Sessions & Speakers

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, H-E-B President and COO Craig Boyan, and Jon Landis from Apple Education were the TASA Virtual SummerCon Main Stage as keynote speakers, along with a panel that included Texas House Public Education Committee Dan Huberty and SBOE Chair Keven Ellis. Thought Leaders Ruby Payne and Flip Flippen also joined us in concurrent sessions that numbered 70+. See below for more details!

Every session was useful and choices were plentiful. One of the best conferences that i have ever attended. I know TASA staff worked to the max but there were so many takeaways.

Phenomenal conference. So well done and the topics so relevant.

Loved it. Quality sessions with the convenience of being at home.

Registrant Access to Video Showcase

All TASA Virtual SummerCon registrants were sent an email from Vimeo (no-reply@vimeo.com) on Thursday, June 11, that said “Texas Assoc of School Admin shared a Showcase with you on Vimeo.” It included a link to the online showcase of session recordings as well as your personalized password (look for the red text). If you did not receive the email from Vimeo, please first check your spam/trash folders. If it is not there, please ask us to resend it.

On the Main Stage

Following are the keynote speakers who joined us on the TASA Virtual SummerCon main stage for general sessions.

Tuesday, June 9

9 am

Jon Landis

Apple Education

1:30 pm

Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Dan Huberty + Keven Ellis

Senate Education Committee Chair, House Public Education Committee Chair, and State Board of Education Chair

1:30 pm Panel Discussion Moderator

Jodi Duron

TASA Legislative Chair
Superintendent, Elgin ISD

Wednesday, June 10

9 am

Thursday, June 11

9 am

Friday, June 12

11 am

Mike Morath

Texas Commissioner of Education
TEA

Craig Boyan

President & COO
H-E-B

Kevin Brown

TASA Executive Director

Brian Woods

TASA President
Superintendent, Northside ISD

Concurrent Sessions by Topic

Following are the confirmed concurrent sessions. You may also view the sessions by day.

Instructional Continuity + Remote Learning

Inquiry Based Learning in a Post-Covid Hybrid World
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Learn from school leaders in Texas and Arizona how their inquiry-based learning approach eased the transition to distance learning during the pandemic shutdown. The panel will discuss how having a clear organizational framework guided teachers and students through uncharted territory. Attendees will understand techniques to implement prior to school start in the fall.

Taryn Kinney

Principal, Organizational Psychologist
DLR Group

Marilyn Denison

Teaching & Learning Designer
DLR Group

Dennis Runyan

Superintendent
Agua Fria Union School District

Chantel Kastrounis

Campus Principal
Richard J. Lee Elementary School, Coppell ISD

Remote Learning EdTech Smackdown
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

Looking for tools to help you with remote learning? Join us as we share our favorite and most useful tools for remote teaching and learning.

Miguel Guhlin

Director
TCEA

Diana Benner

Director
TCEA

What’s Next? Planning for the Unknown in the Fall
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

What are the key ingredients of successfully providing at-home learning in the midst of this pandemic? This session will focus on the experience of Bryan and Clint ISDs. These two districts successfully navigated the hurdles of this crisis to ensure their students continued to engage in meaningful instruction. This session will focus on what they learned through the process that will help guide your decisions for the fall.

Jennifer Bergland

Director of Government Relations
TCEA

Barbara Ybarra

Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Bryan ISD

Julea Johnson

Executive Director of Technology
Bryan ISD

Christie Whitbeck

Superintendent
Bryan ISD

Manuel Verduzco

Chief Technology Officer
Clint ISD

Planning for Success: Learning through Literacy in the Wake of COVID-19
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

Scholastic’s Chief Education Officer Michael Haggen will share lessons learned from opening schools impacted by Hurricane Katrina and connect those experiences to help inform strategies for responding to the pandemic. He will discuss assessing student needs, fostering resilience, building capacity to adapt instruction over multiple platforms, and renewing relationships with families and the community. The session will focus on four areas: Teaching and learning, Social Emotional Wellness, Professional Learning, and Family and Community Engagement.

Michael Haggen

CAO
Scholastic Education

Getting Back to Social: How COVID-19 Has Changed Learning
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Districts were forced to pivot to virtual learning in response to the global pandemic. As a result, COVID-19 has impacted and changed many of the physical, social, and emotional aspects of learning. Explore best practices for districts to transform their learning model to achieve the desired learner outcomes while enhancing the learner experience. Best practices will include teaching and learning, engagement, and operations, as well as planning and design of learning environments.

John Shiver

Principal
Stantec

Chris Everett

Systems Transformation Strategist
engage2learn

Mike Mattingly

Associate Superintendent
Denton ISD

Texas Home Learning Update
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

TEA staff will provide information on summer learning plans and progress monitoring, content, and choice of materials. We will dive into the 6-12 math product to better understand the design and how use can support planning to address students’ learning gaps in the new school year.

