writing Instruction and Approaches for Building Capacity – Ballroom F Presenter:

Gary Troia, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University


Christi Morgan, Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD

This session will introduce participants to 10 core components of effective writing instruction and assessment that encompass 36 evidence-based practices. Several high-leverage practices will be highlighted and suggestions for building school and district capacity for using evidence-based writing practices will be shared.

Session Sponsor: Turnitin

Iteration and Innovation in Education – Ballroom G Presenter:

Jamie Casap, Global Education Evangelist, Google

Twitter Handle: @jcasap Presiding:

Jill Siler, Superintendent, Gunter ISD

As the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex. We now operate on a global scale and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment. We are preparing them to solve global problems we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist. To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, problem solve, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically. What we need more than anything in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student-focused learning.

Session Sponsor: Google

Wednesday, January 31, 8:30–9:30 a.m. Leadership for Green Schools – Ballroom G Presenter:

Cynthia Uline, Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University, and Director, National Center for the 21st Century Schoolhouse


Randy Reid, Superintendent, Keller ISD

This session will explore the planning, design, and construction of school facilities from a learner-centered perspective through communication, research, and training. Dr. Uline’s research focuses on the influence of built learning environments on students’ learning, as well as the role the public plays in shaping these learning spaces, with special emphasis on school leadership for learning and school change and improvement.

Session Sponsor: LPA, Inc.








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ASPIRING SUPERINTENDENTS’ ACADEMY Academy Schedule Part 1 n Tuesday, January 31 Noon-1:30 p.m.

TASA Future-Ready Leaders/School Transformation Luncheon Ballroom E

1:30-5 p.m.


Part 2 n Wednesday, February 1 8–9:30 a.m.


Academy Leaders John D. Horn, Former Superintendent and Senior Associate, Schlechty Center, and Consultant, TASA Jenny Preston, Former Superintendent and Partner, Horn, Smith, Wood, and Preston TASA’s popular Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy creates a learning opportunity for those who aspire to become superintendents.The session focuses on moral and aesthetic dimensions of what it means to be the top education leader in a school district and its community. Particular attention is given to developing clarity about the beliefs and values that result in distinguished leadership in a connected and digitized world. NOTE: Registration for the 2017TASA Midwinter Conference is required, along with an additional fee for the academy.The fee includes luncheon onTuesday and continental breakfast onWednesday.You may register onsite at the Conference Registration Desk through Monday, January 30, at noon. Academy Sponsors: Stantec and Turnitin


TASA EDCAMP @ MIDWINTER Located at the back of the Exhibit Hall (Monday-Tuesday only) TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter is an opportunity for leaders to engage in practical, conversational sessions facilitated by attending participants. As an alternative to the traditional concurrent session, this area—new to TASA Midwinter Conference for 2017—provides a format for participants to draw on individual expertise, dive deep into meaningful dialogue with peers from across Texas, and collaborate for real results.  Various topics have been pre-selected based on identified areas of critical need and scheduled so that conference attendees can simply show up and join in a conversation of their choice. Moderators are assigned to each session in order to facilitate discussion. The sessions listed below are scheduled for TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter. During unscheduled session times, districts are free to use this space for spontaneous leadership collaborations with their team or fellow districts. Monday, January 30 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Small-Schools Roundtable Participants propose and lead discussions on issues that directly concern the unique challenges facing small school districts across Texas. 10:45-11:45 a.m.—Harnessing Human Energy for STEM Success Participants in one or more of the Chevron-sponsored STEM Summits held over the past three years join Richard Erdmann and Christine Drew, Syfr, to provide feedback on their experiences and to discuss next steps to further empower STEM work with students around Energy, Medicine, and Space. Other districts passionate about transforming learning around these concepts are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. 1-2 p.m.—Curriculum Management Audit Districts with past audit experience come together to explore the various ways they’ve addressed their audit findings, and help districts currently involved in the process maximize their audit’s instructional impact. Districts interested in learning more can come learn from those who have gone before them. 2:15-3:15 p.m.—OPEN for District Collaboration Tuesday, January 31 9-10 a.m.—A-F and Other Topics Related to Assessment and Accountability Opportunity for participants to engage in small-group discussions with Thought Leaders John Tanner and Doug Christensen regarding Community-Based Accountability System design, next generation assessment, and changing the assessment and accountability system from the inside out. 10:15-11:15 a.m.—Student Engagement and Personalized District Support Participants interested in exploring student engagement and the Schlechty Center’s Strategic Change Agenda, the newest service offered by the Center in partnership with TASA, join George Thompson, President and Chairman of the Board, and John Horn, Senior Associate, for small-group discussions on ways to create a culture of engagement and design a supporting system that drives and sustains innovation through this alternative to traditional strategic planning. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—OPEN for District Collaboration 2:15-3:15 p.m.—OPEN for District Collaboration


LEARNING WITH APPLE AT TASA MIDWINTER At Apple, we believe learning should be personal and accessible, no matter what a student’s abilities or learning style. For 40 years we’ve designed products that create opportunities to engage every student by making learning personal. Our products transform traditional classrooms and lessons into experiences that inspire creativity and encourage collaboration—experiences that profoundly impact a student’s curiosity for learning and path in life. Please join us during TASA’s Midwinter Conference for any or all of these special sessions to get a deeper understanding of how Apple products and digital content are transforming learning and teaching. These sessions will emphasize engaging, hands-on projects that leverage the tools, resources, and features available to support all students and teachers in a flexible classroom environment. Monday, January 30 • 4th Floor (outside Ballroom D) Time

Session Title

Session Description

8:15–9:15 a.m.

What’s New with Apple

Join us for an exclusive briefing about what’s new for schools in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. We believe technology has the power to transform the classroom. Now it’s even easier to get devices in the hands of your students. Learn more about new tools such as the Classroom app for iPad, Apple School Manager, and Shared iPad. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest in education technology from Apple.

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Hands-on with Assessments on iPad

iPad is the ideal tool for delivering curriculum, as well as for administering a wide variety of assessments. Learn how companies that build the products you use every day in your classrooms are delivering digital solutions for iPad—including an amazing array of core subject content and solutions for administering assessments.

10:45–11:45 a.m.


Specific micro-session offerings to be announced at Midwinter

1–2 p.m.

Everyone Can Code

Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a program designed to give everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code with Swift. Experience Swift Playgrounds, a free app for iPad for first-time coders with a complete set of Apple-designed lessons that make getting started fun and interactive, and explore the accompanying teacher guide. You’ll also learn about App Development with Swift, a curriculum for high school and college for Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

iPad in Primary Learning

More than ever, teachers are using iPad and digital content to revolutionize early childhood education. Come experience a variety of curriculum-focused apps that engage students and personalize learning. Explore creativity tools on iPad that let students share knowledge in compelling new ways.

Tuesday, January 31 • 4th Floor (outside Ballroom D) Time

Session Title

Session Description

9–10 a.m.

Reaching All Learners— Apple Tools for Special Needs

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how Apple devices are helping students with special needs learn and engage like never before. Come to this session and discover key features built into Apple products for students with special needs. You’ll see how iPad and Mac offer a rich set of accessibility features that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Lights, Camera, Literacy

Discover how you can use iPad to enrich academic learning through iMovie, Explain Everything, and more. Participate in a hands-on session, and leave with strategies for what to do before, during, and after moviemaking to elevate student learning and reflection.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

STEM in Motion

Learn how you can use Mac and iPad to create and deliver engaging STEM content at this hands-on event. As part of this K–12 journey, you’ll discover a wide range of engaging STEM apps on iPad that enable anytime learning. You’ll also see how digital content can personalize and energize the learning of challenging STEM concepts. Finally, you’ll find out how educators are using iTunes U courses and collections, Multi-Touch textbooks and learning materials, and interactive tools to engage their students.

1:15–2 p.m.


Specific micro-session offerings to be announced at Midwinter

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Customizing Learning with iTunes U*

Find out how to give students a customized learning experience with an iTunes U course. See how teachers can create and manage courses and how students can experience it all using the iTunes U app on iPad. You’ll see how easy it is to build a course on iPad with apps, audio, video, iBooks Textbooks, and your own existing materials.

*TASA on iTunes U is a library of digital resource collections, organized by course, that make it easier for teachers to incorporate digital

learning opportunities into their lessons. Teachers may access the collections—currently numbering 62—for free. Each one includes courseenhancing digital resources that teams of experienced teachers and content specialists have curated. TASA engaged educators from across the state to build the library to help districts with the digital integration needed to achieve MISSION: School Transformation.



Monday n 9:30–10:30 a.m.


9:30–10:30 a.m.

Facilitating Quality Relationships: Using Technology to Navigate and Respect Personal Choice – 9C Denise Shetter, Superintendent, Kermit ISD Rey Lascano, Special Assistant to the President, Director of Continuing Education, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Arun Mathews, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Center Hospital, Odessa Ravi Shakamuri, CEO, Starcare

How can a school district help solve one of the biggest healthcare crises in the country and continue to meet the challenge of growing our students to be college -and career- ready? Kermit ISD has partnered with healthcare, technology, and higher ed professionals to create an app to help students navigate their personal and family information. By having students start managing their own records, they understand the cause-and-effect relationships associated with their personal choices. Development and implementation of T-TESS and T-PESS – 10A Eloy Chapa, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Goose Creek CISD Marie Flynn, Area Executive Director, Goose Creek CISD Susan Jackson, Principal, Goose Creek Memorial, Goose Creek CISD

Goose Creek CISD is one of 10 districts in ESC Region 4 that took part in the refinement year for T-TESS and T-PESS. GCCISD has developed and implemented systems, processes, and evaluation products to fully support the new Texas teacher and principal appraisal systems. Participants will receive various products to help them with the full implementation of T-TESS and T-PESS. Successful Strategies of a Turnaround Principal – 10B Brian Gottardy, Superintendent, North East ISD Pauline Dow, Chief Instructional Officer, North East ISD Gaila Booth, Principal, North East ISD

When Olmos Elementary was rated Improvement Required in 2014, the leadership team in North East ISD (San Antonio) knew that changes were needed. A principal with many years of turnaround experience was hired to help the campus undergo a cultural change and raise the level of student achievement. Olmos Elementary was able to reach Met Standard, the highest state accountability rating, in 2015 and 2016. In this session, district and campus leaders will share the strategies of excellence that led to a strong instructional program.


TSPRA If You Want Your District in the Media, Then Become the Media – 10C Jeffrey Hanks, Superintendent, Weatherford ISD Charlotte LaGrone, Executive Director of Organizational Culture, Weatherford ISD John Tarrant, Director, Marketing and Communications, Weatherford ISD

Gone are the days of printing and mailing newsletters and hoping they’ll be read before they make it to the trash can, or sending stories to the local newspaper and hoping they’ll by published. Today, social media venues provide a platform for school districts to create engaging communication messages that market, inform, and reinforce the great things happening in your school district. Make the transition from traditional communication methods to social media and never look back! FAC Allen ISD STEAM Center: Designing Experiences for Kindergarteners to Seniors – 11AB Daniel Pitcock, Chief Operations Officer, Allen ISD Jennifer Wilhelm, Assistant Superintendent, Learner Services, Allen ISD Sloan Harris, Principal, VLK Architects Dalane Bouillion, Educational Planner, VLK Architects

When faced with enrollment growth, Allen ISD creatively responded with a STEAM Center to support high school students while also providing a field experience laboratory for K-8 students. Specialized HB 5-aligned curricula drove a collaborative planning process. The result was an innovative learning environment for both indoor and outdoor learning. Come learn more about the already exceptional Allen ISD, and view a sample of the incredible STEAM experiences for K-8 students. FAC Building a 21st Century Learning Environment SMSCH in a Small, Rural School District – 12A Cathy Amonett, Superintendent, O’Donnell ISD Scott Reed, Architect, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. Allan Wolf, Engineer, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. Dusty Black, Construction Manager, Lee Lewis Construction, Inc.

Creatively partnering with engineers, architects, and construction managers to facilitate the planning, design, and construction of 21st century learning environments is vital to the building process. This session explores: the steps a small rural school took when passing a bond; designing a progressive learning environment that meets the wants and needs of the community; maintaining the budget restraints with limited funding; and creating an ongoing, sustainable checklist for completion.

Learn about the recommendations and provide feedback on the recommendations.

Daniel King, Superintendent, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Jesus Chavez, Visiting Professor, Education and Community Leadership, Texas State University Catherine Clark, Consultant, Education Policy & Research, TASB Ray Freeman, Deputy Executive Director, Equity Center

TEA Academic Accountability in 2017 and Beyond – 16A

Although the Texas Supreme Court declared the Texas school finance system constitutional using the “minimum” constitutional standard, it pointed to a number of shortcomings. So what should the Texas Legislature do to address them? An expert panel will discuss what they hope the Texas Legislature does this session.The panel will also address how you can become involved and communicate your concerns and suggestions to your legislators. LEGAL Beware of the New Overtime Regulations – 13AB Juan Cruz, Attorney, J. Cruz & Associates, LLC

Awareness of the new overtime regulations is key to avoid civil penalties. In addition, new regulations from the Department of Labor require careful examination as they now carry criminal implications for management employees. The key parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act should be carefully understood by any management employee, including properly classifying exempt employees, establishing the workweek standard, and making proper vs. improper deductions. Transformational Professional Learning—The NEW School Transformation Network Platform – 14 Mary Kemper, Director of Mathematics, Coppell ISD Jeff Mann, Principal, College Station ISD Joella Duran, Learning Coach, Keller ISD Eric Simpson, Director, Learning and Leadership Services, TASA

Mission: School Transformation is leading the way in supporting Texas schools in integrating digital learning into learning pathways school leadership.TASA is introducing a new learning platform that will be available to all School Transformation Network districts. Come see professional learning opportunities designed specifically for campus leaders and district administrators. mySTN is a virtual space for campus and district administrators to engage in learning around the Visioning work, build leadership skill, and cultivate a professional support network. Come see how this new professional learning opportunity can move your district forward in the School Transformation work. Teacher Preparation: How Can We Make Real Change for Our Future Teachers? – 15 Priscilla Garza, Deputy Director, Educate Texas

The Teacher Preparation Collaborative convened teachers, superintendents, principals, Texas deans of education, representatives of alternative certification programs, and other education stakeholders to develop recommendations aimed at improving teacher preparation so that teachers are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to provide Texas students with a 21st century education.

Christopher Lucas, Director of Policy and Communications, Texas Education Agency Heather Smalley, Program Specialist, Texas Education Agency

This session will provide the latest information on the 2017 state accountability system, the requirements of federal accountability, and the implementation of the A–F state accountability system scheduled for the 2017–18 school year. Evidence-Based Research on Educator Effectiveness and English Learners in Texas – 16B Melissa Dodson, REL Southwest Deputy Director, American Institutes for Research Michael Vaden-Kiernan, REL Southwest Director, American Institutes for Research Jason LaTurner, Texas Comprehensive Center Director, American Institutes for Research

REL Southwest, one of 10 regional educational laboratories, serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. In Texas, REL works with TEA and educators to address pressing education challenges through three research alliances: Educator Effectiveness, English Learners, and Hispanic STEM. This session will highlight the work of these alliances, which bring together practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others to conduct research. Excellence in Teaching Incentive Program: A District’s Investment in Teachers – 17A David Vroonland, Superintendent, Mesquite ISD Beth Nicholas, Deputy Superintendent, Mesquite ISD

Mesquite ISD is moving from a compliance-based system to an ownership culture that invests in human capital. To that end, the district has developed a pathway that allows teachers to advance professionally and grow financially while remaining in the classroom. This is not another performance-based incentive pay system! This solution builds capacity and creates a distributive leadership model that leads to greater teacher ownership and improved student performance. CTO SMART Networks: A Comprehensive Design Enabling Digital Transformation – 18A Frankie Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Kevin Schwartz, Technology Officer of Learning & Systems, Austin ISD Polly Gifford, Consultant, Evolve Data Center Services, Inc.

Several districts are faced with a challenge: how to implement a network that reliably, securely and cost-effectively meets student learning needs and helps prepare them to be 21st century global leaders. In this session, presenters will review how their districts are deploying a comprehensive network design that connects 100-plus campuses and supports 500,000-plus devices. The presenters will help attendees better understand how to transform their technology.


Monday n 9:30–10:30 a.m.

School Finance: What Should the Legislature Do Now? – 12B

Monday n 9:30–10:30 a.m..

MONDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS Improving Student and Teacher Well-Being: The Hidden Effect on Learning – 18B Michael Eckert, Strategic Marketing Leader, Milliken

Over the past ten years, there has been a disturbing trend in moisture-related issues in the subfloor. Whether the problem is moisture remediation, mold and mildew, or simply flooring becoming loose over time, these issues are increasing at an alarming rate. The presenter will demystify what’s going on beneath the flooring in your classrooms and offer some valuable solutions to save money, reduce risk, and improve student and teacher well-being. Learn why this trend in moisture-related flooring issues exists, why it is happening scientifically, and how to cut through the noise of solutions to identify some key steps you can take on your next flooring project to ensure success. Transform Your Campus: A Firm Foundation for School Success – 18C LaTonya Hodge, Manager, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, KIPP Houston Public Schools

We invest millions of dollars in curriculum, but when we spend so much time managing behavior, much of it goes undelivered. This session will offer practical, tangible strategies your teachers can use immediately to help them teach appropriate behavior, respond the right way to challenging behavior, eliminate multiple warnings and repeated requests, and create a school culture where everybody can be more successful. SMSCH Building “Rock Solid” T-TESS Instruction With the Fundamental 5 – 18D Max Thompson, Superintendent, Banquete ISD Denise Blanchard, Special Education Director, Banquete ISD Kerry Thompson, Curriculum Director, Banquete ISD

Looking for a “rock solid” PLC topic that improves instruction and calms T-TESS fears while leaving teachers and students feeling empowered? This session offers practical, motivating instructional strategies that teachers can immediately implement. Teachers who have participated have said: “Now I can slay T-TESS and still have fun teaching!” and “Best practical workshop in years!” A principal who attended commented: “My teachers have bought into Fundamental 5 and the culture change is phenomenal!” SMSCH Personalizing Learning: Continuing a Thoughtful Approach to Implementation – 19A Kim Alexander, Superintendent, Roscoe Collegiate ISD Marsha Alexander, Dean of Academic Affairs, Roscoe Collegiate ISD Jacob Tiemann, Director of Early College High School & STEM, Roscoe Collegiate ISD Carolyn Wiberg, Director, Strategic Alliances, Silverback Learning Solutions, Inc.

Implementing transformational change in year two brings specific plans for personalized learning into focus.With Silverback Mileposts, data-driven decisions guide curriculum, instruction, and professional development. Assessment and intervention insights, progress


monitoring and student growth, as well as compliance checks for 504, IEP, and ESL students are highlights of the district’s use of a personalized learning platform. Join us as these leaders discuss their ongoing implementation plan. Taking New Learning Standards from District Ideas to Campus Implementation – 19B Robert Thornell, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Northwest ISD Mike Blankenship, Principal, Northwest ISD Jessica McDonald, Principal, Northwest ISD

A leader in the school transformation movement in Texas, Northwest ISD has used TASA’s Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas document to design authentic teaching and learning. Participants will hear how the district has built capacity in its instructional leaders, who have then implemented new learning standards on their campuses. Using the visioning framework as a model, NISD has allowed each campus to focus on its greatest area of impact.


10:45–11:45 a.m.

Three A’s of Technology in the ELA Classroom: Accountability, Achievement, and Academic Integrity – 9C Mary Shelton, ELA Coordinator–Secondary Focus, Garland ISD Sheryl Colaur, Account Executive, Turnitin

Garland ISD teachers have used Turnitin Feedback Studio for several years to address accountability, achievement, and academic integrity as the name suggests. In this session, presenters will discuss what the teachers have accomplished and share trends from the district’s historical data during the use of the technology. Mary Shelton of Garland ISD will share where she sees the program being utilized at is fullest extent: the advanced level classes across all content areas. If writing and digital citizenship are priorities in your district, you don’t want to miss this! Integrated Computational Thinking, 21st Century Skills, and Engineering Design – 10A Cheryl Farmer, Director of Pre-college Engineering Education Initiatives, Engineer Your World from The University of Texas at Austin Rosemary Kelly, Principal, Taylor ISD

Discover “Engineer Your World,” an innovative, research-based engineering curriculum that offers students the opportunity to earn university credit from a national top-10 college of engineering. Engineer Your World satisfies the TEKS for multiple courses (e.g., engineering design and problem solving, concepts of engineering and technology), fosters computational thinking, and supports the development of 21st century skills. Funding opportunities are available to offset implementation costs.

Nathan Smith, Vice President, First Public (subsidiary of TASB)

We have learned a lot from the recent recession. As the economy starts to recover, it’s a good time to review your investment portfolio and strategies for minimizing risk. In this session, the discussion focuses on various types of risk, including security risks, strategy risks, and market risks. The presenter also addresses various ways to diversify your portfolio and how diversification can minimize risk. TSPRA Customer Service—It Starts at the Top – 10C Candace Ahlfinger, Speaker/Consultant, Waxahachie ISD

School districts are evaluated not only on their academic achievement but also on their customer service. In this period of increased competitiveness, district leadership has to adopt and model the concepts so that every employee realizes the importance of being customer-friendly at all times. Attendees will learn tips and ideas to build and maintain excellent customer service in their districts. FAC Authentic Learning Spaces: Preparing Students for Life and Work – 11AB Sarah Martin, Director, Career and Technical Education, Katy ISD Meredith Watassek, Director, Career and Technical Education, Fort Bend ISD Jennifer Henrikson, Senior Associate, Stantec Laura Sachtleben, Principal, Stantec

Bridging core academics and cognitive skill development with applied learning, STEAM and CTE programs help students uncover their passion through hands-on learning, while empowering them with a comprehensive skill set for a successful future. Hear how two school districts are integrating these authentic learning facilities that prepare students for life and work. FAC Next-Generation School Environments: Lessons Learned From Games Like Pokemon Go – 12A Dave Lambson, Director of Technology, Birdville ISD Irene Nigaglioni, Partner, PBK Corrie Hood, Associate, PBK

Many aspects of augmented reality games like Pokemon Go could be included in successful school facility design. Learning from the game’s goals of creating community and getting people to move, the presenters will share those technology components and school design elements that will yield an exciting, rewarding school environment. Examples will include graphics, furniture, and space design that can create novelty and allow for enhanced mobility. Costs for implementing will also be shared. LEGAL The Superintendents Contract–What Should and Should NOT Be Included – 12B Cory Hartsfield, Attorney, Adams, Lynch, & Loftin, P.C.

