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TASA Corporate Partners President's Circle Amazon Business Apple, Inc. DLR Group Dell ETS Edgenuity Forecast5 Analytics Google for Education Huckabee K12 Insight LPA, Inc. NWEA PBK Raise Your Hand Texas Scholastic Stantec Thoughtexchange

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Silver Harris Co. Dept. of Education H-E-B itslearning, inc. Pearson Legal, P.C. Steelcase Education Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

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to the 2020 TASA Midwinter Conference!


elcome and thank you for joining us for TASA’s 2020 Midwinter Conference, where we are focused on “Uniting Public Education Champions!”

As a school leader, you play a crucial role as an advocate for public education in Texas — in the work that you do every day for Texas students as well as every time you share the successes of our students and every time you participate in the state’s legislative and public policy processes on public education issues. The TASA Midwinter Conference is a convening of public education champions who gather from across the state to learn from the experts — in many cases each other — as they work to become better leaders, ambassadors, and activists. For Monday, we’ve invited keynote speaker Kindra Hall, president and chief storytelling officer at Steller Collective, to share with you the art and science of storytelling. Hall was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they exist!), and she has some valuable information to share about the role that storytelling plays in defining and revealing organizational culture. On Tuesday, DonorsChoose.org founder and CEO Charles Best will share his story of how a history teacher from the Bronx launched an online platform that has garnered the support of 3 million supporters and $800 million for classroom projects in U.S. public schools. Now that’s a champion! The conference agenda also features many insightful Thought Leaders, including the legendary Dr. Ruby Payne, and the menu of concurrent sessions covers nearly every aspect of school leadership — all the ways in which you serve as a champion for our public schools. We’re happy that you’ve joined us for this opportunity to come together with colleagues, share ideas, discuss strategies, and collaborate with peers. Together we grow into better leaders for our schools and a stronger, more united network of public education champions!

Greg Smith TASA President

Kevin Brown TASA Executive Director

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Strategic Framework Vision


We envision innovative, future-focused leaders for every public school student.

Our mission is to promote, provide, and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.

Experiences and resources to build leadership and share expertise.

Champions for initiatives and policy to equip an educated citizenry.

Professional Professional

Community ++ Policy Policy Community

LE ARNING Learning

Advocacy ADVOC ACY



ENG AG EMENT + Support

Services and networks that offer mentorship and inspiration.



Long-Term Strategies

Cultivate purposeful networks of leaders engaged in meaningful work that advances the principles in the New Vision for Public Education.

Encourage and support regional, participant-led experiences that increase access to learning and networking opportunities.

Recruit local advocates to connect with legislators and accelerate grassroots public school advocacy efforts.

Develop a robust onboarding and mentorship experience that deepens personal connection to the association.

Engage, mobilize, and collaborate with partners to advance effective education policy.

Implement an adaptive process to assess and design learning opportunities that align with the various career pathways of members.

Curate a “living library� of innovative transformational leadership practices from which leaders can learn from each other.

Stakeholders Those who set and lead a district strategic direction SUPERINTENDENTS


Those who advance a district strategic direction



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TASA Officers and Executive Committee


President GREG SMITH Superintendent Clear Creek ISD

Region 3 JO ANN BLUDAU Superintendent Hallettsville ISD

Region 9 CURTIS ELDRIDGE Superintendent Saint Jo ISD

President-Elect BRIAN T. WOODS Superintendent Northside ISD

Region 4 CHARLES E. DUPRE Superintendent Fort Bend ISD

Region 10 KEVIN WORTHY Superintendent Royse City ISD

Vice President DOUG WILLIAMS Superintendent Sunnyvale ISD

Region 5 TODD LINTZEN Superintendent Bridge City ISD

Region 11 DAVID BELDING Superintendent Aubrey ISD

Past President GAYLE STINSON Superintendent Lake Dallas ISD

Region 6 CLARK C. EALY Superintendent College Station ISD

Region 12 GEORGE E. KAZANAS Superintendent Midway ISD

Region 1 GONZALO SALAZAR Superintendent Los Fresnos CISD

Region 7 STAN SURRATT Superintendent Lindale ISD

Region 13 JODI DURON Superintendent Elgin ISD

Region 2 MAX THOMPSON Superintendent Banquete ISD

Region 8 JUDD MARSHALL Superintendent Mount Pleasant ISD

Region 14 DAVID YOUNG Superintendent Abilene ISD


Region 15 JOE YOUNG Superintendent Brownwood ISD

At-Large LATONYA GOFFNEY Superintendent Aldine ISD

Region 16 DONNA HALE Superintendent Miami ISD

At-Large WALTER JACKSON Superintendent Brenham ISD

Region 17 KEITH BRYANT Superintendent Lubbock-Cooper ISD


Region 18 ARIEL ELLIOTT Superintendent Greenwood ISD

At-Large JAMIE WILSON Superintendent Denton ISD

Region 19 JEANNIE MEZA-CHAVEZ Superintendent San Elizario ISD

Region 20 MICHELLE CARROLL SMITH Superintendent Lytle ISD

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Legislative Chair CHARLES E. DUPRE Superintendent Fort Bend ISD

Executive Director KEVIN BROWN




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Contents TASA Corporate Partners


Welcome to Midwinter!


TASA Strategic Framework


TASA Officers and Executive Committee


Conference Sponsors


General Information/Training Credit Special Events/Activities

Thought Leader Sessions


Tuesday Thought Leader Sessions


Concurrent Sessions



Session Strands Key Monday Concurrent Sessions Tuesday Concurrent Sessions

34 35 59


Wednesday Concurrent Sessions


TASA Member Engagement Center Social Media Listening Center e2L Culture Lounge

14 14 14

Post-Conference Sessions

N2 Learning Meet-and-Greet


Pop-Up Networking Spaces


Awards and Recognitions

DonorsChoose Showcase


Related Events


Monday Thought Leader Sessions



Accountability Forum Seminar


Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders


Superintendent of the Year TASA 2020 Honorary Life Members Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Recipients Outstanding Educators and Districts

93 94 96 97 98

Saturday, January 25 Sunday, January 26 Monday, January 27 Tuesday, January 28

17 17 18 19

Wednesday, January 29


Exhibit Hall Events 100 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture 101 Exhibitors 102

Preconference Sessions


Exhibit Hall Floor Plan

Budget Boot Camp Leadership Wellness for Superintendents

22 22

Aspiring Superintendents Academy Kickoff


General Sessions


First General Session Second General Session

26 26

Third General Session


Exhibit Hall

Getting Around




Parking & Shuttle Information Downtown Austin Area Map Convention Center Floor Plan

120 121 122

Hilton Austin Hotel Map


CPE Form/Certificate Requirements


Advertiser Index


Conference at-a-Glance


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Conference Sponsors Premier Sponsors

where learning clicks

Welcome Reception

Conference Lanyards

College Board ETS Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houston ISD - MFCS Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP NaviGate Prepared Pearson TCG Advisors Thoughtexchange

Dr. Ruby K. Payne Edgenuity, Inc. TCG Advisors

Conference Mobile App Gold Sponsor – ClassLink Silver Sponsor – Right at School

Midwinter Conference Daily Edgenuity, Inc. INDECO Sales, Inc. Scholastic VLK Architects

First General Session Google for Education

Second General Session

Digital Signage



Third General Session

Future-Ready Leaders/School Transformation Luncheon

Education Elements Thoughtexchange

Aspiring Superintendents Academy Amazon Business Discovery Education Schneider Electric Scholastic Scientific Learning Stantec Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

Concurrent Session Technology Achieve3000

Conference Bags

Hotel Key Cards

PBK Raise Your Hand Texas


Amazon Business Dell Discovery Education DLR Group ETS ProEthica Gravely Attorneys & Counselors InClass Today K12 Insight N2 Learning Pearson Renaissance RTI International Scholastic

ETS PBK Pearson Right at School


Legacy Luncheon

Learning Lounge

AXA Advisors Champions Before- and After-School Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Naviance by Hobsons Pearson Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

Curriculum Associates ETS INDECO Sales, Inc. NaviGate Prepared

TASA Leadership Luncheon Dr. Ruby K. Payne Edgenuity, Inc. Pearson Stantec

President’s Dinner Achieve3000 Amazon Business College Board Dell Discovery Education Dr. Ruby K. Payne Edgenuity, Inc. Edmentum ETS ETS ProEthica Gravely Attorneys & Counselors Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K12 Insight LPA, Inc. Mutualink NaviGate Prepared NWEA Panorama Education Renaissance Right at School Thoughtexchange VLK Architects

TASA Member Engagement Center INDECO Sales, Inc. NaviGate Prepared Raise Your Hand Texas

Video Display AlphaBEST Education, Inc. Curriculum Associates Education Advanced, Inc. Education Elements Google for Education Harris County Department of Education K12 Insight MeTEOR Education Panorama Education PBK Schneider Electric Thoughtexchange VLK Architects

Recharge Stations Coryell Roofing NaviGate Prepared

Social Media Center Dell

Student Innovation Center DLR Group

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General Information Registration, Information, and Speaker-Ready Room Hours Atrium, Level 1 (4th Street Foyer)

Sunday, January 26

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monday, January 27

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 28

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29

7:30–9:30 a.m. (Speaker-Ready Room open until noon)

On-Site Registration Fees Educational Entity (school district, college or university, education association, TEA, ESC, or private or charter school) TASA members affiliated with an educational entity — $445 Non-members affiliated with an educational entity — $495 Non-Educational Entity

Optional Events with On-site Registration Leadership Wellness for Superintendents Preconference – $150 Aspiring Superintendents Academy – $150 First Aid + The First Aid Stations are located on the Trinity Foyer side of Exhibit Hall 4.

TASA members not affiliated with an educational entity who are not registered as exhibitors for the conference — $525

Recharge Stations Located in Exhibit Hall 4, Recharge Stations provide attendees the convenience of recharging mobile devices.

Non-members not affiliated with an educational entity who are not registered as exhibitors for the conference — $795

Transportation See page 120 for a list of hotels on the shuttle route.

Student Members TASA members who hold Student Membership — $150 No fee is required from guests of registered participants; however, if the guest is an administrator in the same or different district, the guest is expected to pay the full registration fee.

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.

Training Credit


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 125-126 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.tx.us) or by calling 512.936.8400.

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Special Events/Activities 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. Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE)

Texas K-12 Chief Technology Officers (CTO) Council

Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS)

Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)

Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA)

TASA Member Engagement Center Located across from the Exhibit Hall entrance

Social Media Listening Center Located in the Atrium, Level 1, across from Registration

If you have some down time or need a place to rest or meet a colleague, visit the TASA Member Engagement Center. It’s the lounge-like area across from the Exhibit Hall entrance. While you’re there, pick up some TASA swag, snap a pic and/ or record a short video to share on social media (be sure to use the conference hashtag #TASA20 and #UnitingPubEdChamps).

The Social Media Listening Center, powered by Dell, is an innovative command center that keeps a pulse on social media conversations related to the TASA Midwinter Conference Listen to the conversations on Twitter with hashtags #TASA20 and #UnitingPubEdChamps and by following @DellEMCedu and @tasanet on Twitter.

e2L Culture Lounge Located adjacent to the TASA Member Engagement Center (Monday, January 27, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) TASA and engage2learn (e2L) have teamed up to provide leaders with ways to take the TASA vision to action through a Culture Design Academy. Stop by the e2L Culture Lounge (next to the TASA Member Engagement Center) on Monday, January 27, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and learn about designing culture and systems to scale the vision across your district. The e2L + TASA Culture Design Academy brings a cohort of leaders together to learn how to systematically think about and design a thriving culture of engagement and innovation for their district or campus. Based on learning from the most innovative CEOs on the planet, this collaborative leadership institute is perfect for teams looking to create a future-proof learning culture where all adults own and implement the vision for learning and all learners are engaged and growing as a result. Resources, tools, videos, and talks from thought leaders on culture will be shared throughout the day Monday at the Culture Lounge.



Pop-Up Networking Spaces Located in clusters near the third-floor escalators and throughout the fourth level across from the ballrooms and concurrent sessions N2 Learning Meet-and-Greet Located adjacent to the TASA Member Engagement Center (Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) N2 Learning (N2) and TASA are partnering to offer The Principals’ Institute (PI) and the Assistant Principal Leadership Academy (APL) to school districts across the state. Both PI and APL are designed to help administrators develop as instructional leaders and build networks of like-minded administrators across the state. The 20202021 school year will be the 10th year of PI, and N2/TASA are excited to offer principals this learning experience that many describe as the best professional development they have ever experienced. For APL, the 2020-2021 school year will be its second year of statewide implementation, and the feedback we have received from assistant principals about APL has been excellent. Stop by and see the N2 partners and senior associates and ask about PI, APL, and all the other services N2 provides.

Join colleagues from across the state in job-alike groups to network across districts, discuss issues important to your leadership role, and process your Midwinter learning with administrators from your district teams. These spaces feature comfortable seating in small groups that are ideal for PLCstyle collaboration and informal discussions. Expand your network and deepen your contacts with districts across the state in this new area for TASA members leading campuses and districts across Texas. DonorsChoose Showcase Located between the TASA Member Engagement Center and Registration Stop by the DonorsChoose Showcase to take a look at the innovative ways Texas educators are transforming classrooms using crowd sourcing. Learn about resources for best practices when engaging a crowd sourcing platform, talk to experts who can help get your district’s project off the ground, and see examples from across the state. Also don’t miss DonorsChoose founder Charles Best’s keynote presentation during the Second General Session on Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5. We have a special surprise planned during that session that you won’t want to miss!

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Related Events Saturday, January 25 Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) Mentoring Program

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) Texas Education Policy Institute (T.E.P.I.)

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


TASA Superintendent Mentor Training

2 – 6 p.m.


TASA Budget Boot Camp

7:30 – 11:30 a.m.


TASA Joint Executive/Legislative Committee Meeting

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Hilton–Salon A

TASA Leadership Wellness for Superintendents Preconference Session

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


TASA Executive Committee Meeting

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


20th Annual Equity Center School Finance & Legislative Workshop

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TASA Leadership Luncheon

12 – 1 p.m.

Hilton–Salon B

Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) Delegate Assembly

12 – 4 p.m.


TASA Advocacy Committee Meeting

1 – 3 p.m.


TASA Member Engagement Committee Meeting

1 – 3 p.m.


TASA Professional Learning Committee Meeting

1 – 3 p.m.


TALAS Executive Board Meeting

1:30 – 4 p.m.


TASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy Kickoff (Will attend Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.)

2 – 7 p.m.

Midwinter Conference First-Time Attendee & TASA New Member Reception

4 – 5:15 p.m.


Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Hilton–Austin Grand Ballroom (6th Floor)

Sunday, January 26

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ACC–Ballrooms FG

ACC–Ballroom E




Monday, January 27 Texas Association of Mid-Sized Schools Annual Membership Meeting

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Hilton–Salon H

Texas Academic Decathlon Board Meeting

7:30 – 9 a.m.


Texas Leadership Center Board Meeting

7:30 – 9 a.m.


Texas Association of Community Schools Midwinter Breakfast 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Hilton–412 ACC–Ballroom G

TASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy

8 – 11:45 a.m.

Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA) Meeting

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Texas School Coalition Executive Committee Meeting

9 – 10 a.m.


Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS) Executive Committee Meeting

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) Superintendent Think Tank

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ESC Regions 8 & 12 Legislative Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The University of Texas at San Antonio Superintendency Program Luncheon

12 – 1:15 p.m.


Lamar University Cardinal Reception

4 – 7 p.m.


Texas State University College of Education Reception

5 – 6:30 p.m.


Sam Houston State University BearKat Reception

5 – 6:30 p.m.


University of North Texas College of Education & Hilltop Securities Happy Hour

5 – 7 p.m.

Texas A&M University Alumni & ALI Reception

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Tarleton State University Alumni Reception

5:30 – 7 p.m.


The University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Superintendency Program Reception

5:30 – 7 p.m.


The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Education & Human Development/Alumni Association Reception

5:30 – 7 p.m.




Hilton–Salon G Fleming’s Steakhouse

Hilton–Salon C

Tuesday, January 28 Hilton–Salon J

ESC Regions 9, 14 & 15 Breakfast

7 – 10 a.m.

The University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Superintendent/Principal Leadership Program State Advisory Committee Breakfast

7:15 – 9:15 a.m.

ESC Region 4 Breakfast

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Hilton–Salons A/B

ESC Region 7 Breakfast

7:30 – 9 a.m.


ESC Region 10 Breakfast

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Hilton–Salon C

ESC Region 16 Breakfast

7:30 – 9 a.m.


ESC Region 3 Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.


ESC Regions 17 & 18 Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Hilton–Salon F

ESC Region 20 Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Hilton–Salon K

ESC Region 11 Breakfast

7:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Hilton–Salon H

Student Transfer Across Rural Texas (STAR-Texas)

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Texas Association of Rural Schools (TARS) Annual Membership Luncheon Honoring Legislators

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hilton–Salon F

TASA Future-Ready Leaders/School Transformation Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom D

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (Future-Ready Leaders Luncheon)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom D

TASA Higher Education Committee Meeting

1 – 3:15 p.m.




Wednesday, January 29 Aspiring Superintendents Academy

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

ACC–Ballroom G

TASA Accountability Forum Seminar

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom E

Budget Cohort for Texas School District Leaders, Session 2

12 – 4 p.m.

ACC–Ballroom G

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Preconference Sessions Preregistration is required for all preconference events. Stop by the registration desk, which opens at 9 a.m. Sunday, January 26, to find out if any seats remain in the events listed below. No on-site registration is available for Budget Boot Camp.

Sunday, January 26 | 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Room 12AB

Budget Boot Camp Presenters: Dr. Tracy Ginsburg, Executive Director, TASBO; Janét Spurgin, Research & Policy Associate, TASBO; Dr. Amanda Brownson, Associate Executive Director of Governmental Relations, TASBO; and Omar Garcia, Investment Banker, BOK Financial Services TASA’s Budget Boot Camp has been completely redesigned for 2020 and will provide important information to help school leaders respond to changes related to school funding resulting from House Bill 3. On-site registration is not available for this event. Learn more: http://bit.ly/budget-boot-camp

Sunday, January 26 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Room 10AB

Leadership Wellness for Superintendents Professional Ethics Presenters: Josh Parker, Director of Engagement and Programs, Unbound Ed; and Kelly Henson, former superintendent and executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Legal/Financial Presenters: John Pesce, CEO & Co-Founder, TCG Advisors; Mike Cochran, Chairman & Co-Founder, TCG Advisors; Mason Moses, Investment Advisor, TCG Advisors; Neal Adams, Founding Principal, Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C.; and David Thompson, Partner, Thompson & Horton, LLP Superintendent Panel: Charles Dupre, Fort Bend ISD; George Kazanas, Midway ISD (12); and David Young, Abilene ISD In the Leadership Wellness for Superintendents preconference, you will learn about taking care of your district and community while also taking care of yourself and your family. The event will focus on professional ethics, legal and financial issues, and personal wellness. Cost is $150 per person; on-site registration is available on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ wellness-precon

Sunday, January 26 | 2 – 7 p.m. | Ballroom E

Aspiring Superintendents Academy Kickoff Academy Leader: Jill Siler, Superintendent, Gunter ISD TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy, redesigned for 2020, will be offered over the course of the four consecutive days of the Midwinter Conference. In addition to meeting on Sunday prior to the conference (and attending the conference welcome reception together) participants will reconvene 8-11:45 a.m., Monday; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday (for the Future-Ready Leaders Luncheon); and 7:30-9:30 a.m., Wednesday. Cost is $150 per person; on-site registration is available on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Learn more: http://bit.ly/aspiring-2020




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General Sessions Session Sponsor:

First General Session | Monday, January 27 | 3:30–5 p.m. | Exhibit Hall 5 Presiding: Greg Smith, TASA President and Superintendent, Clear Creek ISD Recognitions: Texas Superintendent of the Year and Nominee for National Superintendent of the Year; 2020 Honorary Life Members; Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Recipients; Caudill Award Winners Performance: Trinity High School A Cappella Choir, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD


The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling Kindra Hall, President and Chief Storytelling Officer, Steller Collective The shift from a transactional economy to a connected one has people scrambling. Businesses, brands, sales forces, marketing teams, and leaders at all levels are desperately trying to capture attention and resonate with consumers who expect more. Is there a secret weapon? A silver bullet to humanize and connect? Yes. The answer is strategic storytelling. National Champion storyteller and member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network Kindra Hall holds a master’s degree in communications for which she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture. What began as a storytelling assignment in fifth grade grew into a passion for not only telling stories, but a mastery for teaching others the methods and science of storytelling so they can better tell their own. Hall has shared her insights with audiences around the world to equip them with this essential skill for success in a connected economy. Her approach to storytelling is razor-sharp and immediately actionable. You will leave this session empowered and equipped to build better relationships and boost your brand by leveraging the irresistible power of stories.

Session Sponsor:

Second General Session | Tuesday, January 28 | 3:30–5 p.m. | Exhibit Hall 5 Presiding: Brian Woods, TASA President-Elect and Superintendent, Northside ISD Recognitions: Award winners from TAGT, Texas K-12 CTO Council; TASBO, TEPSA, and TASSP; 2020 Texas Teachers of the Year; 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education district winners Performance: Arlington Martin High School Symphony Orchestra, Arlington ISD (TMEA 2019 Honor Full Orchestra)




Connecting the Public to Public Schools Charles Best, CEO and Founder, DonorsChoose In 2000, Charles Best launched the nonprofit DonorsChoose at a public high school where he taught history. His dream was to make it easy for anyone to help a public school classroom and move us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education. To date, teachers at 80 percent of all the public schools in America have created classroom projects on DonorsChoose, requesting books, microscopes, field trips, and more for their students. More than 4 million people, corporations, and foundations have given over $900 million to those projects nationwide and supplied more than $68 million in resources just for Texas alone. In his presentation, Best will tell the story of how DonorsChoose came to be and the work the organization has done in public education equity, connecting individual, corporate, and foundation supporters from across the nation to support students. He will share the power of the DonorsChoose model of crowdfunding, as well as many inspiring stories about its impact on Texas classrooms.

Session Sponsors:

Third General Session | Wednesday, January 29 | 9:45–11:15 a.m. | Exhibit Hall 5 Presiding: Doug Williams, TASA Vice President and Superintendent, Sunnyvale ISD Recognitions: Learning Forward Texas Awards Performance: Vandegrift High School Wind Ensemble, Leander ISD (Bands of America National Marching Band Champion and TMEA 2019 Class 6A Honor Band)

Supporting Improvements in Public Education


Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Education As Texas commissioner of education, Mike Morath heads the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which oversees pre-K through high school education for 5.3 million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools. In his presentation, “Supporting Improvements in Public Education,” Morath will provide an overview of the supports provided by TEA to improve public education in Texas. Additionally, he will highlight several innovations coming out of the 86th Legislature that have the potential to improve outcomes for all students.

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Monday, January 27 | 9:30–10:30 a.m. | Ballroom F


Session Sponsor:

School Cx: ‘As Important as Textbooks’ Suhail Farooqui, CEO, K12 Insight

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In a new national study, school leaders named building trust and community engagement as two ingredients that are critical to school success. Yet, nearly half are ill-equipped to do this work. Why? Because school leaders spend 75% of their time putting out fires and reacting to crises. Learn from Suhail Farooqui, founder and CEO of K12 Insight, how an intentional approach to school customer service helps eliminate costly distractions, while improves critical functions, from community satisfaction to parent engagement to teacher morale.

Monday, January 27 | 10:45–11:45 a.m. | Ballroom F

From Research to Practice: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Reduce Absenteeism

Session Sponsor:

Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Chief Scientist, InClassToday Todd Rogers is a behavioral scientist who has developed a program that leverages behavioral science insights to empower parents to improve their children’s attendance. Dr. Rogers’ talk will address two questions at the core of his work: First, how can schools and districts implement behavioral science research to reduce absenteeism? Second, how can school leaders use behavioral science insights more broadly to mobilize students’ social supports and improve student outcomes?

Monday, January 27 | 1–2 p.m. | Ballroom F


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Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Settings Dr. Walter Gilliam, Associate Professor, Child Study Center and Psychology, Yale University

Dr. Walter Gilliam, professor of child psychiatry and award-winning author of “A Vision for Universal Preschool Education,” will discuss the latest findings regarding expulsion and suspension practices in early education settings, gender and racial disproportionality, and potential causes for these disparities, including the potential role of implicit bias. Participants will hear the research findings and be exposed to emerging information about how early educators understand implicit bias and how preschool expulsions and suspensions are understood within a social justice and civil rights framework.