Melissa Lautenschlager

Director of Instructional Materials and Implementation
TEA

Dana Moyer
Manager of Instructional Materials Implementation
Texas Resource Review
TEA
Strategies from Raising Blended Learners
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

This session will help participants develop a clear understanding regarding the difference between technology-rich, fully virtual, and blended learning experiences, and learn how specific blended learning strategies can move classrooms closer toward true data-driven instruction. Participants will experience blended learning throughout the session and begin planning their district’s student experience using elements of blended learning best practices.

Jennifer Jendrzey

Vice President of Strategy and Evaluation
Raise Your Hand Texas

Cat Alexander

Director of Blended Learning
Raise Your Hand Texas

Tracy Clark

Consultant
Raise Your Hand Texas

IM and Continuity Update
Friday, June 12 | 9-9:45 am Central

TEA staff will provide a review of instructional materials to determine fit for continuity plans. This session will explore what makes instructional materials effective for use in both brick and mortar and virtual environments, as well as how to plan for professional development. We will share some planning tools to help evaluate how well instructional materials support learning continuity.

Melissa Lautenschlager

Director, Instructional Materials Quality
TEA

Dana Moyer
Manager of Instructional Materials Implementation
Texas Resource Review
TEA
In Classroom or Living Room: Growth & Targeted Practice
Friday, June 12 | 9-9:45 am Central

Research has proven that high-quality practice is one of the most effective ways to help students build strong literacy and mathematics skills. Join this session to discover how to provide the just-right level of practice needed to keep students on track to achieve standards mastery for reading and math—whether they’re learning from home or in the classroom.

Stacy Blair
National Academic Advisor
Renaissance
Blended to Distance Learning (MIZ & BLGP)
Friday, June 12 | 10-10:45 am Central

TEA staff will discuss designing an instructional model to easily shift between blended in-person and distance settings.

Eric Kotin

Operations Manager
TEA

Amanda Patterson

Program Manager
TEA

Assessment + Accountability

Return to School, Scenario Planning in an Unknown Zone
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:15 am-12 pm Central

With so many unknowns ahead, planning different scenarios is required. Join a panel discussion on how location-based data analytics are supporting districts creating multiple “what if” scenarios, along with understanding student needs geographically. Additionally, we will cover ways in which districts are examining student performance analytics to close the digital divide, assess student readiness for next grade and / or college / career and can monitor the progress of students in a virtual, blended or traditional classroom environment.

Adam Cibulka

Senior Manager – 5Lab
Forecast5 Analytics

Abigail Tarango

Director of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives
Ysleta ISD

CyLynn Braswell

Executive Director of College and Career Readiness & Innovation
Northwest ISD

Designing and Leading for Equity and Excellence in the Aftermath of an Accountability Gap Year
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Throughout the crisis, educators at every level have reacted with grit and resilience to meet students’ pressing needs. As we shift to a proactive mindset, let’s explore nimble, flexible approaches to leading equitable and excellent schools in 2020-21. The session will reframe our perspective on the crisis, allowing us to take lessons learned and apply them as we consider instructional planning and resource allocation for the next school year.

Terry Faucheux

Associate
Moak, Casey & Associates

Monica Zdrojewski

Associate
Moak, Casey & Associates

Alicia Thomas

Consultant
Moak, Casey & Associates

Assessment Updates
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

TEA staff will provide information related to implementation of HB 3906 and other general updates that may be available on: online transition; through-year pilot; RLA redesign; and 75% MC.

Shelly Ramos

Curriculum Division Director
TEA

Tyson Kane

Associate Commissioner, Strategy and Analytics
TEA

Iris Tian
Division Director, Student Assessment
TEA
Julie Cole

Director of Policy and Publications, Student Assessment
TEA

José Ríos

Director of Test Administration, Student Assessment
TEA

Assessment and Opportunity During COVID-19
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

At-home learning presents challenges to the traditional methods of high-stakes assessment. This session will review how Advanced Placement adapted in 2019-2020, preview plans for SAT in the 2020-2021 school year, and highlight College Board’s Opportunity Scholarships as a way to support students in continuing to complete key steps along their path to college.

The College Board

Presenter TBA

New Assessment Resources for 2020-21
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

TEA staff will discuss optional beginning-of-year assessment and a formative assessment tool.

Iris Tian
Division Director, Student Assessment
TEA
Tyson Kane

Associate Commissioner, Strategy and Analytics
TEA

José Ríos

Director of Test Administration, Student Assessment
TEA

Julie Cole

Director of Policy and Publications, Student Assessment
TEA

Early Childhood Education Updates
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

TEA staff will provide information on K-2 diagnostics – beginning-of-year screening and ongoing progress monitoring, as well as support for early learners in alternate environments.