Improving Student Achievement Using Official SAT Practice From Khan Academy – 13AB Aaron Lemon-Strauss, Executive Director, SAT Student Success, College Readiness Assessments, The College Board Lisa Nucci, Director of College and Career Readiness, Leander ISD Kristyn Edney, Advanced Academic Administrator, Garland ISD Jennifer Ertel, Senior Manager, College Readiness, Houston ISD

Khan Academy has partnered with The College Board to offer free, personalized Online SAT® Practice for all students anytime, anywhere. This adaptive practice experience uses official SAT® and PSAT/NMSQT test materials and Khan Academy resources to provide customized feedback for each student.This panel discussion and presentation shares how three districts have successfully promoted and implemented Khan Academy’s Online SAT® Practice resources to drive improvements in student achievement. Got Digital? Key Strategies for Integrating and Managing Digital Curriculum – 14 Robert Bayard, Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD Susan Silva, Executive Director, Professional Learning, Clear Creek ISD

Gone digital? Perhaps UDL? Maybe even PBL? Or is your district somewhere else on the digital frontier? Gain insight and gather specific details on how best to meet your district’s unique vision, goals, philosophy, and infrastructure related to digital curriculum. Whether you’re interested in streamlining curriculum management, improving teacher productivity, or offering students personal learning that will accelerate student mastery—or all three—don’t miss this session! Snapshot: Texas Students Reading and Treating People Right the First Time – 15 Dan Korem, President, Korem & Associates

Imagine if your students could instantly read another student or staff member and know how they’ll communicate, operate, and make decisions … so they can treat them right the first time! Dan Korem, the critically acclaimed author of Snapshot, will share how every group of students from any culture and demographic that uses this easy-to-learn skill produces stunning results at school, home, and work. The world has changed and students using snapshot reads are rising above the challenge. TEA School Finance Update – 16A Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, Texas Education Agency Amy Copeland, Assistant Director, State Funding, Texas Education Agency

This session provides an update on state funding from TEA in the current biennium, new state funding initiatives, and a look ahead to the 2018-2019 biennium and the 2017 legislative session.

This session covers all aspects of the superintendent’s contract with a school district, including what should and should not be included.


Monday n 10:45–11:45 a.m.

IOT Risk and Diversification – 10B

Monday n 10:45–11:45 a.m.

MONDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS SMSCH Transforming District Culture: Building the Heart of a Lion – 16B

SMSCH Endless Opportunities and Exceptional Outcomes: A 450-Student School District – 18B

Marshall Harrison, Superintendent, Blooming Grove ISD Jessica Lee, Director of Curriculum & Federal Programs, Blooming Grove ISD Jack Lee, Blooming Grove High School Principal, Blooming Grove ISD Corey Hickerson, Blooming Grove Elementary Principal, Blooming Grove ISD

Jeff Cottrill, Superintendent, Knippa ISD Marc Puig, Superintendent, Beeville ISD Jason Hewitt, Chief Academic Officer, Bastrop ISD

Is your school culture positive or toxic? Although difficult to define, culture can have an incredible impact on school district success. Learn how Blooming Grove ISD implemented a variety of practical strategies to transform their school district culture into an engaging, student-centered learning organization focused on core values. Session highlights include a handout detailing strategies and implementation steps, as well as a panel Q&A discussion with district leaders. Accountability and the 85th Texas Legislature – 17A Maria Whitsett, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Curtis Culwell, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Dee Carney, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates

The 85th Texas Legislature convenes in January 2017. Legislators will receive the TEA’s modeling of letter grade (A-F) academic accountability ratings and the recommendations of the Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability. With the House Public Education Committee under new leadership, a new leadership team at TEA, and new interest groups forming, public education assessment and accountability are likely to be as popular as ever “under the dome.” The Future Is Open Educational Resources – 17B Daniel Williamson, Managing Director, OpenStax, Rice University

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing. Popularity of OER has soared and now state education systems as well as individual schools and districts have turned to OER for several reasons: 1) OER are flexible and can be used in many different instruction models; 2) OER can be easily integrated into tech-ready classrooms; and 3) OER are freely available. This session will explore current OER models and opportunities for schools. CTO T-TESS: Through the Technology Lens – 18A Albert Martinez, Director for Technology Support Services, Corpus Christi ISD Cary Perales, Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Corpus Christi ISD

The T-TESS rubric refers to technology in a broad sense; Corpus Christi ISD developed a detailed supplemental matrix that will help guide teachers to self- assess how technology should be used for planning and instruction and provide the principal with “look fors” to encourage specific feedback. District technology leaders will provide concrete examples of how technology integration is understood by both partners and relates back to the evaluation tool.


Every day a litany of excuses is offered to justify why student outcomes cannot be realized. This session begins by focusing on the necessary mindset to overcome the obstacles that too often limit student opportunities. As educational leaders, it is imperative to embrace today’s reality in order to create the future that is tomorrow. Come learn how to support your student’s dreams through today’s actions: system culture, ECHS, teacher in training programs, accountability, transfers, etc. Early Literacy: Laying a Strong Foundation for Success – 18C Arturo Cavazos, Superintendent, Harlingen CISD

The early years of a student’s schooling build the foundation for their educational career. Harlingen CISD has illuminated the need to start with a solid foundation. The district redesigned the learning experience at pre-K and Kindergarten and implemented a comprehensive professional learning plan for teachers and administrators alike. The results have yielded much success, and the district’s systemic way of addressing student needs has been wellreceived by the community. Transforming School Culture: Using the PLC Process to Develop Campus Leaders – 18D Karen Hickman, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Achievement, Pasadena ISD Marsha Jones, Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Pasadena ISD Janet Nuzzie, Instructional Specialist, Elementary Mathematics, Pasadena ISD

Organizational transformation is a team effort. This session will focus on how one district is working to equip campus administrators and teacher leaders with the tools necessary to transform teacher teams into collaborative, interdependent teams with a collective investment in the learning of all students. Join us as we explore how our district has utilized these efforts to develop the leadership skills of all stakeholders and the evidence of student achievement that supports these efforts.

Bruce Gearing, Superintendent, Dripping Springs ISD Fred Brent, Superintendent, Georgetown ISD Kerri Ranney, Director, Huckabee

Two districts are attacking the same challenge from different angles by adopting comprehensive approaches to the transformation of learning experiences and outcomes for students and teachers. Join these districts’ leaders as they describe their journey through the complexities of personalization, including: student learning and innovation; professional learning and career development; community engagement/locally based accountability; and building design. Discussion will touch on creativity, flexibility, and adaptability. FAC Can Instructional Space Enhance Next Generation Learning? – 19B Doug Williams, Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD Christi Morgan, Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD Carmen Ayo, Principal, Sunnyvale ISD Keith Anderson, Principal, WRA Architects, Inc.

Next Generation Learning seeks to build a collaborative and innovative process to prepare our students for life beyond their K-12 education. The school environment is a key piece to this endeavor, and must enhance the learning experience through educational innovation. Join us, and hear the story of a school district that wanted their space to facilitate the district vision for learning, how the space was designed and how it is utilized to facilitate a personalized learning experience.


1–2 p.m.

Improving Science Achievement With Digital Content: Texas Case Studies – 9C Brad Fountain, Educational Techbook Consultant, Discovery Education

Across Texas, forward-thinking school systems are using dynamic digital content to bring science instruction alive and improve student achievement. Join Discovery Education’s Brad Fountain as he reviews case studies of Texas school systems that are creating modern science learning environments that meet the needs of today’s media-savvy students. Attendees will hear about the unique strategies school districts are using to combine professional development and digital media to transform teaching and learning.

Do It Yourself (DIY) RtI – 10A Theresa Sands, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Southside ISD Jackie Lain, President, Learning List Jennifer Drumm, Director of Professional Development, Learning List

Districts spend millions of dollars every year on RtI materials. Are you getting the results you want from your RtI materials? If you have struggling students, this session is for you. Learn how to use your RtI materials more effectively and strategically to improve students’ performance. Instead of purchasing more materials, learn how to scaffold instruction with your district’s existing materials to close your students’ learning gaps and bring them up to grade level. FAC Collaborative Learning: How the Digital Age Shaped Planning/Design for Lamar High School – 10B James McSwain, Principal, Lamar HS, Houston ISD Daniel Day, Sr. Associate, Sr. Project Architect, Perkins & Will Patrick Glenn, Principal, Perkins & Will Nick Nepveux, Arch III, Perkins & Will

With the increased use of technology in the learning environment, the digital age has created a shift toward relying on smart devices rather than student interaction, listening, and collaboration. In this session, architects and a school principal will discuss the planning and design decisions that will impact a student’s ability to embrace technology while also nurturing the student-to-student and studentto-teacher relationships that are at the core of today’s collaborative learning model. TSPRA Advocacy: It’s Easy as 1-2-3 – 10C Bradley Domitrovich, PR Strategist and Professional Speaker, PR Zealot

Being an advocate for public schools starts in your very own district. Every word that you speak in public can be used as a tool for championing your district, your schools, your students, and your teachers. This session will explain a very simple process that administrators can use and share to bolster public opinion. FAC Innov ation in Career & Technology Education for Today’s Global Workforce – 11AB Michael Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD Randy Reid, Superintendent, Keller ISD Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent, Carroll ISD Sangeetha Karthik, Vice President, Corgan Brett Sumrow, Associate Principal, Corgan

This session, planned in collaboration with various North Texas school districts, will explore the districts’ journeys and showcase their vision for creating successful facilities. The similarities and differences of the CTE schools will be highlighted to demonstrate how these facilities can be tailored to suit the needs of the local community and student interest. [add co-presenter: Randy Reid, Superintendent, Keller ISD]


Monday n 1–2 p.m.

Personalized Learning: Three Divergent Thinkers Converge on the Same Idea – 19A

Monday n 1–2 p.m.

MONDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS Building Teacher Career Pathways – 12A Cindy Clegg, Senior Managing Compensation Consultant, TASB

The teacher pipeline continues to shrink while we continue to focus teacher pay on years of service. Strategic and systemic change is needed to attract and retain teachers for the future. Come and learn more about the changes needed and how some innovative school districts are breaking with tradition by accelerating teacher pay faster and building more career opportunities. Proven Concepts and Design Strategies for Your Next Project – 12B V.R. Eaton High School, Northwest ISD: Robert Thornell, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Susan Smith, AIA, Associate Principal, Corgan Maritime Technology and Training Center, San Jacinto Community College Admiral William Pickavance, Consultant Calvin Powitzky, Jr. AIA, Senior Principal, Texas- IBI Group Deer Park High School North Campus, Deer Park ISD Victor White, Superintendent George Watanabe, AIA, Principal, cre8Architects Moderator: Jim Brady, FAIA, ALEP, Associate Principal, Page

For 25 years, the Caudill Award has represented the best in the annual TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. Learn from this year’s three Caudill Class Finalists how the physical environment enhances teaching and learning and how the physical environment evolves with changing curricula. Hear from these three districts and their architects how they engaged their communities in creating positive and interactive learning places, and learn concepts that are transferable to the next project.

TCPEA Session #1 (Four Presentations) – 13AB Superintendent Preparation Program Internships: A Comparison Between Students Pauline Sampson, Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University Kerry Roberts, Associate Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University

This qualitative case study evaluated the internship experience of one superintendent preparation program. Major findings showed that superintendents and interns need strong administrative, governance, advocacy, curriculum and instruction, management, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to understand and use social media and work in a political atmosphere. Transformational Leadership: Psychological Well-being of Followers Pamela Bryant, Superintendent, Clarksville ISD Jennifer Butcher, Associate Professor, Houston Baptist University Babette Eikenberg, Associate Professor, Lamar University Johnny O’Connor, Assistant Professor, Lamar University

When turning around unsuccessful schools, school leaders utilize transformational components in motivating staff. Findings of the study identified inspirational motivation as one of the most dominant transformational leadership components of the participants. Navigating the Dissonance Between the Principal as Evaluator and Supervisor Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, The University of Texas at Tyler

Thousands of school administrators across Texas are appraising teachers for the first time under the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). School administrators are expected to serve as both the instructional supervisor and evaluator through the T-TESS cycle. There are some teachers who understandably struggle to differentiate between their appraiser’s role as evaluator and instructional supervisor.This study looked at how principals can navigate these conflicting roles. Improving the Supervision Process: Trust, Presence, Empowerment, and Recognition Stephen Benigno, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University

The recent initiatives involving the effective and formative supervision of instruction in the public school systems really require more than just an effective model of supervision.The relationship between the administration and the instructional staff that has traditionally involved simply an observation, a walk-through, check sheet and has resulted in a summative and terminal evaluation of instruction, will definitely need a paradigm shift.


Don’t Confuse Me With Facts: Myths About Texas School Finance – 17A

Jeff Burke, Assistant Superintendent for Academics, Georgetown ISD Bryan Hallmark, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership, Georgetown ISD Denise Collier, Consultant, Collier Educational Consulting, LLC, and TASA Consultant

Daniel Casey, Partner, Moak, Casey & Associates Curtis Culwell, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Joe Wisnoski, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates

“Empowering and inspiring every learner to lead, grow, and serve.” For two years, Georgetown ISD has been engaged in transformation of teaching and learning toward attainment of this mission. Join colleagues to examine the GISD efforts to create a future-ready learner profile, focus on high-priority standards, and retool curriculum, instruction, and assessment to orient the system toward future-ready learning. Explore strategies you might consider in your district’s future-ready efforts. Leaders Guide to Developing a System for Optimal Student Success – 15 Annette Villerot, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Pflugerville ISD

This session chronicles Pflugerville ISD’s two-year journey in developing and implementing a core curriculum as the spine of the district. It highlights the role of the superintendent as an instructional leader and the importance of creating a supportive system that engages the whole organization in deep learning. Participants will learn how to align curriculum, instructional strategies, campus support teams, financial resources, human resources, and progress monitoring systems for optimal student success. TEA Enhanced Flexibility in Online STAAR Administration – 16A Justin Porter, Director, Assessments for Special Populations, Student Assessment Division, Texas Education Agency

Every two years, as the Legislature gathers in Austin, and the halls of the Capitol building are filled with supposed facts and conclusions about public education, frequently painting a picture that is incomplete and misleading. We will discuss and dispel some of the current myths that are circulating, provide factual information about school finance and school budgets, and examine where school finance fits in the 85th Legislature. Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee—Creating Student Leaders – 17B Gilberto Gonzalez, Superintendent, Eagle Pass ISD Daniella Byrne, Public Information Officer, Eagle Pass ISD Angelica Garza, Eagle Pass High School Student, Eagle Pass ISD Magaly Jimenez, CC Winn High School Student, Eagle Pass ISD

Learn how one superintendent’s innovative approach to student leadership led his student advisory committee to be nominated for a statewide award. His unique approach has guided 16 students to embrace their goal, mobilize, and impact more than 10,000 students throughout the district and their families. CTO Sustainability With Technology … Where Does the Money Come From? – 18A Dustin Hardin, Executive Director of Technology, Humble ISD Frankie Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Kevin Schwartz, Technology Officer of Learning & Systems, Austin ISD Victor Valdez, Executive Director of Technology, Pflugerville ISD

SMSCH A Leader’s Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom – 16B

In the eyes of many superintendents and CFOs, technology initiatives such as 1:1s are impossible for many reasons: infrastructure is too far behind, staff for PD doesn’t exist, and the struggle to continually pay for newer technology. So how do districts with fast growth, high poverty, and maxed bond capacity still afford the latest and greatest technology? Come listen to some of the leaders from the Texas CTO Council discuss and answer questions on technology funding.

John Wink, Superintendent, Blue Ridge ISD

Break Free of Mediocrity: Take Control of Your Culture – 18B

This presentation will include information related to flexibility for districts and students now available within online administrations of STAAR. Participants will receive a preview of the online testing system and Q&A time will be provided.

Based on his new book, “A Leader’s Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom,” John Wink will share practical strategies that will help every administrator keep the focus on teacher growth through a systematic approach to adult learning. Participants will learn about the Hierarchy of Instructional Excellence for teachers and how leaders must leverage professional learning, collaboration, and T-TESS to ensure that each teacher grows closer to becoming a distinguished teacher.

Scott Niven, Superintendent, Allen ISD Blake Powell, Attorney, Powell & Leon, LLP Leslie Milder, Founder, Friends of Texas Public Schools Jane Braddock, Speaker/Author, Friends of Texas Public Schools

A low-performing culture undermines everything you do! You can put the best educational strategies and people in place, but if you neglect to nurture a healthy culture, you will have mediocrity. High-performing schools invest in building cultures that unite and energize. They also do not tolerate low-performing personnel. Attendees will leave this session with strategies to help them strengthen the culture across their district, and learn how to free up the futures of those who just can’t get on board.


Monday n 1–2 p.m.

Creating Teaching and Learning Systems That Inspire Students and Empower Leaders – 14

Monday n 1–2 p.m.

MONDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS District of Innovation: A Collective Impact Approach to Closing the Literacy Gap – 18C

Building a Sustainable District-Wide Leadership Model – 19B

Royce Avery, Superintendent, Manor ISD Brian Yearwood, Assistant Superintendent for Academics and Accountability, Manor ISD Michael Perkins, Executive Director of Accountability & School Improvement, Manor ISD John Costilla, Strategic Partnerships-Texas, myON

Steve Flores, Superintendent, Round Rock ISD Ryan Smith, Director of Professional Development, Round Rock ISD Chris Nieto, Coordinator for Professional Development, Round Rock ISD Kristina Snow, Principal, Round Rock ISD

Manor ISD is turning innovative ideas into reality by forming community partnerships, closing the literacy gap, and leveraging technology to develop future-ready learners. The district has experienced tremendous growth and diversity in its population of urban and rural families. It will open three new pre-K centers and is expanding a focus on equitable access to literacy across the districts.

Having quality leadership throughout a district is essential for longterm success. Investing in leadership development can be costly and may not be sustainable due to budget constraints. Is there another alternative? Recognizing the need to develop more innovative solutions and create sustainable models led to the development of an inhouse leadership framework and program used within Round Rock ISD for schools, departments, individuals, and students.

An Administrator’s Prescription for Improving Learning – 18D


Elvis Arterbury, Professor of Educational Leadership, Lamar University

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

A Transformative Approach to Professional Learning – 9C John Ramos, Superintendent, Castleberry ISD

If your medical doctor prescribed the same medication regardless of the nature of your illness you would soon look for another doctor.The equivalent of that is conducting the same staff development for all principals in your district regardless of the status of learning on their individual campuses. This session will examine Arterbury’s Taxonomy of desirable principal actions for addressing learning improvement. The session also emphasizes the need to follow a hierarchy of actions.

In education, differentiating instruction is as essential for adult learning as it is for youth learning. This session shares ways that districts can: align and integrate approaches to enhance the quality of teaching and learning; develop educators’ professional thinking and practice; raise student achievement; provide competency-based strategies that offer flexibility in the way that credit can be earned/awarded; and provide students with personalized learning opportunities.

Making Geniuses: From Methods to Makerspaces – 19A

TEA Principal Supervisors: The Highest Lever for Instructional Leadership – 10A

Greg McIntyre, Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, College Station ISD Gregory Rodriguez, Deputy Superintendent, Huntsville ISD Judy Walling, Deputy Superintendent, Midlothian ISD

As student populations become more diverse, the need to personalize learning has grown to better address student interests and needs. Instruction that’s designed as one-size-fits-all doesn’t really fit everyone. One approach to personalization is to provide student choices. Adults expect choices every day: iPhone or Android, sweet or unsweet. But what do choices look like in districts, schools, and classrooms? Programmatic and instructional choices position schools to be more competitive than ever!

Martin Winchester, Deputy Commissioner of Educator Support, Texas Education Agency

Superintendent? Assistant or deputy superintendent? Executive director? Regardless of your title, if you supervise principals, this session is for you. Hear the latest research about how your role is critical to students’ success and what you can do to grow and develop your principals. TEA is collaborating with the regional ESCs to design professional development opportunities to better support these types of positions across the state. IOT Investment Report, Compliance, and Internal Controls – 10B Mike O’Brien, Partner, Padgett Stratemann & Company

The Public Funds Investment Act requires school districts, in conjunction with their annual financial audit, to perform compliance audits of management controls on investments and adherence to the district’s investment policy. This session reviews the types of audits required and provides tools to improve your ability to understand and assess your school district’s management controls over the investment program, including authorization, execution, existence, and reporting.


Craig Verley, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Mission CISD

Learn how Mission CISD used the allure and power of social media, electronic communication, and the selfie craze to reach out to recent high school grads to help promote a college-going culture through the creative use of selfies. The results are strong visuals and personal messages from the average student to the top 10 grads that reach students in your classrooms. The visuals easily translate for use in social media channels, websites, and printed posters, etc. Picture YourSelfie at College!

TCPEA Sessions #2 (Four Presentations) – 13AB Examining Trust: A Framework for Collaborative Relationships Between Principals Jennifer Jones, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Tyler

Building trusting relationships can increase the opportunity for collaboration and have a considerable influence on the organization’s success. Effective leaders must consider the facets of trust (benevolence, reliability, openness, vulnerability, and honesty) and the role of trust in establishing an environment conducive to collaboration and school improvement.

Equipping Leaders to Embrace New Roles to Lead the New Vision – 11AB

How Effective Superintendents Build Trustworthiness and Trust

George Thompson, President and Chairman of the Board, Schlechty Center John Horn, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center, and TASA Consultant

Don Dunn, Superintendent, Van ISD Shelby Davidson, Principal, Van ISD Sandra Harris, Professor, Lamar University

The TASA visioning document clearly conveys that for districts to advance that vision, superintendents, their boards, central office, and campus leaders must be equipped to take on new roles themselves. Only then can they can equip and lead teachers to embrace their new roles as designers, leaders, and guides to instruction. TASA has partnered with the nonprofit Schlechty Center to provide leadership development opportunities for all role groups in both regional and local district settings.

Findings from this study emphasized that trustworthiness and trust are the foundation of principle-centered leadership. This study provides superintendents and other educational leaders with practices critical to building trustworthiness and trust as they practice principle-centered leadership in order to become more effective leaders in their districts.

LEGAL Gender Identity in a Binary System: Transgender Students and Public Schools – 12A Bradley Domangue, Associate, Thompson & Horton, LLP

Participants will examine the current legal landscape in the federal court system and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, and hear analysis of current state law and public school policy regarding students’ gender identities.The session will also explore new issues such as local court orders granting students’ name changes and legally declaring changes in students’ gender identities, as well as explore restroom, locker room, and overnight accommodation issues facing public schools. Are You Prepared for Your Next Position – 12B Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD Richard Carranza, Superintendent, Houston ISD Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD Martha Salazar-Zamora, Chief Academic Officer, Tomball ISD

District leaders with years of experience in rural, suburban, small urban and large urban districts as well as experience in the corporate sector share leadership lessons that will best prepare you for your next position. Learn about high-yield action steps that prepare you to apply for and achieve your next position through the assistance of professional colleagues and organizations. What are cabinet level positions looking for when hiring internally and externally? What professional learning opportunities would best benefit you in following either a traditional or non-traditional pathway up the ladder? What organizations can assist you as you seek your next position?