Monday, January 27 | 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Ballroom F

Driving Change Management in an Innovative Organization

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Dan McBride, Senior Scientist, Milliken and Company Dan McBride, who holds more than 30 U.S. patents from working at the interfaces of physical chemistry, reaction chemistry, and engineering, will share how “Innovative Renaissance” has kept Milliken & Company relevant, cutting-edge and successful for 150plus years. Dan will draw on his decades of research experience to discuss how culture is everything, and taking calculated risks is a requirement for fostering innovation. Common values are what draw us together, but our diversity in thought and experiences are how we each can approach a common issue or problem.



Tuesday, January 28 | 9–10 a.m. | Ballroom F

Teams are the Key to Your District’s Success


Session Sponsor:

Keara Mascareñaz, Managing Partner, Organizational Design, Education Elements Most leaders want their teams to be more inclusive, innovative, and effective. And yet very few know where or how to start changing team practices to achieve this shift. Keara Mascareñaz’s session will help leaders identify how to change their teams’ habits and introduce new habits that can increase inclusion, effectiveness, and collaboration. She is the author of “The New Team Habits: A Guide To The New School Rules” and the toolkit creator for “The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools.”

Tuesday, January 28 | 10:15–11:15 a.m. | Ballroom F

Increasing School Safety by Addressing and Understanding Emotional Poverty


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Dr. Ruby K. Payne, CEO, aha! Process, Inc There is no doubt that having physical security devices helps keep schools safer. But keeping schools truly safe requires layers of prevention. Dr. Ruby Payne, whose efforts to fight poverty have achieved a global reach, will share how these preventative layers include understandings about emotional realities, what motivates better behavior, why safety and belonging are the basis of all emotional health, how psychological control can lead to violence, and how emotional triage can be used as a part of behavioral threat assessment.

Tuesday, January 28 | 1–2 p.m. | Ballroom F

Breaking Bad: Tackling Behavior Problems at the Core Dr. Martha Burns, Professor and Director of Neuroscience Education, Northwestern University and Scientific Learning

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Scientific Learning


Student behavioral problems are costly to school districts because of resource allocation demands and effects on student achievement for both the students exhibiting behavioral issues and those around them. New neuroscience research indicates that behavioral issues often stem from underdeveloped cognitive control and executive regulatory functions. Dr. Martha Burns will review the neuroscience and SEL approaches to behavioral problems - going beyond symptom-focus to address core cognitive competencies that increase academic achievement.

Tuesday, January 28 | 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Ballroom F

School Safety — How to Protect Student Information in the Cloud

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Donna McIntire, Customer Engineer, Google Public schools are an attractive target for cyber criminals seeking to commit identity theft. With adults, identity theft may be quickly apparent, but years can pass before it is discovered that it has happened to a student. School board members have a duty of care to ensure student information is protected. This session will cover what you need to know about security in the cloud, because cloud services operate very differently from traditional on-premises technology. As a cloud pioneer, Google fully understands the security implications of the cloud model. Donna McIntire, who has over 27 years in the IT industry, 15 with AT&T’s Corporate Information Security and Technology Division and Internet/Broadband division, will discuss how to protect your data, how your data is processed, and details on how organizations can meet regulatory requirements.

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Concurrent Session Strands T

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 public education organizations. As we continue our journey to TASA 2025, we have highlighted a selection of concurrent sessions that align to some of our Long-Term Strategies. These sessions will feature the icons featured below:

Learn from Public Education Champions engaging with pro public education partners to advance effective education policy and benefit communities through public education in Texas.

These sessions feature learning opportunities aligned with a featured career pathway for TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy.

This strand features administrators engaged in transformational leadership practices, and encourages district leaders to learn from one another.

These sessions highlight networks of leaders engaged collaboratively in meaningful work advancing the principles in the New Vision for Public Education.

This strand features leaders connecting with legislators and policy makers in grassroots advocacy for Texas public schools. As in years past, we will also feature sessions with the following designations:


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


Planned by members of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE), these sessions are focused on improving the educational achievement of African-American students.


Planned by members of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS), these sessions emphasize improving the educational and career opportunities of Latino youth.


Planned cooperatively by TASA and the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA), these sessions are 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.


Planned by school public relations experts and the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), these sessions focus on the use of effective communication strategies.



Concurrent Sessions

Innovative Design Strategies to Enhance Learning While Saving Money – Room 8BC Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment Max Cleaver, Chief Operations Officer, Hays CISD Tom Oehler, Vice President, Stantec As school districts constantly evolve to accommodate student growth, instructional methods, and programs, achieving both education vision and meeting financial goals can be challenging. By rethinking conventional spaces and introducing innovative design techniques, success can be attained. Through this case study of a new comprehensive high school, hear the strategies implemented by Hays CISD to provide more instructional space while saving money.

Hop Aboard the SEL Journey! – Room 9C Strategic Change and Planning Michael Griffin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Northwest ISD Stephanie Espinosa, Executive Director for Curriculum and Staff Development, Northwest ISD Kimberly Becan, Executive Director for Elementary Education, Northwest ISD Logan Faris, Executive Director of Secondary Education, Northwest ISD Northwest ISD has embarked on the SEL journey through input and collaboration from stakeholders across the district. Learn about the strategic approach NISD is taking to foster a culture designed to embrace the whole child (and the whole teacher) in a mindful and caring manner. A collaborative structure will be used to engage all participants and share insights, ideas, and strategies centered around SEL.

[CTO] Securing Schools: A Physical Security Project – Room 10A Student Safety Lane Ledbetter, Superintendent, Midlothian ISD Leslie Garakani, Chief Technology Officer, Midlothian ISD Gregg Burcham, Director of Technology, Midlothian ISD Russ Johnson, Assistant Principal, True North Consulting Group

Included in the district’s 2016 bond election, Midlothian ISD outlined a plan to upgrade critical physical security systems to provide enhanced building security, consistency, and scalability. Today, all schools in Midlothian ISD have new video surveillance, access control, and PA/bell/clock systems helping to ensure the safety and security of all students.

A Strategic Approach to Developing Student Ownership of Learning – Room 10B Strategic Change and Planning Charles Dupre, Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD Diana Sayavedra, Chief Academic Officer, Fort Bend ISD Stephanie Williams, Executive Director, Teaching & Learning, Fort Bend ISD Gwyn Touchet, HR Executive Director, Fort Bend ISD Strategic planning starts with the simple question, “What are you trying to accomplish?” In Fort Bend ISD, the answer is student ownership of learning. Analyze and engage with one district’s strategic plan, metrics, and milestones, and get tools to support progress toward achieving student ownership of learning. This workshop will provide an opportunity to analyze resources, reflect on progress, and identify next steps to support strategic planning.

Safety from the Inside Out—How to Create Pro-Social Learning Ecosystems – Room 11A Student Safety Brandy Baker, Chief Academic and Innovation Officer, Pflugerville ISD Linda Gail Walker, Learning Experience Service Coordinator, MeTEOR Education School safety is on everyone’s minds, but the threat is not usually an outside force for students. Suicide/homicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. children and adolescents. How do we help students combat the pressures they face while building the capacity for intellectual, emotional, and social safety? Pro-Social Learning Ecosystems can help campuses and districts build transferable skills and a climate of safety from the inside out.

Enrichment for All: How Enrichment Can Be Used to Support Equity – Room 11B Equity and Social Justice Katharine Riedlinger, Enrichment Coordinator, Round Rock ISD

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Michelle Swain, Director, Gifted and Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock ISD Learn about the importance of enrichment in equity work in Round Rock ISD, and how program opportunities are used to facilitate enrichment for all students. Learn the history of enrichment in RRISD, how it became a way to promote equity for students, opportunities provided for students, what structures have been put into place to support campus needs, and what RRISD has learned throughout the process.

Early Childhood Assessment Made Easy – Room 12A Assessment and Accountability Jacquie Porter, Statewide Director of Early Childhood, Texas Education Agency Nichole Aguirre, Director of Early Childhood, Manor ISD Documenting student progress is crucial to determining the success of the teaching cycle. Collecting data is a task that informs instruction, but it can also become an enormous endeavor. The session will focus on simple implementation strategies aimed at incorporating formative assessment into everyday teaching. Participants will have opportunities to practice with assessment tools that will align with their summative assessments and reporting-to-parents processes.

Empowering Teacher Leaders to Improve Outcomes for Students – Room 12B Instructional Leadership Julee Broscoff, Superintendent, Slaton ISD Jodi Leckbee Chan, Senior Program Specialist, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching In this interactive session, presenters will share and discuss specific structures, protocols, tools, and strategies for teacher leaders to engage all teachers in improvement efforts. Empowering teacher leaders to lead collaborative learning teams and provide follow-up support and coaching in classrooms in systems of continuous improvement produces increased student achievement. Participants will engage in reflection and group discussions to make connections between session content and their own practice.

[TSPRA] Do the Write Thing: Effective Tips for Speechwriting – Room 13A Community Engagement Melissa Martinez, Chief Information Officer, El Paso ISD Gustavo Reveles, Director of Community Engagement, El Paso ISD


Writing speeches can be daunting, but with the help of professional speechwriters, the task can be insightful. This session will help administrators craft effective speeches to reach parents, employees, or other community members. The session will provide easy-to-follow tips on writing for specific audiences, messaging, speech structure, timing, editing, researching, and marketing.

Is this a New Era in Education? Strategic Marketing, Engagement, and Public School Advocacy – Room 14 Community Engagement Tanya Larkin, Superintendent, Pampa ISD Nathan Maxwell, Associate Superintendent, Pampa ISD Engaging stakeholders and advocating for public schools is everyone’s job in today’s school choice environment. Participants will experience components of strategic marketing, engagement, and advocacy plans from varying public school districts shared from action research. Additionally, research findings on what makes marketing plans and engagement strategies successful and some pitfalls to avoid will be shared.

What’s Happening with the Special Education Compliance Monitoring in Texas – Room 15 Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations Karlyn Keller, Division Director, Special Education Solutions, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) On January 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services released its findings after a 15-month investigation into whether or not Texas capped special education enrollment at 8.5%. The DOE determined that Texas systematically denied students with disabilities the federally required services and supports. Learn what got Texas here, where public education is now, and the next steps in the state.

It All Begins and Ends with the Budget – Room 16A District Operations and Finance Tracy Ginsburg, Executive Director, Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Becky Bunte, Deputy Executive Director, TASBO Amanda Brownson, Associate Executive Director of Governmental Relations, TASBO Janét Spurgin, Research & Policy Associate, TASBO



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Monday, January 27 | 9:30–10:30 a.m.



HB3 turned the school finance formula upside down. This session will ensure that district leaders end the school year right side up by providing strategies to ensure a smooth state funding settle-up, while also preparing them to begin the budget for the next fiscal year.

Innovative Learning Environments: Culture + Teaching & Learning Practices + Space – Room 16B School Transformation Drew Johnson, Director, Austin ISD Eliza Loyola, Principal, Austin ISD Taryn Kinney, K12 Education Studio Leader, DLR Group Emily Froese, Principal, DLR Group Engage with an interactive panel that provides perspectives from key stakeholders about facility wants, needs, and expectations. Often educators and administrators have access to a newly modernized campus, but little to no guidance as to how it should be used. Hear from design experts and campus voices who have experienced the journey of transformation.

[TABSE] Beating All Odds in the Superintendency – Room 17A Leadership Development and Mentoring

Student Self Discovery: SEL Integrated with ELAR Curriculum – Room 18A Instructional Leadership Toni Hicks, Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Superintendent, Liberty Hill ISD Heather Bortz, Instructional Coach, Liberty Hill ISD Elena Sammon, Program Manager, ESC Region 13 The ELAR classroom is transforming with social emotional learning in Liberty Hill ISD. Integration of SEL with the new ELAR standards is the driving force of the new 6-8 grade unit maps. Discover the process used to blend SEL with ELAR content and how students will use classroom libraries and interactions with characters to discover who they are.

Why Do I Feel Like a Phony? The Impostor Phenomenon Among Female High School Principals – Room 18B Leadership Development and Mentoring Daphne Moriel de Cedeno, Assistant Principal, Keller ISD

LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent, Aldine ISD Michael McFarland, Superintendent, Crowley ISD Local, regional, state, and nationally recognized superintendents discuss how they have led transformative initiatives that catapulted their districts to excellence. This is an opportunity to network and learn strategies that have led to reduced achievement gaps and improved community and board relations, while beating the odds that interfere with producing positive outcomes.

Scaling Innovation in Lake Dallas ISD Using TASA/e2L DIYs – Room 17B District Culture Gayle Stinson, Superintendent, Lake Dallas ISD Shannon Buerk, Chief Executive Officer, engage2learn Brandon Core, Associate Executive Director, Professional Learning & Member Engagement, TASA Diana Branch, Culture Design Strategist, engage2learn Want to know how to scale innovation for every learner? Hear from leaders in Lake Dallas ISD on how the district created its own Learning Innovation Framework (LIF) with the guidance of the TASA/engage2learn Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution. Utilizing the LIF DIY, Lake Dallas will enhance the learner 38

experience through a responsible rollout, coaching more than 117 teachers, including 3-12 math teachers, in 2019-2020, and scaling across the district over time.

Women continue to be over-represented in the classroom, making up 70%+ of teachers, but are underrepresented in leadership positions—particularly in the role of high school principal. This session will present research findings about the experiences of female high school principals in Texas, barriers for climbing the leadership ladder, and how women combat feelings of phoniness in their positions.

The Superintendent’s Guide to Excellence in Every Principal – Room 18C Leadership Development and Mentoring John Wink, Superintendent, Carthage ISD Campus leadership greatly impacts student achievement, but too often, the non-instructional work of superintendents and central office leaders prevents district leaders from providing campus leaders with the strongest supports for instructional leadership. In this session, John Wink will show his proven strategies to improve student achievement by focusing on principal development. He will share his system to connect T-PESS to student growth and teacher development.


Bernadette Gerace, Director of Human Resources, Prosper ISD Laura Allen, Director of Certification & Assessment, Trinity University Andrea Lucas, Instructional Coach, San Antonio ISD Leah Hoffpauir, Teacher, San Antonio ISD The presenters will share how a performance-based assessment strengthened their partnerships, informed systems of support for teacher candidates, and provided opportunities to examine the effects of the performance-based assessment. Participants will learn how to collaborate with school partners when implementing edTPA; identify ways edTPA can be used as a tool to collaborate with school partners; and examine the effects of implementing a performance-based assessment.

TASA Legislative Update – Ballroom E Legislative and Educational Policy Amy Beneski, Deputy Executive Director, Governmental Relations, TASA Casey McCreary, Associate Executive Director, Education Policy, TASA Colby Nichols, Attorney, Underwood Law Firm This session will focus on the interim work of various legislative committees and rulemaking related to House Bill 3 (school finance), Senate Bill 11 (school safety), and other important education-related legislation that passed during the 2019 session. Attendees will also receive an overview of the political landscape heading into the March primaries.

School Cx: As Important as Textbooks Ballroom F

Thought Leader Educational Technology Theoretical Frameworks (Not as Boring as It Sounds!) – Room 19A Digital Learning and Technology Integration

Suhail Farooqui, Founder and CEO, K12 Insight See page 30 for a description of this thought leader session.

Roland Rios, Director of Technology, Fort Sam Houston ISD

Learning Lounge

Districts are eager to use new tech tools, but do they take the time to ask why? In this session, explore the need to change pedagogy to meet the needs of students. Look at theoretical frameworks for the integration of technology such as TPACK and SAMR, and get concrete examples of tech use assessed using these frameworks. Q&A will follow the main presentation.

9:30–9:55 a.m.

District PR Work is Safe (and Better!) in the Hands of Students – Room 19B College and Career Readiness Michelle Smith, Superintendent, Lytle ISD Harry Piles, Assistant Superintendent, Lytle ISD Lorrianne Migura, Public Relations Director, Lytle ISD See impressive social media, website, and print products that students create for Lytle Public Relations using digital, video, photography, writing, and project management skills. Then take a virtual tour of the digital classroom to experience the choice, variety, and assignment process that’s fundamental to Lytle’s Student PR model. See evidence of growth in positive impressions for the district, as well as the student career readiness gains. Make this magic happen in any district!

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Building a Strong Foundation School Transformation Holly Teague, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction/Accountability, Mansfield ISD Kerri Ranney, VP of Educational Practice, Huckabee Shannon Bearden, Associate Principal, Huckabee Each phase of childhood‚ from infancy to pre-K to elementary school, presents an opportunity to build and bolster a strong foundation for learning. It’s important to respond to the educational needs of this young population with the same intent and purpose used to prepare students for graduation. Helping young learners prepare for and find success in their educational careers requires focus on curriculum, professional development, environment, and experience.

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Monday, January 27 | 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Using edTPA to Inform Collaborative Systems of Support for Teacher Candidates – Room 18D Teacher Retention and Human Resources


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Exhibit Hall 4 10:05–10:30 a.m. Using Data to Maximize Revenue Under HB 3 Strategic Change and Planning Nicole Conley, Chief Financial Officer, Austin ISD Travis Zander, Senior Analytics Advisor, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. Participants will experience in-depth discussion of the impact and long-term implications of House Bill 3. With many new funding allotments in HB 3, using data analytics tools will be critical to maximize funding. Learn how districts are planning for College, Career, and Military Readiness, leveraging Census Block data, and using funding templates to verify maximum funding.

Monday, January 27 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Phil Gore, Director, Leadership Team Services, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Audrey Young, Director, Student Support Services, Nacogdoches ISD Consider how school boards can hinder or promote improved student learning in a district. Discuss scenarios from across the state and learn from peers how to respond to various circumstances with school boards. Develop an action plan to strengthen the superintendent’s relationship with the board and support their effectiveness.

Considering the Evidence: the Narrative and the Numbers – Room 10A Assessment and Accountability

[TSPRA] Be Prepared! Pre-written and Pre-approved Messages are Key to Crisis Communication – Room 8BC Student Safety

Megan Evans, Executive Director Assessment & Evaluation, Clear Creek ISD William Eastman, Coordinator for Secondary ELA and WLC, Clear Creek ISD Coney Dehart, Data Analyst, Clear Creek ISD

Angela Brown, Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Coppell ISD Mary Simpson, Director of Communications, Coppell ISD Communicating quickly is crucial to crisis and emergency response. Often communications staff spend precious moments drafting and awaiting approval from their district leaders on these messages. Participants will learn how communications teams and school district leaders should pre-plan how they will work together in a crisis/emergency, including pre-writing and pre-approving messages for common scenarios. Sample crisis and emergency messages will be shared.

The Moral Imperative of a New Accountability – Room 9AB Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS) John Tanner, Founder & Executive Director, Test Sense Talking about the current accountability system is a tricky thing: It is trumpeted as fair and objective, it was brought into being as a result of some legitimate concerns, and it is driven by a technical tool very few people understand. Talking about 40

How School Boards and Their Relationship with Superintendents Affect Student Learning – Room 9C Leadership Development and Mentoring

How can a district ensure a deep, sustained alignment with research-based actions and accountability systems? Evidence is the heart of decision-making in education. Yet educators may become overwhelmed with the volume and variety of quantitative and qualitative data that can be collected. District leaders will present the narrative and numbers that influence and refine actions related to secondary literacy: aligning state, district, campus, and teacher to every student.

Behavioral Threat Assessment – Moving Students Off the Path of Violence – Room 10C Student Safety Joe McKenna, Director of Safety, Comal ISD Thom Jones, General Manager, NaviGate Prepared Gain a strong foundation for understanding and integrating the Student Threat Assessment process in schools. Participants will understand the threat assessment process, participate in hands-on learning opportunities to reinforce key elements, and hear directly from peers about their experience building


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teams and initiating the threat assessment process in their personnel along with an international staff developer. district. Learn about important resources to help move students Participants will learn added strategies for establishing off the path to violence. expectations of a balanced literacy classroom, methods for monitoring implementation, and processes in providing feedback to staff. Instructional leaders will leave with turnkey An Evaluation of Assessment Equity for Special applications to use in balanced literacy initiatives to support Education Students – Room 11A teachers and students.

Assessment and Accountability

Randy Hendricks, Associate Professor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Mistie Dakroub, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Cameron ISD Craig Hammonds, M.Ed. Program Director, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor The state of Texas eliminated the mid-level assessment for special education (SPED) students, referred to as the STAAR Modified (STAARM) test, and moved forward with one primary testing option starting in 2015. This assessment option assesses not only SPED students but also general education students. This presentation calls into question the need for a tiered testing system for SPED students who function in the mainstream population but require accommodations.

Achieving Growth and Proficiency – Room 11B Assessment and Accountability Leslie Sparacello, Principal, Midland ISD Maggie Boozer, Academic Dean, Midland ISD Come join Midland ISD Principal Leslie Sparacello and her team as they discuss and guide participants through activities that relate to their transformative journey to increase equity and access for all students. They will walk you through how they have taken an innovative approach to being intentional about student outcomes and increasing graduation rates. This approach has enabled Midland High School to overcome barriers that present themselves when developing programs to ensure success through the Texas accountability system.

A Balanced Literacy Framework Through Instructional Leadership – Room 12A Instructional Leadership Heidi Blair, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Levelland ISD Lyndsay Lucas, Instructional Coordinator, Levelland ISD Melissa Leach, International Staff Developer, Leach’s Literacy Training

How to Drive Change Using the Collaborative Instructional Review (CIR) Process – Room 12B Strategic Change and Planning Matthew Gutierrez, Superintendent, Seguin ISD Allison Pape, Secondary Education Director, Seguin ISD Nikki Bittings, Barnes MS Principal, Seguin ISD Explore how Seguin ISD implemented the Collaborative Instructional Review (CIR) process as a vehicle for driving change during the 2018-19 school year. The district achieved meaningful growth for campus leaders through the use of ongoing professional learning, building powerful professional learning communities, and modeling a coaching culture. Interactive session activities and shared resources will allow for real-world learning connections that generate ideas for implementation.

Community Engagement in a Digital World – Room 13A Community Engagement Kenneth Rohrbach, Superintendent, Medina Valley ISD Samuel Alaniz Jr., Specialist - Webmaster & Social Media, Medina Valley ISD In just two years, Medina Valley ISD has gone from having a minimal online presence to reaching stakeholders via both the district’s website and social media. Learn how this can be accomplished by motivating and empowering campus and department leaders to take ownership. Find out which tools and programs MVISD has used to enhance the district’s digital presence.

Cybersecurity 101 – Room 14 District Culture Lucas Anderson, Privacy and Cyber Risk Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

Hear an overview of the cybersecurity environment with a focus on the cyber threats targeting school districts. Understand the spectrum of attack techniques, including District and campus leaders will gain additional knowledge ransomware, phishing, vishing, digital extortion, in instructional leadership practices from current district cryptojacking, and malvertising. Presenters will also discuss



education-specific case studies for many of these tactics to highlight the repercussions of successful attacks. Attendees will leave with practical tips for protecting their organization’s data.

Quintin Shepherd, Superintendent, Victoria ISD Greg Bonewald, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Victoria ISD Susanne Carroll, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability, Victoria ISD By rethinking the process by which most schools identify “critical need” areas, Victoria ISD demonstrates a process participants can deploy in their own environment as it relates to teacher shortages. Presenters will show how many districts are unable to meet their scheduling needs due to lack of staffing to meet scheduling demands. The presentation will demonstrate an on-demand digital tool that has allowed VISD to address the problem.

Creating Something that Makes an Equitable Difference – Room 16A College and Career Readiness Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD (ESC 20) Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations, Northside ISD Anthony Jarrett, Executive Director of High School Instruction, Northside ISD Deonna Dean, Director of Middle School Instruction, Northside ISD Learn how Northside ISD is creating its first middle school magnet through purpose-driven processes and design aligned with mission, beliefs, and board-superintendent goals. Attendees will learn how to design a 6-12 experience that creates a rigorous, coherent pathway of study. Students will become critical thinkers and problem solvers in a focused area of study—no matter their zip code.

[TALAS] Exemplary Dual Language Programs: Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio ISDs – Room 16B Instructional Leadership Ivonne Durant, Chief Academic Officer, Dallas ISD David Kauffman, Executive Director, Multilingual Education, Austin ISD Olivia Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent, San

“One voice for improving the learning outcomes of Latino students” is the TALAS mantra. It requires working with dual language experts on how to demonstrate learning outcomes, develop and provide quality professional learning and development, and network in order to sustain and expand dual language programs in Texas.