Lauren Zbyszinski

Inter-Agency Deputy Director of Early Childhood
TEA

Natalie Flores

Education Specialist, Early Childhood Team
TEA

Scott Bodnar

Director, Early Childhood Team
TEA

If You Can Turn It Off, It Isn’t Accountability
Friday, June 12 | 9-9:45 am Central

Accountability is a processes or system through which trust is developed and maintained with an organization’s stakeholders. A crisis is the very thing a true accountability system is designed for, as that moment represents our stakeholder’s greatest need. Real accountability can’t be turned off. Come see what is possible with a true accountability based on student benefit, and why now is the best time in 30 years to build it for your school or district.

John Tanner

Executive Director
Test Sense

Safety + Security

Campus Utilization: Adapting Space to Meet Multiple Needs
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

Adapting your campus to “social distancing” while supporting instruction and meeting social / emotional needs will require a coordinated effort. How to utilize available space, indoors and out, is one of the many considerations. The session will explore methods to prioritize district and campus-level strategies related to use of physical space and viable options for implementation of those priorities using real-life scenarios.

Mike Vermeeren, AIA, ALEP

Director of Planning
Huckabee

LaShae Baskin, RID

Principal / Director of Austin
Huckabee

Building Well: Practices to Optimize Learning Environments
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:15 am-12 pm Central

Building Well is an engaging, informative presentation on how educational facilities can be optimized to promote health and wellness. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted deep evaluation of existing standards and creative solutions – in terms of both operations and technology – for the future. Led by a team of K-12 design and maintenance and operations experts, this session will provide innovative strategies for safer, healthier learning environments in preparation for returning to in-person learning this fall.

Mark Madorsky

President
LEAF Engineers

Richard Chi

Co-CEO
PBK

Jeff Johnson

Associate Principal / Senior Designer
PBK

Texas Safe and Supportive Schools Program: From Threat Assessment to Safe and Supportive Schools
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

This session will involve a discussion of the evolution of the Safe and Supportive Schools Program from its origins in behavioral threat assessment team formation and training to what our new vision has become for the program including all its six components. Also included will be updates on the various Senate Bill 11 milestones and discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on those milestones.

Craig Goralski

Safe and Supportive Schools Program Manager
TEA

Cyber Security Texas District Discussion
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Co-create through moderated discussion with fellow attendees and share your experiences and questions around cybersecurity and tech.

Robert Bayard

Chief Technology Officer
Clear Creek ISD

Safe Return to School: A Guide to Facility Readiness
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Gain insight into the ways Joe McKenna and his team are leveraging checklists, assessments, screening options, and more into their facility readiness program. From physical distancing and flow to PPE and health checks, hear how Comal ISD is tackling these challenges and the tools they are using to create safe learning environments. Thom Jones, vice president of Navigate360, will some of the ways technology is supporting efforts to document, share, and report on these initiatives.

Joe McKenna

Director, Safety & Security
Comal ISD

Thom Jones

Vice President
Navigate360

School Finance + Legislative Issues

TASBO’s School Funding Update
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

TASBO representatives will discuss coming budget challenges for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond and consider district approaches to meeting those challenges. They will provide participants with the latest information on CARES Act funding as well coming state budget challenges and their potential impact on schools.

Tracy Ginsburg

Executive Director
TASBO

Amanda Brownson

Associate Executive Director
TASBO

Becky Bunte

Deputy Executive Director
TASBO

Protecting Public Education During the COVID-19 Crisis
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

Moak Casey staff will examine the current state of the Texas economy, and what is being discussed regarding formula funding.

 

Josh Haney

Associate
Moak, Casey & Associates

Catherine Knepp

Associate
Moak, Casey & Associates

Joe Wisnoski

Associate
Moak, Casey & Associates

Reading Academies
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

TEA staff will provide updates on implementation and contingency planning for the Reading Academies.

Cherry Lee

Reading Academy Director
TEA

Lily Laux

Deputy Commissioner of School Programs
TEA

Federal Education Update: COVID Edition
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

AASA’s Ellerson Ng will detail the latest goings on of Capitol Hill and how the Congressional response will impact public education and what it means for schools.

 

Noelle Ellerson Ng

Associate Executive Director, Advocacy and Governance
AASA, The School Superintendents Association

School Funding and the Future?
Friday, June 12 | 10-10:45 am Central

Equity Center representatives will discuss the funding issues that appear likely to be faced during the next legislative session, highlighting future funding concerns and areas to be addressed.