Promoting Proactive, Empowered School Counselors to Address At-Risk Student Needs Brett Welch, Associate Professor, University of Texas-Tyler Shannon Lafargue, Assistant Superintendent, Calcasieu Parish School District Kenneth Young, Associate Professor, Lamar University Johnny O’Connor, Assistant Professor, Lamar University

This research explored the perspectives of male inmates regarding their educational experiences. The focus of the study was to identify commonalities and phenomena in relation to these experiences, school engagement levels, deviant behavior, and school staff-student interaction as it related to the at-risk student population. The State of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Texas Cody Summerville, Kindergarten Teacher, Pflugerville ISD Elizabeth Beavers, Assistant Professor, University of Houston–Clear Lake

This presentation will highlight data obtained through mixedmethods to form a foundation for portraying the state of developmentally appropriate practices in pre-K through third grade in Texas. AP-3 convening of highly dedicated, diverse and experienced stakeholders representing numerous roles within the hierarchy of Texas education, from the state level to classroom educators, served to inform the qualitative element of the research.


Monday n 2:15–3:15 p.m.

The Picture Your Selfie at College Project – 10C

Monday n 2:15–3:15 p.m.

MONDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS Want More Community Buy-in? Ask Smarter Questions – 14 Bret Champion, Superintendent, Klein ISD Jamie Wilson, Superintendent, Denton ISD Shelby McIntosh, Vice President of Research, K12 Insight

Do parents in your district care more about STAAR scores or football scores? Does your staff worry more about clean restrooms or professional development? What does your community think about district communication? You can’t know without asking. Whether you want to develop a community-based accountability system or increase stakeholder satisfaction in your district, you can’t make change without buy-in from your school community. Do you know what parents and teachers and students want? In this roundtable discussion, several school leaders will show you how to ask the right questions at the right time and discuss how to use what you learn to make real, lasting change in your schools. Critical Components for a Successful Early College High School – 15 Susan Henderson, Deputy Director, Programs, Educate Texas Catherine Pena, Deputy Director, Programs, Educate Texas

Developing and sustaining an early college high school is complex and requires school districts and higher education institutions to work together to build a model that will promote student success. With more than 10 years of experience in working closely with early college high schools across the state, Educate Texas has identified critical components that must be in place to ensure your ECHS is meeting its goals. TEA Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) – 16A Kara Belew, Deputy Commissioner of Finance, Texas Education Agency

Kara Belew will present the TEA’s Legislative Appropriations Request, including formula, exceptional item and rider requests, legislative session school finance and funding hot topics and updates including recapture, declining property values, and bills and appropriations for school finance, anticipated schedule for changes to FIRST, TEA’s administrative budget, and other news from TEA. Time will be reserved for those attending to ask questions on school funding and finance issues.


SMSCH Scheduling Solutions for Unicorns: How Online Learning Can Ease Your Pain – 16B Summer Reel, Lead Online Teacher and Registrar, Guthrie Common School District Nelson Coulter, Consultant, Coulter Consulting

As schools across the state struggle with budget cuts, staff reductions, and student scheduling requests, don’t forget to consider ALL instructional options. Online learning can be a real and invaluable academic solution. In this session, representatives of the Guthrie Virtual School will share some of the creative ways online learning has helped their students meet their academic goals. Teach Healthier: Curriculum at Your Fingertips – 17A Richard Torres, Physical Education Coordinator, Corpus Christi ISD Baker Harrell, CEO, IT’S TIME TEXAS

Healthy students are better learners. Learn how the free Teach Healthier mobile app created by IT’S TIME TEXAS can increase nutrition education and minutes of physical activity during the school day. Teach Healthier lessons range from five-minute energizers to full-length lessons that include factual nutrition education with reinforcing physical activities for all educators. Texas ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy: Systemic Support for Curriculum Leaders – 17B Steven Chapman, Superintendent, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Elizabeth Clark, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Birdville ISD Janis Jordan, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Northside ISD (ESC 20) Gena Gardiner, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum,Instruction and Special Programs, Highland Park ISD (ESC 10)

Connect, lead, and influence is the mantra for the Curriculum Leadership Academy (CLA) that concentrates on enhancing curriculum leaders’ knowledge and skills. The yearlong program provides participants with systemic strategies and practical application skills to lead their districts and schools to high performance in curriculum and instruction. Facilitated by prominent curriculum leaders in the field, participants become recognized Texas CLA Fellows.

Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council Adam Feind, Chief Technology Officer, Northwest ISD Karen Fuller, Chief Technology Officer, Klein ISD Lewis Wynn, Director of Technical Support, Austin ISD

The Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certification program can help your district achieve its 21st century technology goals. Participants will learn about the Consortium of School Networking’s (COSN) Framework of Essential Skills for CTOs and how your technology director can obtain the national CETL certification. Encouraging your technology leaders to seek CETL certification will help ensure that they demonstrate the necessary leadership, vision, and strategic thinking. RAISEup Texas: Transforming Middle Schools – 18B Jodi Duron, Superintendent, Elgin ISD Riza Cooper, Principal, Elgin ISD Matt Pope, Senior Program Director, E3 Alliance

RAISEup Texas is fundamentally transforming middle schools for every teacher in every classroom in schools across Central Texas.This session will outline the three-and-a-half-year transformation model that is being implemented in middle schools across rural, suburban, and urban school districts. Elgin ISD’s superintendent and middle school principal will discuss RAISEup Texas’ impact on their school, the community, and most important, on student outcomes. Future-Ready Students and Student-Centered Schools: Advancing Your District’s Journey Toward Vision-Driven Learning and Leadership – 18C Christi Morgan, Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD Robert Bayard, Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD Brandon Core, Associate Executive Director, School Transformation and Leadership Services, TASA Eric Simpson, Director, Learning and Leadership Services, TASA

Come engage with other district and campus leaders in a facilitated learning opportunity to deeply interact with the principles of the visioning document, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas, and the various other tools and resources available to help you advance the vision locally—whether jumpstarting or furthering your efforts. Dive deep into the visioning principles; assess where your district is on the future-ready continuum; learn how your leaders can drive authentic transformation in teaching, learning, and leadership by equipping teachers and principals with a blueprint of the skills needed to impact practice; or explore a process to aid district in the development and implementation of a community-based accountability system. If developing future-ready students and creating student-centered schools is on your agenda, this session is for you!

Keeping Students On Track Through Data – 18D Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent, Arlington ISD Steven Wurtz, Chief Academic Officer, Arlington ISD Kevin Barlow, Executive Director, Arlington ISD

Arlington ISD has created an on-track-to-graduate system to help schools and the district monitor student progress and ensure that the goal of having 100 percent of AISD students graduate exceptionally prepared for college, career, and citizenship is met.The system includes 12 indicators – class grades in five content areas, test scores in five content areas, high school credits, and attendance. Come learn more about AISD’s high-quality early warning system. Achievement vs Accomplishment: Which One Motivates Us More? – 19A Christine Drew, President and Chief Creative Officer, Syfr Learning, LLC

What is “accomplishment” and what is “achievement”? A subtle difference regarding purpose, motivation, choice? Is one related to intrinsic and the other to extrinsic motivation? In the book “Flourish,” Martin Seligman proposed a way to look at psychological well-being following PERMA: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishments. Let’s look at learning within the PERMA model and see if we can find a way to reframe achievement with a more purposeful path. Learning Today ... Earning Tomorrow! – 19B Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent, Grand Prairie ISD Nugget Cunningham, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Grand Prairie ISD

The governor’s 60x30TX plan states that: “At least 60% of Texans, ages 25-34, will have a certificate or degree by 2030.” Grand Prairie ISD is aggressively pursuing this goal.With 29 pathways, 57 industry partners, and 650 internships, students are gaining industry experience, skill development, and career track opportunities as part of the next-generation workforce. Come join the discussion about how Texas public schools are setting the stage today for the future of our workforce and economy.


Monday n 2:15–3:15 p.m.

CTO What Your Technology Leader Should Know – 18A

Tuesday n 9–10 a.m.


9–10 a.m.

Tell Your School’s Learning Journey Through Podcasting – 9C Mark McCord, Principal, Katy ISD Christopher Bailey, Assistant Principal, Katy ISD Jacob LeBlanc, Principal, Katy ISD

How Do We Design Work That Kids Want to Do, So They Learn What We Want Them to Learn? – 11AB John Horn, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center, and TASA Consultant Nancy Rindone, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center

As educational administrators, we influence others through our narrative. Podcasts, such as the Lead Up Katycast, are a powerful medium to reach communities and share experiences related to educational policy and practice. This presentation will provide attendees a model that they can leverage to promote and sustain a digital culture at their campus or in their district.The presentation will also include ways to promote podcasting through a variety of social media outlets.

Getting students to learn difficult content at high levels is a tough task! To accomplish this, we need students to stay focused on the work they are given, persist when it is challenging or sometimes “boring and tedious,” and we need them to commit their time, effort, and energy. This session addresses design thinking and its importance to student engagement. The nonprofit Schlechty Center Design Qualities serve as a framework in the design of engaging work. Listen to a teacher share her story about how design thinking took student work to a new level. Additionally, learn more about Design Camp, a customized experience for teachers that provides time, resources, and support for the design of engaging work.

Partnering for School Transformation: A High Reliability Schools Model – 10A

LEGAL The Bathroom Wars: You Need Title IX, Policy, Knowledge – 12A

William Milam, Superintendent, Jacksboro ISD Wes Pierce, Executive Director, ESC Region 9 Micki Wesley, Director of Accountability and Compliance, ESC Region 9 Shelley Schmitz Sweatt, President and CEO, Priddy Foundation

Barbara Qualls, Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University Wayne Haglund, Attorney, Haglund Law Firm

Learn how a partnership between a community foundation and a cohort of innovative districts is transforming instructional leadership. A group of districts, facilitated by the Region 9 ESC, have partnered with the Priddy Foundation to implement Marzano’s research-based High Reliability Schools Model. This session will provide details on the partnership and funding as well as the training model that has provided the framework for this program’s success. Implementing Computer Science for All (CSforAll) in Your District – 10B Carol L. Fletcher, Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education, The University of Texas at Austin Hal Speed, Founder,

Education, and specifically computer science education, has become the civil rights movement of the digital age. Administrators are faced with the challenges of integrating a new foundational subject into a 100-year-old institution and making sure every student has the opportunity to learn this fundamental skill. TSPRA Three Mistakes in Addressing Complaints and How to Avoid Each – 10C Joseph Hoffer, Attorney, Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP Ramón Medina, Legal Investigator, School Finance Operations Specialist & Technical Advisor, Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP

This session offers a discussion of three common mistakes in addressing constituent concerns and issues prior to and after a complaint is made and how public schools may avoid these common pitfalls.


Transgender students are probably already enrolled your schools. If you haven’t dealt with issues related to where those students can use the restroom or change clothes for athletics, you soon will. Due to intense political interest, Texas schools are again placed in the position of social arbiter for an issue that incites interest at all points along the attitudinal spectrum. Join us to get the ammunition you will need to win the Bathroom War when it comes to your district. Organizational Transformation: A Comprehensive Plan for Redefining Excellence – 12B Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio ISD Lisa Riggs, Assistant Superintendent, San Antonio ISD Todd Zorros, Account General Manager, Scholastic

Join leaders from San Antonio ISD in a discussion focused on lessons learned from the planning and early implementation of a comprehensive plan for developing highly effective best practices throughout the district.Topics will include: using data to drive change; focus on literacy: target literacy by 3rd; incorporating the gradual release of responsibility framework; enhancing family and community engagement; rethinking professional development; developing future leadership from within the district; and identifying and selecting effective partners.

Effective Study Skills for Diverse Students Brandon Thurston, Assistant Principal, Gilmer Elementary School Mary Womack, Assistant Principal, Liberty-Eylau High School Elaine Wilmore, President, Elaine L. Wilmore Leadership Initiatives

This project sought study skills that were successful from actual teachers in the field. Teachers from every conceivable student subgroup in the Northeast Texas arena were queried via blind survey research to identify techniques they had utilized successfully with their varying subgroups.Those results have been tabulated, analyzed, and will be presented here. Data-Informed Leadership Practices and Student Achievement in High-Poverty Schools Barbara Ybarra, Associate Superintendent, Bryan ISD Kaye Shelton, Director of Doctoral Studies, Lamar University

High-stakes testing in Texas and elsewhere has created a sense of urgency for all students to succeed at equal rates regardless of the student’s personal circumstances (Birdwell, 2012). This study helps leaders fine-tune their own practices for fostering data-driven decision-making resulting in positive student outcomes. The Teaching Force: “Prepared or Not Prepared?” That is the Question Elizabeth Murakami, Professor, University of Texas San Antonio Christopher McCaskill, Institutional Teacher Support, School Improvement, Northside ISD (ESC 20)

This study is focused on Texas school superintendents’ perspectives on what teachers need to prepare for in teacher education programs to be prepared for the educational workforce. Significant to this examination is a need to look beyond success of those first days, but to see teachers find longevity within this career field. Five superintendents in the greater San Antonio area will share their thoughts and real-life experiences about how to equip aspiring teachers. Strategies Exemplary Middle School Teachers Implement to Build Educational Resilience In At-Risk Students Caprice Day-Borgeson, Program Specialist VI, Texas Education Agency Sandra Harris, Professor, Lamar University

This qualitative study explored strategies exemplary middle school teachers implemented to build educational resilience in at-risk students. The research questions examined how teachers defined educational resilience, what kinds of instructional strategies, classroom environment, and relationships supported building educational resilience, and what challenges teachers faced in striving to build educational resilience in at-risk students.

“Excellent, Watson!” Elementary & Secondary Solutions to Personalized Learning – 14 Marilyn Denison, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Coppell ISD Sam Farsaii, Chief Technology Officer, Coppell ISD Alex Kaplan, Global Leader, IBM Watson Education, IBM

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.” (Mother Teresa) Coppell ISD, IBM, and Apple have partnered to devise a system to do “great things” for individualized student learning.Together, these organizations designed the future of education through the Watson Element app and Enlight web program. Come hear how these three organizations are impacting the future of education. Revolutionizing the Classroom in Red Oak ISD – 15 Brenda Flowers, Deputy Superintendent, Red Oak ISD

Red Oak ISD is undergoing a revolution with major changes to the classroom environment and all components of the district program via a team-based organizational model including personnel, operations, finance, PEIMS, communication, and instruction. It’s more than a technology initiative; Red Oak is focused on breaking away from the traditional model to create an engaging environment through the creative use of learning spaces, personalized learning, and multiple academic pathways for students. TEA Overview of Student Growth and SLOs with Teacher Appraisal – 16A Tim Regal, Director, Educator Leadership and Quality, Texas Education Agency

This session will explain how best to use student growth data in an appraisal system focused on educator growth and development, and the ways in which student growth can be measured. It will also cover the student learning objectives (SLOs) process as it’s been designed to fit with the philosophy of T-TESS. Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS): The Past, Present and Future – 16B Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD Martha Salazar-Zamora, Chief Academic Officer, Tomball ISD Carlos Ramirez, School Support Officer, Houston ISD Stan Paz, Executive Director, Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS)

In Texas, 50 percent of the school-age children are Latinos.Addressing the needs of this fastest growing community is vital to our state and national interest.To meet that end,TALAS was created as a statewide association for the identification, recruitment, development, and advancement of school administrators who have a strong passion for serving English language learners in order to improve public education for all students. Learn how the TALAS organization and mentoring program are preparing future leaders in our great state of Texas.


Tuesday n 9–10 a.m.

TCPEA Sessions #3 (Four Presentations) – 13AB

Tuesday n 9–10 a.m.

TUESDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS Parent Engagement: A Program Parents Will Actually Enjoy! – 17A

Turning Around Academic Results Using Data – 18B

Mike Haley, National Program Director, Rezilient Kidz

Simplicity and heightened awareness of strengths and weaknesses are the keys to growth. Attendees will learn effective assessment, engagement, and data platforms for questioning strategies and the effectiveness of instruction and learning. Easy-to-use tools will be recommended for assessment, which will help to quickly identify needs along with strengths for immediate campus impact and student growth.

Raising Highly Capable Kids is an evidence-based parenting program designed to help parents raising healthy, caring and responsible children that will succeed in school and life. This practical program helps parents become aware of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets giving them the tools and skills they need to implement these essential building blocks as a part of the fabric of their home. This proven, bilingual program is finding great success around the country including one of our premier locations right here in Texas–Manuel Jara Elementary in Fort Worth, Come find out more about this program and hear some encouraging success stories that are sure to inspire. You can also learn how to bring this program to your district for FREE. The H-E-B Focus on Excellence in Socorro ISD and Harlingen CISD – 17B Arturo Cavazos, Superintendent, Harlingen CISD Jose Espinoza, Superintendent, Socorro ISD Lee Holcombe, President, WLH Analytics Kate Rogers, Vice President, Corporate Communication and Health Promotion, H-E-B

H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education awards program in cooperation with TASA in 2002. A major goal of the program is to make a statement about the great things going on in Texas schools by spotlighting best practices and celebrating the work of Texas educators. Toward this end, this panel includes vignettes of excellence from Socorro ISD and Harlingen CISD. Socorro ISD’s superintendent will present the WIN Academy, a highly successful and innovative initiative to better serve their most at-risk students. Harlingen CISD’s superintendent will tell the story of the development and realization of the district’s ambitious Harlingen School of Health Professions. Strategies to Support Growing Bandwidth Needs for Digital Learning – 18A Hillary Baker, Outreach Manager, Education SuperHighway

Do you have the internet bandwidth to support the growing use of technology in your schools and classrooms? Data indicates that more than 200 school districts across Texas do not have sufficient connectivity. The Texas Classroom Connectivity Initiative was developed to ensure that everyTexas classroom has enough bandwidth to support digital learning now and in the future. Bandwidth needs are growing 50 percent per year in schools implementing digital learning, and many districts will need to upgrade to keep up with demand. Explore your own and other districts’ broadband data during this session designed to help you get more bandwidth for your budget. Hear from local technology directors and the national nonprofit EducationSuperHighway about resources to help you procure more affordable broadband options. This is an actionoriented, interactive session for school technology leaders.


Doug Rawlins, Elementary Principal, Claude ISD

Super 8, Super Schools, Super Students! – 18C Marcus Nelson, Superintendent, Laredo ISD Sylvia Rios, Chief Academic Officer for Curriculum and Instruction, Laredo ISD Veronica Castillon, Executive Director of Communication, Laredo ISD

Come see how a school district with a 90-percent-plus student poverty rate met standards and earned 47 distinctions. Laredo ISD student success begins with a vision for excellence and opportunity for all with research-based best practices. Articulated by a clearly defined, intentional set of expectations, the Superintendent’s Super 8 serve as a focus toward achievement of the LISD mission. Texas Bilingual Initiative: Advancing Bilingualism & Literacy in Education – 18D Frances McArthur, TxCEE Assistant Director, ESC Region 18 Elizabeth Brooke-Garza, Project Manager, Texas Center for Educator Effectiveness, ESC Region 18

Participants will experience how the Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE) collaborates with district staff to develop a customized action plan, supports districts to implement the plan, and transforms student achievement by increasing ELL educator effectiveness. Come discuss with the experts how this structure aligns professional development with district goals and campus objectives to have significant impact on classroom teaching, increased student literacy, and ELL student achievement. Taking College and Career Readiness to Scale Through implementation of P-TECH – 19A Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD Israel Cordero, Deputy Chief of School Leadership, Dallas ISD Usamah Muhammad-Rodgers, Executive Director of Early College Programs, Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD expanded college opportunities for students by opening seven collegiate academies and a P-TECH early college high school in August 2016. Students enrolled in the Dallas ISD collegiate academies and P-TECH program are offered a new approach to learning that brings together the best elements of high school, college, and career.This presentation will provide an overview of the integrated network approach developed to design the P-TECH and collegiate academy program.

Keith Bryant, Superintendent, Lubbock-Cooper ISD Macy Satterwhite, Deputy Superintendent, Lubbock-Cooper ISD

Lubbock-Cooper ISD is a rapidly growing district that has more than doubled in size in the past decade. Engaging the public, stakeholders, and taxpayers has been vital to this growth in the form of support for bond elections, building programs, and academic initiatives. The Lubbock-Cooper Ambassadors Program was founded a few years ago to inform the public, gain support from taxpayers, and to engage stakeholders in all facets of LCISD, resulting in a districtwide movement of support. Public Education in the 85th Legislative Session – Ballroom D Amy Beneski, Deputy Executive Director, Governmental Relations, TASA Ramiro Canales, Assistant Executive Director, Governmental Relations, TASA Casey McCreary, Assistant Executive Director, Education Policy, TASA

This session will focus on bills filed during the 85th legislative session impacting Texas public schools. An overview of legislation related to the state budget, school finance, property taxes,TRS, school choice, assessment and accountability, and others will be provided.


10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Harnessing the Power of Social Media and Real-World Mentorship for Career and College Readiness – 9C Jeff Eichman, Educational Specialist, Career & Technical Education, ESC Region 6 Tally Jo Stout, Educational Specialist, Career & Technical Education, ESC Region 6 Kasey Menn, Math Teacher, Snook ISD Mark Grayson, Co-founder and CEO, Rocket 21

With HB 18 requirements and Graduation Plan Endorsements in full swing, career and college readiness is every district’s priority. Designed in partnership with the Region 6 ESC, explore how Texas21 immerses students in active, collaborative learning through TEKS-aligned curriculum and a custom social media platform. Students create custom interest maps and careers links, connect with professionals in matching fields, and are introduced to myriad pathways for future educational pursuits—all while implementing personal graduation plans!