Creating a Culture of Civic Engagement in the Age of Educator Enlightenment – Room 17A District Culture Scott Niven, Superintendent, Allen ISD Kevin Noack, Superintendent, Palmer ISD Deron Robinson, General Counsel, Allen ISD Scott Milder, K-12 Market Leader, VLK Architects The 86th legislative session was shaped by voting educators, despite some efforts to discourage them. Educators can continue to shape future legislative priorities if led to the polls boldly, effectively, and legally. Join two superintendents— one with 70%+ staff voting, one with 100% staff voting—a seasoned school attorney, and a former candidate for lieutenant governor to learn how they’ve motivated educators to vote and participate in the legislative process.

New Trails in Administrative Prep for Women Leaders – Room 17B Leadership Development and Mentoring Margret Montgomery Sheffield, President, Montgomery Consultant Services, Inc. Panel members will describe the advantages offered in their respective graduate programs that meet the needs of current administrators in leadership positions. Time will be made available for Q&A.

Developments in Employment Law – Room 18A Legal James Byrom, Attorney, Thompson & Horton, LLP The session is a presentation on updates in case law and court opinions in employment law. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussions of current issues.

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The Gig Economy and Education – Addressing Teacher Shortages in Critical Areas – Room 15 Instructional Leadership

Antonio ISD Laila Ferris, Chief of Languages & Learning, El Paso ISD



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20 Ways to Engage District and Community Stakeholders in 2020 – Room 18B Community Engagement Walter Jackson, Superintendent, Brenham ISD Jessica Johnston, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Brenham ISD

Gary Bates, Superintendent, Fort Sam Houston ISD Jayne Hatton, Associate Superintendent, Fort Sam Houston ISD Hear 20 ways Brenham ISD has ignited a cultural shift and Lori Fuller, Director of Professional Development, engaged the district’s diverse community. No budget? No Fort Sam Houston ISD worries! Each strategy shared can be scaled to fit the needs Christina Baker, Academic Dean, Fort Sam of any campus or district, regardless of size, demographics, Houston ISD budget, or resources. Leave this session with ideas for immediate implementation to break down barriers, change public Participate in an interactive experience with a leadership team that facilitated a district transition out of silos to collaborate perception, and build a community of supporters in 2020. in prioritizing and unifying the work. Administrators will share: how they built a team, ensuring all voices were The 2020 Census Is Coming: How School considered; how they fast-tracked consensus, prioritizing Administrators Can Promote a Fair and Accurate and putting change into motion quickly; and how they are Count – Room 18C implementing and overseeing their collective commitments. Legislative and Educational Policy Genesis Sanchez, Regional Census Campaign Manager, NALEO Educational Fund

The Brave New World of HB 3 – Ballroom E District Operations and Finance

The 2020 Census is around the corner and school administrators can play a key role in getting out the count. NALEO Educational Fund will share information on what’s at stake for Texas children, educators, and schools. They’ll also share key messaging targeted toward parents and families that encourages participation in the census. Additionally, NALEO will share a number of resources that districts can use in their own schools and districts to ensure a fair and accurate count of all Texas families.

Daniel Casey, Partner, Moak, Casey & Associates Buck Gilcrease, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Josh Haney, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Catherine Knepp, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates

Potential Cure for Drug-Related Offenses? – Room 18D Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations James Colbert, Superintendent, Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Jonathan Parker, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Support, HCDE Anthony Mays, Senior Director of Schools Division, HCDE Anthony Moten, Principal, HCDE School districts have assigned students to DAEPs for drugrelated offenses, creating a pool of potential dropouts. In response, the Harris County Department of Education has created a specialized school that provides both learning support and treatment during the school day. Participants will learn how culinary arts, equine therapy, restorative practices, and alternative peer groups combine with high-quality instructional strategies to ensure that students are prepared to thrive.

The 86th Texas Legislature approved the most sweeping school finance reform in decades, and Moak, Casey & Associates will provide an update on the latest implementation decisions coming out of the Texas Education Agency. While many of the changes included in House Bill 3 should be celebrated, the bill has introduced a significant amount of uncertainty into districts’ budgets, particularly for the current school year.

From Research to Practice: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Reduce Absenteeism Ballroom F

Thought Leader

Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, Kennedy School See page 30 for a description of this thought leader session.

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Monday, January 27 | 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Collective Commitments: Knocking Down Silos – Room 19A Strategic Change and Planning


UNITING PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAMPIONS Report. Top school leaders highlight trends from a new national study and offer recommendations designed to help teams use a focus on customer service to solve critical operational and communication challenges from safety and security to human resources to transportation.

Learning Lounge Monday, January 27 | 10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

Exhibit Hall 4 10:45–11:10 a.m. Embrace the Complaints – Turning Everyday Interactions into Exceptional Experiences

District Culture Christine Wells, Director of Research, K12 Insight Difficult customers are not the problem, but ignoring them is. Serving happy customers is enjoyable; however, helping those who are not so happy can be stressful and costly. Learn about the SUPER skills of building rapport, listening, choosing the right words, and staying polished and in control. In short, learn how to embrace complaints, put haters to work for you, and turn bad news into good outcomes.

11:20–11:45 a.m. How El Paso ISD Uses Social and Emotional Learning Measurements

Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations

William Gumbert, Executive Director, Public Education Advocate Lizzy Asbury, Chief Executive Officer, TransCend4 School districts focus on educating students and serving parents, taxpayers, and community stakeholders. However, state-approved charters focus on competing for tax dollars in local communities. Leave this session with a deep understanding of the charter movement and potential strategies to serve the interests of school districts. Topics will range from charter expansion and recruiting to student performance and the financial/operating impact on districts.

[TABSE] Awakening the Culturally Unconscious – Room 9C Equity and Social Justice

Ramon Lozano, Executive Director for Student and Family Empowerment, El Paso ISD Sandra Montes-Uranga, Principal, El Paso ISD MaryAdair McGrath, Account Manager, Panorama Education Now more than ever, understanding how students are developing social and emotional skills is key to helping students succeed. Learn how El Paso ISD is using SEL data to guide continuous improvement and instructional planning, address school climate and culture, and measure SEL through an equity lens. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore SEL and climate data within El Paso’s measurement platform.

Kimberly McLeod, Assistant Superintendent, Education and Enrichment, Harris County Department of Education This workshop will focus on empowering school professionals with culturally responsive skill sets, strategies, and belief systems necessary to create environments in which learners and teachers thrive together. Participants will tackle tough conversations that are generally swept under the rug with an aim to effectively empower and liberate practitioners to work effectively with diverse student populations.

Screen Time at School: Promoting Digital Wellness and Student Learning – Room 10A Digital Learning and Technology Integration

Monday, January 27 1–2 p.m.

Chris Miller, Director of Technology Services, Eanes ISD

Introducing the State of K-12 Customer Experience Report – Room 8BC Community Engagement Shelby McIntosh, Vice President of Client Success, K12 Insight Melissa Martinez, Chief Information Officer, El Paso ISD K12 Insight researchers reveal findings and recommendations from the first-ever National State of K-12 Customer Experience


Charter School Competition: An Opportunity for Communities to Truly Appreciate Texas School Districts – Room 9AB Community Engagement


Screen time is a controversial topic among parents, and it often causes concern for school administrators. Emerging research may not accurately guide how schools should effectively manage screens and technology. The purpose of this session is to generate dialogue about screen time, exploring ways in which educators can promote meaningful digital wellness and learning. Participants will leave with ideas to engage campus leaders to inform instructional practice.

How to Use Design Thinking to Improve PLCs Based on Campus Needs – Room 10B Instructional Leadership

In this interactive workshop, learn firsthand how to use design thinking to identify campus priorities and improve PLCs to better meet the needs of staff and students. San Marcos CISD leaders will share examples and guide participants through design thinking exercises to identify campus needs and create prototypes for improved PLCs.

Transformational Leadership: Inspiring Others to Sustain the Focus on Engaging Students – Room 10C Leadership Development and Mentoring Farrah Gomez, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Professional Learning, San Angelo ISD John Horn, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center Nancy Rindone-Doughney, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center Why is transformational leadership crucial for public education today? What is required of school leaders to identify and develop new organizational capacities? More than 1,000 Texas educational leaders have attended the TASA Academy for Transformational Leadership facilitated by the Schlechty Center. Listen to one district share how academy participation impacted leaders at both the district and campus levels.

[TSPRA] The Meals for Shields Program – Room 11A Community Engagement Sharon Glosson, Executive Director of School Nutrition, North East ISD Scott Chidgey, Social Media Marketing Coordinator, North East ISD Kristina Perez, Publications Specialist, North East ISD The North East ISD Meals for Shields program provides a free, nutritious meal to any uniformed law enforcement officer who has lunch with elementary students at school. Aimed at reinforcing students’ trust in officers and strengthening partnerships between school districts and law enforcement agencies, the program has been successful in its first year. This presentation will cover both implementation and communication strategies.

Adam Stephens, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction, Angleton ISD James Nevarez, Technology Services Manager, San Marcos CISD Brittany Blanchard, Public Information Coordinator, Angleton ISD Laurin Moore, Public Information Coordinator, Angleton ISD Learn the basics behind gamification by exploring how two school districts use the concept in similar but different ways. San Marcos CISD used gamification to aid in technology integration, while Angleton ISD used the concept to increase district morale and engagement. Experience the basics behind gamification, and learn how to two bring the concept to a campus or district at little to no cost.

Leveraging Programs of Study for Student Success – Room 12A College and Career Readiness Amanda Brantley, Program Specialist, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Ryan Merritt, Director CTE, TEA Join staff from the Texas Education Agency to review programs of study and determine actionable steps to take during the 2019-2020 planning year for implementation. Attendees can expect to gain insight into best practices for aligning local labor market data and currently offered Career and Technical Education programs to select course sequences that will be most beneficial to their students.

Six Principles to Build a Culture of Improvement – Room 12B District Culture Roland Toscano, Superintendent, East Central ISD John Hernandez, Director of Student Services, East Central ISD Erica Peterson, National Education Manager, School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A) Learn the differences between a good manager and a great leader, and how to implement the six principles of continuous improvement to build a culture of success. Discover the effective strategies East Central is taking to improve student outcomes, prevent chronic absenteeism, and lower dropout rates by implementing culturally responsive leadership and trauma informed practices to address the needs of the whole child.

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Monday, January 27 | 1-2 p.m.

Michael Cardona, Superintendent, San Marcos CISD Monica Ruiz-Mills, Deputy Superintendent, San Marcos CISD Scott Masini, Principal, San Marcos CISD Maggie Hodge, Design Principal, Education Elements

Gamifying Professional Learning – Room 11B Community Engagement


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Roosevelt Nivens, Superintendent, Community ISD Christina Cottongame, Chief Learning Officer, Community ISD

Mark Estrada, Superintendent, Lockhart ISD Christina Courson, Executive Director of Communications and Community Services, Lockhart ISD

Through an interactive presentation, participants will learn how one district made double digit gains in multiple areas in state accountability by focusing on building leadership capacity, creating and sustaining a culture of excellence, and being intentional about student learning. By the end of the session, participants will understand that school improvement is hard work, but “it ain’t rocket science.”

Leaders strive to learn how to become more effective in leading others. In Lockhart ISD, the leadership team learned that a critical part of leading others well is first doing the work to lead themselves. In a time when job demands as school district leaders creates competition for time, attention, and energy, learn what Lockhart ISD’s leadership is doing to be better prepared to lead, and how a focus on wellness provided the missing piece of the puzzle.


1:3 Professionally Developing Teachers with Non-Educational Backgrounds, Hired by Districts of Innovation

Room 13B 1:1 Differences in the Percentages of Black Teachers by Academic Distinction Performances in Texas High Schools Alan Moye, Doctoral Student, Sam Houston State University In this study, the degree to which the percentages of black teachers at Texas high schools differed by academic distinctions (i.e., Top 25% Student Progress Distinction, Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps Distinction, and Postsecondary Readiness) were analyzed. Data were obtained from the Texas Education Agency Texas Academic Performance Report for the percentages of black teachers in schools and the academic distinctions.

1:2 Preparing New Teachers to Succeed and Improving the New Teacher Statistics on the Principal Survey Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University Sarah McMahan, Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University Rebecca Fredrickson, Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University Karen Dunlap, Professor, Texas Woman’s University Retaining new teachers is a goal, so how can this be accomplished? Implementing a New Teacher Academy and understanding the Principal Survey may be the key to ensuring new teachers feel successful and valuable to your organization.

Brian Uriegas, Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University With the introduction of the District of innovation designation, many Texas school districts have started the practice of locally certifying teachers/instructors to teach courses in areas such as CTE. Many of these new instructors have professional experience and training, but do not hold background knowledge in teaching. This paper looks at ways to use professional development activities to assist these instructors in pedagogy and best practices to enhance student learning.

1:4 The Impact of Mindfulness on Teachers’ Stress and Well-being Tonya Vetter, Graduate Student, Houston Baptist University Dianne Reed, Professor of Education and Director of the Doctoral Program in Executive Educational Leadership, Houston Baptist University Jennifer Butcher, Professor, Abilene Christian University Few professional development or professional learning communities address the social and emotional challenges the field of teaching incurs, or teachers’ emotional well-being. Mindfulness programs are emerging contemplative programs that have the potential to reduce stress. The purpose of this study was to describe the impact mindfulness had on teachers’ stress and well-being inside the classroom and outside of school. Recent studies found mindfulness practices assisted teachers in their efforts to learning how to manage the anxiety and stress caused by the demands of working in the school environment. It could improve teacher teamwork, productivity, and morale.

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Monday, January 27 | 1–2 p.m.

This Ain’t Rocket Science – Room 13A Assessment and Accountability

How a Wellness Focus Brought Out the Best in Leadership – Room 14 Equity and Social Justice

Monday, January 27 | 1-2 p.m.


UNITING PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAMPIONS From Staffing Inefficiencies to Student Opportunities – Room 17A District Operations and Finance

Workers’ Compensation Costs Don’t Have to Bust the Budget – Room 15 Equity and Social Justice

H.T. Sanchez, Superintendent, Plainview ISD David Flores, Chief Financial Officer, Alice ISD Lisa Moya, Assistant Superintendent, Bay City ISD Jeremiah Crow, CEO, Education Advanced, Inc.

Laura Romaine, Worker’s Compensation Program Consultant, TASB Risk Management Fund Charles Hueter, Risk Solutions Consultant, TASB Risk Management Fund A comprehensive workers’ compensation program can help districts protect employees and control costs. Thorough accident investigations and a commitment to training can help minimize injuries, and clear claims procedures will help districts avoid fines when a claim does occur. Attendees will also learn how to get employees back to work faster with a modified duty program. Come hear how other districts have achieved success with these simple measures.

Inclusion: The Next Transformation Frontier – Room 17B School Transformation

Teacher Incentive Allotment – Room 16A Teacher Retention and Human Resources Tim Regal, Associate Commissioner, Instructional Support, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Allison Friedlander, Program Manager, Teacher Leadership & Strategic Compensation, TEA Recently passed House Bill 3 includes the Teacher Incentive Allotment, which provides districts the option to implement a designation system for highly effective teachers. Participants will learn more about the opportunities and requirements for locally developed designation systems, how state funding provides for increases in teacher compensation and prioritizes rural and high-needs schools, and supports being developed for districts.

[CTO] Cybersecurity Planning to Help Meet New Legislative Requirements – Room 16B Strategic Change and Planning Lewis Wynn, Director of Technical Support, Austin ISD Bryon Kolbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Lewisville ISD Karen Fuller, Director Infrastructure Communications, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD With the passage of Senate Bill 820 and House Bill 3834, all districts are required to develop a cybersecurity plan and an approved cybersecurity training program. This presentation will provide information on those requirements and best practices for cybersecurity as well as guidelines for developing these cybersecurity plans. This presentation will make recommendations for districts to eliminate potential risks that could create security issues.


Hear from districts that are transforming staffing practices focused on formulas and enrollment into student-centered staffing plans that meet the needs of ALL students by effectively using their own student data. Districts will also discuss how refocusing resources from staffing inefficiencies allowed them to meet the priorities of their communities, such as increasing fine arts access for elementary, improving student safety, and even providing teacher pay raises.

Elisabeth Luevanos, Director of Equity and Inclusion Project and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Texas A&M University Jean Madsen, Professor, Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University Lloyd Verstuyft, Superintendent, Southwest ISD Anthony Luevanos, Graduate Student, Texas A&M University The session will cover the foundational aspects of the inclusion model and why it is necessary for school leaders to consider their changing demographics in current practice. The panel will discuss their journey of incorporating the inclusion model survey results from parents, students, teachers, and leaders for school transformation. The presentation will cover the importance of increasing constituent voice, enhancing critical thinking, analysis, and cultivating personal cultural understanding.

Instructional Coaching: Top Five Mistakes Leaders Make – Room 18A Instructional Leadership Jamey Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Brenham ISD Instruction coaching has been taking place in districts and on campuses for years, but many are not seeing the outcomes they expected. Why? Unfortunately, many districts are not setting up a successful model for coaches or teachers. Learn how to lead instructional coaching that truly impacts instruction.


Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent, Burkburnett ISD Clark Ealy, Superintendent, College Station ISD Molley Perry, Chief Administrative Officer, College Station ISD Community-based accountability systems go beyond standardized test scores. They offer a way for community stakeholders to collaborate with schools and develop meaningful, localized accountability systems that evaluate holistic outcomes and respect every child, educator, and community. Hear from leaders committed to providing better and more comprehensive accountability for communities as they share their stories and lessons learned along the way.

Cybersecurity: Beyond Physical and Emotional Security for All – Room 18C Student Safety Robert Bayard, Chief Technology Officer, Clear Creek ISD How does a district with more than 42,000 students help keep staff and students safe, beyond physical and emotional security? What measures does a district take to ensure confidential data is not leaked or that a data breach does not occur that could compromise staff and student data? Learn how Clear Creek ISD attempted to mitigate cybersecurity risks by raising awareness, practicing collaborative problem solving, and developing concrete plans.

Lessons Learned from First-Year Superintendents – Room 19A Leadership Development and Mentoring Cade Smith, Superintendent, Brock ISD Diana Barrera, Superintendent, Kenedy ISD The first year of the superintendency is extremely challenging. In this session, two superintendents who have finished their first year as superintendents will share the lessons learned along the way. Listen, learn, and ask questions on a variety of topics from the job interview to the evaluation and everything in between.

Master Planning When Facing Fast Growth: A Conversation with Denton ISD and VLK Architects – Room 19B Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment Jamie Wilson, Superintendent, Denton ISD Sloan Harris, Partner, VLK Architects School districts across Texas should be exposed to best practices to be prepared for managing enrollment growth. Leveraging relationships with key communicators as well as understanding facility needs based on projections and bonding capacity is crucial to the planning process. Superintendents will demonstrate best practices when facing growth. How to map a district, plan needed facilities, and incorporate instructional goals to meet future needs will be shared.

What Administrators Need to Know from the 86th Legislative Session – Ballroom E Legislative and Educational Policy

Bullying Battles: Investigating and Responding to Complaints Involving Special Education – Room 18D Legal

Jim Walsh, Attorney/Shareholder, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. Morgan Beam, Attorney, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

Amber King, General Counsel, Lake Travis ISD Andrew Tatgenhorst, Attorney, Underwood Law Firm

New legislation always brings a lot of unanswered questions. Now that implementation of the new laws is underway, administrators need answers to legal and logistical questions regarding implementation. Join two experienced school law attorneys to discuss and reflect on legislative changes resulting from the 86th session, including a review of related legal development

Through an informative discussion and a series of hypotheticals, this session will provide an in-depth look at the interplay between the legal requirements for a district to promptly investigate and respond to bullying complaints and the legal rights, obligations, and protections a student with a disability has under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, such as Child Find, access to FAPE, and discipline.

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Monday, January 27 | 1–2 p.m.

A Tale of Two Districts: Exploring the Purpose, Value, and Process of CommunityBased Accountability – Room 18B Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS)



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Learning Lounge Exhibit Hall 4 1:35–2 p.m.

Modern Makerspaces: Preparing Students for Professional Environments

Student Safety and Learning in a District’s Digital Playground

Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment Michael Warren, Director of Moody Advanced Professional Studies, Highland Park ISD (ESC 10) Gwendolyn Morgan, Discipline Leader, Interior Designer, Stantec Brett Holzle, Senior Project Manager, Stantec Makerspaces in educational environments promote higher engagement with students, foster cross-pollination between school districts and the business community, and encourage the skills and abilities required for success in students’ future careers: ideation, collaboration, and exploration. Highlighting a variety of makerspaces across the country, this session will use virtual reality to reveal current trends, share the benefits to students, and demonstrate successful design strategies for these creative community spaces.

Student Safety Gretchen Thompson, Vice President of Sales-West, Gaggle Cary Owens, Chief Technology Officer, Abilene ISD Many K-12 leaders are surprised to learn how many of their students act in ways that pose an immediate threat to themselves or others. Hear Abilene ISD Chief Technology Officer Cary Owens describe her district’s plan for student and school safety and hear Gaggle Regional Vice President Gretchen Thompson speak on the state of student safety in the 2019-2020 school year.

Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Settings Ballroom F

Bridging Facilities Planning and the Learner Experience – Room 9AB Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment

Walter Gilliam, Professor, Yale University

Jovan Wells, Chief Academic Officer, Garland ISD Brent Ringo, Chief Financial Officer, Garland ISD

Thought Leader

See page 30 for a description of this thought leader session.

Monday, January 27 2:15–3:15 p.m. Collaborative School Safety: School to Law Enforcement Communications – Room 8BC Student Safety

Hear the story of innovative facilities planning from design to implementation. Garland ISD will describe a process called Learning Environment Design that intentionally aligned the community’s highest hopes for learners to the buildings. Forney ISD will describe a process called Learning Environment Commissioning through which the adults opening a new campus were trained and coached to optimize the design elements of the new building all through I&S funds.

David Harding, Vice President-Channel Sales, Mutualink Robert Cobb, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Dickinson ISD

The Power of Systematic Evidence-Based Reading Instruction for All Elementary Students – Room 9C Student Safety

Creating a safe learning environment requires a partnership between school administration and law enforcement. For a school safety program to be effective, first responders need to arrive on the scene fast and fully informed. In Texas City, the plan is for prevention, but not all school violence can be prevented. Schools must plan for fast response. See how a communications tool that optimizes response can save lives.

Kay Wijekumar, Professor, Texas A&M UniversityCollege of Education & Human Development Javier Garza, Dean of Instruction, Brownsville ISD Debra McKeown, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Julie Owens, Coordinator, Texas A&M University

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Monday, January 27 | 1-3:15 p.m.

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A large-scale cluster randomized controlled study was conducted with 36 schools showing strong results on reading comprehension. All students from some schools have consistently shown 100% STAAR pass rates for three years. Participants will learn about the intervention using text structures efficiently and effectively, implementation guidelines, and use of technology to enhance learning. An evidence-based self-regulated strategies development writing approach will also be presented.

Enhancing DAEP Through Leadership Development & Mentoring – Room 10A Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations

The Curriculum Management Audit: An Organizational Analysis Examining Teaching and Learning – Room 11A Instructional Leadership Jana Rueter, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, San Angelo ISD Opal Core, Consultant, TASA

John Ramos, Superintendent, Castleberry ISD Cliff Dean, Chief Operating Officer, Tomlinson Center for Leadership 90% of Castleberry ISD students are below the poverty level, and DAEP as a punishment is not working. CISD reduced verbal and physical assaults of staff by 75% and discipline re-referrals by 80% within their DAEP by creating a common language between character and leadership development. They did this through mentoring, providing educators with curriculum, community engagement to build self-efficacy, mental toughness, and building critical thinking skills in students.

Awakening the Sleeping Giants: Transforming Teachers to Leaders – Room 10B Leadership Development and Mentoring Jo Ann Bludau, Superintendent, Hallettsville ISD Courtney Hudgins, Superintendent, East Bernard ISD Beverly Mikulenka, Leadership Liaison, ESC Region 3 Mary Pfenninger, G/T, Advanced Academic & Teacher Leadership Specialist, ESC Region 3 Explore models that shift to deeper learning and result in higher student achievement. Networking opportunities will be provided for participants to examine the “why” and “how” to develop teacher leaders in their districts. Superintendents JoAnn Bludau and Courtney Hudgins will discuss how implementing teacher leadership strategies is transforming their districts.