Ray Freeman

Executive Director
Equity Center

Josh Sanderson

Deputy Executive Director
Equity Center

Adam Pierce

Director of Research
Equity Center

Health & Wellness of Staff + Students

Stress, Coping, and Resiliency for Educators
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

Learn about the concepts of stress, coping, and resilience, as well as an evidence-based approach that has been shown to be effective at supporting educators to learn and apply specific practices that lead to improved well-being, resilience, and interactions with others, including students and colleagues.

John Norlin

Co-Founder
CharacterStrong

Returning Students: Dealing with Emotional Realities
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:15 am-12 pm Central

As a result of COVID-19, returning students and staff will come with more emotional issues. This session will look at some online strategies (kalidoscope video) and some in person strategies to help calm students, name their emotional issues (you cannot change/address what cannot be named), and integrate the current experience into a hopeful future.

Ruby K. Payne

CEO
aha! Process, Inc.

Let’s Win the Day!
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

The world, as we knew it, made a 90-degree turn in mid-March. Since then, each and every one of us has been impacted both personally and professionally. While the “rules” are still changing, it’s important to recognize how critical it is, as leaders, to prioritize both our physical and our emotional health. Todd Whitthorne will share timely and actionable strategies to not only manage, but actually flourish, during these times of challenge.

Todd Whitthorne

Chief Inspiration Officer
Naturally Slim

“Quarantine 15”? … Not a Chance!
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

The past three months have been filled with stress, change, and emotion. Now, more than ever, leaders must recognize the importance of prioritizing their health, both above and below the neck. Todd Whitthorne and Tim Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., will share the impressive results from the Naturally Slim program, a digital weight loss and health improvement intervention that will soon be available to school districts across the state.

Todd Whitthorne

Chief Inspiration Officer
Naturally Slim

Dr. Tim Church

Chief Medical Officer
Naturally Slim

Talking About the Pandemic: Building the Skills for School Personnel to Meet the Dual Challenges of COVID Re-entry and SB 11
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

School closings have taken a toll on students, families, and school personnel. As schools prepare to restart, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “teachers and school personnel should receive training in how to talk to and support children ….” Learn how Fort Bend and Alief ISDs have used Kognito’s simulation platform to give educators the opportunity to practice those conversations in a safe online environment so they can do to it well in real life.

Jennifer Spiegler

SVP Strategic Partnerships
Kognito

Glenn Albright

Co-Founder and Director of Research
Kognito

Back to Better: A Roadmap to Connectedness
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

SEL thought leader and creator of Capturing Kids’ Hearts®, Flip Flippen, alongside former Texas principal Kristin Booth will discuss: the impact of this pandemic on the social-emotional well-being of students, teachers, and administrators; feedback from over 1,000 educators on how they are reframing their mindset; and ways this pandemic has given us the opportunity to reignite our purpose and passion and refine and improve practices for the future.

Flip Flippen

Founder & Chairman
Capturing Kids’ Hearts | Powered by Flippen Group

Kristin Booth

Leadership Development Strategist
Capturing Kids’ Hearts | Powered by Flippen Group

Put Your Mask on First!
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Educational administration has always been a demanding profession but the heat really got turned up three months ago. We all are experiencing varying levels of fear, uncertainty, and stress … and so are the populations we serve. Join us for a candid, timely conversation with two clinical psychologists who will share practical advice on how to lead through adversity without burning yourself out. This session is exactly what the doctor ordered!

Todd Whitthorne

Chief Inspiration Officer
Naturally Slim

Dr. Dana Labat

Clinical Psychologist
Naturally Slim

Dr. Kevin Gilliland

Clinical Psychologist
Naturally Slim

Heart of Hearts: Character Ed Helped AHISD Navigate COVID-19
Friday, June 12 | 9-9:45 am Central

Character education thrived in Alamo Heights ISD prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple campuses have earned the National School of Character designation from Character.org. This culture of character has helped anchor our school community during these uncharted times and helped provide a framework to sustain social emotional wellness. Log in to our session to learn how the Heart of Heights helped us to not only survive but to thrive!

Frank Alfaro

Assistant Superintendent
Alamo Heights ISD

Susan Peery

Principal, Howard Early Childhood Center
Alamo Heights ISD

Kristen Ascencao

Counseling Coordinator
Alamo Heights ISD

Lauren Boyer

School Counselor, Cambridge Elementary
Alamo Heights ISD

Practical Hope: Tools for Stress, Coping, and Resilience
Friday, June 12 | 10-10:45 am Central

When anxiety increases, learning and empathy decrease. This session will focus on practical, research-backed strategies to serve students and staff to support their well-being and help them navigate new normals successfully. CharacterStrong has worked with over 2,500 educators globally since the start of COVID-19 to provide low-burden tools that keep a focus on relationships, social-emotional learning, and mental wellness.