Ensuring a Successful Technical Career Path – 10A Stella Garcia, Provost, Texas State Technical College Bart Day, Provost, Texas State Technical College Adam Hutchison, Provost, Texas State Technical College Edgar Padilla, Provost, Texas State Technical College Aliska Smith, Provost, Texas State Technical College Marcus Balch, Provost, Texas State Technical College

Texas State Technical College is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses to study in technical vocational education for which there is demand within Texas. TSTC contributes to the educational and economic development of the state by offering occupationally oriented programs with supporting academic coursework, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees. Dual enrollment allows high school juniors and seniors to take college courses and earn simultaneous college and high school credit in a technical program. When students complete their technical pathway while in high school, they shorten the time it takes to earn a certificate or associate degree at TSTC. Student Employability: Connecting Education and Industry – 10B Denise Monzingo, Superintendent, Rockdale ISD Sari McCoy, Director of Career and Technology Education, Rockdale ISD Pam Kaufmann, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Administration, Rockdale ISD Tiffany Commerford, Principal, Rockdale ISD

Currently indicators for college readiness are more defined and understood than career readiness, yet the missing link is the system to track, assess, and communicate the employability skills of students. Through collaboration with business partners, Rockdale ISD is building a bridge that connects education and industry with a tool that communicates the relevant information to all stakeholders. Come explore RISD’s method of tracking students’ development of employability skills. TSPRA Ethics, Leadership, and Today’s School Communications Challenges – 10C Julie Thannum, Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations, Carroll ISD David Faltys, Superintendent, Carroll ISD

Today’s school leader must deal with many day-to-day challenges, from special interest groups and social media posts to racial tension and religious freedoms. The legal and ethical implications of each decision are crucial to ensuring truth, transparency, and trust with the school community. This session will cover practical tips for implementing a strategic, two-way communications program to not only inform, but actively engage your stakeholders in topics important to their public schools.


Tuesday n 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Engaging Community Stakeholders Through an Ambassador Program – 19B

Tuesday n 10:15–11:15 a.m.

TUESDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS Guiding Teacher Reflection & Reflective Conversations to Improve Classroom Instruction and Student Success – 11AB Tamlyn Jones, Program Director/Professor, Dallas Baptist University DeAnna Jenkins, Director, Teaching, Learning & Certification, ESC Region 11

The act of reflection provides the opportunity to analyze, learn, and enhance professional practice. The reflective conversation is a key process to improve classroom practice, increase student learning, and design T-TESS professional development plans. Administrators will get new ideas about how to better facilitate conversations that provide teachers with opportunities to reflect, discuss, and identify: 1) areas of strength; 2) areas of improvement; 3) instructional goals; 4) action steps; and 5) professional development. Focus on Literacy: Texas Reads One Book! – 12A Jose Parra, Superintendent, Irving ISD Gary Anderson, Founder and Program Director, Read to Them

On April 3, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett will kick off Texas Reads One Book when his videotaped reading of the first chapter of The Lemonade War, this year’s selected book, will be shown in participating elementary schools across the state. During the following three weeks, families will take up where Garrett leaves off, reading a chapter from the book each night. Learn more about this innovative literacy program sponsored by TASA that more than 50,000 Texas elementary students and and their families participated in last year. Now in its third year, Texas Reads One Book helps create systemic change centered around a love of learning rather than a fear of test results.  It helps connect with families and encourages a culture of literacy throughout communities while simultaneously giving parents a meaningful, structured, and enjoyable way to interact with children at home and creating an opportunity for family engagement.  If You Are Following the Herd, It Isn’t Innovative! – 12B Justin Terry, Deputy Superintendent, Forney ISD Judith Webber, Chief Learning Officer, Forney ISD Kim Morisak, Chief Information Officer, Forney ISD Timothy Jones, Consultant, Timothy B. Jones, Ed.D.

Innovation and PLCs are so much buzzwords of the public school arena that we seem anesthetized to the real meaning of the term or the real power in community. Forney ISD believes that innovation is what has never been done, and that their PLC is really a CLC. Come hear about the first two years of the district’s journey to use a collaborative-learning-community model to abandon the lessoncycle K-12 and replace it with a natural learning model rich in technology including 8,000 Chromebooks!


TCPEA Sessions #4 (Four Presentations)– 13AB Applying Theories of Andragogy and Instructional Design to Online Graduate Courses Gary Bigham, Associate Professor, West Texas A&M University Maricela Garcia, English Instructor, South Texas College Jesus Abrego, Associate Professor, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Krista Favela, Senior Distance Education Instructor, West Texas A&M University

Aspiring Texas principals are seeking master’s degrees and principal certifications through online programs. Instructors must employ effective instructional methodology into online course design, tailored to accommodate adult learner needs. This pilot study reports initial success in an approach that applies theories of andragogy to online instructional design. Shared Leadership on a Career and Technical Education Campus Samantha Ward, Assistant Principal, Grand Prairie ISD Casey Brown, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Educational leaders’ decision-making strategies are vital to the success of schools. Creating a team of leaders allows campus responsibilities to be distributed. Presenters will share the results of a case study in which the relationship between shared leadership and teacher job satisfaction was examined through the lens of complexity theory. Mentoring as a Succession Tool for Cultivating Faculty for Positions of Higher E Jonathan Gary, Chairman Department of Music, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Hollis Lowery-Moore, Professor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

This paper explores the concept that mentoring could be used as a succession tool to cultivate and develop faculty for future positions of administrative leadership in higher education. Using the Jigsaw Method in Teaching in Higher Education: Changing the Way We Teach Alejandra Garcia, Assistant Principal, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Maricia Garcia, Teacher, South Texas College

This qualitative case study examined factors that were both successful and unsuccessful along with the attitudes and preferences of graduate students toward working in an online cooperative jigsaw blog project, in which each student had an active role for each topic addressed throughout the semester.

Emerging, Growing, Evolving: Managing Fast Growth – 17A

Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD Scott Muri, Superintendent, Spring Branch ISD James Wilcox, Superintendent, Longview ISD

Guy Sconzo, Executive Director, Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC) Randy Reid, Superintendent, Keller ISD Jamie Wilson, Superintendent, Denton ISD Douglas Killian, Superintendent, Hutto ISD Greg Gibson, Superintendent, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

Join a panel discussion with members of the leadership teams of Dallas, Spring Branch, and Longview ISDs as they share the innovations implemented by their district and address the challenges considered in designating a school district as a District of Innovation. Discover the processes required in implementation of diverse innovations and the areas of focus essential for success. UIL Update – 15 Charles Breithaupt, Executive Director, University Interscholastic League, The University of Texas at Austin Jamey Harrison, Deputy Director, University Interscholastic League, The University of Texas at Austin

This session provides an overview of current issues related to the University Interscholastic League, including litigation, legislation, reclassification, and trends. TEA Governance That Improves Student Outcomes – 16A A.J. Crabill, Deputy Commissioner of Governance, Texas Education Agency

How much of your board meetings are spent focused on student outcomes — not just adult inputs, frustrated parents, upset vendors, debates about whom the superintendent should or shouldn’t have hired, discussions that revolve around second-guessing managerial decisions, etc.? If your district is like many, the answer probably ranges from none to not enough. But there is another way; let’s talk about it. SMSCH The Roscoe Collegiate P-20 System Model for Student Success – 16B Kim Alexander, Superintendent, Roscoe Collegiate ISD Marsha Alexander, Dean of Academic Affairs, Roscoe Collegiate ISD

Representatives of Roscoe Collegiate ISD will describe in detail the program development necessary for school-wide early college success with a 90 percent or greater associate degree completion rate, as has been achieved in the district. Participants will also learn about the program development necessary for school-wide STEM success with 90 percent or more students earning multiple industry-recognized STEM certifications in biomedical science or engineering pathways. The Roscoe Collegiate P-20 System Model is a model for high expectations for all students!

Leaders from fast-growth school districts will share their personal insight into the evolution, challenges, and opportunities facing fastgrowth districts. In the past 20 years, the Fast Growth School Coalition has been on the front lines of advocating for funding solutions to address facilities and maintenance needs. Specific case studies will review concerns shared by all school districts as we all seek the best for the children we serve. FAC Engaged Learning Environments – 17B Kevin Brown, Superintendent, Alamo Heights ISD Lowell Tacker, Principal, LPA, Inc. Kate Mraw, Design Director, LPA, Inc.

This session offers a case study of classroom transformation and the components critical to its success, including alignment with learner profile, community-wide master plan support, furniture and interior transportation, post-occupancy evaluation, and user feedback. CTO The Empowered Superintendent: Enabling Digital Learning for All Students – 18A Bret Champion, Superintendent, Klein ISD Michael Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD Howell Wright, Superintendent, Huntsville ISD Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council

Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their districts embrace transformative digital learning. The session will focus on a powerful toolkit that can help build the capacity of superintendents and their teams. The toolkit includes best practices for hiring and evaluating technology leaders. Join this interactive session and learn how superintendents are collaborating with their chief technology officers to make a digital leap. Personalized Education for Every Student? YES! With Blended Learning! – 18B Lisa Garcia, Superintendent, Point Isabel ISD Ana Holland, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Point Isabel ISD Dymphna Canales, Technology Director, Point Isabel ISD Jimmy Lee Vela, Board Member, Point Isabel ISD

Participants will use a station rotation model to learn about Point Isabel ISD Project S.A.I.L. As a Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning Demonstration Site, the district is transforming the K-12 education experience using blended learning to provide students a personalized, competency-based experience. Blending online digital content and relevant learning experiences with high-quality, rigorous teaching is redefining instructional delivery and meeting the needs of each student.


Tuesday n 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Districts Implementing Innovations – 14

Tuesday n 10:15–11:15 a.m.

TUESDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS From Lawsuit to Bond Passage - How Community Engagement Changed a District – 18C Kenneth Hutchens, Principal of Creative, VLK Architects Rhoda White, Superintendent, Clifton ISD Greg Gloff, Board President, Clifton ISD

In the wake of two failed bond elections, Clifton ISD was faced with an aged elementary school that did not meet the district’s pedagogy and created hardships for maintenance and operations. Working through a new lens, a methodology utilizing community engagement and transparency created an environment for clearing the grievances of the past while focusing the community on the needs of its children, families, and educators for the future. Student Voice: Leverage Through Listening – 18D Robin Ryan, Superintendent, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Suzanne Newell, Director of Humanities, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Learn about the power of leveraging student voice for improved engagement and learning. Consider the sources of information that guide instructional decision making and how students’ voices can add meaning and depth to this process. Discover commercially produced survey tools and classroom-based methods of soliciting input from students. Learn ways to collect student input and increase student investment in all aspects of classroom and school functioning. Whose Rules Are You Following? Real Relevant Education aka 21st Century Learning – 19A Richard Crenshaw, Middle School Principal, Hudson ISD

Learn how emphasizing holistic education and transforming the professional culture can boost student/teacher achievement, involvement, and pride. Hudson Middle School was recognized by TEA as one of seven reward schools in Texas using best practices. Students describe their school as: “beyond, innovative, unique, interactive, hands on, fun.” School leaders made their own rules to create a campus where staff and students are allowed to be successful through risk-taking, engaging instruction, and mutual respect. Prevailing on Election Day as a First-Time Superintendent – 19B Tim Harkrider, Superintendent, Willis ISD Rick McDaniel, Superintendent, McKinney ISD Rayce Boyter, Principal, Stantec Vandana Nayak, Principal, Stantec

If you are a new or aspiring superintendent, or have never been through the challenging process of planning a bond, then come see how two first-time superintendents tackled the challenge of successfully planning their first bond election. Learn the basic steps of planning, what experts you need on your team, how to navigate through the political dos and don’ts, and how to help your board and community come together to support a bond election.


Extended Session

10:15–11:45 a.m.

MySTN: Hands-on Time With TASA’s NEW School Transformation Network Platform – Ballroom D Michelle Carroll Smith, Superintendent, Lytle ISD Mary Kemper, Director of Mathematics, Coppell ISD Kelly Kovacs, Director of Instruction and Leadership Development, College Station ISD Eric Drewery, Principal, Northwest ISD Mark McCord, Principal, Katy ISD Amy Phillips, Assistant Principal, Lewisville ISD Eric Simpson, Director, Learning and Leadership Services, TASA

Experience a brand new blended learning experience with TASA’s new School Transformation platform for School Transformation Network Network: mySTN. Bring your technology for your first opportunity with hands-on time with brand new School Transformation lessons, and get a sneak peek at what’s on the horizon for mySTN. This session is a collaborative workshop that will show participants a variety of ways to incorporate digital and blended learning into their professional development. Participants will receive exclusive first access, and will participate in the beta version of mySTN. Space is limited. If you did not sign up in advance, please check at the door for space availibility


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Turning Discontent Into Trust – 9C Beth Brockman, Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, Lewisville ISD Lori Rapp, Assistant Superintendent, Learning & Teaching, Lewisville ISD

Follow one district’s journey from parent discontent through task force development of a comprehensive plan for improving services for gifted and talented students. This broad-based community task force work also resulted in a rebuilding of trust and a focus on solutions.The developed plan will guide the district’s GT work over the next several years. A District’s Transformational Roadmap to Inspire, Engage, and Empower – 10A Brad Schnautz, Superintendent, Lexington ISD Riza Cooper, Board President, Lexington ISD Stephen Waddell, Facilitator, engage2learn

Serving nearly 1,000 students, Lexington ISD embarked on a community-wide effort to inspire, engage, and empower students and staff. Hear firsthand from the superintendent, board, students, teachers, and parents on how Lexington ISD designed a community roadmap where all students are future-ready. Join the panel in an interactive dialogue as they share their experiences and processes.

Greg Enis, Superintendent, Slidell ISD

SMSCH Implementing a 1:1 Technology Program in a Small Rural School District – 12B

This session will provide an overview of the steps necessary to become a District of Innovation as outlined in HB 1842. An overview of SISD’s innovation plan will be provided with the main focus on the district’s exemption from TEC code 25.082 (seven-hour requirement). The district’ current exemption from the seven-hour-day requirement will be addressed in conjunction with the requirements of HB 2610 (75,600 required instructional minutes).

Eduardo Infante, Superintendent, Lyford CISD Kristin Brown, Curriculum & Instruction Director, Lyford CISD

TSPRA Bond Elections – Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions – 10C

Texas School District Compensation Trends – 13AB

Celina Bley, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Del Valle ISD Amy Jones, President, O’Connell Robertson

No matter how different each bond election may be, some basic concerns are common in every community.This session outlines the top 10 questions that every district leader and communications professional should be prepared to answer as part of your bond information campaign. Learn how to anticipate and respond to community questions before they become issues. From Student Achievement to District Success: Driving Performance With 3D Growth – 11AB Susan Dawson, President, E3 Alliance Michael McKie, Superintendent, Hays CISD

E3 Alliance will share the function, applicability, and impact of its 3D Growth model and accompanying consultative services. E3 is the only organization in Texas that provides student academic growth analyses for school districts using the 3D Growth model, a powerful tool that assesses multiple dimensions of academic growth by school, subject, grade, and student group. Michael McKie, superintendent of Hays CISD, will share his district’s experience with 3D Growth and E3’s workshops. LEGAL Use It or Lose It: Preserving Privilege in the PIA Process – 12A Lisa McBride, Partner, Thompson & Horton, LLP Melisa Meyler, Associate, Thompson & Horton, LLP Jeremy Binkley, Legal Officer, Spring ISD

In this session, school districts will learn how to meet their obligations under the Texas Public Information Act (PIA) without releasing confidential information protected from disclosure. Analyze the limits of school district disclosure duties and review the roles of the attorney-client privilege and the litigation exception in the PIA process. Learn how to avoid the inadvertent waiver of privilege by studying Attorney General Opinion examples. This practical session qualifies for ethics.

Get an inside look at the logistics of planning and implementing a 1:1 technology initiative in a small school district.Topics will include budgeting, professional development, infrastructure, and parent engagement. In addition, you will receive resources for school boards and district leaders to use in implementing such an initiative.

Amy Campbell, Director, HR Services, TASB Ann Patton, Managing Compensation Consultant, TASB

Keeping connected to market salaries can help ensure districts are prepared to hire and retain top talent in today’s competitive job market. Compensation consultants from TASB HR Services will share salary trends for key benchmark K-12 jobs using their latest salary survey data, including diving into market values and trends by region and district size. Presenters also will discuss creative strategies for compensating and rewarding employees to help keep pay aligned with identified market trends. Good Governance Is Possible – 14 David Pevoto, Board Member, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Greg Gibson, Superintendent, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

Attendees will learn 10 practical steps to make the Team of Eight highly functional. Whether your district needs a tune-up or a doover, you will learn some common sense approaches to ensure that you have three clearly defined leadership structures: (1) strategic (board and superintendent); (2) Tactical (superintendent and administrators); and (3) Operational (administrators and front-line staff). Implementing an I3 Grant in Texas – 15 Catherine Pena, Deputy Director, Educate Texas Susan Henderson, Deputy Director, Educate Texas

The I3 Early College Expansion Partnership is designed to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for enrollment and success in post-secondary education.This session will focus on how Educate Texas has facilitated implementation and share the key lessons learned at this point in the grant. Attendees will have an opportunity to walk in Educate Texas’ shoes through data exploration and discussion. TEA Districts of Innovation Lessons Learned – 16A Mark Baxter, Director, Policy and Planning, Texas Education Agency Leah Martin, Director, Waivers and Accreditation, Texas Education Agency Joy Baskin, Director of Legal Services, TASB

Interested in becoming a District of Innovation? Already started the process? Come hear from TEA and TASB staff on common themes and lessons learned from early adopters of this new flexibility. The session will be structured to allow for audience questions and interaction throughout the presentation.


Tuesday n 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

SMSCH Slidell ISD’s District of Innovation Plan – 10B

Tuesday n 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

TUESDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS Using Data Analytics to Tell Your District’s Story – 16B Tish Grill, Assistant Superintendent Business and Finance, Boerne ISD Scott Smith, Senior Vice President, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Boerne ISD has greatly benefited from having the ability to compare district data against benchmark peers and use analytics to quickly answer stakeholder questions. Forecast5 has given Boerne ISD the ability to clearly demonstrate how it compares to other districts in areas such as debt, expenditures, teacher salaries, and more. Using Forecast5 for a recent bond referendum, along with budget meetings this year, Boerne ISD was able to effectively communicate the district’s story.

Instructional Coaches and Student Learning Objectives: Partners in Success – 18B Tammy Kreuz, TxCEE Executive Director, ESC Region 18 Sherry Posey, Project Manager, ESC Region 18

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) provide an adaptable way for all teachers to measure student growth at the classroom level. The implementation of SLOs can fuse the alignment of district and campus goals through a direct partnership with instructional coaches for increasing teacher and student success. Come learn how implementing SLOs in your district can lead to increased student achievement, and experience the SLO process in action.

Inspire Growth by Empowering a High-Performing Culture – 17A

Family Engagement: Make It a Blessing and Not a Curse – 18C

Dori Fenenbock, Board President, El Paso ISD Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD

Greg Smith, Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD and Advocacy Committee,Texas PTA Tim Greenwell, Principal, Clear Creek ISD and Board Member, Texas PTA Lisa Holbrook, President, Texas PTA Kyle Ward, Executive Director, Texas PTA

Empowering a high-performing culture starts by bringing together district stakeholders to share their highest hopes for children. Through this dialogue, El Paso ISD designed an Active Learning Framework that inspires growth in both students and staff. By implementing strong support systems, teachers and campus leaders are becoming highly engaged, resulting in a personalized learning experience for all students. TASA and TACC: Creating Partnerships for Student Success – 17B Jodi Duron, Superintendent, Elgin ISD James Henry Russell, President, Texarkana College Dennis Brown, President, Lee College

Following the 84th legislative session, TASA and the Texas Association of Community Colleges established a joint task force to support successful implementation of policy and legislation, including expanded opportunities for students to take dual credit courses to ensure student success. The ongoing work of the task force will be discussed, as well as legislation already filed for the 85th legislative session. Task force initiatives address the need to maximize access to dual credit courses, ensure consistency of instruction through professional development, and develop multiple measures of determining student readiness for dual credit courses. Learn more about the task force initiatives and share your ideas with task force members. CTO Refining the Rollout Process of 1:1 – 18A Kari Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, Deer Park ISD

Is rolling out a technology device for each student student causing mayhem for the campuses, teachers, and technology staff each year? Deer Park ISD has implemented procedures, processes, and curriculum in its 1:1 program, Empower, that bring order and calmness. Participants will be provided with the materials and lessons learned that are bringing positive results with little interruption to instructional time.


Too many. Too few. What is the secret potion to getting more parents, grandparents, and guardians involved? With superintendents, principals, and PTAs working together, family engagement can be a real asset and not just another headache. Family engagement can manage you or you can manage it. Come hear panelists talk about why it’s important and what you can do to earn a high score in this area. All students and their families are important - let’s engage them! All Systems Go! Implementing a High Reliability Schools Framework – 18D Hope Appel, Assistant Superintendent, Vernon ISD Wes Pierce, Executive Director, ESC Region 9 Micki Wesley, Director of Accountability and Compliance, ESC Region 9

Learn how to implement Marzano’s research-based framework to build a culture of instructional leadership, teacher efficacy, and student success.This session will teach participants how districts participating in the Region 9 ESC’s High Reliability Schools Project have increased instructional leadership capacity through systemic change focused on building safe and collaborative cultures, ensuring effective teaching in every classroom and having a guaranteed and viable curriculum. HB 1164 Writing Pilot Update – 19A Doug Williams, Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD Christi Morgan, Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD Amy Tutle, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Sunnyvale ISD Erica Lawless, Director of Special Programs, Sunnyvale ISD

How is writing assessed through a portfolio system in the state writing pilot? Come and learn about the structure of the portfolios, the rubrics that are in use, and how the teacher of record actively participates in the process. Sunnyvale ISD will share their journey through the first year of implementation.

TSPRA Engage Your Community While Increasing Revenue – 10C

Arturo Cavazos, Superintendent, Harlingen CISD

Teresa Hull, Associate Superintendent of Governmental Relations, Communications, & Chief of Staff, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Leslie Francis, Director of Marketing and Business Relations, CypressFairbanks ISD

Harlingen CISD and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have partnered to design a culturally responsive model program for clinical practice in teacher preparation that provides a yearlong student teaching experience. Using a district-adapted planning protocol to establish and guide design teams, team members discussed desired outcomes and planned for initial phase-in.


2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Making Learning Visible and Promoting Student Ownership Through Digital Portfolios – 9C Gaila Sanders, Teacher, Hillsboro ISD Antonio Vendramin, Principal, Surrey School District, British Columbia Steve, Co-founder and High School Dropout, FreshGrade

How can we use technology to enhance learning, pedagogy, assessment, and communication while enabling all teaching and learning styles? There is a movement afoot in education. It’s led by teachers and leaders and enabled by pedagogy and technology. The way forward is a radical rethinking of how technology fits into education and how intrusive technology can take away from learning. Investing in Capability and Commitment: Empowering Leadership Teams – 10A Brandy Baker, Assistant Superintendent of School Support, Hutto ISD Nell Leger, Co-founder, Infinity Change Coaches Jean Isaly, Co-founder, Infinity Change Coaches

Hutto ISD engaged in a multiple-year coaching journey to increase the professional capital of its executive leadership team.They set out to answer the question, “Are we preserving a problem to which we are the solution, or are we innovating our way to success?” This session will highlight the key coaching factors and learning from this journey. Now a high-functioning team, Hutto ISD will share how the district facilitated a working alliance to create a positive and productive atmosphere. Planning and Evaluating Professional Learning – 10B Glenda Holder, Director of Professional Learning, Humble ISD Melissa Leigh, Coordinator of Professional Development, Humble ISD

Drawing on the experiences of a large suburban school district in the Houston area, this session will detail planning and evaluation steps utilized by the district to transform professional learning. Beginning with the end in mind, learn how consistent planning and evaluation processes for professional learning can have a positive impact on student learning.