Handling Employee, Student, and Parent Grievances: Tips from the Trenches – Room 10C Legal Yolanda Carr, Superintendent, Odem-Edroy ISD John Janssen, Attorney, Sara Leon & Associates, LLC Mackenzie Walters, Attorney, Sara Leon & Associates, LLC Following a review of the grievance process and policy requirements, participants will participate in group discussion


of hypothetical grievance situations. Participants will identify issues, appropriate procedures, opportunities for resolution, and potential legal pitfalls. Presenters will offer feedback on discussions, including insights from attorneys and school district administration. All attendees will be invited to share advice with the group.


Learn how Curriculum Management Audit services can equip leadership teams with the tools to objectively evaluate not only written curriculum, but all facets of the organization that impact learning. Determine next steps in promoting student achievement, and hear how districts have used Curriculum Management Audits and related trainings to provide a structured approach to evaluating curriculum, assessment, and program design; instructional delivery; and policy direction.

[TSPRA] Standing at the PR Crossroads: When Privilege Meets Social Justice – Room 11B Equity and Social Justice David Faltys, Superintendent, Carroll ISD Julie Thannum, Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations, Carroll ISD Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent, Carroll ISD Nothing is harder than hearing about social injustice, racism, and hate speech in Texas public schools. What is the responsibility of leaders when they find themselves at the intersection of privilege and social justice? School leaders must acknowledge microaggressions and build skills for students to rise above racism and move toward cultural competence. Learn how one high-performing suburban district is giving students a voice and listening to what they have to say!

Gifted/Talented Education in Texas – Room 12A Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations Monica Brewer, Texas Education Agency Participants interested in understanding the revised Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented or implementing House Bill 3 with Gifted/Talented Education are invited to attend. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions about implementing an effective Gifted/Talented Services.

Scaling Active Learning for Equity in CCR – Room 13A College and Career Readiness

Keith Murphy, Superintendent, Melissa ISD Robert Rich, Deputy Superintendent, Melissa ISD Kim Boedeker, Deputy Superintendent, Melissa ISD

Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent, Arlington ISD Steven Wurtz, Chief Academic Officer, Arlington ISD Shannon Buerk, Chief Executive Officer, engage2learn

Learn how one district is transforming the thinking of all stakeholders and creating pathways to systemic success. Participants will understand the importance of a clear vision that includes core values, a leadership framework, a district profile, and, most important, the fundamentals of learning for students. Be inspired by the simplicity of focusing on the small things that have huge impacts.

Arlington ISD has transformation taking place for every learner in every classroom through a culture of innovation and equity that enhances the learner experience. Through culture-defining methodology, AISD is responsibly implementing a learning framework, coaching culture, and systems to personalize the experience for all learners. AISD is witnessing a change in culture, increases in teacher growth, gains in achievement, and reductions in the achievement gap for students.

TCPEA #2 Room 13B 2:1 An Evaluation of Assessment Equity for Special Education Students Randy Hendricks, Associate Professor, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Craig Hammonds, M.Ed. Program Director, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Mistie Dakroub, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Cameron ISD

2:3 Educator Sexual Misconduct in Texas: Research, Instruction, and Prevention

The state of Texas eliminated the mid-level assessment for special education (SPED) students, referred to as the STAAR Modified (STAARM) test, and moved forward with one primary testing option starting in 2015. This assessment option assesses not only SPED students but also general education students. This presentation calls into question the need for a tiered testing system for SPED students who function in the mainstream population but require accommodations.

What does the employment pattern of sexual offenders in schools look like? What type of certifications do sexual offenders have? This project continues construction of a 20-year database of Texas educators who have engaged in educator sexual misconduct by adding employment and certification data.

2:2 Literature Review on School Law Addressing Discipline of Students Receiving Special Education Services

Sara Thurmond, Manager, Student Success Coach, University of Houston–Victoria Barba Patton, Professor, University of Houston–Victoria Teresa Ann Le Sage, Associate Professor, University of Houston–Victoria

Amy Brandt, Doctoral Student, Texas Woman’s University Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University This integrated literature review details interventions designed to improve student behavior for those who are receiving special education services, utilizing positive behavior support initiatives, in an effort to reduce the amount of in-school and out of school suspensions for this targeted population in public schools.

Catherine Robert, Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Arlington David Thompson, Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Brandon Tate, Student, UTSA Alejandra Gonzalez-Mejia, Graduate Assistant, UTSA

2:4 Wrong Questions Lead to More Confusion

As educators we know that asking the right questions is crucial to getting the answers you seek. However, we also see our students struggle to understand classroom concepts and get the help they need to overcome these and other obstacles that inhibit their academic success. Some of this can be attributed to asking the wrong questions, which does little to actually help the student or educator.

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Monday, January 27 | 2:15–3:15 p.m.

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Angela Stallings, Associate Superintendent for Campus Development, Pasadena ISD Alyta Harrell, Associate Superintendent, Pasadena ISD Rhonda Parmer, Associate Superintendent for Campus Development, Pasadena ISD Joe Saavedra, Associate Superintendent Campus Development, Pasadena ISD

Preparing Students for Post-secondary Success with the SAT Suite – Room 16B College and Career Readiness Jill Schott, Senior Director, State & District Partnership, College Board Jennifer Ertel, Director, Innovative and Postsecondary Programming, Houston ISD Shirley Bachus, Assistant Director, Postsecondary Readiness, Pflugerville ISD

District leaders reflect on the rationale for designing an in-house leadership development program. Through selfreflection and “real life” scenarios, experience what it is like to “be in the chair.” This model helps aspiring administrators practice decision-making skills. Participants will leave with sample leadership activities ready to implement and personalize for their own aspiring administrators.

A panel of Texas districts that effectively use the resources associated with the SAT Suite of Assessments will share how their students qualify for scholarships by completing key steps along the path to college, how they use SAT Suite report to track the growth of a cohort and project future performance, and more. Learn strategies that can be put into practice right away to get the most out of assessments.

Using Community Voice to Influence District Decisions – Room 15 Strategic Change and Planning

[CTO] Protecting Staff and Student Data – Room 17A District Operations and Finance

Sean Maika, Superintendent, North East ISD Donna Newman, Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Campus Administration, North East ISD

Bryon Kolbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Lewisville ISD Jennifer Miller, Director of Cybersecurity and Acquisitions, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Karen Fuller, Director Infrastructure Communications, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Because of increased competition in education, executive staff and board members began asking questions that could not be answered without first understanding community needs. As surveys were dispatched, executive staff quickly realized the importance of creating more precise questions, clearly identifying the targeted audience, and taking action once results were analyzed. This has led to more communityrequested programs and practices in the district.

Strong Leadership Matters: Strategies to Recruit and Retain Educational Leaders – Room 16A Teacher Retention and Human Resources Amy Campbell, Director, HR Services, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Research indicates that principal leadership is a determining factor of school effectiveness. Each year, more than 20% of principals leave their schools, resulting in costly and disruptive turnover, and that negatively impacts teacher and student performance. HR consultants with school leadership experience will provide district leaders with key strategies to successfully recruit, retain, and grow school leaders in their district.

With the recent legislation, districts are required to provide assurance that student data is being protected. The Texas Student Privacy Alliance has created a common data privacy agreement to use with vendors across the state. Find out more about these free online tools, how to access the common agreement, keep track of district agreements. Learn to participate in the Texas Student Privacy Alliance.

Education: The Process of Becoming a Professor – Room 17B Teacher Retention and Human Resources Julie Fernandez, Dean, College of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Houston Baptist University Stacey Edmonson, Dean, College of Education, Sam Houston State University Learn how to seek, apply for, and interview for a position in higher education. Specific directions will be given on how to transform a resume to a curriculum vitae. Participants will also come to understand the difference between working in a private and public university. An opportunity for Q&A will follow the main presentation.

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Monday, January 27 | 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Leadership 101 – Room 14 Leadership Development and Mentoring

Monday, January 28 | 2:15–3:15 p.m.



More than a Test: A Reflection of Our Community – Room 18A Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS)

How Human Resources Can Better Support Campuses – Room 18D Teacher Retention and Human Resources

Airemy Caudle, Superintendent, Godley ISD Rich Dear, Superintendent, Godley ISD Theresa Morris, Alternative Assessment Coordinator/ Coach, Envision Learning Partners Steve Wandler, COO, Thrively

Brenda West, Executive Director of Personnel, Highland Park ISD (ESC 10) Lisa Wilson, Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, Highland Park ISD

Follow Godley ISD’s journey toward a community-based accountability system. Godley is in year one of implementing performance assessments using Thrively as a platform to tap into student and staff strengths, interests, and passions. Hear from members of their cohort of teachers and administrators who volunteered to participate in this pilot year. Learn about their productive struggles, and how they are failing forward. Interested in truly making a Learner Profile the center of the district and designing learning experiences that mirror what waits for students beyond graduation? This session is the beginning.

Principals Transforming Learning – Room 19A School Transformation Steffany Batik, Principal, Coppell, Coppell ISD Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Tomball ISD Jae Gaskill, Principal, McKinney ISD Rick McDaniel, Superintendent, McKinney ISD

Safety for Low-Budget Schools – Room 18B Student Safety Curt Haley, Superintendent, Lingleville ISD Cole Walker, Lead Instructor, Cool Breeze Training Participants should gain a better understanding of efficient methods for increasing safety on their campus and begin a change in mindset that relates to safety approaches. School administrators will gain a different perspective on safety through the presentation of effective, low-cost solutions that will provide a safer learning environment for everyone on campus.

The Path to District Improvement – Transforming Instructional Practices Through Coaching – Room 18C Instructional Leadership Jana Rueter, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, San Angelo ISD Cheri Braden, Principal, San Angelo ISD Jessica Manning-Acebo, Regional Director, Scholastic Learn how San Angelo ISD successfully increased student engagement, achievement, and teacher efficacy through jobembedded coaching. District leaders will share the steps they took to transform into a balanced literacy district that allows children to become fearless, eager readers, writers, and thinkers. They will share the story of one campus that went from IR to having 85% of the students prepared to read at grade level.


Review the impact of morale and a positive work environment. Develop a relationship with campus staff that promotes the role of central office staff as support for the campuses. Provide quick and meaningful activities that can develop trust and help central office understand the daily challenges and successes at the campus level. Provide activities that allow for collaboration and growth. Hear how Highland Park ISD benefits campuses through better HR support.

Five principals will share their experiences as participants of The Principals’ Institute, how the culture in their schools has changed, and how teaching and learning look different as a result of their work in the institute. The principals will also share how they have developed professional learning networks with other principals who have been part of the institute.

Leading, Coaching, and Teaching with Instruction in Mind – Room 19B Instructional Leadership Mya Asberry, Principal, Everman ISD Pam McCoy, Director of Pre-Kindergarten, Everman ISD Tamika Dees, Principal, Everman ISD Participants will explore a variety of strategies and tools that can be utilized to strengthen instructional leadership at all levels, from the administrator to the teacher. Participants will engage in meaningful discussions and develop strategic action plans to be implemented immediately. Participants will be able to identify the most useful tools for their organization, and will be able to modify those tools to fit individual needs.


Howard Morrison, Statewide Coordinator, Early Childhood Education, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Jacquie Porter, Statewide Director of Early Childhood, TEA Through key takeaways, group discussion, and a Q&A session, participants will learn about the impact of House Bill 3 on early childhood education.

Driving Change Management in an Innovative Organization Ballroom F

Thought Leader

Dan McBride, Senior Scientist, Milliken See page 30 for a description of this thought leader session.

How to Read a District Budget – Ballroom G District Operations and Finance Wade Stanford, Superintendent, Westwood ISD Christine Bedre, Assistant Superintendent, Westwood ISD Kyle Penn, Assistant Superintendent, Westwood ISD Tiffany Carwell, Special Programs Coordinator/District Testing Coordinator, Westwood ISD This session is intended to provide an overview of reviewing a budget. How to read the account code structure, track grants, and monitor the minimum spend requirements will all be addressed. Administrators will share how their respective roles interact with a district budget. This is an ideal session for those without budget experience to gain foundational information.

3:30–5 p.m. The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling Exhibit Hall 5

General Session

Kindra Hall, President and Chief Storytelling Officer, Steller Collective See page 26 for a description of this general session presentation.

Tuesday, January 28 9–10 a.m. Leading with Growth in Mind – Room 8BC Instructional Leadership Nate Carman, Superintendent, San Benito CISD Gina Ortiz, Director of Secondary Instructional Implementation, San Benito CISD Hector Madrigal, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services, San Benito CISD Participants will receive insights on how San Benito CISD uses Lead4Ward and TEKS Resource System. Presenters will discuss initiatives that led to district-wide increases in rigor and student achievement. This session will use Eduphoria Aware and Excel to project the academic growth domain score. Participants will receive the TEKS Resource System curriculum correlation tool and resources to calculate individual and overall student academic growth.

Retaining Teachers Through Support and Education – Room 9AB Teacher Retention and Human Resources Traci Goodwin, Director of Professional Development and Events, Pasadena ISD Jessica Frinsco, Instructional Specialist, Pasadena ISD Teacher recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers is a need shared by every school district, whether large or small. This session will discuss and examine how to provide the needed professional development supports for all induction year teachers, while also supporting the individualized needs that surface. By balancing professional learning with coaching, mentoring, and the occasional counseling, a school district can ensure that they retain highly qualified staff members.

[TSPRA] Boosting the Bond Between the Media and the District – Room 9C Community Engagement Bradley Domitrovich, Professional Speaker | PR Strategist, PR Zealot Establishing an exceptional relationship with members of the media is imperative for every school district leader. It’s important to promote the district in a positive and credible manner with influencers. Unique challenges exist in every media market. Session participants will walk away with knowledge of how the media influences public perspective and with strategies to incorporate for success.

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Tuesday, January 28 | 9–10 a.m.

House Bill 3 Early Childhood Education Updates – Ballroom E Legislative and Educational Policy

Tuesday, January 28 | 9–10 a.m.



Learning Leaders: Growing Leaders from Within – Room 10A Leadership Development and Mentoring

Growing a Principal Pipeline Through an Embedded Residency Program – Room 11A Leadership Development and Mentoring

Ross Roberts, Deputy Superintendent, Little Elm ISD Cynthia Mika, Assistant Superintendent, Little Elm ISD Amanda Ball, Director of Teacher & Student Engagement, Little Elm ISD Doug Sevier, Director for Curriculum & Learning Services, Little Elm ISD

Pat Lewis, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation & School Improvement, Grand Prairie ISD Dusty Palmer, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Texas Tech University Mary Smith, Mentor Principal, Grand Prairie ISD Fernando Valle, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

Learn how one district is shifting the focus from agendadriven meetings and top-down leadership to goal-oriented learning for leaders. Hear how Professional Learning Services partnered with Educational Services to develop a three-tiered Aspiring Leaders Institute and a new administrators’ academy to grow leaders from within. Leave this session with practical ways to integrate these structures into practice to see student results improve.

Lessons Learned: Transformation and Innovation in Texas – Room 10B Strategic Change and Planning Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD Angie Gaylord, Deputy Chief, Transformation & Innovation, Dallas ISD Brian Lusk, Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Dallas ISD Usamah Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent, Dallas ISD Dallas ISD is establishing itself as a district of choice where each student attends a best-fit school that matches their individual needs and interests. This session will cover the district’s approach, including its Public School Choice application process, P-Tech, Collegiate Academies, socioeconomic integration, and similar scalable innovations. Participants will engage with presenters and resources through a station model through which they can collaborate and adapt action planning resources.

Teaching the State-Mandated Community Safety Education Act of Texas – Room 10C Student Safety Everette Penn, Director, Teen and Police Service (TAPS) Academy All Texas high schools are required by the Community Safety Education Act to provide training for their seniors on how to interact with police during a traffic stop. The basic course is available on the TEA website. The TAPS team through the Peacekeepers Movement (www.peacekeepersmovement.org) has trained over 8,000 police officers, students, and other citizens. This session will help administrators take on the task with best practices. 60

Grand Prairie ISD and Texas Tech will demonstrate how their meaningful partnership provided a strong leadership pipeline. The district will share its perspective of how they worked together to create a pipeline of effective principals who improved teacher development and student achievement. University faculty coaches will provide a model of how current sitting principals can implement instructional strategies to support the growth of teachers.

English Learner Program Funding: What’s New Under HB 3? – Room 11B Instructional Leadership Rickey Santellana, Federal Program Coordinator, Texas Education Agency Participants will analyze House Bill 3 as it relates to English learner programming and explore TEA resource tools that guide appropriate spending of state and federal funds to maximize English learner achievement. Participants will apply new learning to real-world scenarios and participate in a Q&A with TEA staff to address their individual funding questions and needs in the area of Title III and Bilingual Education Allotment spending.

Using Data to Prepare for a Board Workshop – Room 12A District Operations and Finance Judy Jackson, Coordinator for Personnel Services, Midway ISD (ESC 12) Christopher Ryan, Sales Account Executive, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. Session participants will learn how to prepare for productive board workshops. Time spent fostering a greater understanding of districts’ needs among board members will help drive action on strategic plans and encourage more community involvement. Using finance, enrollment, and salary details to tell the district’s story can make the difference in moving both district and community forward.


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Tuesday, January 28 | 9-10 a.m.



Trauma-Informed, Resiliency-Focused: Engaging an Entire Community in a Culture of Civility – Room 12B District Culture JJ Villarreal, Superintendent, Rockwall ISD Tom Maglisceau, Chief Student Services Officer, Rockwall ISD Renae Murphy, Chief Communications Officer, Rockwall ISD With school safety a continuous priority, Rockwall ISD has enhanced safety systems by proactively supporting the social and emotional well-being of all learners. Learn how Rockwall ISD, emphasizing the community’s commitment to civility, developed a “Better Together Mindset” that includes a comprehensive effort of staff development, trauma and resiliency initiatives, student learning, student leadership, and media partnerships.

[CTO] Empowered Superintendents: Leading Digital Transformation – Room 13A Strategic Change and Planning Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD Michael Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council Tim Harkrider, Superintendent, Willis ISD Superintendents can make or break technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that they are keeping up with digital strategies for learning. Moving a district forward through change can be daunting. The superintendents on this panel will share their challenges and describe how they increased their own capacities for leading change. CoSN’s “Empowered Superintendents Toolkit” will be presented along with resources to assist leaders in leading digital transformation.

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3:1 Coaching Academy for Assistant Principals: Filling in the Gaps from Degree to Practice

3.3 The Hidden Orientation Process Stephen Benigno, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University

Jerry Burkett, Assistant Dean, University of North Texas-Dallas The Coaching Academy for Aspiring Principals was created to support, train, and coach a cohort of novice assistant principals who have been identified by their school districts as having potential for the principalship. The purpose of this study is to explore the perceptions of assistant principals who participate in a year-long professional development and coaching program on how the program supports them in improving their leadership capacity.

New teachers entering the profession often face numerous challenges related to instruction and the professional requirements of the profession. One hidden challenge that new teachers face is the organizational socialization process. Twenty-five new teachers were surveyed with respect to the orientation and socialization process in their schools. Results indicated that many of the new teachers felt inadequately prepared to understand and conform to the socialization process.

3.4 Walking and Talking in the DARK 3:2 Principals as Instructional Leaders: An Embedded Descriptive Case Study of One Rural School’s Effort to Improve Student Outcomes through Reading Plus

Barba Patton, Professor, University of Houston–Victoria Sara Thurmond, Manager, Student Success Coach, University of Houston–Victoria Teresa Ann Le Sage, Associate Professor, University of Houston–Victoria

Nathan Templeton, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce Joshua Tremont, Principal, Laneville ISD This session will discuss the changing paradigm of principal as instructional leader. Specifically, findings from practitionerbased research discussing the relationship between Reading Plus and improved student outcomes in rural settings will be discussed. 62

Analysis of released STAAR grades 3-5 math tests revealed over 220 words as being confusing. Since 2012 minorities have made up more than 50% of the population. Learn about the study identifying problems and efforts to ensure students from all backgrounds have equal chance to be successful, not just white middle and upper class. Strategies to address the disparities will be addressed.


Developing a District Scorecard – Room 14 Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS)

Shannon Buerk, Chief Executive Officer, engage2learn

New Legislative Updates to Emergency Operations Plans – Room 15 Student Safety

Kids are More than Just a Number – Measuring Growth Outside of the STAAR Test – Room 17A Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS)

Jimmie Walker, Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Alamo Heights ISD Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Angie Applegate, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Security Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards and Instruction, Coppell ISD With the close of the 86th legislative session came a variety Sarah Gertner, Outreach Director, Panorama Education of school emergency management bills that TASA members need to know about. This presentation will examine new and Explore how districts are focusing on SEL and school climate to updated legislative requirements and explain how they impact redefine what accountability looks like in their communities. the review and revision of district and campus emergency Learn how districts are broadening the definition of success by providing a full picture of the student experience, reframing operations plans. adult mindsets, and responding to student, staff, family, and community feedback. Participants will review districts’ data and Google for Admin: Productivity and engage in discussion. Communication Strategies for Education – Room 16A [TALAS] Advancing a Legacy for Latina Digital Learning and Technology Integration Superintendents in Texas – Room 17B Pryscilla Ladeira, Education Program Manager, Equity and Social Justice Google for Education Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Tomball ISD Amy Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, FriedTechnology Celina Estrada Thomas, Superintendent , Hutto ISD Brooke Lowery, Trainer, FriedTechnology Veronica Vijil, Superintendent, Fabens ISD Frank Murray, Director, Wichita Falls ISD Creating a legacy for leadership among aspiring Latina Learn how successful district administrators are using superintendents is the focus for TALAS. Networking and Google tools to communicate more effectively, save time, and mentorship are powerful tools in developing careers for diverse leverage valuable face-to-face interaction rather than one-way and talented administrators. The most poignant strategy is communications. Google has rounded up the best tips for using for current Latina superintendents to share their stories to G Suite to improve every aspect of district leadership. Improve motivate and inspire other women. Currently Texas has 18 practice and save time with these strategies every leader should Latina superintendents, and the need for more is ever increasing! know.

Using Innovation to Fuel School Improvement – Room 16B School Transformation Beth Nicholas, Deputy Superintendent, Mesquite ISD Jennifer Hammett, Executive Director for Leadership Development, Mesquite ISD Tamekia Brown, Principal, El Paso ISD Pauletta Howard, Principal, El Paso ISD

Helping ALL Students Succeed: 9 Things Culturally Relevant Educators Do – Room 18A Instructional Leadership Tarrah Thompson, AVID District Coordinator, Austin ISD Melissa Gutierrez, AVID District Program Specialist, Austin ISD Barb Copeland, State Director, AVID Center Bavu Blakes, Social & Emotional Specialist, Austin ISD

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Tuesday, January 28 | 9-10 a.m.

Hear from two district and campus leaders who led school improvement efforts that resulted in double-digit gains in one year, through a learning innovation framework and coaching on high yield best practices. This innovation is transforming Participants in this session will learn how leaders at Brock ISD the learner experience for all learners in these districts and created, implemented, and continue to assess their district providing an equitable experience for all that significantly scorecard based on board of trustees’ priorities, the district’s increases student achievement at all levels of the system. vision, mission, and core values, as well as the hopes and desires of the community of Brock, Texas.

Cade Smith, Superintendent, Brock ISD Dee Mills, Assistant Superintendent, Brock ISD

Tuesday, January 28 | 9–10 a.m.



Do all students have what they need to be successful? These nine culturally relevant teaching practices will help administrators address the opportunity and expectation gaps that negatively affect many students. Culturally relevant teaching is all about delivery, scaffolding, and relationship building. Implement the strategies shared in this session immediately to increase the level of success for all students.

Small Town Gossip: Navigating Design and Construction in Rural School Districts – Room 18B Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment Jessica Johnson, Superintendent, Dayton ISD Sofia Dusek, Principal, PBK Ron Bailey, Partner, PBK Word travels fast in a small town, especially when the topic involves public funding. Great relationships and partnerships can quickly disintegrate if wants, needs, and circumstances are not properly communicated. This presentation will focus on teaching administrators how to effectively communicate with the community and school board in rural school districts by utilizing lessons learned from the 2014 Dayton ISD Construction Bond.

What Your Lawyers Wish You Knew – Room 18C Legal

CCMR and ECHS: Breaking Down the Blueprint – Room 19A College and Career Readiness Joanna Slaton, Director of Early College High Schools, Grand Prairie ISD Donna Wallace, Academic Dean, Grand Prairie ISD Donna Grant, Principal, Grand Prairie ISD Many see the benefits of Early College High Schools but they don’t know where to begin. In this session, the planning process and a step-by-step plan to implement the blueprint will be explored. Participants will break down each benchmark to understand the best practices involved in implementing with fidelity. Participants will explore the alignment of the high school and college curricula.