Houston Kraft

Co-Founder
CharacterStrong

Communicating with Families + the Public

Engaging in a Crisis: Using Social Media and Apps to Foster Engagement
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:15 am-12 pm Central

Attendees will explore social media tips, tactics, and apps that can help to build engagement virtually. During the pandemic, several lessons have emerged about how to engage students, staff, and families in new ways. Authentic relationships and collective engagement are critical in every school system and can be difficult to cultivate virtually, but there are strategic tools that can help.

Angela Brown

Executive Director, Communications & Community Engagement
Coppell ISD

Amanda Simpson

Director of Communications
Coppell ISD

Thought Exchange: Leading Your Community and Building Trust
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Research has shown that decisions made by broader, more inclusive and diverse groups have a higher likelihood of better organizational and community outcomes. But how can education leaders do this kind of work both efficiently and equitably, and at a time of uncertainty and isolation? In this session, participants will hear from leaders who have leveraged crowdsourcing to enable their entire community (not just the loudest voices) to take ownership of district culture and direction.

Laura Milne

Account Executive
Thoughtexchange

Crisis Communications: How Your District Can Prepare Before the Crisis Strikes
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

In light of the global pandemic and subsequent statewide school closings, districts are focused more than ever on crisis communications. The key to successful communications with employees, families, and the community during a crisis is ensuring that you aren’t in a crisis with communication. Learn how Klein ISD has created both low-tech and high-tech solutions to engage ALL stakeholders with good communications, rapid response, and customer service at the heart of their plan.

Jenny McGown

Superintendent
Klein ISD

Rachel Trotter

Director of Communications
Klein  ISD

Justin Elbert

Assistant Director of Communications
Klein  ISD

Effectively Communicating Back to School
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Effective back-to-school messaging will be the cornerstone of attendance for the entire school year. Join Dr. Todd Rogers to learn research-based strategies for communicating back to school in a way that will support day-one and sustained attendance throughout the year. Learn about: communicating in a way that enhances family-school partnerships; leveraging families as a support system for attendance; and strategies to sustain communication all year long, even in the instance of a building closure.

Todd Rogers

Director of the Harvard Student Social Support R&D Lab
EveryDay Labs

Hedy Chang

Executive Director
Attendance Works

Family Engagement Matters!
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

How is your district’s partnership and communication with families and the community in your town? Did your people trust the district’s message and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic? This session will share vital information on how one district focuses on meaningful engagement with families and the community to help survive the unknown.

Julie Gauthier

Assistant Superintendent, Port Neches-Groves ISD
State President, TEPSA

Creating Equitable Strategy for Distance Learning and Re-Entry to Schools
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

During the unprecedented transition to distance learning, there is the potential that inequities will deepen. To confront these challenges, district leaders and educators are finding innovative ways to support their students, families, and staff. Ector County ISD is checking on well-being and assessing community needs using Panorama Education’s Distance Learning surveys. In addition, the district is spearheading a regional effort to improve internet connectivity in Ector County, ensuring distance learning works for all students.

Scott R. Muri

Superintendent
Ector County ISD

Sarah Gertner

Texas Outreach Director
Panorama Education

How Do We Survive the Storm? Where is the Harbor?
Friday, June 12 | 9-9:45 am Central

Our ships may be different, but we are in the same storm headed toward land left deserted by COVID-19. How do we chart a safe path to our harbor? Who is on the crew? Hear from students, advisors, and community members who represent the crew in your district and schools. They can create the kind of school that solves issues, builds trust, and raises school spirit. Join these leaders for this powerful presentation.

Terry Hamm

Director
Texas Association of Student Councils

Laurie Zuehlke

Advisor
Montgomery High School

Scott Backovich

Founder
Envolve

Susan Waldrep

Student Activities Director
Texas High School

Special Student Populations

ARD Guidance and Special Education
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

This session will highlight resources and guidance that have been provided to LEAs relative to effective ARD processes for students with disabilities. Specific topics to be discussed will include potential additional LEA supports for 2020-21, compensatory services related to at home learning during COVID-19 school closures, emergency contingency planning, evaluation, and IEP development.

Justin Porter

State Director, Special Education
TEA

Kim Brannan

Director of Special Education Technical Assistance
TEA

Using Special Education Data to Identify Impactful PD and Narrow Achievement Gaps
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Schools have gaps in achievement between all students and students with disabilities. Data Driven Instruction can be used to narrow these gaps. In this training, we will discuss how to use formative and summative assessment data to identify areas of focus for students who struggle. Administrators will walk away with an action plan on how to start the new school year with a data driven focus to help students with disabilities.