Understand how to implement strategies promoting successful partnerships between you and your community that will result in the district/schools gaining revenue and resources as businesses are enriched by giving back through: advertising (bus, stadium and publication); sponsorships (district and foundation events); donations (in-kind, cash and coupon); and volunteerism (bus buddies, PTOs, booster clubs, mentors,VIPS, and global volunteers). The Curriculum Management Audit: An Organizational Analysis Examining all Factors of Teaching and Learning – 11AB Robert Bayard, Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD Steven Ebell, Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction, Clear Creek ISD Brandon Core, Associate Executive Director, School Transformation and Leadership Services, TASA Eric Simpson, Director, Learning and Leadership Services, TASA

Looking for valuable feedback to improve learning for all students? Learn how curriculum management audit services can equip your leadership team with the tools necessary to objectively evaluate not only your curriculum, but all facets of the organization that impact student learning, and determine critical next steps in promoting student achievement. Hear from a district how curriculum management audit and related trainings can provide a structured approach to evaluating such areas as curriculum, assessment, and program design; instructional delivery; equality and equity issues; and policy direction, planning for change, and goal prioritization. LEGAL What Superintendents Need to Know About Special Education and Section 504 – 12A Craig Wood, Attorney, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. Ann Mewhinney, Attorney, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

Superintendents are often tempted to leave student disability issues to their districts’ special education directors. However, special education and Section 504 issues can arise in unexpected ways. This session, led by special education and non-special education school attorneys, is intended to provide administrators with what they need to know when disability-related issues crop up in the context of general education disputes, including discipline, extracurricular activities, grievances, bullying, and harassment. Set Sail to School Transformation – 12B John Booth, Superintendent, DeKalb ISD

The interest in leveraging technology in schools is growing at a rapid pace. District leadership is critical in order to harness these innovative tools as effectively as possible. This session provides administrators with a blueprint of how one district implemented a school transformation model to boost student achievement.


Tuesday n 2:15 –3:15 p.m.

Preparing New Teachers as Second-Year Pros: A UniversityDistrict Partnership – 19B

Tuesday n 2:15 –3:15 p.m.

TUESDAY CONCURRENT SESSIONS You Bought Those Digital Resources, Now Can Everyone Use Them? – 13AB Jan Mills, Senior Vice President of Instructional Technology, ClassLink Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer, Duncanville ISD

The issue of single sign-on is a problem for districts large and small. The need to generate custom usernames and passwords creates a strain on IT departments, and ultimately serves as a barrier to students and teachers accessing digital curriculum as they try to remember them. Instructional time is lost when students have to type in different URLs along with usernames and passwords. See how Duncanville ISD has solved this problem with the ClassLink. The platform requires very little hardware, consumes very few IT resources, and has an intuitive interface, making it simple to provide training. The creation of unlimited connectors to all resources both internal and external are handled by ClassLink engineers and easily managed by the district. Reframing Community Engagement – 14 Karen Rue, Immediate Past President, TASA, and Senior Associate, N2 Learning Cynthia Fisher Miller, Vice President, Workforce and Education, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

What is community engagement? Is it all in the eye of the beholder? Why is it desirable, and how do we achieve it? Community-based accountability allows us to reframe past practices to meet the needs of the future. In this session we’ll explore a major issue of business leaders across the nation: preparation of the future workforce for demand-driven jobs and careers. Our challenge: to prepare the workforce, yes, but also (very important) to equip our young people with the desire to pursue lifelong learning and the “soft skills” to be successful as they change jobs and careers, a given and an expectation in their future career experiences. Put Me In, Coach! – 15 Matt Underwood, Superintendent, Stephenville ISD Brianna Hodges, Director of Digital Learning, Stephenville ISD Erin English, Director of Online Learning, Vista Unified SD Cindy Elsberry, Project Director, Leadership Coaching, Digital Promise

Hear how Stephenville ISD designed a successful digital transformation with guidance from Digital Promise’s nationally recognized leadership coaches. Each panelist will share how they created digital age learning cultures and promoted digital citizenship. Participants will learn strategies to successfully lead digital conversions and how coaching can accelerate change efforts. The audience will have the opportunity to question panelists regarding change efforts in their respective districts.


TEA Your Instructional Materials Allotment – 16A Kelly Callaway, Senior Director, Instructional Materials, Texas Education Agency

This session will take a practical look at the instructional materials allotment (IMA) and the decisions districts must make regarding its use. Participants will gain an understanding of the instructional materials fund and state IMA decisions. By focusing on potential needs for the 2018 2019 and 2019 2020 school years, participants will also learn about important timelines related to instructional materials and how to anticipate both funding amounts and funding needs for the upcoming biennium. SMSCH Rural and Ready: School District-University Teacher Prep Partnership – 16B Shawn Mason, Superintendent, Crosbyton CISD Scott Ridley, Dean, College of Education, Texas Tech University James Durham, Professional Services Provider, Big Muscles Inc.

Come learn about a university-based program designed to meet the unique needs of students who wish to remain in their home communities. It is a clinically intensive, competency-based program designed to prepare teachers who will improve the academic achievement of K-12 students. It is among the first in the nation to combine intense, clinical experiences with opportunities to dramatically improve effective teaching behaviors to impact student learning. Connecting Uninsured Students to Affordable Health Care: The Role of Schools – 17A Patrick Bresette, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund–Texas Graciela Camarena, Outreach Director, Children’s Defense Fund– Texas WyKisha Thomas-McKinney, Outreach Director, Children’s Defense Fund–Texas

Schools are in a unique position to identify and connect eligible children to health insurance. This session will provide school leaders with a framework to build community support for connecting children to health insurance through schools and to provide the practical steps schools need to take to implement a successful and sustainable campaign using a new online toolkit.

JoAnn Rucker, Assistant Superintendent of Academics, Cedar Hill ISD Mary Jadloski, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum & Instruction, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Steve Wurtz, Chief Academic Officer, Arlington ISD Mike Mattingly, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Katy ISD

Using the fundamentals of Competency-Based Education (CBE), participants will learn an approach that creates flexibility and allows students to demonstrate mastery of academic content.This approach will transform student lives, the school and district, and help educators answer confidently and without doubt “yes” to questions like: “Does the grade on the report card reflect the ability of the student?” and “Will the student enter college without having to take developmental classes?” TRS Update, Understanding Social Security and Financial Planning for Educators – 18A Mike Cochran, Chairman of the Board, TCG Consulting, LP Chris Jamail, Partner/Co-Chief Investment Officer, TCG Consulting, LP

Educators have special financial and retirement planning needs that are very different from employees in the private sector. This session covers an update on TRS rules, how to assess Social Security benefits as a TRS member, choosing the right TRS annuity at retirement, how much you need to invest prior to retirement, and what to avoid in planning for retirement. FAC Net Zero: Designing Buildings that Can Sustain Themselves and Pay Their Own Way – 18B Mark Madorsky, MEP President, PBK Easy Foster, Director of Planning and Construction, Conroe ISD

Renewable energy is the next-generation utility plant for K-12 facilities. The most practical and abundant energy source in Texas is our vast supply of solar power. This session will teach facilities administrators, operations personnel, and financial officers how to take advantage of the energy markets and capital markets that have converged to create the best time for school districts to reap the benefits of an on-site photo-voltaic farm to cover 100 percent of electricity costs (net zero). SMSCH NO HOMEWORK: Our Students Deserve Better at Home and at School – 18C Paul Ryan, Superintendent, Three Way ISD Ronda Melton, Principal, Three Way ISD

If you listed the top five things you want your students to do at home each night what would they be? Parents spending more time with their child? Students playing outdoors more, going to bed earlier, and reading more? One item that would not be on the list in Three Way ISD is spending hours doing HOMEWORK. For more than eight years, the presenter of this session has had a NO HOMEWORK policy, and in that time, some major changes have taken place both in the classroom and at home. #NOHOMEWORK PK-12

Partnership for Building Teacher Capacity – 18D Missy Mayfield, Director of Curriculum, Burkburnett ISD Phillip Mikula, Director, Education Partnerships, Discovery Education

Through a strategic partnership, Burkburnett ISD and Discovery Education teamed to build capacity with a digital teacher leader cohort. Customized professional learning and support provided the cadre of teachers with skills and knowledge to transform learning for their students and colleagues. Learn how collaborative practices of PLCs, classroom coaching, and instructional rounds helped to grow the leadership and dynamically change teaching and learning for adults and students. Designing a Future-Ready Skills Curriculum – 19A Justin Terry, Deputy Superintendent, Forney ISD Kim Morisak, Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Forney ISD Judith Webber, Chief Learning Officer, Forney ISD Joseph Sasson, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, Pinnacle Education

Participants will learn about Forney ISD’s journey to develop a community-based, integrated future-ready curriculum. Based on student and community feedback about what a desired learner profile should include, Forney ISD’s future readiness curriculum development is designed to help students succeed in their chosen career and ongoing education. Come see how we are making sure that 21st century skills concepts become actionable, measurable, and value-added for students. High-Priority Learning Standards: A Solution to the (MileWide, Inch-Deep) TEKS – 19B Martha Salazar-Zamora, Chief Academic Officer, Tomball ISD Denise Collier, Consultant, Collier Educational Consulting, LLC and TASA Consultant

What to do about too many TEKS to teach? Tomball ISD has responded to this challenge as part of their teaching and learning transformation efforts. Teacher teams have collaborated to coalesce the TEKS into high-priority learning standards to provide a clear description of the content, depth of knowledge, and skills students must master to be prepared for success in college and careers. Join colleagues in a dialogue about the potential of high-priority learning standards in your district. The Transformed Classroom – Ballroom D Jodie Deinhammer, Apple Distinguished Educator and Science Lead, TASA on iTunes U, Coppell ISD

This interactive session provides a glimpse into what today’s transformed classroom can look like. Join Jodie Deinhammer, an Apple Distinguished Educator from Coppell ISD, as she shares her innovative methods to teach Anatomy and Physiology.  Using iPad, iTunes U, digital textbooks, and a suite of apps, Jodie has discovered amazing new ways that not only allow her students to creatively experience and demonstrate their learning, but that has also made each students’ learning a personal journey.You’ll want to see the results!


Tuesday n 2:15 –3:15 p.m.

Future Ready: Competency-Based Education (CBE) Rules the Ranking – 17B

Wednesday n 8:30–9:30 a.m.


8:30–9:30 a.m.

TEA 2017-2018 ESSA Consolidated Application for Funding – 11AB Cory Green, Chief Grants Administrator, Texas Education Agency Yolanda Cantu, Senior Director, Texas Education Agency Susan Patterson, Director, Texas Education Agency

CLI Engage: Free, Digital Tools for Pre-K Classrooms – 14 April Crawford, Director, State Initiatives, Children’s Learning Institute Colleen Allen, Education Outreach Manager, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Patricia Rangel, Executive Director Early Academic Success and Acceleration, Fort Worth ISD

TEA Grants Administration Division staff will preview the new 2017-2018 ESSA Consolidated Application for Federal Funding. Participants will learn about the changes from the previous NCLB Consolidated Application and the new requirements and new grant program. The session will focus on new requirements for needs assessment, prioritizing the use of federal funds, and program goals and outcomes.

Join us to learn how CLI Engage brings classrooms to life by providing free access to a set of integrated, digital tools directly aligned with the aligned Texas Pre-kindergarten Guidelines, including professional development with authentic, documentary-style videos of real classroom teachers and renowned experts, ongoing progress monitoring to inform instructional practices, exemplar teacher demonstration videos modeling effective teaching strategies, and observation tools.

TEA Curriculum Update – 12A

It’s Better to Be Proactive in Preventing Brush Fires – 15

Shelly Ramos, Senior Director, Curriculum, Texas Education Agency Jessica Snyder, Director, Special Projects, Texas Education Agency

Thomas Canby, Associate Executive Director, Governmental Relations, Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Tracy Ginsburg, Executive Director, Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Scott Smith, Senior Vice President, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Staff from the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division at TEA will share the latest curriculum updates, including updates on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, recent action taken by the State Board of Education, and information regarding curriculumrelated programs. TSPRA Impactful Education Foundations - A School District’s Best Friend – 12B Laurie Cromwell, Principal Consultant, Foundation Innovation, LLC Suzi Pagel, Director of Corporate and Community Development, Midway ISD (ESC 12)

An education foundation is a unique charity since its primary focus is supporting a public school district through resources for projects either not funded or underfunded by the school district. But a foundation also provides opportunities to engage the community, a benefit that may be even more beneficial than the financial aspect. Learn how your education foundation can provide the perfect partnership through funding, engagement, and impact by the community. Preparing Your Students for the Innovation Economy Through WeTeach_CS – 13AB Carol Fletcher, Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education, University of Texas at Austin Adam Stephens, Officer, Innovative Curriculum, Houston ISD

WeTeach_CS is a TEA-funded project at The University of Texas at Austin that provides professional development to teachers and districts that want to develop and grow a K-12 computer science pathway. Presenters will discuss how teachers can obtain high school CS certification, learn coding, programming, and computational thinking, and earn a $1,000 stipend through online and in-person PD. Free, research-based resources for teaching CS and diversifying student enrollment in CS courses will also be shared.


Come to this session to expand your awareness about why it’s better to be proactive than reactive with internal controls. In today’s increasingly complex and higher paced operational environment, being proactive is more important than ever because things can spiral “out of adjustment” at a faster pace than ever before. Being proactive in implementing internal controls can help minimize the number of “brush fires” that school officials have to deal with in the workweek. Bridging the Divide - Ensuring Student Readiness and Success in College – 16A Jennifer Saenz, Assistant Director Strategic Partnerships, The University of Texas at Austin Kyle Seipp, Director of College and Career Readiness, Northwest ISD Jennifer Porter, Coordinator for Professional Development and Research, The University of Texas at Austin Pilar Westbrook, Director of Student Support, Del Valle ISD

Growing concerns about students’ preparedness for college and lack of access to high-quality college credit courses have led districts to partner with UT Austin OnRamps to implement an innovative dual-enrollment program based on college-aligned content and innovative teaching. Come hear from urban and rural districts who have partnered with UT Austin OnRamps to elevate the learning experience for their students and teachers, enhance post-secondary readiness, and improve their Index 4 results.

Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning – 18A

Carrie Harrison, Director of Secondary Staffing, Eagle MountainSaginaw ISD Emily Craig, Principal, Katy ISD Yvonne Correa, Principal, Northside ISD (ESC 20) Bill McLaughlin, Director, Human Resources, Plano ISD Conrad Streeter, Executive Director of Instructional Leadership, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Carrie Culpepper, UTeach STEM Educators Association, University of Texas-Austin Kelli Allen, Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin Shelly Rodriguez, Clincial Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Principals from across Texas will share their experiences as participants of the Principals’ Institute. They will discuss how teaching and learning has changed on their campuses and in their districts because of their work with the institute and the connections they have made with like-minded leaders across the state. How to Be Everywhere in Your Schools, All the Time – 17A Sonya Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director of Communications, Lancaster ISD Jacquinette Murphy, Coordinator of Internal Communications & Strategic Marketing, Lancaster ISD Sheleah Reed, Communications Officer, Spring ISD Shelby McIntosh, Vice President of Research, K12 Insight

The days of phone and email are history. In today’s always-on, information-drenched reality, there is no such thing as a one-way conversation. Parents, staff, and students want to have a voice— and they should. But first you have to listen and respond to their concerns. Sounds good. But you can’t be everywhere at once— or can you? In this interactive session, administrators from three forwarding-thinking districts share how they’re transforming traditional outbound school communications into meaningful twoway conversations with teachers, students, parents, and staff. Learn how to use feedback to create a better, more inclusive experience for students and families.

Inquiry-based learning increases student engagement by helping learners develop hands-on, minds-on skills. UTeach has developed a massive open online course (MOOC) that introduces teachers to inquiry-based learning through an exploration of the 5E instructional model and its uses in STEM classrooms.Videos of math and science classrooms in Austin ISD, along with commentary from Master Teachers in the UTeach program, provide concrete examples from which teachers can learn. Imagine a World With No Summer Slide – 18B Suzanne Nelson, Superintendent, Tuloso-Midway ISD Kay Douglas, Leadership Team Services, TASB

When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities as well as basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision. Most students lose about two months of mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement. This session will examine the latest research on summer slide and the effect of school calendar on student achievement.

Engaged Workforce – 17B Greg Gibson, Superintendent, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Linda Cannon, Executive Director, Human Resources Department, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Antoinette Riester-Wood, Director, Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

Any organization’s success depends on the engaged workforce that benefits from meaningful work, clear direction, opportunity to learn, and taking responsibility for individual and overall performance. An engaged workforce will thrive only in a safe, trusting, and cooperative environment. Most organizations say they have a trusting environment, but few truly do.This session will demonstrate a systematic, data-driven approach to ensure an overall perception of valuing people is at the heart of all actions.


Wednesday n 8:30 –9:30 a.m.

Principals’ Visioning Institute – 16B



Recognized at the 1st General Session n Monday, January 30, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5 With the approval of the Executive Committee, a member in good standing at the time of retirement who has 10 years of membership in the Texas Association of School Administrators and who has completed 25 years of active service in the teaching profession, may upon retirement from positions listed in Article III, Section 2, of the TASA Constitution, be given Honorary Life Membership. Honorees are listed by name, district/organization and position at time of retirement, date of retirement, and years in education. Ruben Alejandro Superintendent Weslaco ISD 6/30/16 39

Henri Gearing Assistant Superintendent Lago Vista ISD 6/30/16 39

Ed Lyman Superintendent Westwood ISD 5/31/16 31

Karen Rue Superintendent Northwest ISD 8/31/16 37

Rick Bankston Chief Financial Officer Frisco ISD 1/29/16 35

Cathy Gibson Assistant Superintendent Conroe ISD 12/18/15 38

Randall Miksch Superintendent Sweeny ISD 12/30/16 40

Guy Sconzo Superintendent Humble ISD 12/31/16 43

Dennis Bennett Superintendent Jacksboro ISD 6/30/16 27

Mike Gilley Assistant Superintendent Springtown ISD 9/30/16 45

Larry Nichols Superintendent Galveston ISD 8/31/16 39

Larry Smith Superintendent Saint Jo ISD 7/1/16 38

Jim Cain Superintendent Klein ISD 7/1/16 47

Scot Goen Executive Director ESC 15 1/31/17 34

Jimmy Parker Superintendent Roosevelt ISD 6/30/16 32

James Story Deputy Superintendent Calhoun County ISD 6/30/16 47

Blake Cooper Superintendent Commerce ISD 6/30/16 33

Lolly Guerra Assistant Superintendent San Marcos ISD 2/29/16 41

Chris Perry Superintendent Cherokee ISD 8/31/16 31

Jerry Vaughn Superintendent Taylor ISD 12/16/16 36

Cathy Denton Director of Special Education Edgewood ISD 6/30/16 38

Walter Holik Superintendent Wall ISD 6/1/16 43

Russ Perry Superintendent Agua Dulce ISD 7/12/16 33

Kay Waggoner Superintendent Richardson ISD 6/1/16 36

Alton Frailey Superintendent Katy ISD 8/31/16 33

Susan P. Holley Assistant Superintendent Killeen ISD May-07 34

Alan Richey Executive Leadership Specialist ESC Region 15 7/31/16 34

Phil Warren Superintendent Shallowater ISD 1/1/15 41

Juana Kay Franklin Assistant Superintendent Littlefield ISD 6/30/16 49

Randy Hoyer Superintendent Lampasas ISD 6/30/16 35

Dan Rose Superintendent Hawkins ISD 1/31/16 41

Tom Woody Superintendent Vernon ISD 6/30/16 32


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SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR Recognized at the 1st General Session n Monday, January 30, 3:30-5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5

Texas Nominee, AASA 2017 National Superintendent of the Year TASB 2016 Superintendent of the Year


arcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, received double honors this year when TASA selected him as Texas’ nominee for the 2017 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award, and the Texas Association of School Boards named him its 2016 Superintendent of theYear. Cavazos has served as superintendent of Arlington ISD, a school district of more than 63,000 students in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, since 2012 but has served the district in other administrative roles since 1999. During his tenure as superintendent, the district has opened two fine arts/dual language academies and expanded community-based prekindergarten. Cavazos has created partnerships to help fund instructional programs.They include one with Tarrant County College to construct facilities for an early college high school, one with Music & Arts to create an instrument repair program, one with Texas Trust Credit Union for academic scholarships and an outdoor performance area, and one with Boys and Girls Clubs of Arlington for a branch within a new elementary school. “I prioritize instruction first and challenge staff to repurpose existing resources, where appropriate, to fund new initiatives or to expand existing successful initiatives,” Cavazos says.“My constant message is that improvement is the only non-negotiable and education is the great equalizer for our students.” Cavazos began his career as an English teacher in the Rio Grande Valley. In 1999, after a stint in the Texas Education Agency Department of School Finance and Support, he joined Arlington ISD as associate superintendent for instruction. He became deputy superintendent in 2009 and superintendent in 2012. He has previously served as a lecturer for The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas-Pan American and a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin.

AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program, cosponsored by Aramark,VALIC, and AASA, was established in 1988 to recognize superintendents who have demonstrated all-around outstanding leadership. Cavazos will be honored with other state nominees at AASA’s 2017 National Conference on Education in New Orleans March 2-4.



Recognized at the 1st General Session n Monday, January 30, 3:30-5 pm, Exhibit Hall 5


homas Ratliff, former Texas State Board of Education Vice Chair, has joined a select group of distinguished Texans to receive the Golden Deeds Award, considered the most coveted award in the field of Texas education and the highest recognition for distinguished service to education in the state. The Texas A&M University Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development and TASA announced the Golden Deeds Award at the annual Dr. John Hoyle Memorial Administrative Leadership Institute.The award is given to an individual from any profession who has, through actions and deeds, improved the educational system in Texas to enrich the lives of all Texas public school students. Ratliff was elected to the SBOE in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. He has been an ardent supporter of public education, advocating for local control and staunchly opposing voucher programs. In his public communications, Ratliff has cited the state’s responsibility to provide a “system of public free schools” to its citizens and has cautioned against such proposals as “education savings grants” that draw on public funds to support the privatization of education.As an SBOE member, Ratliff was diligent in efforts to raise the public’s awareness of the board and its actions and has contributed to improving the working relationship between the board and the Texas Legislature for the benefit of students, parents, educators, and schools. Recipients of the Golden Deeds Award are nominated by a committee of school district superintendents from across Texas.