Disruptive Communication – Room 19B District Culture Thad Roher, Superintendent, Friendswood ISD Dayna Owen, Assistant Principal, Friendswood ISD

Deron Robinson, General Counsel, Allen ISD Amanda Bigbee, General Counsel, Keller ISD Jeff Crownover, General Counsel, Lewisville ISD Christie Hobbs, General Counsel, Northwest ISD Join four in-house attorneys for a candid and humorous conversation about what attorneys wish administrators knew. We’ll help professionals get out of their own way and make the most of their relationship with the district’s legal counsel.

Breaking the Mold of Traditional Education – Room 18D Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations Roy Sprague, Chief Operations Officer, CypressFairbanks ISD Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent/Curriculum & Instruction and Accountability, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Eric Smith, Partner, PBK Learn how Cypress-Fairbanks ISD expanded a highly successful program to engage more students through


innovative curriculum choices. A new facility will serve students around the clock to accommodate limitations on student schedules. They’ve expanded both an overage eighth and ninth grade program. See how the district planned the repurposing of an older, preexisting building into a world-class, next-generation facility.

Creating culture is a key component for school transformation. Friendswood ISD will share how they have utilized social media, targeted communication, Facebook Live, a district magazine, and other techniques to create an intentional culture of support for school transformation. Participants will hear how communication played a key role during disasters like Hurricane Harvey and the Santa Fe ISD shooting to bind a community together.

Equity in the 86th – Ballroom E District Operations and Finance Ray Freeman, Executive Director, Equity Center Josh Sanderson, Deputy Executive Director, Equity Center Jesus Chavez, Executive Director, South Texas Association of Schools Here is the road map to House Bill 3 and fundamental school finance reform. Learn how these policy changes impact educational opportunities and help create a level playing field across the state.


Thought Leader

Keara Mascareñaz, Managing Partner, Organizational Design, Education Elements See page 31 for a description of this thought leader session.

Learning Lounge Exhibit Hall 4 9-9:25 a.m. An Exemplar of Long-Range Facility Planning: Keller ISD

Student Safety Richard Westfall, Superintendent, Keller ISD Sloan Harris, Partner, VLK Architects Hear a superintendent’s personal account of the comprehensive process allowing a Long-Range Facility Planning Committee to prioritize after considering: Technical Design Guidelines, Education Specifications, Enrollment Projections and Capacity, Educational Adequacy, and Facility Conditions Assessments. Meaningful discourse assisted with the difficult yet important decisions for the future. Garnishing the voices, beliefs, and expectations of an established community, including students, informed Keller ISD while facing buildout and aging facilities.

Tuesday, January 28 10:15–11:15 a.m. Elevating the Relationship Between Education Foundations and Districts for the Greatest Student Impact – Room 8BC Community Engagement Judy Geelhoed, Executive Director, San Antonio ISD Foundation Valerie Foster, Executive Director, Sanger Education Foundation By sharing best practices and models, participants will leave with an in-depth awareness and knowledge to increase the success and resources of the district by building a strong relationship with an education foundation. National trends in philanthropy, as well a partner-driven education trends like P-Tech, will be used to demonstrate why now is the perfect time to strengthen partnerships with an education foundation.

Great by Choice: Are Students Interested? – Room 9AB Strategic Change and Planning Marcell Smith, Superintendent, Duncanville ISD Karin Holacka, Interim Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability, BLUE Jean Educational Consulting What choices do students have? Come discover how this question challenged Duncanville ISD to strategically begin transforming the district into an engaging, rigorous learning environment where student choice and interest drive academic decision-making. See how community support, partnerships, and a four-point strategic approach were used to increase student potential, possibilities, and preparedness. Gain strategies for designing an approach to being great by choice.

Mastering Elementary School Writing with Skill and Motivation – Room 9C School Transformation Kausalai Wijekumar, Professor, Texas A&M University Debra McKeown, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Julie Owens, Coordinator, Texas A&M University The SRSD-based writing approach has accumulated over 200 research studies showing the highest effect-sizes in writing outcomes at elementary grade levels including with special education students. We-Write is an adaptation of the SRSD method designed to include a set of web-based lessons providing powerful learning for students and a teacher dashboard to review student mastery of writing skills. Both editing/revising and composition will be covered.

Survival: Sometimes That is All That Matters – Room 10A District Culture Troy Parton, Superintendent, Munday CISD Renae Parton, Teacher, Munday CISD Discuss serious topics through a lighthearted look at how superintendents react to situations, and the toll it takes on them, their spouses, families, schools, and communities. As the district leader, the stress of daily operation is compounded when something goes awry. Join this veteran rural superintendent and his wife to learn some ways to positively survive the superintendency in a small, rural district.

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Tuesday, January 28 | 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Teams are the Key to Your District’s Success Ballroom F

A Successful Bond Process – Room 10B District Operations and Finance

In fall 2018, Brazosport ISD began planning to ensure ultimate bond success through a community-based, long-range facility planning process. This panel will share knowledge gained along the way and how the district orchestrated a successful implementation by providing knowledge in the areas of growth, finance, programming, future trends, and safety to create a bond package built around student success.

Reconceptualized Standards: What Leaders Need to Know About the New ELAR TEKS – Room 10C Instructional Leadership Tosh McGaughy, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, McKinney ISD Heather Cato, Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jeffrey Hanks, Superintendent, Weatherford ISD Charlotte LaGrone, Executive Director of Organizational Culture, Weatherford ISD Bruno Dias, Executive Director of Safety and Security, Weatherford ISD Lynn Pool, Executive Director of Student Services, Weatherford ISD Have a multi-layered approach to achieve school safety? Are all levels of staff—from bus drivers to the superintendent —aware of the safety protocols? Does the district’s culture encourage students to report incidents or concerns? How does the district share critical information between campuses and provide transparent communications to parents? Learn from Weatherford ISD’s comprehensive safety processes, including the implementation of a threat assessment team.

How One Bus Driver is Changing Richardson ISD – Room 12B The new ELAR TEKS shift from the discrete and isolated listing of District Culture skills to the interdependent standards that support the reciprocal practices of reading and writing. Come explore what school administrators need to know about the new ELAR TEKS. Discuss what leaders should see in observations, and leave with a resource to connect new TEKS with T-TESS.

Does Your Plan Really Work? – Room 11A Instructional Leadership Cheryl Hendrix, Director of Human Resources and Special Programs, Bullard ISD Bullard ISD will share best practices in creating quality DIPs and CIPs. Using PlanWorks software, the district can create and monitor improvement plans. Discover how intuitive layouts simplify the process of documenting formative and summative assessment data by creating a collaborative, living document.

Developing Data Points for the Local Accountability Pilot – Room 11B CBAS Mary Kay Gianoutsos, Director of Evaluation, Humble ISD As a pilot district for the TEA Local Accountability System (LAS), one of the greatest challenges in the development process was designing measures that were wholly impact-based student outcomes. How does a district move from measuring input to truly measuring direct impact? Where do districts incorporate evidence of effect? Humble ISD shares its journey through the LAS process and the lessons learned in the process.

Jeannie Stone, Superintendent, Richardson ISD Curtis Jenkins, Relationship Specialist, Richardson ISD Curtis Jenkins is a bus driver in Richardson ISD whose inspirational story went viral this past year. He was recently promoted to “relationship specialist” due to his ability to build relationships and establish systems of empowerment on his school bus. He’s been featured on ABC News, “The Rachel Ray Show,” and media outlets in more than 20 countries. Bus drivers and other auxiliary workers interact with students every day; yet, how many school districts train these valuable employees in effective ways to build relationships with students? Learn how Richardson ISD’s new relationship specialist is helping all auxiliary staff make a difference in the lives of 40,000 RISD students.

[TSPRA] #DragonStrong – A Look at the Resiliency Project in Carroll ISD – Room 14 Student Safetye David Faltys, Superintendent, Carroll ISD Julie Thannum, Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations, Carroll ISD Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent, Carroll ISD Learn how Carroll ISD is involving students and staff in open dialogue about mental wellness, and supporting the social and emotional well-being of students through intervention counselors, the addition of a leadership and culture coach, and by hosting parent and student universities.

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Tuesday, January 28 | 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Danny Massey, Superintendent, Brazosport ISD Rebecca Kelley, CFO, Brazosport ISD Lizzy Asbury, CEO, TranCend4

Building a Robust Safety Culture that Creates a Positive School Climate – Room 12A Student Safety




minorities have made up more than 50% of the population. Learn about the study, which identified problems and efforts to ensure students from all backgrounds have an equal chance to be successful, not just white middle and upper class. Strategies to address the disparities will be addressed.

Tuesday, January 28 | 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Room 13B

4.1 Project-Based Learning and Global Mindset Development Brett Welch, Associate Professor, Lamar University Neil Faulk, Assistant Professor, Lamar University Hunter Keeney, Director of Institutional Research, Lamar State College - Orange Alishea Jurado, Dean of Innovation & English Teacher, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

4:3 Assessing District and School Culture: Reality, Perceptions, or Illusion

Stephen Benigno, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University Elisabeth Krimbill, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Embodiment of global mindset is necessary to navigate International University challenges associated with workforce readiness, the global School districts are a microcosm of our society. They represent market, and global challenges, requiring a more extensive the constituents and they mirror the positive and negative skillset than that which traditional educational paradigms aspects of communities. Perceptions of district culture may be develop. Though the literature does not overtly discuss PBL a result of how they address the needs of the constituency and as a means of fostering global mindset, specific aspects of how those areas dictate the cultural development of the school the literature indicate afforded opportunities to develop the community. This study examines teacher perspectives of the intellectual, psychological, and social capitals (Javidan & reality, perceptions, and illusions of district and school culture. Walker, 2012) global leaders must embody. The purpose of this study was to analyze and interpret recent high school 4:4 Hybrid Inclusive Learning Theory graduates’ perceptions of PBL as a means of developing global mindset. Keysha Johnson, Doctoral Student, Houston Baptist University Jennifer Butcher, Professor, Abilene Christian University 4.2 A Penny Earned is a Penny Saved! Old Angie Durand, Associate Professor, Houston Baptist Cliche but True Today University Barba Patton, Professor, University of Houston–Victoria The theory of Hybrid Inclusive Learning specifies learning Sara Thurmond, Manager, Student Success Coach, will occur when individuals are engaged about their learning. University of Houston–Victoria Educational institutions, therefore, must prepare the students Teresa Ann Le Sage, Associate Professor, University of and staff for the novel advancement of technologies and how Houston–Victoria these will impact a new culture of teaching and learning that If students don’t understand the questions, answers will just provides platforms for different modalities individualized for be guesses! Analysis of released STAAR grades 3-5 math all learners. tests revealed over 220 words as being confusing. Since 2012

Who is Driving the CBAS Bus? – Room 15 CBAS Lawana Pulliam, Instructional Specialist, Canadian ISD Lynn Pulliam, Superintendent, Canadian ISD Do teachers, community, and board really understand the community-based accountability system process? What about the “why”? Last spring, Canadian ISD realized that only two of their leaders truly understood the work they were trying to accomplish. They needed to back up and re-induct their board and staff. See tangible models and processes for the induction of staff of all levels into community-based accountability.


HB 3 – The New Registry of Persons Not Eligible for Employment in Public Schools – Room 16A Legal Laura Moriaty, General Counsel, Texas Education Agency (TEA) David Rodriguez, Director of Educator Investigations, TEA The TEA directors implementing the new registry created by House Bill 3 will present what the bill’s requirements mean for public school officials and employees. The session will cover who is listed on the registry, new reporting requirements for superintendents, directors and principals, due process for reported employees, and repercussions for schools that hire or refuse to fire people on the registry. Q&A will follow.


Jennifer Miller, Director of Performance Excellence, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Bryon Kolbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Lewisville ISD Mark Gabehart, Executive Director, Technology, Round Rock ISD Laurie Vondersaar, Sr. Executive Director of Information Technology Services, Leander ISD With increasing concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy, and the reliance on internet accessibility, district technology environments are subject to more scrutiny than ever before. The expectation is that student learning environments are trusted and secure. In an interactive panel discussion, learn how districts analyzed the technological aspects of their learning environments, transformed their processes, and obtained the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) seal of approval.

HB 3 – Where are We with Equity Now? – Room 17A Legislative and Educational Policy Jesus Chavez, Executive Director, South Texas Association of Schools Albert Peña, Superintendent, San Perlita ISD Ray Freeman, Executive Director, Equity Center Lonnie Hollingsworth, General Counsel, Texas Classroom Teachers Association The panel will review how House Bill 3 addressed equity across the school finance system, but more important, what additional improvements will be necessary to achieve true equity. Areas discussed include equity within the system, teacher pay, tax equity, and facility funding. Possible equity legislative priorities will be introduced so that participants can begin working with their local legislators. Come learn about the remaining work in school finance equity.

Collaborative University and District Partnerships: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluation for Program Improvement – Room 17B Higher Education Partnerships Jenny McGown, Superintendent, Klein ISD Stacey Edmonson, Dean, College of Education, Sam Houston State University

Providing opportunities for university preparation programs and districts to develop relationships focused on effective program improvement in curriculum and field experiences is the goal of this session. The panel of university and district administration will share the challenges and successes around three collaborative partnerships. Participants will ask questions and engage in dialogue with university and district panelists. Participants should leave with strategies for beginning conversations around collaborative partnerships.

[TABSE] Lessons from the Team of 8 – Room 18A Community Engagement David Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Support and School Administration, Galena Park ISD School boards may be small and local, but they represent perhaps the most important daily civic commitment citizens make to their communities, children, and future. When it comes to the decisions that most directly affect the business of public education and what happens in classrooms, few people are as influential—and often as unacknowledged— as local school board members. Developing and sustaining a collaborative team can become challenging.

The Journey to Future-Ready – Room 18B School Transformation Jill Siler, Superintendent, Gunter ISD This interactive session will engage participants to think and dialogue around a thoughtful and strategic framework that helps move organizations to become more future-ready. Participants will share best practices how to envision a futureready learning environment, elevate a culture to accomplish the transformative work, equip staff through incentivizing digital integration and professional growth, and extend the planning to continue their future-ready journey.

Maximizing CCMR: When You Know Better You Do Better! – Room 18C College and Career Readiness Susana Garza, Superintendent, Jim Hogg County ISD Gina Garza, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Jim Hogg County ISD This presentation will provide insight into Jim Hogg County ISD’s road to improvement and how the district maximized

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[CTO] Building a Trusted Learning Environment for District Technology Initiatives – Room 16B District Operations and Finance

Trina Persson, Principal, New Caney ISD Helen Berg, Associate Chairman, Sam Houston State University

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Protecting Learning by Restoring Culture and Disrupting the School Suspension Pipeline – Room 18D Equity and Social Justice Julia Andrews, Director Center for Safe and Secure Schools, Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Darlene Breaux, Director of Research and Evaluation Institute, HCDE The preliminary results of this ongoing and in-depth study revealed significant progress in decreasing time spent out of class due to suspension rates. Harris County will share an implementation guide and strategic processes that explain both effective and ineffective practices when engaging in this type of work. Actual footage of student and staff communitybuilding circles, video testimonials, and evidence-based practices will give participants an intimate look at this school’s transformation.

Serving and Protecting Beyond the Uniform – Room 19A Student Safety Eduardo Hernandez, Superintendent, Edgewood ISD (ESC 20) Olga Moucoulis, Chief of Staff, Edgewood ISD Jesse Quiroga, Chief of Police, Edgewood ISD This session will detail how the Edgewood ISD community resource team services their community beyond everyday policing. They take a different approach by supporting the social, emotional aspects and supporting the whole child and family. Hear about the support and resources provided to families, and how the district got outside organizations to help in the district’s vision and mission.

Supporting VPs for Their Next Level of Leadership – Room 19B Leadership Development and Mentoring

Sandra Bonnett, Executive Director, Elementary Administration, Northside ISD (ESC 20) Patricia Zamora, Leadership Development Specialist, Northside ISD Northside ISD administration will share tools and strategies they use to develop their Elementary Vice Principal Meeting structure. They will show how they foster a collaborative culture using Professional Learning Communities that help support principals at their campuses and build the capacity of junior administrators for the role of principal.

Changes and Mandates on School Safety – Ballroom E Student Safety Celina Bley, Associate Director, Texas School Safety Center The 86th legislative session brought about many changes to school safety. The Texas School Safety Center housed at Texas State University is charged with overseeing many of the new mandates and will continue to train and educate districts throughout the state. This presentation is geared specifically for district administrators who want to learn more about District Threat Assessment teams, Multi-hazard Emergency Operations Plans, School Safety Committees, and School Audits.

The Emotional Layers of School Safety Ballroom F

Thought Leader

Ruby Payne, CEO, aha! Process, Inc. See page 31 for a description of this thought leader session.

Texas Reading Academies 101 – Ballroom G Legislative & Educational Policy Lily Laux, Associate Commissioner, School Programs, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Jacquie Porter, Statewide Director of Early Childhood, TEA Cherry Lee, Reading Academy Director, TEA This session will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the structure and implementation options of the Texas Reading Academies. The most up-to-date information on Reading Academies content will be shared with participants, with time allotted for a Q&A period.

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CCMR indicators through focused programming, monitoring, and outside-the-box approaches to state accountability. Participants will gain valuable information about leveraging resources and maximizing CCMR programming to meet both campus and district goals through quick wins, collaboration and data-driven decision making. Presenters will discuss a two-year journey that increased CCMR and A-F accountability.

Tuesday, January 28 | 10:15 a.m.-2 p.m.



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Transforming Instructional Leadership and Culture with Technology – Room 8BC Instructional Leadership

10:15–10:40 a.m. Crossroads Academy: Providing Students Individual Pathways to Success

Keith Bryant, Superintendent, Lubbock-Cooper ISD Macy Satterwhite, Deputy Superintendent, LubbockCooper ISD Jacqueline Fewin, Director of Technology, LubbockCooper ISD

College and Career Readiness Hector Lopez, Bilingual Specialist, Uvalde CISD Miranda Dvorak, Counselor, Uvalde CISD The Crossroads Academy High School Leadership team will share their journey of the establishment of their school, from planning to rollout to measured success and focused improvement. The school is built around a three-part mission of love, high expectations, and restorative education. Participants will hear how these three guiding pillars combined with innovative support from Edmentum and other partners have helped the school meet its fall graduation goals with a 100% at-risk student group.

10:50–11:15 a.m. Mastering Master Schedules

Join Lubbock-Cooper ISD as they share their continuing journey that strategically blends instructional leadership, professional learning goals, and effective technology integration to impact student learning. Learn how the district locked arms with Apple Inc. teams and technology to support their learning and leadership outcomes.

Design and Construction for the Beginner: What to Expect on Your First Project – Room 9AB Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment John O’Brien, Superintendent, Van Vleck ISD Christie Dement, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Federal Programs, Van Vleck ISD Sofia Dusek, Principal, PBK Ron Bailey, Partner, PBK

District Operations and Finance Rachel Gerig, Associate Principal, Ector County ISD Jeremiah Crow, CEO, Education Advanced, Inc. Misti Rasure, VP of Research & Analytics, Education Advanced, Inc. From the makers of TestHound comes the next product to address school efficiency operations: Cardonex Staffing & Scheduling! Come meet districts in varying phases of implementation of Cardonex, and hear their experiences with developing student-centered staffing plans, building effective master schedules in just a few days that meet the needs of ALL students, and even saving hundreds of dollars per student to reallocate to other district goals.

Every administrator should expect to encounter a construction project sometime during their career. While the scope of construction could range from a small renovation to a brandnew building, understanding the design and construction process is a necessity. Administrators from Van Vleck ISD in partnership with PBK Architects will present an introduction that will benefit the newbie and veteran alike.

Trust the Process: Ensuring Student Growth with Ensuring District Synergy – Room 9C Strategic Change and Planning Rick Fernandez, Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Schools, Tomball ISD Amy Schindewolf, Chief Academic Officer, Tomball ISD Valerie Petrzelka, Principal, Tomball ISD Participants will engage in collaboration centered on the practical steps for creating a true sense of district synergy that ensures student learning and enhances campus growth. Specifically, this workshop will address the strategies



and complexities involved with designing, aligning, and intentionally utilizing the district strategic plan, district curriculum, campus improvement plans, and supporting professional development. Participants will be encouraged to share their best practices in a collaborative setting.

Nancy Rindone-Doughney, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center Kat Crawford, Senior Fellow, Schlechty Center Malinda Golden, Assistant Superintendent, Georgetown ISD Steve McCammon, President, Schlechty Center This session will start with a short introduction to work being done on a national level to support vulnerable youth. Local examples will be used to highlight how Texas districts are supporting special populations. Lastly, participants will be asked to participate in a candid conversation around the support of vulnerable youth in their district.

A Roadmap for Implementing Blended Learning with Community Support – Room 10B Digital Learning and Technology Integration Bobby Ott, Superintendent, Temple ISD Lisa Adams, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Temple ISD Renota Rogers, Executive Director of Secondary Education, Temple ISD Learn how to take the district’s vision for blended learning and develop an actionable and effective plan for communication, design, training, and support. Learn from Temple ISD district leaders who led the rollout of blended learning across their 13 schools and hundreds of teachers.

Johnny Beach, Board Member, Garland ISD Linda Griffin, Board Member, Garland ISD Ricardo Lopez, Superintendent, Garland ISD Jovan Wells, Chief Academic Officer, Garland ISD Garland ISD has maintained a laser focus on supporting all students on the pathway to college/careers and equity/ access. Through the “One goal + One focus = Student Achievement” initiative, and specific academic programs, Garland ISD has developed a successful system to ensure barriers are removed so all students have access to college and career opportunities through college preparation programs and targeted support.

#CISDCompetitveEdge – Intentional Focus on Soft Skills – Room 11B College and Career Readiness Darryl Flusche, Superintendent, Canyon ISD Cameron Rosser, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Canyon ISD Robyn Cranmer, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, Canyon ISD Leigh Wilson, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations, Canyon ISD Canyon ISD’s vision is to empower each student for lifelong success. The ability to interview and effectively communicate is an integral part of achieving that. CISD administrators will share their experiences with planning and implementing #CISDCompetitiveEdge Week, which includes Senior Interview Week. Take the opportunity to reflect on current practices, collaborate with other professionals, and develop plans for districts and campuses.

Team Habits for Better Learning, Meetings, and Projects – Room 13B Leadership Development and Mentoring

In-House Professional Learning Creating a Culture of Academic Achievement – Room 10C School Transformation

Amy Miller, Executive Director, Curriculum Design & Delivery, Klein ISD Keara Mascarenaz, Partner, Education Elements

Niccole Delestre, Principal, Manor ISD LaNica Failey, Associate Principal, Manor ISD

Based on the best-selling book “The NEW School Rules” and work with Dallas ISD, this session shares habits for teams to lead change and collaboration more effectively. Engage in learning through a series of games, videos, and role play to build better team habits for meetings. In this highly interactive session, participants will learn and plan in small groups, making commitments for how to improve their meetings.

There are amazing pockets of success on every campus. Training teachers/staff in real time is the only way to ensure immediate professional growth. Participants will learn techniques to maximize all available opportunities using a systemwide approach that increases student achievement through strengthening professional learning.

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Tuesday, January 28 | 1-2 p.m.

Embracing the Challenges of Engaging Students in Alternative Settings – Room 10A Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations

One Goal + One Focus = Student Achievement – Room 11A College and Career Readiness

Tuesday, January 28 | 1–2 p.m.



Coaching Counts: The Impact of Texas Instructional Leadership on Student Achievement and Leader Efficacy – Room 12B Instructional Leadership

Does the Football Coach Have to Be the Athletic Director? The Benefits of NonCoaching ADs – Room 13A Teacher Retention and Human Resources Michael Novotny, Superintendent, Salado ISD Most 1A through 4A school districts have their athletic director also serve as their head football coach. This session will present and discuss the pros and cons of another model/ option—a non-coaching athletic director.

Alyson Schafer, Manager of Instructional Leadership, ESC Region 4 Anthony Indelicato, Chief of Staff, Fort Bend ISD Stephanie Houston, Executive Director of Elementary Schools, Fort Bend ISD The teacher has the greatest impact on student achievement, and leaders often default to coaching the teacher to ensure students receive high-quality instruction, but what about coaching for the principal? For the principal supervisor? To build systemic change, leaders must learn effective, highimpact coaching techniques. Participants will learn how job-embedded professional development for principals and principal supervisors impacts student achievement and builds leaders’ efficacy.