Edward O'Neill

Director, Special Education Special Projects and Strategy
TEA

Mandy Young

Manager
TEA

Carolee May

Project Specialist,
TEA

Project Restore: Supporting Mental Health Needs of Students, Staff, and Families During Uncertainty
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

Due to this unprecedented time, the concern and energy around students’ mental health and emotional well-being is at its highest level, and school systems are looking for support and guidance. Through the CARES Act, the agency will launch Project Restore, which will provide mental and behavioral health supports for students across the state in response to COVID-19.

Niloy Gangopadhyay

Director of Special Populations
TEA

From Either / Or to Both / And
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Far too often, educational systems are set up with an intervention mindset that leaves advanced and gifted learners fewer opportunities to grow. However, our school systems do not have to be an either intervention OR extension model. In this session, we will examine the factors that contribute to either / or thinking and then we will explore ways to move toward both / and thinking in a strengths-based approach to instructional design.

Monica Simonds

Director of Advanced Learning Programs and Services
Richardson ISD

After COVID: Special Ed, 504 and the Law
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

The pandemic has created some unique problems for public schools in serving students with special needs. The laws pertaining to these services remain in effect, but the reality is that services could not be provided as we had planned. So what now?

Jim Walsh

Attorney
Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle, P.C.

COVID Response and Monitoring
Friday, June 12 | 10-10:45 am Central

This session will highlight COVID-19 impacts to the general supervision requirements related to IDEA monitoring and what LEAs can expect for monitoring activities in 2020-2021. Specific topics to be discussed will include the self-assessment, targeted monitoring, cyclical monitoring, and on-site monitoring visits.

Jennifer Alexander

Associate Commissioner, Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
TEA

District Operations

Leading with Technology in the Time of Corona
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

Hear from several large and small districts on their preparedness before the pandemic shutdown, what they did to ramp up for remote working and learning during the shutdown, and how they see technology leading the way after the shutdown. Topics to be discussed include: security and infrastructure preparation; addressing at-home internet access; device distribution and collection practices; remote working and learning practices; and staff training.

Alice Owen

Executive Director
Texas K-12 CTO Council

Leslie Garakani

Chief Technology Officer
Midlothian ISD

Bryon Kolbeck

Chief Technology Officer
Lewisville ISD

Karen Fuller

Director of Network, Infrastructure and Communications
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Jennifer Miller

Director, Cybersecurity, Acquisitions, and Performance Excellence
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Next for Education: Innovating to Adapt During COVID-19
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:15 am-12 pm Central

The need to adapt continues. With many districts facing potential budget cuts and an ambiguous view into what the new school year could look like, let’s talk about what’s next. We’ll discuss tips to get ahead of the planning cycle and get the most from your resources including: ways to maximize savings across purchasing categories; tools to manage your purchasing processes; and options to distribute education and protective essential supplies.

Brett Tuson

Head of Education Sales
Amazon Business

Flexibility in Planning to Open Schools for Fall 2020
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

So how can you prepare for school reopening in August when there is so much uncertainty? The Sunnyvale ISD Administrative Team will outline their plans for creating flexibility in design to deliver quality instruction to students while addressing student and employee health considerations. The presentation will feature how SISD formulated various teams to seek input from stakeholders. Items and issues for thought will also be shared.

Doug Williams

Superintendent
Sunnyvale ISD

Christi Morgan

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Sunnyvale ISD

Kyle Penn

Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations
Sunnyvale ISD

HR Challenges in Preparing for a New Normal
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Join the director of Human Resources Services and a senior HR consultant as they discuss HR challenges arising from the pandemic and how districts can best prepare for the HR challenges associated with our new normal. Topics will include staffing, contracts, leaves, return-to-work planning, and more.

Amy Campbell

Director, HR Services
TASB

Karen Dooley

Senior HR Consultant
TASB

School Calendars and ADSY
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

TEA staff will discuss redesigning school calendars, adding (optional) days, and getting extra funding to do it.

Brian Doran

Special Projects
TEA

UIL Related COVID-19 Update
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

Dr. Charles Breithaupt and Dr. Jamey Harrison will provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on UIL activities and plans for moving forward into the 2020-2021 school year.

Jamey Harrison

Deputy Executive Director
UIL

Charles Breithaupt

Executive Director
UIL

After the Pandemic: Small and Mid-sized Schools on New Paths
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

COVID-19 has caused schools to redesign instruction from in-class to in-home learning with school leaders being incredibly adept and creative in the process! School districts have coordinated meals, virtual instruction and related services, technology upgrades, and maintenance needs. Small and mid-sized schools managed all of these tasks, often with fewer staff and fewer resources. Join us as we move forward to build the right calendars with the right method of instruction to help students succeed.

Crystal Dockery

Deputy Executive Director
Texas Association of Community Schools

Joe Burns

Superintendent
Copperas Cove ISD

Jill Siler

Superintendent
Gunter ISD

Barry Haenisch

Executive Director
Texas Association of Community Schools

Graduation and End-of-Year Texas District Discussion
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Co-create through moderated discussion with fellow attendees and share your experiences and questions around graduation and EOY processes.