Recognized at the 1st General Session n Monday, January 30, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5


amie Wilson, superintendent, Denton ISD, has been awarded the first-ever Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award by the Texas K-12 CTO Council.The award was created to recognize superintendents who have promoted and supported innovative uses of technology in their districts. Wilson has been a driving force behind a wide variety of technological improvements and advancements within the district, beginning with the design and completion of the Advanced Technology Complex, a radical learning center for upperclassmen built in partnership with area corporations. His vision is that technology be seamlessly integrated into instruction, as realized in one of the area high schools that boasts collaboration spaces, juice bars for recharging BYOD devices, and a newly designed library known as ‘The Hub’ where students collaborate, create, and connect in the context of learning. Wilson’s forward-thinking vision has also benefited Denton ISD students, staff, and parents through a host of other innovative projects, from the implementation of a digital learning management program, the rollout of 20,000 Chromebooks and automated single sign on for digital textbooks to virtual administrator meetings, monthly Twitter chats, and an annual summer technology and curriculum conference for area districts. Wilson was named a “Superintendent to Watch” by NSPRA for his dynamic use of technology as a communication tool. And he is one of 18 superintendents on a national panel to enhance the impact of educational technology.


OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATORS Recognized at the 1st General Session n Monday, January 30, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5 TAGT 2016 State Administrator of the Gifted Cathy Shaver Director of Advanced Academics, Grand Prairie ISD Cathy Shaver is the 2016 recipient of the Administrator of the Gifted Award, presented annually by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) to a district or campus administrator who is responsible for creating and championing exemplary services for gifted students.This award is sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science (TAMS). Shaver obtained her B.A. with a double major in Elementary Education and English from University of Texas at Arlington and earned her M.Ed. in Gifted Education from Texas Women’s University. Over Shaver’s 33-year career, she has served as an elementary G/T classroom teacher, a gifted program specialist, a district-level G/T program testing specialist, an advanced academics facilitator, and director of college readiness and advanced academics. Under her leadership, Grand Prairie ISD has opened a School for the Highly Gifted that serves students in 1st-5th grades and will soon expand to include middle school. Shaver has presented on topics such as best practices for identification of traditionally under-represented populations for gifted programs. The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) presents its Administrator of the Gifted Award annually to a district or campus administrator who is responsible for creating and championing exemplary services for gifted students. This award is sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science (TAMS).

TASBO 2016 Commitment to Excellence Award Frankie Jackson Chief Technology Officer, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD At its annual conference last March, the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) recognized Frankie Jackson as its 2016 TASBO Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient. Each year,TASBO selects an outstanding TASBO member, who demonstrates consistent leadership within the organization and their profession. After serving as Goose Creek CISD’s Chief Technology Officer for 19 years, Jackson has been instrumental in helping Cypress-Fairbanks ISD fulfill its mission: LEAD (Learn Empower Achieve Dream). Cypress-Fairbanks ISD has earned the highest possible rating of MET standard for the 3rd consecutive year and was named 2015 TASA Outstanding School Board in 2015. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD CFO Stuart Snow has lauded Jackson’s positive impact in planning and activating technology infrastructure within the district’s recent bond program. Jackson has been an active leader with TASBO since 1995 and, most recently, served a term as its board president in 2012.


JOHNNY L. VESELKA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Recognized at the 1st General Session n Monday, January 30, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5


he Texas Association of School Administrators established the Johnny L.Veselka Scholarship in 2013 to honor and provide financial assistance to outstanding doctoral students pursuing a career in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. The scholarship recognizes the ongoing leadership of Dr. Johnny L.Veselka, who has dedicated more than 40 years of service to the association, including 31 years as TASA’s executive director. TASA will award four scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to these deserving individuals: n

Jharrett Bryantt,The University of Texas at Austin;Assistant Superintendent, College Readiness & Success, Houston ISD


Anitra Makoni, Dallas Baptist University; Data Analyst, Fort Worth ISD


Christi Morgan, University of North Texas;Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD


Ramiro Nava,The University of Texas at San Antonio; Executive Director of Support Services, Somerset ISD

Congratulations to these accomplished doctoral students whose deep commitment to public education will guide them as they pursue careers in educational leadership.

Driving Educational Growth and Instructional Effectiveness

Making Impactful Decisions about Personalized Learning

Managing and Delivering Classroom Assessments

Opportunity, personalized.

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PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR 2016 National Distinguished Principal and National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas The National Distinguished Principal and National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas are sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in partnership with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Texas National Distinguished Principal

Dana Boyd East Point Elementary Ysleta ISD National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas

Ryan Bender Van Middle School Van ISD

2016–17 Texas Outstanding Principals of the Year The High School, Middle School, and Assistant Principals of theYear are recognized through the Outstanding Principals of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. High School

Steve Williams Randall High School Canyon ISD Middle School

Susan Wright* Glen Rose Junior High School Glen Rose ISD *Currently Assistant Superintendent, Glen Rose ISD Assistant Principal

Becky Odajima Midway High School Midway ISD



Allison Ashley Becker Elementary School, Austin ISD, Region 13 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year

2017 Texas Teacher of the Year

Deborah Campbell San Angelo Central High School, San Angelo ISD, Region 15 2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Recognized at the 1st General Session Monday, January 30, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5

The Texas Teacher of the Year Program, coordinated by TASA in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency and the regional education service centers, recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. Forty teachers—two from each regional education service center—are eligible for two titles, Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Texas’ finalist selection committee nominates one teacher to be considered for national honors. Since 1969, the Texas State Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the communities they serve. Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Facilitated by TASA, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.



ESC Region 5

ESC Region 9

Julie Garza

Stacey Arabie

Rhonda Birdwell

Alfonso Ramirez Elementary School Edinburg CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Little Cypress Elementary School Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

John Hardin Elementary School Burkburnett ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Gilberto Villarreal

Azineth Buan

Gary Cunningham

Memorial High School Port Arthur ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Carrigan Career Center Wichita Falls ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Hidalgo Early College High School Hidalgo ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 2 Dolly Ann Toews Collins-Parr Elementary School San Diego ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Jaime Treviño Foy H. Moody High School Corpus Christi ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 3 Julie Gray Vickers Elementary School Victoria ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Shelby Gadeke El Campo Middle School El Campo ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 4 Laura Hamilton Stehlik Intermediate School Aldine ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Dale Jensen Clear View High School Clear Creek ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 6

ESC Region 10

Heather Cowham

Erika Manning

Bear Branch Elementary School Magnolia ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Weatherford Elementary School Plano ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Sarah Macha

Jonna Spiller

Infinity Early College High School New Caney ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Bonham High School Bonham ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 7

ESC Region 11

Ginny Gayso

Monica Maynor

Northside Primary School Palestine ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Roanoke Elementary School Northwest ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Neda Morrow

Denise Kennedy

Lindale High School Lindale ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Lake Dallas High School Lake Dallas ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 8

ESC Region 12

Fleta Jeanette Allison

LaGay Pittenger

Travis Elementary School Greenville ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Lakewood Elementary School Belton ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Ana Patricia Baroody

Michael Chirhart

Paris High School Paris ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Hillsboro High School Hillsboro ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year continued…


Regional Teachers of the Year, continued

ESC Region 13

ESC Region 19

Allison Ashley

Erica Hennigh

Marisela Fernandez

Becker Elementary School Austin ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Arden Road Elementary School Canyon ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Crystal Kelley

Mary Malone

Carroll T. Welch Elementary School Clint ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Goodnight Middle School San Marcos CISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Caprock High School Amarillo ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 14

ESC Region 17

Lorianne Toombs

Daniela Torres

Hutchinson Elementary School Colorado ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Bean Elementary School Lubbock ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Kathy Witt

Charla Scott

Sweetwater High School Sweetwater ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Loop School Loop ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 15

ESC Region 18

Kelly Lujan

Kenna Ivey

Ruben Chavira Elementary School San Felipe Del Rio CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Buena Vista Elementary School Buena Vista ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Deborah Campbell

Pecos High School Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

San Angelo Central High School San Angelo ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year


ESC Region 16

Anna Dutchover

Raquel Jimenez Kuker Parkland Middle School Ysleta ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 20 Eva Longoria Edmund Cody Elementary School Northside ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

Calvin Lambert Uvalde High School Uvalde CISD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Keys to Becoming Exceptional in Leadership and Results.


No Excuses Leadership - Nine Bold Choices Exceptional Leaders Make THOUGHT LEADER PRESENTER:

Damen Lopez

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017 | 8:15 – 9:15 A.M. | BALLROOM F To say the road to becoming an exceptional leader is an adventure would be an understatement. The word “adventure” conveys a level of fluidness in your travels that, while filled with many ups and downs, still tends to lead to your destination with a high level of certainty. This might be very appropriate if you are seeking to become a leader, but to become an “exceptional leader” is something altogether very different. The road to becoming an exceptional leader is more like a journey. Average people don’t take journeys. Journeys are both led and participated in by exceptional leaders who are willing to make bold choices along the way. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, counselor, or parent, I have found a direct correlation between exceptional leaders and the choices they make. No Excuses Leadership guides you on a journey to make nine bold choices that have the potential to change the lives of your students, colleagues, and community, but only if you choose to live by them.

Turning Around Academic Results Using Data PRESENTER:

Doug Rawlins - Claude Independent School District TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 | 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | ROOM 18B Simplicity and heightened awareness of strengths and weaknesses is the key to growth. Attendees will learn effective assessment engagement and data platforms for questioning strategies and the effectiveness of instruction and learning. Easy to use tools will be recommended for assessment, which will help to quickly identify needs along with strengths for immediate campus impact and student growth.

Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) has nearly 40 years of expertise helping educators accelerate student learning through online assessment solutions, professional development offerings, and research services. Visit to find out how NWEA can partner with you to help all kids learn. ©Northwest Evaluation Association 2016

H-E-B EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS District Level Awards Recognized at 2nd General Session Tuesday, January 31, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5 H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment. Through this program, H-E-B seeks to pay tribute to those school districts, principals, and teachers who go the extra mile each and every day to serve their students and communities and who inspire others to do the same. More than $600,000 in cash awards is presented each year to public school teachers, principals, districts, and campuses in Texas. School Board Award ($25,000 cash prize)

Somerset ISD Omar Pachecano, Board President; Saul Hinojosa, Superintendent

District Awards Large School District

Small School District

($100,000 cash prize)

($50,000 cash prize)

Leander ISD

Valley View ISD

Bret Champion, Superintendent

Rolando Ramirez, Superintendent

Early Childhood Education Facility ($25,000 cash prize)

Sunshine Cottage, San Antonio Belinda Pustka, Executive Director

Principal Awards ($10,000 cash prize each and a $25,000 grant for their schools) Elementary Secondary

Sandy Conklin

Delia McLerran

Samuel Beck Elementary, Northwest ISD

Young Women’s Leadership Academy, San Antonio ISD

Teacher Awards Lifetime Achievement—Salutes more than 20 years of experience

($25,000 cash prize each and a $25,000 grant for their schools) Elementary Secondary

Laurie Holmes

Mark Misage

Popham Elementary, Del Valle ISD

Westlake High School, Eanes ISD

Leadership—Honors teachers with 10–20 years in the classroom

($10,000 cash prize each and a $10,000 grant for their schools) 


Tammy Verstrate

Martha Saucedo

LaVace Stewart Elementary, Clear Creek ISD

Brady High School, Brady ISD

Rising Star—Honors exceptionally promising teachers with less than 10 years of experience

($5,000 cash prize and a $5,000 grant for their schools) Elementary Secondary


Hilda Nanez

Alexandra Edwards

Green Valley Elementary, Galena Park ISD

Killeen High School, Killeen ISD

2016 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS Recognized on Monday, January 30, noon-2:30 p.m. n Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels. All schools were selected as exemplary highperforming schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater.The schools completed a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Schools that receive the award were recognized at the 2016 Blue Ribbon School conference in Arlington,VA. Alief ISD—Alief Early College High School Principal: Kerry Beth Johnson • Superintendent: HD Chambers Alief ISD—Kerr High School Principal: Greg Freeman • Superintendent: HD Chambers Azle ISD—Cross Timbers Elementary School Principal: Dee Gilley • Superintendent: Ray Lea Belton ISD—Leon Heights Elementary School Principal: Tiffany Laine Weiss • Superintendent: Susan Kincannon Bishop CISD—Petronila Elementary School Principal: Rick Gutierrez • Superintendent: Christina Gutierrez Borden County ISD—Borden County School Principal: Bart McMeans • Superintendent: Billy Collins Brownsville ISD—Brownsville Early College High School Principal: Michelle Seney • Superintendent: Esperanza Zendejas Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD—Rosemeade Elementary School Principal: M. Amy Miller • Superintendent: Bobby C. Burns Dallas ISD—George Bannerman Dealey International Academy Principal: Beverly Lusk • Superintendent: Michael Hinojosa Dallas ISD—George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard Principal: Beverly Lusk • Superintendent: Michael Hinojosa Dallas ISD—School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Principal: LaSandra Sanders • Superintendent: Michael Hinojosa Edinburg CISD—Canterbury Elementary School Principal: Dahlia Z. Guzman • Superintendent: Rene Gutierrez continued…


2016 Blue Ribbon Schools, continued Edinburg CISD—Norma Linda Trevino Elementary School Principal: Cynthia Ann Saenz • Superintendent: Rene Gutierrez Fort Worth ISD—Young Women’s Leadership Academy Principal: Tamara Albury • Superintendent: Kent Paredes Scribne Garland ISD—Hillside Academy for Excellence Principal: Sonia Palmer • Superintendent: Bob Morrison Houston ISD—Lovett Elementary School Principal: Dawn Thompson • Superintendent: Richard A. Carranza Houston ISD—Oak Forest Elementary School Principal: April Williams • Superintendent: Richard A. Carranza Lubbock ISD—Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders Principal: Berta Fogerson • Superintendent: Berhl Robertson Jr. Malakoff—Tool Elementary School Principal: Christal Calhoun • Superintendent: Randy Perry Miles ISD—Miles Elementary School Principal: Sharla Arp • Superintendent: Robert Gibson Panhandle ISD—Panhandle Elementary School Principal: Taylor Norvell • Superintendent: Blair Brown Pittsburg ISD—Pittsburg Intermediate School Principal: Sarah Richmond • Superintendent: Judy Pollan United ISD (Laredo)—Trautmann Elementary School Principal: Zaida Gonzalez • Superintendent: Roberto J. Santos Van Vleck ISD—Van Vleck Elementary School Principal: Sarah L. Roper • Superintendent: John R. O’Brien Vista Del Futuro Charter School—Vista Del Futuro Charter School (El Paso) Principal: Yvonne Whitman • Superintendent: Nydia Magdaleno-Gonzalez Whitehouse ISD—Gus Winston Cain Elementary School Principal: Sandi Jones • Superintendent: Christopher Moran



INSIDE THE EXHIBIT HALL TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter Located at the back of the Exhibit Hall (Monday-Tuesday only) TASA EdCamp @ Midwinter is an opportunity for leaders to engage in practical, conversational sessions facilitated by attending participants. As an alternative to the traditional concurrent session, this area—new to TASA Midwinter Conference for 2017—provides a format for participants to draw on individual expertise, dive deep into meaningful dialogue with peers from across Texas, and collaborate for real results.  Various topics have been pre-selected based on identified areas of critical need and scheduled so that conference attendees can simply show up and join in a conversation of their choice. During unscheduled session times, districts are free to use this space for spontaneous leadership collaborations with their team or fellow districts. (See p. 33 for a complete schedule of sessions.)

Robotics—Texas Style! Located in the entrance area of the Exhibit Hall (Monday-Tuesday only) A special Robotics section, featuring student projects and demonstrations from participating schools, is located at the entrance to the exhibit hall. Specific demonstration times and district participants are posted at the entrance to the exhibit. Representatives of UIL, BEST, and FIRST will also be available to answer questions about how your students can participate in the UIL robotics program. In December 2015, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) officially launched the first-ever UIL robotics pilot program.The pilot program, which began during the 2015-16 school year, has two divisions, UIL Robotics: BEST™ Division, and UIL Robotics: FIRST® Division. The FIRST Division includes two programs, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). All UIL high schools have access to the UIL robotics program. The program is now in its second year, following exciting inaugural state championship events for the FIRST Division in July 2016 and the BEST Division in December 2016. FIRST Division state champions in FRC included Clear Creek ISD, Greenville High


School (Greenville ISD), Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas ISD), and Harlandale High School (Harlandale ISD). State champions in FTC included Westlake High School (Eanes ISD) and Vandegrift High School (Leander ISD). BEST Division state champions were Martin’s Mill High School (Martin’s Mill ISD) in the small-school group and United High Engineering & Technology Magnet School (United ISD) in the large-school group. The second FIRST Division championship will take place May 18-20, 2017. The second season of BEST Division competition will take place in fall 2017. Greenville High School—a TEA T-STEM-designated high school—has a two-time FIRST World Champion and UIL Gold Medal Robotics program in the Robowranglers. Their Solar Car, The Iron Lion, won the National Solar Car Challenge in 2016. The FIRST in Texas foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports FIRST robotics teams and events across Texas, with a focus on increasing accessibility for low-income and underrepresented students. By investing in Texas students’ participation in FIRST, the FIRST in Texas Foundation addresses the growing demands of the STEM workforce. BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics, Inc. was founded in Texas in 1993 to inspire the next generation of students to be prepared for the expanding technological workforce. BEST Robotics, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. BEST is a middle school and high school robotics program whose mission is to engage and excite students about STEM subjects as well as inspire them to pursue careers in STEM fields.

iSchool Initative … Escape the Bus Tour Located in the entrance area of the Exhibit Hall (Sunday afternoon, Monday, and Tuesday only)

You have 30 minutes to find all the clues hidden inside the “mobile classroom on wheels”! You will have to work as a team in order to go through each station and solve the problem to discover the secrets of lifelong learning. In the process of finding clues you will learn about new technology to use in the classroom, the importance of student voice, and the history of iSchool Initiative! Most of all, you will have fun! Mission Story—The bus has traveled back in time in order to save the future. A student, who graduated from this school in 2025, went on to colonize mars, cure cancer, and bring world peace! Someone has tampered with the past though and went back in time to change education to be focused on memorization and testing! This student lost interest in school and dropped out by the time they were fifteen. They didn’t go on to create the world we live in today and instead the world has become a bunch of mindless zombies! We were sent here with this bus to change the course of history yet again and bring awareness to the future classroom!Your mission, if you choose to accept, will be to discover the secrets of learning in order to save this student from dropping out!

TASA/Corwin Bookstore Located in the entrance area of the Exhibit Hall (Monday-Tuesday only) In partnership with Corwin, TASA is pleased to offer a special opportunity for TASA members and conference attendees to purchase select books and other resources during the conference, all at a special discounted rate available throughout the conference.

All TASA members receive 20 percent off Corwin books at www. with promo code N138F1. This promo code and discount will be applied to all books purchased in the bookstore or online by conference attendees throughout the TASA Midwinter Conference. Set apart since day one by Corwin’s expert authorship, research base, and depth and breadth of coverage, Corwin books provide the rock-solid foundation for flexible, system-wide professional development planning and solutions.Take advantage of this special opportunity to browse the bookstore for new releases, critical topics, best sellers, and award-winning publications.

The 2017 Rather Prize Located in the entrance area of the Exhibit Hall (Monday only) Cast your vote for your favorite idea! In August 2015, Dan Rather, one of television’s most notable journalists, and his grandson, Martin, announced the establishment of the Rather Prize, a $10,000 educational award presented to the person submitting the best idea to improve education in the state of Texas. The 2016 winner was Austin ISD’s Eastside Memorial High School for their mentorship program, the STEP Up Challenge. The award is open to teachers, students, and others who attended a Texas public school within the last three years. Dan and his wife, Jean, are proud graduates of Texas public schools and are honored to give back in this way.We are pleased to present the 10 finalist submissions at the TASA Midwinter Conference. Learn more about the Rather Prize and view the 10 finalist submissions in the exhibit hall on Monday, January 30. Information on the finalists will be posted at the entrance to the exhibit hall and on the conference mobile app. Conference participants will be able to cast their vote for the best submission among the 10 finalists for the 2017 award. The winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2017 SXSWedu conference at the Austin Convention Center, March 6-9.

Recharge / Coffee Stations Recharge your device or yourself at any of the three Recharge / Coffee Stations located throughout the Exhibit Hall!


TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture The 2016–17 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture (EoSA) showcases new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. This year, 45 projects were nominated for the exhibit and displayed at the 2016 TASA/TASB Convention. Of the original 45 projects, 21 were awarded Stars of Distinction in at least one of six Areas of Distinction: Community, Design, Planning, Sustainability,Value, and School Transformation. These projects were then eligible to be displayed at the Exhibit of School Architecture at the 2017 Midwinter Conference. This year’s showcase offers two ways to view entries: hanging project boards for casual, walk-by observation and online versions offering an in-depth look at entries and the architectural design behind the project. Visit the showcase to gain new vision and expanded design ideas for your own district. While you’re in the hall, take a few minutes to view the online EoSA. Brand new in 2016-17, this website serves as a digital archive of EoSA project entries. All nominated projects are displayed for a full year; projects that receive Stars of Distinction will be displayed for three years and those receiving Caudill Class status will be featured for five years. Caudill Class winners will be announced at the 1st General Session, Monday, January 30, 3:30-5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5. District



Architect Firm

Academy ISD

Academy Intermediate School

Kevin Sprinkles

Claycomb Associates, Architects

Northwest ISD

V.R. Eaton High School

Ryder F. Warren


Tyler ISD

Tyler ISD Career & Technology Center

Marty L. Crawford


Deer Park ISD

Deer Park High School North Campus

Victor E. White

cre8 Architects

Pasadena ISD

Dennis L. Shippey Aquatic Center

DeeAnn Powell

cre8 Architects

Corpus Christi ISD

Veterans Memorial High School

Roland Hernandez

Gignac | Architects

Gatesville ISD

Gatesville Elementary

Eric Penrod


Houston ISD

Bellfort Early Childhood Center

Richard A. Carranza

Kirksey | Architecture

Forsan ISD

Forsan Elementary

Randy S. Johnson

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.

Socorro ISD

Pebble Hills High School—Phase 4

Jose Espinoza

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Sadie Harris Woodard Elementary

Mark Henry

PBK Architects

Lewisville ISD

Griffin Middle School

Kevin Rogers

PBK Architects

Frisco ISD

Rick Reedy High School

Jeremy Lyon


Frisco ISD

Career and Technology School Addition

Jeremy Lyon


Harts Bluff ISD

Harts Bluff Center for Innovative Academies

Lyle W. DuBus


Pflugerville ISD

Dearing Elementary

Alex Torrez


San Jacinto College District

San Jacinto College Maritime Center

Brenda Hellyer

Texas IBI Group

Socorro ISD

Purple Heart Elementary

Jose Espinoza

VLK Architects, Inc.