Entrepreneurial Education Bridges the Gap Between School and Community – Room 13B Community Engagement Tom Leonard, Superintendent, Eanes ISD Mike Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD Looking for an opportunity to elevate high school business curriculum? Learn about a new and innovative program designed to get students excited about becoming true entrepreneurs. This unique partnership gives students an opportunity to work with real-world entrepreneurs and business experts. Based on the Lean methodologies, this curriculum foundation requires students to create a business model canvas that functions as a foundation for their innovative ideas.

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Using Servant Leadership to Transform Education – Room 16B Leadership Development and Mentoring

David Walker, Superintendent, Christoval ISD Tyler Ezell, Associate, Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.

Neil Dugger, Dean, College of Education, Dallas Baptist University

With the recent uptick of gun violence in schools, and new legislation in response, districts need to continually review their action plans. This presentation will address the meaning behind the statistics of recent school shootings, an overview of the options available to school districts related to gun safety, current plans that have been proven successful, and a summary of recently adopted laws.

Keeping a Large District Small – Room 15 District Culture Jeffery Russell, Area Superintendent, Denton ISD Susannah O’Bara, Area Superintendent, Denton ISD Participants will learn specific strategies to create a small district culture in a large district. Specific initiatives will be highlighted that have been utilized to maintain the collaborative culture, while becoming an innovative district. Participants will gain insight into specific structures created to enable alignment and define priorities for 40 campuses, while allowing for differentiation among campuses and across each vertical zone to support their progress toward board goals.

The HB 3 Efficiency Audit Requirement – Room 16A District Operations and Finance Jeremy Thompson, Superintendent, Era ISD Elvis Arterbury, Professor, Lamar University Rich Elsasser, Executive Director, ESC Region 13 Guy Sconzo, Executive Director, Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC) The House Bill 3 requirement regarding efficiency audits prior to increasing school district revenue will have a major impact for district leadership in the future. Participants will receive sealed envelope results of their district efficiency ratings, which are based on an independent three-year “data envelopment analysis.” The audit process will be reviewed and basic conclusions of the statewide data will be discussed.

Led by experienced public school panelists, a dynamic discussion with participants will show how Servant Leadership is the key to school transformation. Gone are the days when effective change could take place through top-down leadership styles, and while Servant Leadership is not a new concept, implementation is not as widespread as thought. Participants will gain new knowledge and skills to develop an effective style of Servant Leadership in their districts.

United as a Community of Practice: True Transformation for Students, Teachers, and Districts – Room 17A College and Career Readiness Jennifer Saenz, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach, The University of Texas at Austin Anthony Jarrett, Executive Director of High School Instruction, Northside ISD (ESC 20) Holly Garza, Director, Clint ISD Mindy Curran, Executive Director, Ingram ISD OnRamps and partnering districts are passionate about students having the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. Together, they are transforming teaching and learning in the classroom‚ with 29,407 students and 928 teachers on a path for education and professional success. What does this take? It starts with a facilitated network built on true collaboration and learning across 9-12, and it requires a space for collective strategy around readiness, recruitment, and retention.

[TABSE] So, You Want to Be a Superintendent? – Room 17B Leadership Development and Mentoring Michael McFarland, Superintendent, Crowley ISD LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent, Aldine ISD Ready to be a superintendent? Currently, you are a school administrator; however, you are considering the role of superintendent. A big step? Yes! Worth it? Absolutely. Getting the superintendent position is one thing and maintaining the position another, but thriving in the superintendency is a separate matter altogether. The Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) is hosting this session, which discusses all three.

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Tuesday, January 28 | 1-2 p.m.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Options Available for Ensuring School Safety – Room 14 Student Safety



Tuesday, January 28 | 1–2 p.m.

Go from Uber-Busy to Uber-Productive in Just 30 days! – Room 18A District Culture Darryl Martin, Board Member, Beeville ISD Leticia Munoz, Board Member, Beeville ISD Marc Puig, Superintendent, Beeville ISD Busyness is not a virtue. In today’s “need it yesterday” school climate, the ability to be productive is what truly drives results. From boardrooms to classrooms, three things drive a culture of uber-productivity: essentialism, strategic intent, and teamwork. Join this fun-filled, mind-blowing session on how to master the “disciplined pursuit of less,” and start increasing district productivity today.

Piloting CBAS on a Campus – Room 18B Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS) Audra Diane Ude, Executive Director of Accountability and Assessment, Fort Bend ISD Dee Knox, Principal, Fort Bend ISD Jeanna Sniffin, Principal, Fort Bend ISD John Montelongo, Principal, Fort Bend ISD Fort Bend ISD principals provide a learning opportunity on engaging campus stakeholders in understanding communitybased accountability, establishing relationships to the district’s key questions, prioritizing the work through the accountability engine, and ideas for early implementation of the pilot work.

Building a Pride Campaign that Awakens and Inspires Community – Room 19A Community Engagement Demetrus Liggins, Superintendent, Greenville ISD Helen Williams, Chief Communications Officer, Greenville ISD Amy Wade, Community Relations and Marketing Liaison, Greenville ISD All schools and communities are about the people who make them up. How do you capture the mosaic that connects us? Greenville ISD asked people who they were, what they were about, and what being a part of GISD meant to them. The district listened. The district shared. As community members reflected on how education enriches them, they began to talk about the schools as “us,” not “them.”

Texas Economy – Room 19B District Operations and Finance

[TSPRA] Propel Your Career Using PR and Personal Brand Strategies – Room 18C Teacher Retention and Human Resources

Cole Hentschel, Director of Sales, First Public (subsidiary of TASB) Edward Contreras, Assistant Vice President, First Public

Kristi Lee, Executive Director of Communications & Community Relations, Bastrop ISD Jessica Johnston, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Brenham ISD With attention spans becoming shorter and loyalty at a premium, one can’t afford to leave personal and professional branding to chance. Whether trying to improve superintendent/board relations, implementing new district/ campus initiatives, or climbing the career ladder, having an intimate and accurate understanding of a personal brand’s influence is critical. Take an engaging look at how everyday choices impact personal results!

Are Your Future Leaders Future-Ready? Aspiring Leadership Academy – Room 18D Leadership Development and Mentoring Tanya Larkin, Superintendent, Pampa ISD Nathan Maxwell, Associate Superintendent, Pampa ISD 76

Recruiting, developing, and preparing leaders for the ever-increasing world of leadership is challenging and timeconsuming. This session provides solutions for finding and inspiring leaders to engage in campus leadership. Participants will experience components of a future-ready aspiring leadership academy with scenario-based learning, inspiring thought leaders, and practical tips for developing a program while partnering with higher ed for empowering employees to believe and behave as leaders in the organization.

This session will provide an update to Texas economic statistics and analysis including the housing market, unemployment, and wages.

TEA Principal and Teacher Certification and Testing Updates – Ballroom E Legislative and Educational Policy Grace Wu, Director, Standards, Testing & Preparation, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Tam Jones, Director of Educator Preparation, TEA Beth Burkhart, Specialist, TEA TEA will cover the rationale, testing, and certification changes for teacher and principal, as well as the timeline and specifics of the changes. Learn how this will impact district hiring and candidates.


Thought Leader

Martha Burns, Professor and Director, Neuroscience Education, Northwestern University See page 31 for a description of this thought leader session.

DLR’s Student Innovation Challenge – Ballroom G School Transformation In this year’s Student Innovation Challenge, students gathered in the exhibit hall and were provided a “problem” in which they investigated, researched, and constructed their own understandings and solutions throughout the conference. Students arranged their work environment and encouraged conference attendees to roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to provide input and feedback. Now, come see the solution that students came up with!

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Overcoming Challenges to Budget Delegation & Tracking – Room 8BC District Operations and Finance Ed Ramos, CFO, Pflugerville ISD Rick Gay, Director of Procurement Services, Spring Branch ISD Districts want to foster creativity and differentiate instruction but lack an efficient way to delegate funds to those who understand the needs of students most—teachers. As a result, 94% of public school teachers report paying for supplies, spending an average of $479 out of pocket per year. With insufficient classroom budgets and a first-come-first-serve allocation method, K-12 teachers rush to buy at the beginning of the school year out of fear of losing funds entirely. When new students arrive or new learning opportunities emerge, they purchase supplies out of their own pockets. Join several K-12 district leaders who will share an innovative best practice that has allowed them to delegate and manage school budgets with increased efficiency and the right levels of control, increasing teacher satisfaction and student outcomes.

Technology and Instructional Materials Allotment – Room 9AB District Operations and Finance

Exhibit Hall 4 1–1:25 p.m. Achieving Excellence: A Path to Improving Literacy Instruction

Instructional Leadership Mechiel Rozas, Director, Early Childhood, Houston ISD Cindy Puryear, Director, Houston ISD Daniel Moreno-Lewis, Account Executive, Scholastic This interactive session will focus on the successes and lessons learned in designing and implementing an effective literacy framework. Topics to be discussed will include: establishing core beliefs to help drive systemic transformation, identifying and leveraging key change drivers, creating a plan to utilize data to both inform and monitor, and completing a resource evaluation.

Kelly Callaway, Senior Director, Instructional Materials, Texas Education Agency Participants will be presented information about the technology and instructional materials allotment and the decisions districts must make regarding its use. Participants will gain an understanding of state allotment decisions, including details about the effects and implementation of recent legislation. Participants will also learn how to anticipate funding needs for upcoming instructional materials adoptions.

Code Cracking Coaching: 5 Insider Tools to Jumpstart Your Struggling Staff – Room 9C Instructional Leadership Michelle Nance, Teacher, Spring ISD Through a workshop approach, learn to coach teachers to embrace a learner-centered approach. By focusing on students’ learning, teachers are more open to alter their practices. Receive tools for developing structures to collaborate with teachers to set goals, implement their learning, monitor the implementation, and reflect on student learning. Learn ways to identify teachers’ personal drivers, and use effective protocols to move teachers closer to epic student gains.

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Tuesday, January 28 | 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Breaking Bad: Tackling Behavior Problems at the Core Ballroom F

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Kay Douglas, Leadership Team Services, Texas Association of School Boards Participants will explore their own experiences as well as those of others of the many ways we have all experienced these issues. We will define the terms we will be using, discuss actual occurrences of low expectations surrounding race, gender, language, ability, family demographics, and background, and brainstorm ways that we can recognize, minimize, and eliminate this discrimination in our school systems.

Personalized Learning: Helping Leaders Reflect on Readiness – Room 10B School Transformation Amy Miller, Executive Director, Curriculum Design & Delivery, Klein ISD In this interactive session, use the Switch framework to reflect on readiness to launch personalized learning. Based on an activity used with 200+ Klein ISD administrators, this session will help school and district leaders gain a clearer picture of what it takes to support and launch personalized learning through a reflection to assess readiness, and guided planning to determine next steps.

Assistant Principal Leadership (APL) Academy – Room 10C Leadership Development and Mentoring Eddie Coulson, Partner, N2 Learning Roz Keck, Partner, N2 Learning How does a district develop assistant principals who support the principal in building a true learning culture? Are assistant principals prepared to be strong instructional leaders? The next generation of principals are currently serving as assistant principals, and N2 and TASA have partnered to help address this issue by creating APL. Come learn more about this new professional learning program.

CAO and CIO: Intentional Cross-Division Collaboration – Room 11A Strategic Change and Planning Kristin Craft, Associate Superintendent of Academics, Spring Branch ISD Christina Masick, Associate Superintendent of Technology Services, Spring Branch ISD

Participants will learn how one district identified shared work streams on their strategic plan road map and built intentional systems and processes to reduce silos and increase cross-division collaboration. One example of a deliverable of the strategic plan road map was the creation of the Marketplace; digital instructional resources are gathered in one place to simplify teachers’ lives. Key messaging of the what, why, and how will be shared.

United ISD Instruction and Accountability Support Systems – Room 11B Assessment and Accountability Emma Leza, Executive Director, United ISD David Gonzalez, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, United ISD Christina Casanova, Director of Student Assessment, United ISD Rebecca Morales, Executive Director Federal Programs, United ISD See the five-year timeline of events and how systems have evolved to meet the needs of students, teachers, and campus administrators based on performance. Get a cohesive look at the activities and developments used to earn a district rating of an “A” in 2018 and a projected “A” for 2019.

Leading the Implementation of Performance Assessments – Room 12A Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS) Becki Krsnak, Director of Elementary Learning, Midlothian ISD Nikki Nix, Director of Secondary Learning, Midlothian ISD What are performance assessments and why should districts implement them? Take a deep dive into how to lead this implementation and what it takes to get it started in a district. Midlothian and Galveston ISDs will share their experiences from an administrative perspective of how these assessments helped their districts assess what really matters to their communities.

The Leadership Language We Need – Room 12B Leadership Development and Mentoring Quintin Shepherd, Superintendent, Victoria ISD Greg Bonewald, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Victoria ISD

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Tuesday, January 28 | 2:15–3:15 p.m.

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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations – Room 10A District Culture

Tuesday, January 28 | 2:15–3:15 p.m.



Susanne Carroll, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability, Victoria ISD This presentation will introduce 10 phrases currently used in education leadership, and then unpack these phrases to show how they erode trust, over-emphasize competence, and restrict improvement in schools. Next, presenters will juxtapose these 10 phrases with a new language of leadership necessary for leaders to embrace to build a healthy school culture, encourage growth, and unlock the potential of the leadership team.

[CTO] Building a Cybersecurity Program – Room 13A Student Safety Clarence Campbell, Information Security Officer, Round Rock ISD Mark Gabehart, Executive Director, Technology, Round Rock ISD Steve Burpee, Lead Security Administrator, Round Rock ISD

Learn how Little Elm ISD catapulted their work in curriculum and learning from the TASA/CMSi Curriculum Audit. Utilizing Simon Sinek’s work, “Starting with the Why,” LEISD will provide honest feedback and reflection on why they requested the audit, how the audit was reported, how they responded, how they prioritized and organized their actions, and what processes they put in place to monitor their progress.

Leadership Coaching: A Win-Win for Everyone – Room 15 Leadership Development and Mentoring

This session will provide examples of how to staff and build a cybersecurity team, including qualifications, goals, objectives, priorities, and accomplishments to expect of the team. Learn the necessary support from leadership that is essential for the success of the district’s new cybersecurity team.

[TALAS, TABSE] Public School Transformation is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time! – Room 13B Equity and Social Justice Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Tomball ISD Ricardo Lopez, Superintendent, Garland ISD Robert Bostic, Superintendent, Stafford Municipal School District Charles Dupre, Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD The foremost experts on tipping the balance from equality to equity are those who meet the challenge daily in their roles as superintendents. They must remove the barriers that limit success for all children. It is not a role for the faint of heart. It is hard work and requires an ability to lead others on a course less taken. This session will inspire and offer support.

From Audit to Implementation: Impacts of Reflection and Planning – Room 14 Instructional Leadership Cynthia Mika, Assistant Superintendent, Little Elm ISD Doug Sevier, Director for Curriculum & Learning Services, Little Elm ISD 80

Ross Roberts, Deputy Superintendent, Little Elm ISD Amanda Ball, Director of Teacher & Student Engagement, Little Elm ISD


Kellye Kirkpatrick, Principal, Fort Worth ISD Jennifer Sanchez, Principal, Fort Worth ISD Luz Martinez, e2L Certified GROWe Executive Coach, engage2learn Terri Montes, Principal, El Paso ISD Participants will learn about research findings regarding the value and impact of professional leadership coaching. Explore how the Engage to Learn eGrowe research-based leadership coaching model adds value and capacity regarding leadership skills, student outcomes, and supporting best practices and life-ready skills. Receive supporting data, hear testimonials from principals who engaged in this coaching model, and practice a short eGrowe coaching conversation.

Create Better Learning Environments – Room 16A Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment Judy York, Specialist, ESC Region 12 Shanna Attai, Assistant Research Professor, Baylor University Kerri Ranney, VP of Educational Practice, Huckabee Taking a multidisciplinary approach, presenters studied the intersection of professional development and the building environment to determine the impact on student engagement and the learning experience. These findings can help all stakeholders‚ students, educators and communities with data, evidence-based knowledge and understanding of professional development tools

Climate Transformation Through a Culture of Connection – Room 16B Community Engagement Matt DesBrisay, Director, K12, Thoughtexchange Participants will hear from district leaders who have leveraged innovative tools and approaches to enable their entire community —not just the loudest voices—to take ownership of district culture and direction. Topics covered will include cultural transformation, inclusion and equity, leadership empowerment, staff professional development, and community ownership. Attendees will use Thoughtexchange to give real-time feedback, and pose thoughts and questions to the presenters.

Making Blended Learning Personal – Room 17A Digital Learning and Technology Integration Khechara Bradford, Chief of Curriculum & Instruction, Spring ISD Anna Garza, Middle School Math Dean, Laredo ISD Melinda Jennings, Director of Special Programs and Accountability, Marshall ISD Shannon Buerk, Chief Executive Officer, engage2learn This session will help participants engage in a blended, digital environment that is truly personalized—not just a computer program that students rotate through. District leaders will explain how to implement a four-step plan with a focus on providing the learner access to the latest technology, tools, infrastructure, and cybersafety guidelines to navigate today and tomorrow’s technology-rich digital future.

Building Critical Response Teams – A Collaborative Approach to Supporting Students and Staff Following Crisis – Room 17B Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations Theresa McAllister, Superintendent, Jourdanton ISD Sara Mann, School Trauma Specialist, University of TexasSan Antonio Tracy Reinen, Counseling Consultant, ESC Region 20 Learn directly from school district experiences following the Sutherland Spring shooting and other critical incidents how partnering with neighboring districts to build common response protocols supporting each other in times of need has provided relief, built individual and district capacity, and strengthened

Catch the CAB to College Readiness – Room 18A College and Career Readiness Julie Hyman, Director of Teaching & Learning and Advanced Academics, Birdville ISD Elizabeth Clark, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Birdville ISD Catch the CAB (Collegiate Academy of Birdville) to college readiness through an examination of the Texas Blueprint for Early College High Schools. Follow along on the journey taken by one school district in developing an implementation plan for ECHS, and examine the tools and decision-making process used along the way. Discuss best practices, higher ed partnerships, and readiness culture in a new ECHS.

Community-Based Accountability: Making an Impact with Project-Based Learning – Room 18B Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS) Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent, Burkburnett ISD Linda Borchardt, District Testing Coordinator, Burkburnett ISD Casey Hunter, STEM/CTE Facilitator, Burkburnett ISD Nanette Mills, Coordinator, Burkburnett ISD How can student learning be measured without a pencil/paper test? While there is nothing wrong with test scores being ONE piece of data for student learning, Burkburnett ISD wanted a more authentic measure of student learning as the district began a community-based accountability effort. Awarded “2019 PBL Champion District” by PBL Works, Burkburnett ISD will share how PBL has helped inform parents and community on authentic student learning and accomplishments.

Calming Strategies to Use with Students and Adults – 18C Student Safety Ruby Payne, CEO, Dr. Ruby K. Payne Many schools and districts attempt to use discipline strategies to deal with emotional issues—and it doesn’t

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for increasing student engagement and success. While research focuses on elementary education, it is relevant to reinforcing a foundation for lifelong learning at any age.

a greater community network for counselors and administrators. During the panel discussion, participants will hear direct examples of benefits and value in the use of a collaborative approach.



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Jennifer Wilhelm, Assistant Superintendent of Learner Services, Allen ISD

Equality for All Equals Inequity – Room 18D Equity and Social Justice Stephanie Elizalde, Chief of Schools Officer, Dallas ISD Jolee Healey, Deputy Chief, Dallas ISD Sharon Quinn, Deputy Chief of Schools, Dallas ISD Dallas ISD has designed and implemented two distinct programs: Accelerating Campus Excellence (A.C.E.) and Achieving in the Middle (A.I.M.) that have identified academic inequities within schools and created supports to alleviate those inequities. This session will focus on criteria used to select schools, supports created and provided to the campuses, and the overarching goals and the steps of the implementation, which include progress monitoring and professional development.

Use SB 1882 to Create Innovative Schools for Students and Parents – Room 19A Legislative and Educational Policy

Every school district should have a charitable organization— an education foundation—to support the school system. Education foundations provide monetary resources, awareness of strengths and deficiencies in the district, and engagement by the community. Learn how to establish or revitalize an education foundation that is impactful, sustainable, and transparent through multiple perspectives. Learn about the opportunities provided, mostly at no charge, through the Texas Education Foundation Network.

TRS Legislative Update – Ballroom E Legislative and Educational Policy Merita Zoga, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, Teacher Retirement System of Texas Learn about 86th legislative session changes and how they impact TRS.

School Safety – How to Protect Student Information in the Cloud Ballroom F

Thought Leader

Donna McIntire, Customer Engineer, Google

Eduardo Hernandez, Superintendent, Edgewood ISD (ESC 20) Phillip Chavez, Deputy Superintendent, Edgewood ISD Kimberly Gilmore-Madkins, Chief of SchoolsElementary, Edgewood ISD Angela Dominguez, Executive Director of Leadership, Edgewood ISD

Additional Days School Year (ADSY) Planning and Implementation – Ballroom G Legislative and Educational Policy

This presentation describes how an inner-city school district pursued a Senate Bill 1882 partnership to increase enrollment. Explore the components of an SB 1882 partnership, discuss how innovation zones were developed within district boundaries, and learn the role of principal autonomy in creating schools of innovation. Hear about the importance of a principal incubation period, and how funding can be leveraged to fund and maintain schools of innovation.

House Bill 3 adds half-day formula funding for school systems that add instructional days (beyond a minimum of 180, up to 210 total) to any of their elementary schools. This session will cover key details concerning potential design, operational and funding considerations, and an upcoming TEA Additional Days Planning Grant opportunity. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions about implementing an Additional Days School Year (ADSY).

Establish or Revitalize an Education Foundation – Room 19B Community Engagement George Kazanas, Superintendent, Midway ISD (ESC 12) Suzi Pagel, Executive Director, Midway ISD Education Foundation, Midway ISD Laurie Cromwell, President, Foundation Innovation, LLC

See page 31 for a description of this thought leader session.

Brian Doran, Strategy and Operations Manager, Texas Education Agency

3:30–5 p.m. Education Funding and Leadership Exhibit Hall 5

General Session

Charles Best, CEO and Founder, DonorsChoose See pages 26-27 for a description of this general session presentation.

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work. Increasingly, time is taken away from instruction to address emotional issues, and schools are becoming less safe for many students. This session will look at the basics of emotions, explore how the brain processes emotion, and reveal strategies for calming students and adults.

Wednesday, January 29 | 8:30–9:30 a.m.



Wednesday, January 29 8:30–9:30 a.m.

The Power of Collaboration in Early Childhood Education: District Leadership, ESCs, TEA’s Texas Lesson Study – Room 10C Instructional Leadership

Developing a Long-Range Facility Plan and Preparing for a Successful Bond Election – Room 8BC Facility Planning/Design/Learning Environment Michael Novotny, Superintendent, Salado ISD Will Smith, Associate Principal, Huckabee The voters in Salado ISD approved a $49.4 million bond election in May 2018. This was no easy task; three of the previous five bond elections in the district were unsuccessful, and this was three times the size of the largest previous bond election. Plus, this bond would take the district to the maximum Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate of 50 cents per $100 of taxable value. Come learn how Salado ISD made it possible.

Retirement Plan Chaos: The Increasing Complexity and Changes in TRS & 403b – Room 9AB Teacher Retention and Human Resources Christopher Jamail, Partner/Chief Investment Officer, TCG Advisors Mike Cochran, Chairman of the Board, TCG Advisors Mason Moses, Investment Advisor, TCG Advisors Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding retirement plans. The recent legislative session placed a huge compliance role on districts that many are unsure how to handle. Recent legislative changes like removing TRS from the 403b oversight role leaves districts vulnerable to vendor management and abuses, and how to control it. Learn about literacy and wellness trends that are growing in retirement plans.

Wade Stanford, Superintendent, Westwood ISD Christine Bedre, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership, Westwood ISD Kyle Penn, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Westwood ISD Tiffany Carwell, Special Programs Coordinator/ District Testing Coordinator, Westwood ISD Presenters will illustrate the two-year process used to enhance early childhood education at Westwood ISD, partner with ESC 7’s early childhood specialist, create a custom curriculum fitting needs of students, and infuse TEA’s Texas Lesson Study. Participants will leave with step-by-step ready-made materials to take back to share with other leaders within their districts and communities to support the promotion of early childhood education.

Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting: Addressing Sexual Harassment Within Schools – Room 12A District Culture Charli Searcy, Legal Liability Risk Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards

All In – Removing the “Improvement Needed” Label – Room 9C Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations

News reports of inappropriate employee-to-student relationships within U.S. schools are increasing. In Texas, reported sexual misconduct has increased, due in part to the imposition of stricter penalties of fines and/or criminal sanctions on principals and superintendents for failing to report. Similarly, student-to-student sexual harassment is a pervasive issue that may be difficult to address. This session will provide practical strategies on effectively recognizing and responding to sexual harassment within schools.

Anthony Indelicato, Chief of Staff, Fort Bend ISD Carmela Levy-David, Assistant Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD Trenae Hill, Principal, Fort Bend ISD

Using Existing Resources to Provide Robust Internship and Practicum Experiences for Rural Students – Room 12B College and Career Readiness

Learn how Fort Bend ISD initiated successful district supports for their most struggling campuses, resulting in significant gains for both the students involved and the entire campus. This easyto-implement, no frills program can be tailored for any district willing to make a commitment to campuses in need.



Kristin Brown, Superintendent, Lyford CISD Veronica Ramon, Curriculum & Instruction Director, Lyford CISD

Participants will gain insight into the process for creating practicums for high school students utilizing internal resources within the school district. Participants will have access to internal MOUs, the master schedule, and resources used for the practicum courses. The district will cover the process for establishing practicums, resources created and utilized to establish internal partnerships, and hear students’ firsthand experiences.

Dream Big ... The Path to the Future Begins! – Room 14 Community Engagement Barbara Marchbanks, Superintendent, McDade ISD Frances Williams, Principal, McDade ISD Designed for smaller districts, this session will lead participants in a discovery of the many options to build and encourage community support. Through both difficult and exciting times, participants will work with the team to build resources and explore ideas to carry a community from disengaged to engaged!

What Makes a Great Leader? First Steps Toward Building a Strong Leadership Pipeline – Room 15 Leadership Development and Mentoring Jason Sierra, Manager Director, District Support, The Holdsworth Center Mike Rockwood, Chief of Staff, Lamar CISD Arianna Vasquez-Hernandez, Director of Communications, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Hear real-world experiences and how-to advice from Holdsworth staff and top district leaders who have created a unique leadership definition, communicated it to stakeholders, and used it to lay the foundation for robust talent development systems that bolster their pipeline of outstanding leaders. Learn more about the collaborative process behind crafting a definition, tips for communicating it, and how to use it to build strong talent development systems.

The 86th Legislative Session – The Playlist – Room 16A Legislative and Educational Policy Terry Faucheux, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Buck Gilcrease, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Alicia Thomas, Consultant, Moak, Casey & Associates

Monica Zdrojewski, Associate, Moak, Casey & Associates Take a look at the top-40 bill favorites from the 86th legislative session, including the No. 1 hit, House Bill 3. This session will explore some of the deeper cuts, including a few that didn’t make the playlist (but could be included in a future playlist).

Creating a Culture of Inspiration, Engagement, and Performance for ALL Students – Room 16B School Transformation Tabitha Branum, Deputy Superintendent, Richardson ISD Kyndra Johnson, Executive Director of STEM and Innovation, Richardson ISD Phillip Mikula, Director, Education Partnerships, Discovery Education Rob Underwood, Director, Professional Development, Discovery Education Now in year two of a three-year transformational journey, Richardson ISD is transforming the Berkner Learning Community culture through “Future Ready: STEM for All,” a journey featuring a renewed emphasis on Project Based Learning within instruction. STEM for ALL is supported by the T-STEM initiative, Educate Texas, and is powered by Discovery Education’s award-winning STEMformation. This presentation will provide valuable insights on how to successfully architect a complete journey of transformation.

[CTO] Dark Fiber – Paving the Way for a Bright Future! – Room 17B Strategic Change and Planning Michael Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD Shad McGaha, Chief Technology Officer, Wichita Falls ISD Jason Shawn, Director of Special Education, Wichita Falls ISD David Irek, Practice and Business Development Lead– WAN/Transport, Netsync Network Solutions The session will cover the advantages of looking at a Dark Fiber-based solution to bring a transformational foundation to K-12 entities that can be leveraged for decades. The expert panel will cover the technical and financial benefits of leveraging a private WAN network and provide specific case studies to illustrate the potential for prospective schools looking to leverage a dark fiber solution using E-rate funds.

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Michelle Dewitt, Principal, Lyford CISD

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Creating a Culture of Internal Leadership Capacity – Room 18A Leadership Development and Mentoring

Implications of HB3, Goal Setting, and Board Governance on Accountability – Room 18C Assessment and Accountability

Laurelyn Arterbury, Area Superintendent, Leander ISD

Drew Howard, Senior Director, School Governance, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Jeff Cottrill, Deputy Commissioner, Governance and Accountability, TEA

Leander ISD is committed to developing leaders at all levels of the organization. Hear about multiple pathways of development that LISD has implemented through a higher ed partnership and internal programs for leadership. Concordia University has partnered with the district to help teachers earn a Master of Education through courses taught by LISD leaders and Concordia professors. LISD also offers in-district programs for staff aspiring to the next level of leadership. Learn about the structures and successes of each program.

[TSPRA] Building Opportunity for All Through Community Support – Room 18B Community Engagement Mark Henry, Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Leslie Francis, Assistant Superintendent for Communication and Community Relations, CypressFairbanks ISD Teresa Hull, Chief of Staff, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

This session will deliver information adopted by the 86th Texas Legislature on House Bill 3 by providing participants the details, implications, and new requirements for goal setting. Participants will collaborate with each other and the presenter to understand the research behind effective goal setting and progress monitoring, and receive informational resources on how boards and superintendents can best impact and improve student outcomes.

UIL Updates – Ballroom F Legislative and Educational Policy 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

Strong community support sets the stage for a successful $1.762 billion bond election that benefits ALL students and staff. A visual presentation will include examples of video and printed material as well as strategies on how to engage and involve community stakeholders through social media and community meetings. Hear how community advocates are educated on ALL there is to cheer about in CFISD!

Presenters will share general information regarding the UIL and its rules, along with specific information concerning recent changes, trends, and UIL competition. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the UIL.

9:45–11:15 a.m. Supporting Improvements in Public Education Exhibit Hall 5

General Session

Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Education See page 27 for a description of this general session presentation.







TASA Accountability Forum Seminar: Making the Accountability System Work for Your Local Community Wednesday, January 29 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Ballroom E TASA, in cooperation with Moak, Casey & Associates, hosts two Accountability Forum Seminars each school year exclusively for school districts and other entities that subscribe to TASA’s Accountability Forum, a service that helps school leaders stay current with the latest developments in state assessment and accountability. Seminars are offered at no extra cost to subscribers (up to three attendees per district or other entity). One seminar is conducted via webinar and the other through an in-person seminar at the TASA Midwinter Conference. The TASA Accountability Forum will meet Wednesday, January 29, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. after the Midwinter Conference. Lunch will be provided. Invited speakers will provide valuable information related to the Texas public school accountability system to participants, who will receive helpful resources and materials to take home, and have opportunities to network with their colleagues from across the state.

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Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders, Session 2

Wednesday, January 29 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ballroom G Session 2 of the Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders will take place at the TASA Midwinter Conference. This session focuses on collaboration among departments, tying the budget to the strategic plan, monitoring the budget, and understanding the components of the state funding formula. This session is available ONLY to districts that are members of the 2019-20 Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders.

About the Program

TASA joined with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) in 2019-20 to offer comprehensive budget development training for school district teams — including the superintendent, chief financial officer, and chief curriculum officer. It is designed to enable districts to better utilize their finance and business functions to support and enhance other areas, including curriculum and instruction, human resources, and special programs.

Interested in the 2020-21 Cohort?

TASA, TASB and TASBO will begin adding teams to next year’s cohort in April 2020. If you are interested, please contact TASBO Deputy Executive Director Becky Bunte at bbunte@tasbo.org or 512.628.1286.

Session Agenda 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Introductions 12:30 – 4 p.m.

Coaching Strategies for Cross-Departmental Collaboration Understanding Program Funding Spending Requirements: Best Practices for Allocation and Monitoring Updates to Setting Tax Rates





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Superintendent of the Year Keith Bryant

Recognized at the First General Session | Monday, January 27, 3:30-5 p.m. | Exhibit Hall 5

Texas Nominee for 2020 AASA National Superintendent of the Year TASB 2019 Superintendent of the Year


ast September, following his selection as Region 17 Superintendent of the Year, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) named Keith Bryant the 2019 Texas Superintendent of the Year. Then, in November, TASA named him the Texas nominee for 2020 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Bryant has served as superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper ISD for the past six years. He began his 28-year career in education in his hometown of Lamesa, after earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University and working in the financial industry for several years. Realizing his calling was education, Bryant returned to Lamesa to teach and coach at the high school level, then earned his Master of Education degree and moved into administrative roles. Ultimately, he earned his superintendent certification and led Lamesa ISD as superintendent. Prior to moving into his current role in Lubbock-Cooper ISD, he served as superintendent of Bullard ISD for six years. For Bryant, the students of Lubbock-Cooper ISD come first. “One of the things I most respect about public education is that we are charged with educating all students who enter our classrooms,” he said. “It is my genuine belief that every child is capable of learning and success, and this is a vision I know is shared by the entire staff of LubbockCooper ISD. We love kids, we believe in kids, and we work tirelessly to ensure kids receive every possible opportunity to achieve.” Bryant currently serves as the Region 17 representative on the TASA Executive Committee and as chair of the TASA Advocacy Committee. A TASA member since 2012, he has served on a number of other TASA committees and is a member of TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network and Texas Public Accountability Consortium. Bryant also served as president of the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools (2010-2013). In addition, he was appointed to the P-TECH Advisory Council and serves on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Legislative Council, the Fast Growth Schools Coalition Steering Committee, the TASB Lone Star Investment Pool Board of Directors, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Lubbock Area United Way Board of Directors. He is also involved in a number of community and church activities. The 2020 National Superintendent of the Year® will be announced at AASA’s National Conference on Education in San Diego February 13.



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MIDWINTER UNITING PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAMPIONS TA SA CONFERENCE TASA 2020 Honorary Life Members Recognized at the First General Session | Monday, January 27, 3:30-5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5



Superintendent Whitewright ISD 06/30/2019 - 38 years

Superintendent Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD 09/30/2019 - 42 years

Superintendent Duncanville ISD 08/01/2017 - 36 years



Deputy Superintendent Brownwood ISD 12/31/2019 - 36 years


Superintendent Stamford ISD 01/31/2019 - 30 years



Superintendent Henderson ISD 06/28/2019 - 32 years

Superintendent Midland Academy Charter School 12/31/2019 - 31 years



Superintendent Aledo ISD 06/30/2018 - 34 years


Superintendent Woodville ISD 06/28/2019 - 38 years


Deputy Superintendent Henderson ISD 06/28/2019 - 32 years

CRYSTAL DOCKERY Superintendent Hunt ISD 07/31/2018 - 32 years

RUSSELL D. MARSHALL Superintendent Mabank ISD 06/03/2019 - 38 years


Superintendent Bells ISD 08/31/2019 - 34 years


Superintendent Bastrop ISD 12/31/2017 - 36 years



Superintendent Cleveland ISD 06/30/2019 - 33 years


Superintendent Irving ISD 03/31/2019 - 32 years

Superintendent Corpus Christi ISD 09/30/2014 - 28 years

Superintendent Ore City ISD 06/30/2019 - 41 years


Superintendent Buna ISD 06/30/2019- 44 years


Superintendent Brazos ISD 08/31/2017 - 30 years 96

Assistant Superintendent/CFO Longview ISD 12/31/2018 - 46 years



Superintendent Round Top-Carmine ISD 06/15/2017 - 25 years


Deputy Superintendent for Business & Finance Northside ISD 01/21/2020 - 37 years #TASA20


Superintendent Keller ISD 08/1/2016 - 29 years


Superintendent Rains ISD 06/30/2019 - 37 years

IMELDA R. SALINAS Superintendent Crystal City ISD 06/14/2019 - 33 years


Superintendent Bullard ISD 08/31/2019 - 31 years

STUART R. SNOW, JR. Chief Financial Officer Cypress-Fairbanks ISD 06/30/2019 - 29 years


Superintendent Whitney ISD 06/30/2019 - 31 years

GRAHAM A. SWEENEY Superintendent Boles ISD 12/31/2019 - 45 years

JAMES V. TALIAFERRO Superintendent Slaton ISD 07/31/2019 - 39 years


Chief Academic Officer Karnes City ISD 12/31/2019 - 33 years LEVIS PHIL WORSHAM Superintendent Joaquin ISD 08/31/2019 - 40 years

Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Recipients Recognized at the First General Session | Monday, January 27, 3:30–5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5


he Texas Association of School Administrators established the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship in 2013-14 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 leadership of Dr. Johnny L. Veselka, who dedicated nearly 44 years of service to the association, including 32 years as TASA’s executive director. TASA will award a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 each to these deserving individuals:

Carla Amacher Area Superintendent of the Round Rock Learning Community Round Rock ISD

Mike Rockwood Chief of Staff Lamar CISD

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

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Outstanding Educators and Districts Recognized at the Second General Session | Tuesday, January 28, 3:30–5 p.m. | Exhibit Hall 5

Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented 2019 State Administrator of the Gifted

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals 2019-20 Outstanding High School Principal of the Year

Director of Advanced Learning Programs and Services, Richardson ISD

Lowery Freshman Center, Allen ISD

Monica Simonds

Jill Stafford

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals 2019-20 Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year

Texas K-12 CTO Council 2019-20 Empowered Superintendent Award

Ryan Bickley

Tim Harkrider

Burnett Junior High, Wylie ISD (10)

Texas Association of School Business Officials 2019 Commitment to Excellence Award

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals 2019-20 Outstanding Assistant School Principal of the Year

Associate Superintendent for Business & Finance, Mansfield ISD

Thurgood Marshall High School, Fort Bend ISD

Willis ISD

Karen Wiesman

Dr. Danielle Jackson

National Association of Elementary School Principals (in partnership with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association) 2019 National Distinguished Principal for Texas

Christal Calhoun

Michelle Sandoval

National Association of Elementary School Principals (in partnership with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association) 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas Brice Elementary, Mount Pleasant ISD


Karen Sams

David Crockett Elementary, Weatherford ISD 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

Tool Elementary, Malakoff ISD

Amy Stewart

2020 Texas Teacher of the Year/Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

Parkland Middle School, Ysleta ISD 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Winners School Board – Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees Small School District – Roma ISD Large School District – El Paso ISD




MIDWINTER UNITING PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAMPIONS TA SA CONFERENCE Exhibit Hall Events Student Innovation Challenge Center Roll up your sleeves and join students from several Texas school districts at the Student Innovation Challenge Center in the Exhibit Hall. In this space, sponsored by the DLR Group, you will see active learning, collaboration, and teamwork, and students being challenged to address real-world problems creatively. Teams of students from the Dripping Springs, Ector County, Liberty Hill, and Waco school districts will take on a “big idea” and an “essential question” that will lead them to ask more questions, investigate, and solve challenges. The teams have already been working on their challenge; however, once they arrive at the conference, they will receive a “twist” that they will work on together. The twist prevents teams from coming in with a fully baked solution and allows them to work with teams from other districts on the global problem together. On Tuesday, 2:15-3:15 p.m., attend the concurrent session “DLR’s Student Innovation Challenge” in Ballroom G to see what the students came up with during their challenge!

Learning Lounge The Learning Lounge inside the Exhibit Hall will offer a lineup of informal, 25-minute presentations on Monday and Tuesday of the Midwinter Conference. Find descriptions for the Learning Lounge sessions listed below in the concurrent session section of this program (pages 33-86) and in the mobile app. Monday, January 27 9:30–9:55 a.m. 10:05–10:30 a.m. 10:45–11:10 a.m. 11:20–11:45 a.m. 1–1:25 p.m. 1:35–2 p.m.

Building a Strong Foundation Using Data to Maximize Revenue Under HB 3 Embrace the Complaints – Turning Everyday Interactions into Exceptional Experiences How El Paso ISD Uses Social and Emotional Learning Measurements Modern Makerspaces: Preparing Students for Professional Environments Student Safety and Learning in a District’s Digital Playground

Tuesday, January 28 9–9:25 a.m. 10:15–10:40 a.m. 10:50–11:15 a.m. 1–1:25 p.m.

An Exemplar of Long-Range Facility Planning: Keller ISD Crossroads Academy: Providing Students Individual Pathways to Success Mastering Master Schedules Achieving Excellence: A Path to Improving Literacy Instruction

The Learning Lounge is sponsored by Curriculum Associates, ETS, INDECO Sales, Inc., and NaviGate Prepared.

Recharge / Coffee Stations Looking for some morning coffee? The Exhibit Hall opens at 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Come on in and caffeinate, courtesy of Coryell Roofing and NaviGate Prepared, at one of three stations located throughout the Exhibit Hall. Need to recharge your mobile device? Visit the Recharge Stations anytime the Exhibit Hall is open: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday.



2019-20 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture The 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, 70 projects were nominated for the exhibit and displayed at the 2019 TASA/TASB Convention. Of the original 70 projects, 34 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 2020 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, which 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 award winners will be announced at the First General Session, Monday, January 27, 3:30-5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5. District



Architect Firm

Alamo Colleges District

E.L. Turbon Student Center

Mike Flores

Pfluger Architects

Alief ISD

Alief Center for Advanced Careers

HD Chambers


Allen ISD

Becky Lowery Freshman Center

Scott Niven


Athens ISD

Athens High School

Blake Stiles

Claycomb Associates, Architects

Austin Community College

San Gabriel Campus

Richard Rhodes

Pfluger Architects

Brock ISD

Brock Elementary School

Cade Smith

WRA Architects

Comal ISD

Pieper Ranch Middle School

Andrew Kim

Pfluger Architects

Conroe ISD

Grand Oaks High School

Curtis Null


Coppell ISD

Coppell Middle School West

Brad Hunt


Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Matzke Elementary School

Mark Henry


Dallas ISD

Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham

Michael Hinojosa

BWA Architects

DeSoto ISD

Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

D’Andre Weaver


Dickinson ISD

Kranz Junior High School

Carla Voelkel


Dimmitt ISD

Richardson Elementary School

Bryan Davis

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.

Fort Worth ISD

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Kent Paredes Scribner


Garland ISD

Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center

Ricardo López


Georgetown ISD

The Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

Fred Brent


Godley ISD

Godley High School

Rich Dear


Highland Park ISD

University Park Elementary School

Tom Trigg


Houston ISD

Energy Institute High School

Grenita Lathan

VLK Architects

Houston ISD

High School for Law & Justice

Grenita Lathan


Judson ISD

Escondido North Elementary School

Jeanette Ball


Klein ISD

Lemm Elementary School

Jenny McGown


Lone Star College

Westway Park Technology Center

Stephen C. Head

Brown Reynolds Watford Architects

Manor ISD

Lagos Elementary School

Royce Avery


Manor ISD

Manor Senior High School

Royce Avery


Mansfield ISD

Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners

Jim Vaszauskas


Mesquite ISD

Mesquite High School Addition/Renovation

David Vroonland

WRA Architects

Montessori for All

Magnolia Montessori for All

Sara Cotner


Pasadena ISD

Pomeroy Elementary School

Pomeroy Elementary School

cre8 Architects

Rockwall ISD

Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy

John Villarreal


Round Rock ISD

Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium

Steve Flores


Round Rock ISD

Nature to Neighborhood Studio

Steve Flores

Pfluger Architects

Ysleta ISD

Thomas Manor Elementary School

Xavier De La Torre

GA Architecture

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Exhibitors January 27 | 8 a.m.–3 p.m. | Exhibit Hall 4 January 28 | 8 a.m.–2 p.m. | Exhibit Hall 4

TASA Corporate Partner

5 - 612 Professional energy management for your school district 1GPA - 317 Purchasing cooperative 1gpa.org 806 Technologies - 413 Plan4Learning and Title1Crate 806technologies.com A. Bargas & Associates - 1043 Classroom and office furniture abargasco.com ABC Companies - 853 Motorcoach ABM Education - 217 Integrated Facilities Management, Custodial Services, Energy Solutions, Grounds abm.com ACE Sports - 1143 LED Video Boards, LED Scoreboards, LED Displays ACT - 1411 Learning and Assessment Services act.org Action Floor Systems - 450 Athletic Flooring actionfloors.com Adams, Lynch, & Loftin, P.C. - 1224 General counsel to TASA all-lawfirm.com Aeries Education Solutions, Inc. - 1117 Aeries Student Information System AG|CM - 1207 Professional Project Management Services


Be sure to visit the state’s fastest growing exhibit of schoolrelated products and services. Education vendors from across the U.S. offer solutions in instructional resources, technology, food services, athletic equipment, insurance, specialty services, building services, and more. Stroll the aisles, test out new products, and gather ideas.

Alignment Leadership - 1441 Trains leaders how to align everyone to a single purpose resulting in fullfillment alignleadthrive.com All Aboard America! School Transportation - 1438 Pupil Transportation Services allaboardschools.com Alpha Testing, Inc. - 1538 Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Environmental Servies alphatesting.com AlphaBEST Education, Inc. - 218 A leading provider of school-based, after school and summer programs alphabest.org Alton Lynch Associates - 511 We guarantee life insurance for employees and family members. altonlynch.com American Bus Sales - 1046 Pre-owned vehicles; all makes, models, sizes americanbussales.net American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - 1038 We offer free education programs and resources for schools and the community. afsp.org AmplioSpeech, Inc. - 1148 Digital Speech-Language therapy for schools ampliospeech.com Anonymous Alerts | K12 Alerts - 700 Anonymous Alerts bullying and safety reporting app; Smart Button panic button app


Apex Flooring Services - 1244 Floor Covering Apex Learning - 1221 Digital Curriculum apexlearning.com Apptegy - 1307 School Marketing and Communication Solutions Architects Rabe + Partners - 1824 Architectural, Master Planning archrabe.com Aries Building Systems, LLC - 312 Modular Buildings ARMKO Industries - 713 Roofing, Waterproofing & Building Envelope Consulting Armstrong Flooring, Inc. - 607 Commercial flooring for K-12 armstrongflooring.com Assa Abloy - 1518 Locks, Keys, and Access Control Audio Enhancement - 706 Intercom, paging, bells, alerts, classroom safety, audio, communication systems audioenhancement.com AVID Center - 1516 AVID is a college and career readiness system centered on professional learning. avid.org Avigilon and Motorola Solutions - 1450 Video surveillance, access control, radio avigilon.com AXA Advisors - 937 TRS retirement analysis, 403b, 457b, college savings, investments, financial plans us.axa.com

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors 1719 General Contractor bartlettcocke.com Benchmark Education - 652 Instructional Materials, Books Blue Refuge - 915 Active shooter prevention and response Blue Star Bus Sales, Ltd. - 1109 Blue Bird School Buses

CDW - 455 Demo/Solution Station Certica Solutions, Inc. - 1729 Certica promotes equity in education by giving every student a chance to improve. certicasolutions.com Certified De-Escalation and Restraint Training - 1208 Safe and effective training in the use of de-escalation and restraint

BrightLeaf Group, Inc. - 1542 Designs and Develops Accessible Websites, Online Learning, and Online Documents

Champions Before- and After-School 936 Champions is a leading provider of outof-school-time education programs discoverchampions.com

Brock USA - 551 The leader in shock pads now revolutionizes infill technology for turf. BrockUSA.com

Chartwells K-12 - 1429 We build custom dining programs to serve up happy and healthy every day.