Michelle Carroll Smith

Superintendent
Lytle ISD

Opportunities for Returning to “School”
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

In an effort to make sense out of unprecedented times, DLR Group gathered firsthand data from school leaders, teachers, students, and parents in Texas and across the country. This information was synthesized to understand school district commonalities and outliers. Findings were then shared with district participants to help inform their return to school plans for fall. Join the discussion around the challenges and incredible opportunity that this new-normal could provide for all learners.

Emily Froese

Teaching & Learning Designer
DLR Group

Kedrick Wright

Executive Director of Facilities
San Antonio ISD

Martha Salazar-Zamora

Superintendent
Tomball ISD

Raechel French

Educational Researcher & Planner
DLR Group

The Impact of COVID-19 on Your Teacher Pipeline
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

As COVID-19 disrupted both K-12 and university settings, teacher preparation functions such as student teaching, certification requirements, and new teacher support were impacted. What do these changes mean for school districts, specifically related to hiring first-year teachers, hosting student teachers, and maximizing retention opportunities for teachers whose preparation was disrupted? We address these and other questions related to how universities and districts work together to ensure a strong teacher pipeline in an era of uncertainty.

Stacey Edmonson

Dean, College of Education
Sam Houston State University

Lisa Huffman

Dean, College of Professional Education
Texas Woman’s University

Glenda Ballard

Dean, School of Human Development and Education
St. Edward’s University

Eradicating Stress During the Pandemic and Beyond
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

As the pandemic set in, VLK Architects effectively started 10 new projects. Our in-house experts, adept at modern technologies, swiftly moved traditional face-to-face meetings to platforms, allowing no time to be lost, and actually increasing client and community participation. Experience approaches to meaningful design through the lens of new technologies, and hear from school leaders who refused to postpone needed projects during the pandemic. Important lessons learned will be shared that will impact our future.

Ken Hutchens

Chief Creative Officer
VLK Architects, Inc.

Rick Westfall

Superintendent
Keller ISD

Sloan Harris

Chief Executive Officer
VLK Architects, Inc.

The New Normal in Purchasing, Supply Chain, and Business
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

In the current COVID-19 environment, what are the steps districts need to be taking in the short term to prepare to open schools from the purchasing and business office perspective. Challenges in the supply chain can impact timely delivery of products. What can schools do to possibly mitigate the issue? What are the products and services that may need immediate attention for timely delivery?

Steve Fisher

Director of Cooperative Services
TASB BuyBoard

Jamie Spiegel

Senior Director of Business Process Improvement
Leander ISD

Mark Vechione

Executive Director, Purchasing & Contract Management
Northwest ISD

Quality Music Education in Any Environment
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

In the past three months, Texas music teachers have proven that providing a quality music education experience isn’t environment-dependent. While we believe that music is best experienced through ensemble performance, offering that method of instruction remains uncertain. The required music TEKS will continue to be delivered, and the social and emotional needs of our students will be inherently supported through their participation in music. The what will not change, only the how.

Robert Floyd

Executive Director
Texas Music Educators Association

Joe Coburn

Superintendent
Decatur ISD

Amanda Drinkwater

Director of Fine Arts
Lewisville ISD

Bruce Gearing

Superintendent
Leander ISD

Supporting Teachers as Public Education Returns to a New Normal
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Join TASB HR Consultants as they discuss the importance of creating new supports for teachers for when they return to campus after extended school closures. Topics will include teacher retention strategies, professional development/training, resources for teacher self-care, and planning guidance for school administrators to help teachers adjust to a new normal in education.

Jennifer Barton

HR and Compensation Consultant
TASB HR Services

Cheryl Hoover

HR Consultant
TASB HR Services

School Calendar and Scheduling Texas District Discussion
Thursday, June 11 | 12:30-1:15 pm Central

Co-create through moderated discussion with fellow attendees and share your experiences and questions around 2020-21 schedules and calendars.

Tanya Larkin

Superintendent
Pampa ISD

Certification Rules During Covid-19: Hiring the Teachers You Need
Friday, June 12 | 10-10:45 am Central

The session will review ways to qualify teachers for hard to fill positions as well as special rules in place during COVID-19.

Lolly Guerra

Executive Director
TASPA

Preparing Incoming Teachers for Fall TX District Discussion
Friday, June 12 | 10-10:45 am Central

Co-create through moderated discussion with fellow attendees and share experiences and questions around first-year teachers starting in the fall.