Midland ISD

Ralph Bunche Elementary

Rod Schroder

WRA Architects

Tyler ISD

Moore Middle School & MST Magnet

Marty L. Crawford

WRA Architects


TASA Innovation Zone Now in its fourth year, the TASA Innovation Zone features early stage education market companies—as well as established companies with new products/services—selected by a panel of experts through an application process, that are searching for meaningful input and guidance about their products and services. TASA’s Midwinter Conference is the perfect venue to unite these companies with top education leaders who have a sincere desire to be knowledgeable about leading-edge innovations. Eleven companies were selected to present their product/service in front of individual panels of superintendents and/or district-level school leaders on Sunday, January 29, immediately preceding the Midwinter Conference. Participating companies are listed in the Exhibitors section of the Midwinter program book, and are represented in the Exhibit Hall’s Innovation Zone area in the center of the exhibit hall. Representatives look forward to discussing their unique products and services with conference attendees.

2017 Innovation Zone Companies Dremel 3D FreshGrade Gexa/NextEra Energy Solutions GoEnnounce myON New Classrooms INNOVATION ZONE

Next Tier Education, Inc. Quadrant4 System Corp. STEM Premier, Inc. VersiFit Technologies, An Atomic Learning Company zSpace, Inc.

The TASA Innovation Zone is administered by High STEPS, LLC



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8 a.m.–2 p.m.

TASA Corporate Partner

Make your conference complete by visiting the state’s fastest-growing exhibit of school-related products and services. Education vendors from Texas and all over the nation offer solutions in athletic equipment, technology, instructional resources, food services, insurance, specialty services, building services, and more. Stroll the aisles, test out new products, and gather ideas to take back home.

TASA Innovation Zone Company

1GPA—724 National, non-profit, governmental purchasing cooperative (512) 970-0179 806 Technologies—513 Streamline the management of all the required Title 1 documents with Title1Crate (877) 331-6160 A & D Tests, Inc. (Alcohol & Drug)—346 Alcohol & drug testing services for schools and transportation services (888) 845-8378

ACT Global—1206 Synthetic turf (512) 733-5300 ACT, Inc.—806 Dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success (512) 345-1949 Action Floor Systems—1430 Premium athletic surfaces (715) 476-3512 Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C.—535 General Counsel to TASA (817) 552-7742

A-Lert Roof Systems—1210 specializes in the design and construction of standingseam metal roofing (830) 626-7755

Agile Mind—748 Digital learning solutions utilizing real-time data to transform outcomes (866) 284-4655

A. Bargas & Associates—543 Classroom furniture, libraries, auditoriums, science labs and stadium seating (210) 344-2821

aha! Process, Inc.—1442 Professional development, parent engagement resources (281) 426-5300

ABC Companies—1150 Van Hool Highway Motorcoach (507) 334-1871 Abilene Christian University—1433 University education (214) 604-7508 ABM Education Services—731 Provides a full menu of facilities services for K12 schools (888) 711-2772 Achieve3000—630 Achieve 2.5 times normal Lexile reading growth in one year! (469) 400-8021


All Aboard School Transportation—1310 An American-based, privately owned Texas LLC providing student transportation services (469) 307-6265 Alton Lynch Associates—1030 Guarantee up to $200,000 life insurance for school employees (800) 937-3148 American College of EducationIndianapolis—1434 Online advanced degrees for educators; learn more @ (214) 210-4031

AMS Pictures—1549 Free, easy-to-use college & career readiness resources for students & educators (512) 330-9434 Angelo State University—1311 100% online master’s degree and TEA-accredited certification programs (325) 942-2212

AstroTurf—1145 Synthetic turf (706) 277-8873 Atomic Learning—1243 Online learning (866) 259-6890 Audio Enhancement—742 Providing audio and video technology to empower learning at the highest level (800) 383-9362

BRW Architects—1343 Full-service architecture and planning firm emphasizing communication, collaboration and commitment (214) 528-8704 Buford-Thompson Company—637 Construction manager for K-12 school facilities (817) 467-4981

Anonymous Alerts | K12 Alerts—650 Anti-bullying app | patented emergency messaging system (914) 220-8326

BELFOR Property Restoration—712 Property restoration after fire, storm, or water loss; single source solution! (254) 799-8400

Apex Flooring Services—747 Flooring materials and installation (469) 682-3613

Big Bear Roofing & Construction—643 Residential/commercial roofing, LED retrofits (254) 675-2096

BuyBoard—443 Purchase products, services, and instructional materials through BuyBoard (800) 695-2919

Apex Learning—910 Digital curriculum (206) 381-5600

Blackboard Inc.—204 K-12 solutions for teaching, learning, and communications (919) 573-4932

CADCO Architects—930 Architectural and engineering sServices (325) 695-6281

ARAMARK Education—634 Food and facility services for over 500 K-12 school districts nationwide (215) 238-3000 Architects Rabe + Partners—1525 Architectural Services (512) 349-7173 Aries Building Systems, LLC—1148 Modular building provider (817) 964-4752 ARMKO Industries—1236 Provides roofing consulting and waterproofing for the building envelope (972) 874-1388 Armstrong Flooring, Inc.— 710 Flooring (866) 456-3322

Blocker Education Research, LLC—1045 Educational consulting firm committed to improving equity in schools (800) 983-1488 Boosters in a Box—903 Booster club automation products & services (512) 222-3100 Boynton Williams & Associates—1538 Full-service K-12 architectural firm (972) 661-5461 Braun Intertec—737 Building sciences, geotechnical/environmental consulting, CMT/NDE (512) 243-5792

Bulb Digital Portfolios—808 Easiest, most beautiful way to publish student work (303) 570-6689

CareMonkey—1345 Health/ safety solution gives authorized personnel access to vital emergency contact details (512) 434-9310 Carlisle SynTec—1522 Single-ply roofing, Sure-Flex PVC, Sure-Weld TPO, SureSeal EPDM, and FleeceBack (214) 263-6628 Carter Construction Company—1623 Athletic facilities builder (817) 244-3622 Castro Roofing—1424 #1 commercial roofer in North Texas since 1990; permanent leak repairs guaranteed (214) 381-8108

Champions—249 Before and after school programs (817) 581-3538 Children’s Learning Institute—844 Online early childhood professional development & assessment programs (713) 500-3216

Corgan—413 Architecture, interior design, master planning, and bond planning services (214) 748-2000 CR Educational Services—1530 TExES 068 certification specialist (409) 781-0424

Cisco–101 Transforms how educational institutions communicate, collaborate, and educate (408) 353-2636

Creative Learning Systems—511 Engaging STEM and digital media programs (800) 458-2880

Citelighter—1046 Universal digital writing platform (443) 831-7477

Crux Technology and Security Solutions, Inc.— 645 Technology and security design, consulting, and project management services (800) 685-6440

Claims Administrative Services, Inc.—301 Workers’ compensation and loss control services for public entities (903) 561-8484 ClassLink—207 Enables instant access to Web, Windows, and Google apps, and to files at school or in the cloud (214) 415-2210 Claycomb Associates, Inc.—1131 Providing districts with student-centered and clientfocused design services (972) 233-6100 COMBS Consulting Group—1009 Independent technology, audio|visual and security design and consulting services (210) 698-7887 Compass Group DBA Chartwells K-12—1643 Integrated facilities services; custodial, grounds, maintenance for K12 districts (469) 252-1704 Concordia University Texas—1208 Graduate programs in education (512) 313-3000

DRC/CTB—1412 LAS Links, Terra Nova, TASC, TABE (210) 861-7445 DreamBox Learning Math—1007 Online, personalized math learning K-8, TEKS-aligned (877) 451-7845 Dremel 3D—Innovation Zone Idea Builder provides cuttingedge technology for STEM education (224) 232-4717 DSA Construction Management—931 Construction management services to public schools and churches since 1965 (817) 645-8864

Daktronics—547 Scoreboards, displays, video, sound (605) 692-0200

Durham School Services—749 Full-service student transportation provider (800) 950-0485

Dallas Baptist University—1624 Information and materials for master’s and doctoral education degree programs (214) 333-5728

E3 Entegral Solutions, Inc.—638 Fastest-growing design-build contractor in TX and the leader in K-12 (972) 325-1919

Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc.—313 Enrollment forecasting, long-range planning, demographics, boundary changes (951) 270-5211

Edgenuity, Inc.—625 Customizable online and blended learning curriculum and services (877) 202-0338

DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc.—744 MEP engineering, building commissioning, low-voltage technology, sustainability (713) 914-0888 Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, LLC—1216 Architectural/engineering (806) 376-8199 DK Haney Roofing—1617 Commercial roofing (817) 546-2266 DocuNav Solutions—1339 Data management solutions (800) 353-2320

Edmentum—549 Online, mobile, and software learning solutions (800) 447-5286 Educational Technology Learning—943 Curriculum software to assist with credit recovery, remediation, acceleration (888) 919-6100

Encore Technology Group—1146 Software, cloud and technology solutions provider-focused on public sector (888) 983-6267 Energy for Schools—1143 Electricity supplier for Texas schools (281) 647-7750 Engineer Your World from The University of Texas at Austin—1022 Innovative, student-centered high school curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences (512) 471-3017 Enovative Technologies LLC—902 Personal Tens, EMS, and CES units (443) 859-0382 ESC Region 4—649 Our business is making you look good—it’s the driving force behind all we do (713) 462-7708 ESC Region 6—736 Eduhero: interactive, ondemand professional development platform for educators (936) 435-8400 ESC Region 7—214 DMAC solutions (903) 988-6700 ESC Region 11—707 Customized training, services, and technical assistance to districts/charters (817) 740-3600 ESC Region 16—1431 Statewide cooperative— FREE and EASY to join! (806) 677-5000

eduphoria!—1043 We empower educators with student assessment and professional growth tools (866) 260-1732

ETS—944 Supporting education in Texas with assessments that matter (210) 404-2151

EMA Engineering & Consulting—907 MEP Engineering & Consulting Services (903) 581-2677

Exemplars—1636 Problem solving for Texas; TEKS standards based assessment & Instruction (800) 450-4050

Fast-Pass Visitor Management Solutions by SISCO—1644 Visitor-management solutions (561) 691-0050 FatPipe, Inc—1408 Network optmization (866) 785-0446 FieldTurf—1422 artificial turf and synthetic tracks (514) 375-2627 Financial Benefit Services—839 Third-party administration, online enrollment, benefit consulting, ACA tracking (469) 385-4649 First Financial Group of America—832 Premier provider of a single source employee benefit management solution (281) 847-8422 Fisher Tracks, Inc.—945 All-weather tracks; install, refurbish and design-build; certified track builder on staff (515) 432-3191 Flexile Systems—1642 Network systems installation and support services (210) 493-5400 Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.— 531 Comparative statewide data analytics and financial forecasting software (630) 955-7500 Fratto Engineering—1137 HVAC / mechanical, electrical and plumbing design specializing in K-12 schools (817) 461-2337 FreshGrade—Innovation Zone Capture, document, and assess learning through digital portfolios (877) 957-7757 Frontline Education—247 An integrated insights partner (214) 587-9840


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EXHIBITORS Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc.— 1121 Supporting music education with quality uniforms since 1910 (316) 263-7500 Fuel Education—202 Blended and online learning, grades K-12 (703) 483-7000 Gabbart Communications—1331 Providing district, campus, and teacher websites with easy-to-use tools (580) 931-9333 Gallagher Construction Services—1218 Construction management services (972) 633-0564 GCA Education Services, Inc.—1449 Custodial, grounds and facility operations & maintenance services (214) 355-7004 Gerloff Company, Inc.— 1318 Full-service fire and water restoration company; available 24/7 (210) 490-2777 GermBlast—1523 Environmental disinfection program (806) 771-3558 Gexa Energy Solutions—631 Gexa Energy is #1 in renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions (682) 325-5153 Gexa/NextEra Energy Solutions—Innovation Zone Energy technologies designed to provide affordable, clean, and reliable power for our customers (682) 325-5153 Gift Solution—702 Women’s clothing, accessories & shoes; sizes petite to 3x (512) 656-4436

GoEnnounce—Innovation Zone Digital citizenship curriculum of interactive lesson plans, online competency-based courses, teacher PD (310) 663-9307 GoldStar Transit (GST)— 1534 Student transportation services (512) 632-8392 Good-Lite—1532 EyeSpy 20/20 (214) 215-5407 Goodbuy—746 Purchase goods and services from contracts that meet state bidding requirements (361) 561-8400 Goodwin-LasiterStrong—722 Architecture, engineering, interiors; high-value, moderately priced design (936) 637-4900 Google for Education—950 Teach, learn and create the future with Google for Education tools (512) 348-6573 Goss Building, Inc.—1312 Design building services (409) 842-4988 Government Capital Corporation—1223 Public sector financing (817) 421-5400 Grasshopper Company—1630 True zero-turn lawn mowers with implements (620) 345-8621 Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.—606 Construction defect & insurance recovery attorneys (210) 472-1111 GSG Distribution—1034 Concrete moisture protection (866) 339-3913 Guardian Security Solutions—743 Cameras, access control, panic/intercom systems, single-point entry, judgmental (806) 794-7767

Guest Communications Corporation—1109 Quick reference emergencypreparedness guides and mobile app (800) 637-8525

Howard Technology Solutions—1622 Total classroom technology solutions, equipment and installation (888) 912-3151

Harris County Department of Education—1423 Staff training; safe, secure schools; records management; choice partners co-op (713) 694-6300

Huckabee—223 Architectural services (817) 377-2969

Harrison, Walker & Harper—1006 Construction services (903) 785-1653 Hellas Construction, Inc.— 201 Sports construction and synthetic surfaces (512) 250-2910 Hilltop Securities—308 Dallas-based, diversified investment bank with 25+offices nationwide (214) 953-4000 HKS, Inc.—1543 Creating schools that enhance learning and community (214) 969-5599 Hobsons—212 Improve college/career planning, admissions/ enrollment management, student success and advising (703) 859-7410

IBM Watson Education—850 Transforms learning experiences for every student via personalization (978) 399-5919 IDIS—211 Designs, develops, manufactures, and delivers surveillance solutions (469) 444-6538 Illuminate Education—842 Creates tools for educators that promote student success (425) 864-1403 Imagine Learning—942 A literacy software program for students using adaptive curriculum (801) 377-5071 Imperial Construction, Inc.—1244 General contractor (817) 341-8886 INDECO Sales, Inc.—237 Classroom, cafeteria, office, library, science lab, computer lab, auditorium furniture (800) 692-4256

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—430 A global learning company dedicated to fostering passionate, curious learners (972) 459-6048

Institute for Public School Initiatives, UT Austin—706 University PD and TA provider focused on teacher and leader development (512) 232-6569

Houston ISD–MFCS—723 Consulting services, financial and insurance (800) 381-6334

ISIMET—1238 Science classroom utility controller promotes student and instructor safety (903) 897-0737

HOV Services—251 Document solutions, document and microfilm scanning, and anti-bully programs (806) 786-7447

IT Recycling Group—636 Electronic recycling (512) 846-1826 itslearning, inc.—306 Our LMS seamlessly connects people to ideas, passions, and each other (888) 853-2761

J C Penney / IZOD—1107 JCPenney offers the IZOD schoolwear line perfect for uniforms & dress codes (877) 301-6400 JASON Learning—523 Connecting students to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in STEM (703) 726-8540 JM Distribution—1506 Tens unit therapeutic massager alleviates pain stress and tension (702) 467-1525 JPW Learning Center—809 Dyslexia therapy training for teachers (325) 655-2331 JR3 Education Associates LP—1237 Finance and student information services software (254) 759-1902 K-12 Dynamics—1417 Data analytic reporting tool with disaggregation; hosted, rapid implementation (713) 934-3000 K12 Insight—438 Technology and expertise that helps school leaders engage with their communities (703) 542-9600 KAMICO Instructional Media, Inc.—1309 Providing schools with standards-based assessment (254) 947-7283 Kaplan Elementary—1613 Educational materials for elementary children (336) 712-3203 Kellen Flooring Solutions—1621 Floor covering dealer/ installer; we sell, install, and maintain all types (214) 630-2600 KICKSTART KIDS—834 We teach character through karate in public schools (713) 868-6003


EXHIBITORS Kimco Services—1316 Specializing in turnkey CUSTOM custodial outsourcing programs for K-12 schools (866) 476-2433 KLC Video Security—1217 Video surveillance and electronic access control equipment and school bus video (903) 792-7262 Knight Security Systems—206 Security experts in access control, video security & intrusion detection systems 1-800-642-1632 LaMarr Womack & Associates, LP—1213 Educational facilities and architectural services (361) 884-7442 Lead Your School—1631 Training, systems & support to optimize campus & district performance (832) 477-5323 Learning A-Z—1144 Online services and resources (361) 946-3322 Learning List—512 Independent reviews of PK12 instructional materials service for districts (512) 852-2131 Learning Sciences International—738 Personalized e-learning and on-site solutions (724) 459-2100 Lee Lewis Construction, Inc.—335 Construction services (806) 797-8400 Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP—624 Providing professional collection services to Texas schools for over 40 years (512) 447-6675 Live Oak Public Finance, LLC—1211 Financial advisors (903) 461-5729


Lone Star Furnishings, LLC—817 Educational furniture & equipment (972) 862-9900

Mobilize Rescue Systems—1435 The world’s first interactive first-aid system (585) 469-8497

Lone Star Investment Pool—449 Investment services for school districts, with a focus on safety, liquidity, and yield (512) 467-3695

MP2 Energy—813 Manages electric power from creation to consumption (832) 510-1030

LPA, Inc.—537 Services in architecture, planning, interior design, landscape and graphics (210) 503-6200 McGraw-Hill Education—837 Where the science of learning meets the art of teaching (855) 251-3876 McKinstry—843 Design-build, performance contracting, energy and engineering services company (214) 906-8080 McLemore Building Maintenance—635 Provider of custodial service and exterior management services for K-12 (832) 201-6027 Mentoring Minds—411 Educational content creator and publisher of K-12 print and digital resources (800) 585-5258 Merit Roofing Systems, Inc.—406 Commercial roofing products (972) 664-0762 MeTEOR Education—1249 Transforming educational environments in Texas … one classroom at a time (800) 699-7516 Milliken—434 Superior carpet and LVT flooring that support learning environments (864) 503-2020 Moak, Casey & Associates—831 Experts in Texas School Finance and Accountability (512) 485-7878

MSB Consulting Group, LLC—1207 Medicaid to schools consulting (512) 501-2440 Musco Sports Lighting—1111 Specializing in the design and manufacture of sports lighting (866) 786-1841 Music Together LLC—644 Music curricula for early learning settings 1-800-728-2692 MWM Architects, Inc.—847 Architectural services (806) 441-1260 myON—Innovation Zone Enhanced digital books dynamically matched to individual learner’s interests, grade and Lexile® reading level (940) 312-3867 National Bus Sales Inc.— 750 Motor coach (800) 475-1439 National IPA—1444 Cooperative purchasing (615) 786-1131 NaviGate Prepared—647 Suite of emergencypreparedness solutions (330) 340-5290 Netsync Network Solutions—938 Information technology (713) 218-5000 Nevco, Inc.—1437 Scoreboards, video displays, marquees, scorer’s tables, stadium sound (618) 659-7532

New Classrooms— Innovation Zone Personalizing education by redesigning how a classroom works (917) 868-5387 Next Tier Education, Inc.— Innovation Zone First post-secondary readiness solution with user engagement as its top priority (312) 690-9996 Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)—331 Computer-adaptive assessments and professional development (503) 624-1951 O’Connell Robertson—1324 Full-service architecture, engineering, interior design; bond planning (512) 478-7286 OdysseyWare—209 Smarter online curriculum for grades K-12 (877) 795-8904 OnDataSuite—507 Expanded data reporting capabilities via OnPoint, OnPar, and OnView (800) 521-2563 Organizational Health: Diagnostic and Development Corporation—1049 Specific strategies for increasing the leadership capacity of principals and teams (972) 966-6197 OverDrive—1635 Central digital content solution for K-12 (216) 573-6886 Page—622 Creating designs that make lives better since 1898 with offices in Austin, Dallas & Houston (512) 472-6721

Palomar Modular Buildings—1432 Commercial modular manufacturer specializing in temporary or permanent classroom (866) 312-4032 Panel Specialists, Inc.— 1020 Decorative and durable wall panel systems for use in high traffic areas (254) 774-9800 Paragon Sports Constructors—1323 Turn-key construction and installation of natural and synthetic turf sports fields and running tracks (817) 916-5000 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.—611 Architecture, engineering, interiors, landscape architecture (806) 473-3542 PARS—311 Retirement services (800) 540-6369 Parsons Commercial Roofing, Inc.—909 Specializing in the installation of Duro-Last roof; family owned since 1948 (254) 881-1733 PBK—217 Architectural design for educational and sports facilities (713) 965-0608 PBS Learning Media—312 Tap into PBS LearningMedia. org for access to digital resources for teachers (703) 739-5000 Pearson—317 K-12 products (480) 457-6178 Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP—913 Delinquent tax collection, property-value study appeals, tax-value audits (512) 302-0190

Performance Services, Inc.—1539 Design-build, performance contracting, solar power (888) 390-2700

Progress Testing—1112 STAAR Test Maker item bank with over 65,000 items specifically aligned to Texas (800) 930-8378

Perkins & Will—1036 Architecture, interior design, planning (214) 283-8700

PSX Group—708 Security systems design and installation (281) 773-3461

Pfluger Architects—923 Architects, planners, and interior designers (512) 476-4040

PTI Sports & Recreation Construction—1219 We make your sports & recreation needs happen! (936) 756-7529

Pine Cove—1413 Outdoor education program (903) 579-3667 Pinnacle Education—508 Climate, parent engagement, teacher, character, 21st century skills surveys (850) 296-7051 Pogue Construction—417 Construction manager for educational and institutional building projects (972) 529-9401 Powell & Leon, LLP—1224 Providing legal services in all areas of education law to school districts (512) 494-1177 PowerSchool—510 #1 leading education technology platform for K-12 (512) 375-4562 PresenceLearning—412 Live online special education related services including speech therapy (415) 512-9000 ProComputing Corporation—1231 Ed Tech Integrator: interactive LED panels, tablet carts, doc cam stands, PD (214) 634-2450 Professional Flooring Supply—934 Roppe, Six Degrees, Gallery LVT, XL Adhesives, XL North (817) 834-4737 Professional Software for Nurses, Inc.—1248 SNAP Health Center, a software suite that simplifies the school health clinic (800) 889-7627