BRW Architects - 1523 Architecture Services brwarch.com

ChatterHigh Communications US Inc 1248 Gamified Digital Curriculum, Digital MiniCourses, College Prep, SEL

BTC - 422 K-12 Construction Management Services btcbuilds.com Building Maps - 209 Fire Evacuation and School Security Mapping Services building-maps.com CADCO Architect-Engineers - 155 Architecture and Engineering Services cadcoae.com Cambridge Educational Services - 200 Books cambridgeed.com Carter Construction Company - 1737 Athletic Facility Builder with Over 20 Years in the Industry carterconstructioncompany.com CatchOn Inc. - 1344 User-friendly data analytics tool compiles data on every district-owned device catchon.com Century Graphics & Sign, Inc - 1709 Promotional items/custom apparel/ signage centurygs.com

Cialfo - 1620 College Application Platform Cisco - 906 WebEx, Cisco Meraki cisco.com Claims Administrative Services, Inc. 1428 Third Party Administrator for Workers Compensation and other Risk Services cas-services.com ClassLink - 631 Instant access to apps and files anywhere on any device| classlink.com Claycomb Associates, Inc. - 1529 A full service firm, designing K-12 schools that support the learning process claycomb.net Code to the Future - 1706 K-8 Computer Science Immersion codetothefuture.com COLBi - 1237 Facilities and Fiscal Services Program Management Software colbitech.com

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College Board - 223 College Board programs include the SAT Suite of Assessments, AP, and SpringBoard collegeboard.org Common Threads - 938 Provides children/families cooking and nutrition education to encourage health commonthreads.org Con10gency Consulting - 1209 HB 496 Compliant Bleeding Control Kits, Stations, and TEA Approved Training con10gency.com Concordia University Texas - 103 Higher Education - EdD and MEd concordia.edu/admissions/graduate Cooperative Strategies, LLC - 1608 Facilities planning, demographic and program management services for education CORE Construction - 1513 General Contractor Corgan - 913 Education Architecture, Interior Design, Long Range and Bond Planning Services corgan.com Coryell Roofing - 517 Commercial Roofing coryellroofing.com Curriculum Associates - 1123 K-12 assessment and instruction curriculumassociates.com D2L - 256 D2L created the Brightspace Learning Management System to reach every learner! Daktronics - 1010 Video LED Display daktronics.com/en-us Dallas Baptist University - 111 Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Leadership dbu.edu Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center - 1108 Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center DCAC.org DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 749 MEP Engineering, Low Voltage Technology, Commissioning, Sustainability dbrinc.com


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DecisionEd Group, Inc. - 1215 Robust dashboard, reporting and predictive data and analytics solution DecisionEd.com Department of Defense - 644 Descon Signage Solutions - 1422 Signs, graphics, banners, displays, recognition boards, navigation signs, murals Diamond Assets - 1708 We Purchase Apple Devices from Schools diamond-assets.com Dice Communications - 1416 Networking, Security and Voice products

Dunaway Associates - 1736 Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Surveying, PL

EMA Engineering & Consulting - 1320 MEP & Technology Design and Consulting Services

Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. - 752 PVC Roofing Membrane duro-last.com

Empower Educational Consulting - 912 Professional Development/Coaching Services - Small Group Materials Math/ Literacy

E3 Alliance - 148 E3 Alliance provides researchproven services to improve student outcomes. E3 Entegral Solutions, Inc. - 812 E3 is a Design-Build preferred contractor providing holistic facility solutions. e3es.com

Engineer Your World from The University of Texas at Austin - 110 HS engineering courses with dual enrollment and teacher support created by UT Austin engineeryourworld.org Ensemble Learning - 1246 Support to develop English learner instruction

DK Haney Roofing - 702 Roofing dkhaneyroofing.com

EAB - 811 EAB provides district leaders with research and data to help all students thrive eab.com

DLR Group - 1021 Architecture, engineering, interiors and planning dlrgroup.com

Edgenuity, Inc. - 337 Edgenuity provides engaging and flexible online and blended learning solutions. edgenuity.com

ESC Region 1 - 848 Manage your events, transcripts, certificates, earned CPE hours and more esc1.net

Document Tracking Services, LLC - 710 CIP, DIP, CNA and Translation Services

Edmentum - 625 Research-based curriculum, assessments and learning solutions edmentum.com

ESC Region 6 - 1146 Eduhero is online, on-demand, professional development for educators. esc6.net

Education 2000 - 1550 Newline Interactive Flat Panel Touch Screen Displays edu2000plus.com

ESC Region 7 - 201 DMAC Solutions esc7.net

DocuNav Solutions - 1008 Electronic Content Management Dr. Ruby K. Payne - 322 Enable individuals, institutions, and communities to stabilize and grow resources for all, particularly those in poverty ahaprocess.com DreamBox Learning Math - 448 K-8 adaptive online math program powered by students, built by and for educators dreambox.com Dropbox - 1612 Electronically request and add legally valid signatures to any document dropbox.com DSA Construction Management - 813 Construction Management Owner’s Agent dsamgt.com

Education Advanced, Inc. - 919 Empower your school with the most effective Master Scheduling and Staffing Technology. educationadvanced.com

Entry Shield - 1623 School Security entryshield.com

ESC Region 13 - 1306 esc13.net

ESC Region 16 - 1336 Purchasing Cooperative esc16.net

Educational Technology Learning - 451 Software solutions for schools edtechlearn.com

ESS - 249 Substitute Teacher Staffing ess.com

eduphoria! - 802 Eduphoria Suite - Aware, Strive, and Forethought eduphoria.net

ETS - 730 ETS with the Texas Education Agency develops and administers the STAARÂŽ tests. ets.org/k12

EIKON Consulting Group, LLC - 1245 Professional Architectural, Engineering, and Planning Services eikoncg.com

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ETS ProEthica - 728 Preparing Texas Educators in professional decisionmaking ets.org/proethica



Eukolos - 1210 Data Dissegregation Excel Energy Group Inc. - 647 LED Lighting and Solar Solutions Extreme Networks - 1607 WiFi/Cloud Solutions Eyeful Art - 355 Custom Designed and Hand-Painted Mural and Vinyl Graphics eyefulart.com Farmer Environmental Group, LLC - 810 Environmental Consulting and Services FieldTurf - 807 Synthetic Turf and Track and Field Surfacing fieldturf.com/en Financial Benefit Services - 206 Benefit Consulting, Benefit Administration, Online Enrollment, and ACA Compliance fbsbenefits.com First Financial Group of America - 609 A full service agency: consulting, benefits, enrollment, and admin ffga.com Forecast5 Analytics, Inc. - 724 Decision support solutions for school district leaders forecast5analytics.com Frontline Education - 1424 K-12 Administrative Software frontlinek12.com FrontRow - 210 Integrated platforms for school communication using classroom audio and AV control gofrontrow.com Gabbart Communications - 549 Websites, LMS, Notifications, Apps gabbart.com Gaggle.Net, Inc. - 1036 Student and School Safety gaggle.net


Garrett Metal Detectors - 548 Metal Detection Products and Training General Sports Surfaces - 1517 General Contractor of Athletic Surfaces Gerloff Company, Inc. - 1214 Fire and Water Restoration gerloffinc.com

H2I Group - 1007 Design, install, and service athletic and laboratory facilities h2igroup.com

GermBlast - 1436 Partnering with over 100 Texas schools to reduce illness and infection germblast.com

hand2mind - 1149 Supplemental hands-on education materials for Math, Science, STEM, Literacy

Gexa Energy Solutions - 837 Gexa offers electricity, efficiency and renewable solutions that reduce costs gexaenergy.com/solutions

Harris County Department of Education - 437 Educational services hcde-texas.org

Gift Solution - 801 Womens Clothing and Accessories giftsolutionboutique.com

Hellas Construction, Inc. - 1229 Sports Construction hellasconstruction.com

Golden Rule Signs, LLC - 1512 Digital Marquee School Signs

Hertz Furniture - 1715 School Furniture hertzfurniture.com

GoldStar Transit (GST) - 1540 Student Transportation Service ridegst.com Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong - 1624 Architecture, Engineering, Surveying, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture glstexas.com Government Capital Corporation - 1329 Public Finance govcap.com Grand Canyon University - 1606 Online Education gcu.edu Gravely Attorneys & Counselors - 123 Represent property owners exclusively in matters related to construction defects, property damage, insurance recovery gravelylaw.com Guardian Security Solutions - 1711 Security Cameras, Access Control, Vape Detection myshield.org

Hilltop Securities, Inc. - 543 Financial Advisory hilltopsecurities.com HKS, Inc. - 243 Through thoughtful design, we can inspire, promote well-being, and build connections. hksinc.com Hoar Program Management (HPM) - 104 Construction Management Services hpmleadership.com Honey’s Roofing, LLC - 1724 Commercial Roofing Contractor Hotsy Carlson Equipment - 1710 Industrial Cleaning and Sanitizing Supplies Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 436 HMH is a global learning company committed to delivering connected solutions. hmhco.com Houston Baptist University - 845 Learn more about HBU’s fully online and residential graduate degree offerings!

Gallagher Construction Services - 1017 Construction Management gallaghertx.com


Guest Communications Corporation 843 Custom quick reference emergency guides and emergency mobile app solution GCCKC.com


Houston ISD - MFCS - 523 Medicaid billing houstonisd.org/mfcs

ISIMET - 1520 Utility Controller Safety Control System isimet.com/isimet

Huckabee - 329 Architectural / Engineering / Community Engagement huckabee-inc.com

Istation - 319 Intervention and instruction for reading, math, and Spanish istation.com

IB Roof Systems - 747 PVC Roofing Systems

iteachTEXAS - 528 iteachTEXAS is a competency-based educator preparation program. iteach.net/texas

IDEA Public Schools - 1445 IDEA Public Schools informational booth for professional opportunities ideapublicschools.org Ideal Impact, Inc. - 1625 Providing $10 Billion for Education and Ministry idealimpactinc.com IDIS - 1722 IDIS is a world-leading end-to-end video surveillance solution provider. idisglobal.com IDN-Acme, Inc. - 1548 Security products and access control solutions idn-inc.com Illuminate Education - 1412 Partners with K-12 educators to equip them with data to serve the whole child illuminateed.com Image Engineering Group - 943 Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Consulting Engineering Services Imagine Learning - 149 Literacy, Math, Espanol, Assessment Education Software imaginelearning.com Imperial Construction, Inc. - 1337 Imperial Construction has provided general contracting services for K-12 and higher ed. imperial-construction.com INDECO Sales, Inc. - 1029 Classroom, Office, Science, Library, Makerspace, Soft Seating, Cafeteria indecosales.com Innovare - 1451 Data strategy software and capacitybuilding support for education leaders innovaresip.com

itslearning, inc. - 836 The easy-to-use LMS aligning Texas curriculum to TEKS itslearning.net

Kimco Services - 1350 Janitorial Services kimcoserv.com KLC Video Security - 844 Video Surveillance, Electronic Door Access, Student Transport Video klcvideosecurity.com LBL Architects - 1042 Architecture and Design lblarchitects.com Lead Your School - 1115 Tools, training, systems and support to optimize campus and district performance leadyourschool.com Learning List - 213 Instructional materials review service LearningList.com

IXL Learning - 1621 IXL’s K-12 personalized learning platform is used by 8 million students. Learning Without Tears - 306 ixl.com Educational products, professional development, and materials Jackson Galloway FGM Architects - 649 Architecture and Interior Design Learning.com - 1049 Services Adopted TA TEKS curriculum including EasyTech for K-8 Jacob & Martin, LLC - 842 learning.com Architectural and Engineering Services jacobmartin.com Lee Lewis Construction, Inc. - 143 Pre-construction, construction, and post JASON Learning - 623 construction services throughout Texas Our mission is to inspire and educate leelewis.com students everywhere through real STEM and exploration. Lexia Learning - 1216 jason.org Personalized Literacy Instruction lexiatexas.com JGA Roofing Systems - 1211 Roofing Material Lightspeed Technologies, Inc. - 409 Classroom Audio store. Johnson Controls - 750 lightspeed-tek.com Building Technologies johnsoncontrols.com Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP - 530 Johnson Controls - 1611 Providing professional collection services to Infrastructure redevelopment Texas schools for over 43 years projects that provide healthy, safe lgbs.com and modernized environments johnsoncontrols.com Lone Star Furnishings, LLC - 637 Texas-based company specializing in JPW Learning Center - 1110 turnkey furniture solutions for K-12 market Training for teachers in the area of lonestarfurnishings.com Dyslexia jpwlearningcenter.com/contact Lowman Consulting - 307 We provide social studies materials and KAT Turf Services, LLC - 748 consulting to improve scores. Synthetic Turf Cleaning, GMAX lowmanconsulting.org Testing

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LPA, Inc. - 429 Integrated and informed approach to design lpainc.com Lucid for Education - 1309 Lucidchart and Lucidpress Software MajorClarity - 250 MajorClarity empowers counselors, CTE, teachers, and parents to help students. majorclarity.com MasteryPrep - 313 Improving CCMR outcomes with better scores on the SAT, ACT, and TSIA masteryprep.com McKinstry - 255 Energy Savings mckinstry.com McLemore Building Maintenance - 806 Custodial Services and Supplies mbminc.com Merit Roofing Systems, Inc. - 611 Roofing Contractor meritroofing.com Mesa - 1836 Counselor Software MeTEOR Education - 829 We are a leading Education Solutions Company assisting schools nationwide. meteoreducation.com Micro Integration - 553 Network Infrastructure, Video Surveillance, Building Access Control

Mutualink - 929 School safety communications platform that connects schools with law enforcement mutualink.net NALEO Educational Fund - 642 Facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process naleo.org Nana Wall Systems, Inc. - 1443 Large Opening Glass Wall Systems NanaWall.com National Bus Sales Inc. - 1829 Ultra Coachliner nationalbus.com Naviance by Hobsons - 117 Naviance by Hobsons is a college, career, and life readiness (CCLR) solution. naviance.com NaviGate Prepared - 339 Suite of emergency-preparedness solutions navigateprepared.com Netsync Network Solutions - 202 IT solutions for K-12 and higher education institutions netsync.com Nevco - 1834 Scoreboards, Video Displays, Sound, Marquees, Scorers Tables, ScoringAccessories nevco.com/contact-nevco Newsela - 1409 Newsela is a curriculum platform that provides content at five lexile levels. newsela.com

Milliken - 737 Superior carpet and LVT flooring that support learning environments milliken.com

NFT - BusView - 944 School Bus GPS Tracking and Student RFID Monitoring Solution

Moak, Casey & Associates - 1012 School Finance and Accountability Experts moakcasey.com

No Kid Hungry - 211 No Kid Hungry ensures every child has healthy food every day. state.nokidhungry.org/texas

Motorola Solutions - 1448 School Safety: Voice, Video and Data Solutions motorolasolutions.com

NoRedInk - 1310 NoRedInk noredink.com

Musco Sports Lighting - 407 Sports Lighting musco.com

NWEA - 137 MAPs Suite nwea.org

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O’Connell Robertson - 707 A/E Firm oconnellrobertson.com OMNIA Partners - 711 Cooperative Purchasing omniapartners.com OnDataSuite - 1206 OnDataSuite ondatasuite.com One Call Now - 1317 One Call Now is America’s largest message notification provider. onecallnow.com Orcutt Winslow - 712 Architectural Services Orion Culinary, LLC - 152 Professional Chef Services and Consulting orionculinary.com Otus - 1015 K12 Education Software Palomar Modular Buildings -1316 Commercial modular building manufacturer Panorama Education - 323 Helps educators use data to support each student’s success panoramaed.com Paragon Sports Constructors - 501 Natural and synthetic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, maintenance paragon-sports.com Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. - 606 Architectural and Engineering Services team-psc.com Parsons Commercial Roofing, Inc. - 1106 Roofing parsonsroofing.com PAYK12 - 1407 School district online payment solution PBK - 229 K-12 and stadium architectural design pbk.com Pearson Legal, P.C. - 417 Construction Defect and Insurance Recovery pearsonlegalpc.com




PenPal Schools - 1351 PenPal Schools penpalschools.com

QBS, Inc. - 1723 Crisis Prevention Training and Consulting QBSCompanies.com

Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP - 1002 Delinquent Tax Collection, Property Value Study Appeals, Tax Value Audits pbfcm.com

Quaver Music, LLC - 509 General music and SEL curriculum resources

Performance Services, Inc. - 1319 Energy Savings Performance Contracts | Solar Power Perkins & Will - 1217 Architecture and Interior Design for next generation learning environments perkinswill.com Permission Click - 1408 School Software Pfluger Architects - 1223 Architecture, Interior Design pflugerarchitects.com Playgrounds Etc., LLC - 1048 Playground Equipment, Shades, Shelters, Site Amenities, Playground Surfacing Pogue Construction - 1537 An established school-builder, Pogue has partnered with districts for 40 years. pogueconstruction.com Powell, Youngblood & Taylor, LLP - 506 Legal Services pyt-law.com PowerSchool - 411 Technology for educators and students for the back office, classroom, and at home Procedeo - 1720 Program Management and Owner’s Representation Professional Flooring Supply - 1639 Low Maintenance Flooring Solutions PTI Sports & Recreation Construction 911 Playgrounds, Tracks, Turf, Shade Structures ptiexperts.com Public Educators Association of Texas 351 Risk Management


Raise Your Hand Texas - 1028 Working to strengthen and support public schools raiseyourhandtexas.org Ramtech Building Systems, Inc. - 1342 Design, manufacture, construction of relocatable and permanent modular buildings ramtechmodular.com RBC Capital Markets - 1524 Municipal Underwriting and Advisory Services for Municipal Issuers rbccm.com/municipalfinance Ready-Set-Start - 1347 School Supplies Ready-Set-Start.com Records Consultants, Inc. - 1045 Fixed Asset Management/Records Management/Document Imaging rcitech.com Red River Technology, LLC - 1830 Security, Mobility, Networking, Analytics, Cloud, Data Center, and Collaboration REDD Team - 410 REDD Team is a leading national manufacturer of high-quality aluminum access products reddteam.com Reeder Construction - 1725 Construction Management Reliance Architecture, LLC - 1239 Architectural Services Renaissance - 629 Renaissance® is the leader in Pre-K-12 assessment and practice software. renaissance.com Rentacrate Enterprises, LLC - 947 Rental/consumable moving equipment, consulting, technology, and move execution


Responsive Services International Corp - 1324 Complete Network and Security Products and Services rsi-support.com Rhithm, Inc. - 1447 Social Emotional Learning Technology rhithm.app Right At School - 636 Right At School provides safe, engaging, and meaningful before and after school programs. rightatschool.com RJM Contractors, Inc. - 1111 General Contractor/General Construction rj-miller.com Robbins Sports Flooring - 1417 Premiere Sports Surfaces robbinsfloor.com Rock and Roll Academy - 311 A research-based social emotional learning curriculum via the power of MUSIC! Romine Romine & Burgess Inc. - 1006 Engineering Services romineinc.com Roscoe Collegiate ISD - 348 School Innovation Model - Support Services and Professional Development roscoe.esc14.net Rosen Classroom - 1142 K-12 academic resources, adaptive reading programs rosenclassroom.com Rush Bus Centers - 1536 Bus Sales, Service, and Parts rushbuscenters.com Salas O’Brien - 1242 Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Technology, and Commissioning Design Services salasobrien.com Sam Houston State University - 106 Recruitment and advertisement for Alumni Reception

Scholastic - 237 Literacy and math assessments and interventions; classroom libraries scholastic.com

Sika Sarnafil - 610 Roofing Materials usa.sarnafil.sika.com Sirius Education Solutions - 942 STAAR Test Prep

School District Strategies - 1522 Demographics Services: Enrollment Forecasting, Housing Data, Boundary Planning schooldistrictstrategies.com

Skyward, Inc. - 907 K-12 Administrative Software skyward.com

School Outfitters - 1311 Furniture Pre-K-12, Headphones, Charging Carts, White Boards

SMART Tag, LLC - 1442 SMART tag is the premier student ridership management solution.

SchoolGuard - 1544 Panic Button Alerting System for Armed Intruder Emergencies Guard911.com

Sodexo Schools (K-12) - 648 Foodservice and Facilities Management sodexo.com

SchooLinks - 207 College and Career Readiness Platform Software SchoolStatus - 248 Data Analytic and Parent Communication Software schoolstatus.com Science Mill - 1609 Interactive STEM science center offering exhibits, camps, field trips, and PD sciencemill.org Scientific Learning - 537 Fast ForWord scilearn.com SERVPRO - 1508 Fire, water, and mold restoration SFE- Southwest Foodservice Excellence - 508 FSMC sfellc.org Sibme - 1721 Sibme web and mobile video coaching and collaboration platform sibme.com Sideline Interactive - 1825 Scorer’s Table, LED Displays Sign Champ, Inc. - 1346 School Branding, Large Format Graphics

Steelcase Education - 423 Working to create the most effective, rewarding, and inspiring learning environments steelcase.com/discover/information/ education Swing Education - 146 Substitute Teachers Symmetry Turf Sports Field Construction - 743 Sports Construction symmetrysports.com SXSW EDU - 1222 Fostering innovations in teaching and learning; March 9–12, 2020, in Austin sxswedu.com

Spectrum Scoreboards - 308 Texas manufacturer of scoreboards, video scoreboards, and Horizon LED marquees spectrumscoreboards.com

T&G ID Systems, Inc. - 603 Photo ID Systems for student/faculty ID badges, custom lanyards, ID accessories tgidsys.com

Sport Court - 418 Gymnasium Flooring sportcourt-texas.com

Tactical Medical Solutions - 1345 Pre-hospital medical equipment and bleeding control products

Square One Consultants - 1314 Owner’s Representation for Construction squareoneconsultants.com

Tarkett - 1838 Flooring products tandus-centiva.com

Square Panda - 1107 Multisensory Early Literacy System squarepanda.com/schools

TCMPC TEKS Resource System - 946 The Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative provides content and support. tcmpc.org

SREB School Improvement - 910 School Improvement Process Tools, Curriculum Products, Supports for School Leaders SSC Service Solutions - 1323 Facilities - Maintenance, Custodial, Grounds sscserv.com SSR Jackets - 1738 Letterman Jackets Stantec - 129 Architecture and engineering experts dedicated to designs that put students first stantec.com/education Staymobile - 1349 Mobile and desktop device protection solutions

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5th Street Garage 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.

2nd Street Garage 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 Friday and Saturday

6:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. 6:30 a.m.–2 a.m.

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Weekend “Pay on Entry” Information On weekends (Fridays & Saturdays 4 p.m.–2 a.m.) and during special events, rates will be as posted. Pay on entry during this timeframe. The flat rate is applicable from time of entry until 11 a.m. the following morning. At 11 a.m. the regular rates will apply. The Convention Center Parking Garages accept cash and major credit cards.



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

TASA Midwinter Conference—January 26-29, 2020 Name:


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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)

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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, www.tea.state.tx.us.

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Conference at–a–Glance

(*Separate registration fee required)

Sunday, January 26 7:30–11:30 a.m.

Budget Boot Camp(*)

9 a.m.–6 p.m.


10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Leadership Wellness for Superintendents Preconference Session (*)

2–7 p.m.

Aspiring Superintendents Academy(*)

5:30–7 p.m.

Welcome Reception

12AB Atrium (Level 1) 10 AB Ballroom E Hilton Austin Grand Ballroom (6th Floor)

Monday, January 27 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.


8–9:30 a.m.

Coffee in the Exhibit Hall

8–11:45 a.m.

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (*)

8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Thought Leader Session – Suhail Farooqui

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Thought Leader Session – Todd Rogers

Atrium (Level 1) Exhibit Hall 4 Ballroom G Exhibit Hall 4 Ballroom F See pages 35-40 Ballroom F

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

See pages 40-46

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Food Court/Exhibits

Exhibit Hall 4

1–2 p.m.

Thought Leader Session – Walter Gilliam

1–2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Thought Leader Session – Dan McBride

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

3:30–5 p.m.

First General Session – Kindra Hall

Ballroom F See pages 46-53 Ballroom F See pages 53-59 Exhibit Hall 5

Tuesday, January 28 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.


8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Atrium (Level 1) Exhibit Hall 4 Ballroom F

9–10 a.m.

Thought Leader Session – Keara Mascareñaz

9–10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Thought Leader Session – Ruby Payne

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

See pages 65-72 Exhibit Hall 4

See pages 59-65 Ballroom F

11:15 a.m.–1 p.m.

Food Court/Exhibits

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (*)

Ballroom D

1–2 p.m.

Thought Leader Session – Martha Burns

Ballroom F

1–2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Thought Leader Session – Donna McIntire

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

3:30–5 p.m.

Second General Session – Charles Best

See pages 72-77 Ballroom F See pages 77-83 Exhibit Hall 5

Wednesday, January 29

7:30–9:30 a.m.


7:30–9:30 a.m.

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (*)

Atrium (Level 1) Ballroom G See pages 84-86

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

9:45–11:15 a.m.

Third General Session – Mike Morath

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

Accountability Forum Seminar (*)

Ballroom E

12-4 p.m.

Budget Cohort for Texas District Leaders (*)

Ballroom G

See pages 17-19 for additional events being held in conjuction with the Midwinter Conference.

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