Stacey Edmonson

Dean, College of Education
Sam Houston State University

Alex Leavell

University of North Texas

Leadership, Planning + More

Will COVID-19 be the Impetus to Realize TASA’s ‘A New Vision’?
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

Has COVID-19 impacted the way we interpret “A New Vision for Public Education”? Expanding on recent research, David J. DeMarkis (Baylor University) joins forces with John Bullion (Region 12) and Christopher Bailey (Abilene ISD) to interview a panel about how they are re-envisioning K-12 education in wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The panel will feature superintendents and thought leaders from across the state. Participants will include Karen Rue and Eric Sheninger.

David J. DeMarkis

Independently Contracted Educational Consultant, Researcher, and Instructional Designer

Karen Rue

TASA Superintendent-in-Residence

Christopher Bailey

Principal
Abilene ISD

Eddie Coulson

Partner
N2 Learning

Eric Sheninger

Speaker & Author

John Bullion

Special Education Liaison
Region 12 ESC

Lane Ledbetter

Superintendent
Midlothian ISD

Leveraging the Talents of Aspiring Teachers to Support All Students
Tuesday, June 9 | 10:15-11 am Central

Explore innovative ways to support and utilize teacher candidates to provide educational opportunities for PK-12 students during this time of COVID-19. Join Raise Your Hand Texas and Kathy Bieser (executive principal in San Antonio ISD) to discuss partnerships between teacher preparation and local schools, and explore ways to engage aspiring teachers in virtual mentorships/tutoring, small group facilitation, and support of the development of curriculum for the classroom and online learning.

Cody Huie

Vice President of Programs
Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation

Tim Miller

Superintendent in Residence
Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation

Kathy Bieser

Executive Principal
San Antonio ISD

Before We Rush Back to Normal
Tuesday, June 9 | 11:15 am-12 pm Central

Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and collaborate around eight areas of leading schools through times of crisis. The reality, now more than ever before, is that school leaders have an obligation to create, innovate, and transform teaching and learning as they face the future. Participants will walk away with ideas and questions that should be used before they try to rush back to normal.

Eddie Coulson

Partner
N2 Learning

Roz Keck

Partner
N2 Learning

Planning for 4 Possible Futures
Wednesday, June 10 | 10:15-11 am Central

To be prepared for anything, you have to consider everything! At engage2learn, we are using scenario planning to provide the most highly relevant strategies and support to our partners. The time of COVID-19 has created tremendous challenge and simultaneously tremendous opportunity. This session will provide participants an overview of our examination of Four Possible Futures and our thoughts on how you and your teams can be prepared for whatever comes next.

Shannon Buerk

Chief Executive Officer
engage2learn

Walking a Tightrope While Remaining Flexible!
Wednesday, June 10 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Do you feel like you are walking a tightrope? Executive leaders will reflect and discuss how their individual roles have changed yet remain the same during the pandemic crisis. Flexibility is key in the response to meeting the needs of principals, teachers, students, and the community. Discussion will focus on being better prepared to lead productive conversations with members of your team.

Susan Borg

Senior Associate
N2 Learning

Sheri Sides

Senior Associate
N2 Learning

Lisa Garcia

Senior Associate
N2 Learning

Before the Crisis Hits: Leadership Lessons from Round Rock’s Response to COVID-19
Thursday, June 11 | 10:15-11 am Central

Faced with the challenge of turning a 51,000-student organization on a dime, Round Rock ISD teaching and learning leaders Mandy Estes and Ryan Smith laid down some guiding principles for the work ahead. Many of the values that drove their thinking and decision-making – and the personal leadership practices that bolstered them when the struggle got real – were set in motion long before the crisis hit during learning sessions with The Holdsworth Center.

Lindsay Whorton

President
The Holdsworth Center

Mandy Estes

Chief of Teaching & Learning
Round Rock ISD

Ryan Smith

Executive Director of Teaching & Learning
Round Rock ISD

Returning to School Through Trauma-Informed Leadership
Thursday, June 11 | 11:15 am – 12 pm Central

Times of crisis often serve as a unifying force in school communities. Sometimes, however, the stress and trauma of a crisis creates competing perspectives and divisions that take years to repair. We’ll explore the trauma-informed leadership practices that help leaders keep their communities unified and how to apply these practices to create a shared vision for returning to school.

Shelby McIntosh

Managing Parter
Education Elements

TASA 20-21 Officer Leadership Panel
Friday, June 12 | 9-9:45 am Central

Join TASA President Brian Woods, President-Elect Doug Williams, Vice President Charles Dupre, and Past President Greg Smith for a leadership conversation with TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown.

Kevin Brown

Executive Director
TASA

Charles Dupre

Superintendent
Fort Bend ISD

Brian Woods

Superintendent
Northside ISD

Greg Smith

Superintendent
Clear Creek ISD

Doug Williams

Superintendent
Sunnyvale ISD

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