Quadrant4 Systems Corp.—Innovation Zone Empowering administrators, teachers, students and families via actionable analytics (855) 995-7367 Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC—1307 Sports Lighting (800) 933-9741 RALLY! Education—1512 STAAR and TEKS, special education, testing and intervention, online and print (516) 671-9300 Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.—1010 Design and construction of relocatable classrooms and permanent school buildings (817) 473-9376 RBC Capital Markets—1024 Municipal finance advisory and underwriting services (214) 989-1725 Records Consultants, Inc.— 919 Fixed-asset inventory, records management, document imaging and shredding (877) 363-4127 REDD Team by Sapa—545 Durable, light-weight aluminum ramps and stairs for code-compliant access 1-800-648-3696

Renaissance Learning—344 The leader in K-12 assessment, reading and math practice, and learning analytics (866) 559-7793 Rentacrate/Hitouch Services—1638 Rental moving equipment (214) 223-9601 Responsive Ed—1139 Digital curriculum (972) 316-3663 Responsive Services International Corp—1524 Provider of network IT hardware & solutions for school districts (806) 763-1586 RevTrak, Inc—1245 Cashless campus with card/ eCheck option; process any fee online (817) 251-8742 Rezilient Kidz—1344 Raising Highly Capable Kids; parenting curriculum (719) 424-2612 Right Response, LLC—1436 SchoolStream Business Automation—make your IT systems talk to each other (248) 844-9966 Robbins Sports Flooring—1117 Sports flooring (972) 248-9001 Romine Romine & Burgess Inc.—1612 Engineering services (817) 336-4633 Roscoe Collegiate ISD— 1349 Collegiate Edu-Drone is a curriculum and workforce training provider (325) 766-3629 Russian Blue Diamonds—1306 Jewelry / Compression Socks / Orthotics (512) 600-3118 SafeStop—1421 Mobile app that finally answers the question, “Where’s the bus?” (800) 843-8936

Salas O’Brien—1106 MEP engineering, Commissioning, telecommunications, building systems (504) 352-0933 Sam Houston State University—642 College of Education programs (936) 294-1101 Scholastic—343 Literacy and math assessments and interventions; classroom libraries (214) 414-3040 SCHOOL CHECK IN—1425 School security – visitor’s volunteer management (813) 962-7264 School District Strategies—845 Demographic studies, enrollment forecasting, attendance zone planning, quarterly housing reports, and mapping (972) 381-1400 School Improvement Network—646 Edivate—suite of ondemand tools that delivers personalized PD to educators (801) 758-9638 Schoology—310 Meet the LMS putting collaboration at the heart of the learning (212) 213-8333 SchoolStatus—1313 Data analysis, teacher evaluation, and meaningful parental communication. (601) 620-0613 Scientific Learning—323 Fast ForWord® is a neuroscience-based intervention that improves literacy skills (817) 468-4935 Securranty, Inc.—1637 Warranty/insurance & repair programs for K-12 iPads, tablets & laptops (877) 592-7726

SFE- Southwest Foodservice Excellence—1016 Food service management specializing ONLY in K-12 Child Nutrition (480) 551-6550 Sika Sarnafil—1212 Sarnafil roofing and waterproofing thermoplastic, sustainable, single-ply membranes (781) 828-5400 Silverback Learning Solutions, Inc.—830 K-12 learning solution for school districts and educators (208) 258-2580 Skillpoint Alliance—947 Workforce education and STEM programming for Pre-K thru post-secondary (512) 814-3251 Skyward, Inc.—1142 Student, finance and human resources administrative software (800) 236-7274 SmartWattEnergy, Inc.— 1108 Provides bundled energy systems optimization solutions for schools. (469) 586-5147 Sodexo—410 Provider of world-class food service and facilities management (512) 750-3386 Special Olympics Texas—1611 Sports competition and training for intellectually disabled youth and adults (512) 491-2951 Spectrum Scoreboards—937 Texas manufacturer of scoreboards, video scoreboards and horizon LED marquees (713) 944-6200


EXHIBITORS Sport Court Gymnasium Floor—607 Safe, suspended, multi-use and competitive gymnasium flooring for elementary and secondary (512) 335-9779 SpringBoard, College Board—506 Programs and services to support college and career readiness (866) 392-3017 Square Panda—1537 Phonics playset (817) 281-3608 SSC Services for Education—1531 Facilities services for education: custodial, grounds, maintenance (214) 353-8858 Stand2Learn—1419 Standing-height student desks (800) 641-7750 Stantec—231 Texas education architecture, engineering, and planning expert dedicated to designs that put students first (713) 548-5700 State of Texas, Office of Comptroller of Public Accounts—408 Purchase goods and services from state term contracts, TXMAS contracts, and piggyback contracts (512) 463-4081

Studies Weekly—307 Texas Studies Weekly K-5 teaches required 100% TEKs content standards (866) 785-0446

Teacher Created Materials—935 Educational resources and professional development (714) 891-2273

SunGard K-12 Education—912 SIS, assessment/curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources (610) 849-7600

Teacher Job Network—835 A complete online application system (972) 348-1700

SXSWedu Conference & Festival—1510 Fostering innovation in learning; March 6-9, 2017 in Austin (512) 467-7979 Symmetry Hand Hygiene—348 Hand hygiene manufacturer with a program approach to keep kids and staff healthy (800) 321-2583 Symmetry Turf—711 Sports field construction (903) 560-8070 Systemic Educational Technology—933 SET2PLAN (281) 883-8608 T&G ID Systems, Inc.—612 Photo ID systems for student/ faculty badges, custom lanyards, ID accessories (800) 873-0045

Teague Nall and Perkins, Inc.—1242 Civil engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture services (817) 336-5773 Tech-Labs, Inc.—733 CTE certification, cloudbased programs, Stratasys 3D printing, and more (800) 445-1088 Templeton Demographics—1013 Attendance zone planning, enrollment projections, housing data, GIS mapping (817) 251-1607 TEO Tech—1410 Secure unified communications and collaboration solutions (425) 349-1040 Terra Testing, LLC—610 Geotechnical engineering (806) 793-4767

TalentSmart, Inc.—1516 Books, assessments, training materials (858) 509-0582

Terracon—1110 Engineering and testing services for construction, environmental, and industrial projects (713) 329-2524

Steelcase Education—517 The most effective and inspiring active learning environments (979) 393-8392

Tandus Centiva—1011 Flooring manufacture producing sustainable easy to maintain options (800) 241-4902

Texas A&M University—803 Graduate degrees: M.Ed. (online)/Ed.D/PhD, principal/ superintendent certification

STEM Premier, Inc.— Innovation Zone Connection between students, colleges, and companies looking for the best in all levels of STEM talent (765) 714-3233

Tardy Calculator—1513 Tardy management solution (210) 558-0481

Texas A&M UniversityCommerce—908 Graduate programs: master’s and doctoral degrees (888) 868-2682

Student Resource USA— 350 Higher education, student funding options (480) 565-2097


TCMPC TEKS Resource System—848 Online customizable, research-based curriculum content aligned to the TEKS (512) 919-5313

Texas ASCD—1511 Your premier source for information and resources for Texas educators (512) 477-8200

Texas Association of Public Schools Property & Liability Fund—917 Risk management pool servicing in property and liability coverage to school districts, ESCs, community colleges (830) 957-7791 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)—423 Providing advocacy, training, legal services, and legislative and regulatory information (512) 467-0222 or (800) 5808272 TASB Energy Cooperative—431 Competitive electricity rates and fixed-rate transportation fuel (512) 467-0222 or (800) 5808272 TASB Risk Management Fund—437 Comprehensive risk management solutions for school districts (512) 467-0222 or (800) 5808272 Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO)—533 THE trusted resource for school business and operations (512) 462-1711 Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA)—1409 Providing professional development opportunities for HR professionals and staff (512) 494-9353 Texas Computer Cooperative—836 Comprehensive business and student administrative software (210) 370-5250 Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers (Texas PTA)— 1406 Student success matters; campuses’ choice for advocacy, family engagement, and parent education (512) 320-9801

Texas Defense Articulations—1336 Mobile firearms training for schools (817) 995-7187 Texas Department of Agriculture—409 Resources for school lunch and breakfast programs and summer foods (512) 463-7476 Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA)—1508 Transformational leadership community; principal mentoring 512-478-5268 or 800-2523621 TEXAS Extended Campus—208 Helping high schools foster excellence in their students and teachers (512) 471-4652 Texas Facilities Commission Surplus Property Program—911 State agency offering surplus government equipment for transfer to schools (512) 463-4551 Texas Health and Human Services— Office of Acquired Brain Injury—1411 Education, prevention, and service referral in regards to brain injury (512) 706-7191 Texas Kids First—936 Student Accident Insurance (405) 608-0174 Texas Media Systems—1147 Audio and video (512) 440-1400 Texas Political Subdivisions, JSIF—1518 Property casualty and worker’s compensation insurance (972) 361-6300

Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA)—1509 The largest association in the nation for retired teachers (512) 476-1622 or (800) 8801650

Thinking Maps, Inc.—1308 PreK-12 cross-curricular professional learning, associated print/online resources (817) 745-1061

Vanir Construction Management, Inc.—730 Professional program, project, and construction management services (281) 205-2200

Texas Rural Education Association (TREA)—1222 Statewide organization representing educational needs of Texas rural schools (512) 423-0293

Thomas Bus Gulf Coast GP, Inc.—1536 School bus sales, service, and support (713) 580-8600

Vector Concepts—1438 Multi-purpose flooring (972) 399-1303

Texas Schools Property Casualty Cooperative—1220 Risk services (979) 299-9945 Texas State Technical College—349 The technical college of Texas, 10 campuses statewide, Singly accredited (254) 867-3928 Texas Tech University ISD—1407 Online K-12 curriculum (806) 741-7101 Texas-IBI Group, Inc.— 1123 Architecture, interior design, master planning, facility audits (281) 286-6605 TexPool—1047 The largest and oldest local government pool in the State of Texas. (412) 288-1900 The Brokerage Store Inc.— 811 Student/athletic accident insurance (210) 366-4800 The Cambrian Group—739 The original Strategic Planning for America’s Schools; programs, products, and resources (334) 336-7158 Think Through Math—734 Web-based math learning system (866) 357-8664

TimeClock Plus—1338 Leading provider of time and attendance solutions (325) 223-9500 TIPS—1322 National purchasing cooperative for schools and government entities (866) 839-8477 Transfinder—1619 Transportation routing and planning software (518) 723-8302 True North Consulting Group—245 Technology consulting A/V multimedia, cabling, security, networking, assessments (254) 307-1833 Truenorthlogic—339 Software solutions to support data analytics, assessment, and talent management (801) 453-1036 Turnitin—422 Revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn with technology (512) 677-6412 Tyler Technologies—1042 Software/services empowering people who serve the public (800) 772-2260 Unify Energy Solutions—732 Building energymanagement solutions (281) 447-0777 USA Shade—407 Offers shade solutions for everything under the sun! (713) 254-8861

VersiFit Technologies, An Atomic Learning Company—Innovation Zone Edvantage facilitates real-time, data-informed decisions to address key challenges (866) 259-6890 Virco, Inc.—1335 Nation’s largest manufacturer of furniture and equipment for educators in the K-12 market (816) 645-2429 VitalSmarts—1008 The innovator in corporate training and organizational performance (801) 765-9600 VLK Architects—525 Architectural firm specializing in 21st century designs for our K-12 clients (817) 633-1600 VolunteerNow—906 Volunteer engagement and management (214) 826-6767

Walker Quality Services—1520 Brochures, cards, presentations (832) 892-4404 willSub/PCMI Staffing Services—509 PCMI, a complete staffing solution in a single vendor, including our technology, willSub (877) 855-7264 Worthington Contract Furniture—623 Furniture for schools (512) 331-1628 WRA Architects, Inc.—401 Full-service K-12 architect, facility assessment, bond planning, master planning (214) 750-0077 Young Public Adjusters—1149 Public adjusting (682) 267-0336 Zoche, Inc.—807 Sports and multipurpose flooring (817) 880-9231 zSpace, Inc.—Innovation Zone Combines VR and AR to create immersive and interactive life-like experiences (408) 498-4130

VS America Inc.—1517 Educational furniture (704) 378-6500 W.B. Kibler Construction—812 General construction (817) 235-8363 Walch Educational Consulting, LLC—1342 Best rate in Texas at helping districts pass TREs; 96% successful (153/160); earn $459-$507 / WADA (210) 414-0826




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Texas Reads One Book Once again, we are proud to offer this unique opportunity in Texas...

Jason Garrett

Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys

leads the charge with a huge Texas style kick-off this coming spring as

Texas Reads One Book!

Coach Garrett reads the first chapter via exclusive video cast - then each family in your district reads a chapter every night.

Jason Garrett

Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys


KICKOFF : April 3, 2017


Join In The Cowboys Winning Season Let Coach Garrett inspire your students as you join with families and communities across Texas in this exciting literacy celebration! Just $5.95 per student Register by March 1st for a reading experience your students and their families will never forget! You’ll receive books for every student as well as in-school activities, assembly ideas, teacher resources, and family engagement tools.


Send an e-mail to sign up your school or district :

Texas Association of School Texas Association ofAdministrators School Administrators

ÂŽ Creating a Culture of Literacy in Every Home



Convention Center Parking

Hotel and Shuttle Information

5th Street Garage

❉ Hotels on Shuttle Route

Located at the northeast corner of the Convention Center at 601 East 5th Street.The entrance is on 5th Street between Red River and Sabine streets.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown 300 East 4th Street 512-236-8008

2nd Street Garage

DoubleTree by Hilton–University Area 1617 IH 35 North 512-479-4000

Four Seasons 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-478-4500

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown 200 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-472-1500

Hilton Austin 500 East 4th Street 512-482-8000

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown 500 N. IH-35 512-480-8181

Hyatt Place 211 East 3rd Street 512-476-4440

Located two blocks west of the Convention Center at 201 East 2nd Street (between Cesar Chavez and 2nd streets). Entrances are on Brazos Street and San Jacinto Blvd.

Hours of Operation Sunday–Thursday

6:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 6:30 a.m.–2 a.m.

Parking Fees 15 minutes–1 hour: $4 1–2 hours


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9–12 hours


Weekend rate


Lost ticket


Additional hours:

Rates reset after 12 hours with daily maximum charge of $36.00 for any 24-hour period.

Lost ticket:


❉ JW Marriott 110 East 2nd Street 512-474-4777 ❉ Omni Downtown 700 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-476-3700

* Weekend “Pay on Entry” Information

During the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.) and special events, rates will be posted. “Pay on entry” method will be used. The Convention Center Parking Garages accept cash, local checks, and the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover.


Radisson Austin Downtown East 1st Street 512-478-9611

Residence Inn Austin Downtown 300 East 4th Street 512-236-8008

Westin Austin Downtown 310 East 5th Street 512-391-2333

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TASA OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMIT TEE President Kevin Brown Superintendent Alamo Heights ISD (20)

Daniel Treviño, Jr. Superintendent Mercedes ISD (01)

Stan Surratt Superintendent Lindale ISD (07)

President-Elect Buck Gilcrease Superintendent Alvin ISD (04)

Troy Craig Mircovich Superintendent Ingleside ISD (02)

Rex Burks Superintendent Simms ISD (08)

Vice-President Gayle Stinson Superintendent Lake Dallas ISD (11)

Jeanette Winn Superintendent Karnes City ISD (03)

Kevin L. Dyes Superintendent Holliday ISD (09)

Past President Karen G. Rue

Greg Smith Superintendent Clear Creek ISD (04)

Kevin Worthy Superintendent Royse City ISD (10)

Also Serving as 2015–17 Legislative Chair

Executive Director Johnny Veselka TASA


Shannon Holmes Superintendent Hardin-Jefferson ISD (05)

David Belding Superintendent Aubrey ISD (11)

Clark C. Ealy Superintendent College Station ISD (06)

Judi Whitis Superintendent Valley Mills ISD (12)

Douglas Killian Superintendent Hutto ISD (13)

Jose G. Franco Superintendent Fort Hancock ISD (19)

At-Large Members Joseph G. Light Superintendent Wylie ISD (14)

Brian T. Woods Superintendent Northside ISD (20)

Gonzalo Salazar Superintendent Los Fresnos CISD (01)

Aaron Hood Superintendent Robert Lee ISD (15)

Doug Williams Superintendent Sunnyvale ISD (10)

Steve Post Superintendent Tulia ISD (16)

Elizabeth A. Clark Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Birdville ISD (11)

Keith Bryant Superintendent Lubbock-Cooper ISD (17)

Pauline Dow Chief Instructional Officer North East ISD (20)

Ariel Elliott Superintendent Greenwood ISD (18)


Engaging learners and teachers through the design of collaborative environments




HOUSTON Condit Elementary School, Houston ISD

Texas Professional Standards for the Superintendent/Principal Certificate Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

TASA Midwinter Conference—January 29-February 1, 2017 Name: Organization:

Title: Session Title

SBEC Standard Number (1-8)

Length of Session (hh/mm)

I certify that this form accurately indicates the record of my attendance at this event. Signature


Note: A summarized description of the SBEC standards (Texas Professional Standards for the Superintendent/Principal) for superintendent/principal certificate renewal is provided on the back of this form. It is the responsibility of the administrator to keep an accurate account of CPE credit hours earned. Texas Association of School Administrators • SBEC Provider Number: 500101


Requirements for the Standard Superintendent Certificate Texas Administrative Code §242.15 (See note at the bottom of this page for educators who hold the Lifetime Superintendent Certificate)

The Superintendent/Principal is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by practicing learner-centered … S 1 2

P 1 2



Human Resources Leadership and Management



Policy and Governance



Communications and Community Relations



Organizational Leadership and Management



Curriculum Planning and Development



Instructional Leadership and Management

Values and Ethics of Leadership Leadership and District Culture

Acts with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner Facilitates the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community Implements a staff evaluation and development system to improve the performance of all staff members, selects appropriate models for supervision and staff development, and applies the legal requirements for personnel management Understands, responds to, and influences the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context; and works with the board of trustees to define mutual expectations, policies, and standards Collaborates with families and community members, responds to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources Provides leadership and management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment Facilitates the design and implementation of curricula and strategic plans that enhance teaching and learning; provides for alignment of curriculum, curriculum resources, and assessment; and uses various forms of assessment to measure student performance Advocates, nurtures, and sustains a district culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

Effective September 1, 1999, individuals who have not completed all requirements for the Lifetime Superintendent Certificate will be issued the Standard Superintendent Certificate that must be renewed every five years. Current holders of the Lifetime Superintendent Certificate are not required to participate in the renewal process but may voluntarily choose to do so. The renewal process for superintendents, principals, and assistant principals includes obtaining 200 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit every five years. The local school board will be notified at the end of a five-year period of any employed superintendent participating in the renewal process, as required or voluntarily, who has not met renewal requirements. Complete information on SBEC rules for educator certificates and renewal requirements for superintendents, principals, and teachers can be found on the Texas Education Agency’s website,

Texas Association of School Administrators’ SBEC Provider Number: 500101

Conference at-a-Glance 7:30 a.m.-Noon Noon–6 p.m. 2:30–4:30 p.m. 2:30–4:30 p.m. 5:30–7 p.m. *Pre-registration required

Budget Boot Camp* 13AB Registration Atrium (Level 1) Early-Bird Session – Todd Whitthorne 13AB Early-Bird Session – Kathy Hurley and Ann McMullan 14 Welcome Reception Hilton Governor’s Ballroom (4th Floor)

Monday, January 30 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 8 a.m.–3:15 p.m. 8–9:30 a.m. 8:15–9:15 a.m. 8:15–9:15 a.m. 9:30–10:30 a.m. 9:30–10:30 a.m. 9:30–10:30 a.m. 10:45–11:45 a.m. 10:45–11:45 a.m. 10:45–11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. 1–2 p.m. 1–2 p.m. 1–2 p.m. 2:15–3:15 p.m. 2:15–3:15 p.m. 2:15–3:15 p.m. 3:30–5 p.m.

Registration Exhibits/TASA Marketplace/Member Services Designated Exhibit Viewing Thought Leader Session – Damen Lopez Thought Leader Session – Travis Allen Concurrent Sessions Thought Leader Session – Kathy Hurley and Ann McMullan Thought Leader Session – Fenwick English Concurrent Sessions Thought Leader Session – Mike Patrick Thought Leader Session – Jordan Tinney Designated Exhibits Viewing Concurrent Sessions Thought Leader Session – Martha Burns Thought Leader Session – Doug Christensen Concurrent Sessions Thought Leader Session – Ernest Morrell Thought Leader Session – John Tanner First General Session – Shanna Peeples

Atrium (Level 1) Exhibit Hall 4 Exhibit Hall 4 Ballroom F Ballroom G Ballroom F Ballroom G Ballroom F Ballroom G Exhibit Hall 4 Ballroom F Ballroom G Ballroom F Ballroom G Exhibit Hall 5

Tuesday, January 31 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration Atrium (Level 1) 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Exhibits Exhibit Hall 4 9–10 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 9–10 a.m. Thought Leader Session – Ken Kay and Karen Garza Ballroom F 9–10 a.m. Thought Leader Session – Rosita Apodaca Ballroom G 10:15–11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 10:15–11:15 a.m. Thought Leader Session – Richard Erdmann and Peter Negroni Ballroom F 10:15–11:15 a.m. Thought Leader Session – Nigel Nisbet Ballroom G 11:15 a.m.–2 p.m. Exhibits Viewing Exhibit Hall 4 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thought Leader Session – Scott Kinney Ballroom F 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thought Leader Session – Fred Bentsen Ballroom G 1:30–5 p.m. Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy [Part One**] 8AB 2:15–3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 2:15–3:15 p.m. Thought Leader Session – Gary Troia Ballroom F 2:15–3:15 p.m. Thought Leader Session – Jamie Casap Ballroom G 3:30–5 p.m. Second General Session – Mike Morath Exhibit Hall 5 **Follows noon Future-Ready Leaders/School Transformation Luncheon, to which ASA registrants are invited

Wednesday, February 1 7 a.m.–Noon 8–9:45 a.m. 8:30–9:30 a.m. 8:30–9:30 a.m. 9:45–11:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.


Registration Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy [Part Two] Concurrent Sessions Thought Leader Session – Cynthia Uline Third General Session – Lauren Resnick and Christian Schunn Accountability Forum Seminar

Atrium (Level 1) 8AB Ballroom G Exhibit Hall 5 Ballroom D

Mark Your Calendar! TASA 2018 Midwinter Conference • January 28–31, 2018 • Austin Convention Center

Sunday, January 29

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