2017 Assessment Conference Housing and Registration Open
Now in its 31st year, the Texas Assessment Conference remains the only statewide conference dedicated to providing the latest information on assessment, testing, and accountability in education — elementary, secondary, and postsecondary. Attendees receive the most current information from state agencies and policymakers, as well as benefit from sharing the best implementation practices in schools, districts, colleges, and universities. Book housing ASAP to ensure room availability for the February 19–22 conference at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Learn more.
Book Housing by October 24 for Level 2 CMAT
TASA will offer Level 2 CMAT in Austin November 15-17 that focuses on the best thinking in curriculum, assessment, and instructional design and delivery, while preparing participants to examine and evaluate system-based issues in an effort to optimize the delivery of effective teaching and learning. The training will be held at TASA Headquarters, so a block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin-University Area. Make reservations by October 24 to take advantage of the hotel group rate. Register for the training by November 4.
Texas Reads One Book Offers Early-bird Signup Special This Fall!
Pre-registering by October 31 for the spring 2017 Texas Reads One Book program, a literacy initiative sponsored by TASA, will allow your district to get two books for one low price! It also gives you the opportunity to conduct your own custom One District, One Book fall or winter reading event — a smart move, as Read to Them, the organization behind Texas Reads One Book, reports that reading multiple books boosts the program’s power by cementing the reading habit among families and promoting a culture of literacy. Learn more about the fall sign-up special.
Book Housing for Midwinter ASAP!
In addition to taking advantage of early-bird registration by December 16, be sure to make your housing reservations ASAP for the 2017 Midwinter Conference, January 29-February 1 in Austin. TASA has reserved blocks of rooms at a number of Austin hotels. Reservations must be booked online via this link and guaranteed with a credit card. Modifications and cancellations can be made to existing reservations using the same link until January 19. (Cancellations must be made by December 7 to avoid a fee.)
Texas K-12 CTO to Offer Technology Strand at Midwinter
The Texas K-12 CTO Council, the premier organization for chief technology officers in Texas schools, will hold its Winter Meeting 2017 in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference on Saturday, January 28, at the Hilton Austin. The Council will also present a special technology strand during the conference, with sessions on Monday and Tuesday, January 30-31. Learn more.
10.14.2016 — TASA, which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named Allison Ashley, Austin ISD, the 2017 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Deborah Campbell, San Angelo ISD, the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.
10.05.2016 — Texas State Board of Education Vice Chair Thomas Ratliff has joined a select group of distinguished Texans to receive the Golden Deeds Award.
09.26.2016 — TASB has named Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, the 2016 Superintendent of the Year.
09.24.2016 — The Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees was named the 2016 Outstanding School Board at the TASA/TASB Convention in Houston.
10.19.2016 — The General Election is November 8, and early voting runs October 24–November 4. This election will not just determine the next U.S. president; it will determine who comes to Austin in January to make critical decisions about the future of public education in Texas.
10.06.2016 — The House Public Education Committee will meet October 17 on school choice.
09.29.2016 — TEA issued a letter to administrators September 28 that provides districts with additional guidance on the new law that requires districts to install cameras in special education classrooms.
09.19.2016 — Beginning with 2016-17, districts and charter schools are required to submit calendars for all campuses to TEA to demonstrate compliance with HB 2610. Download example spreadsheets for maintaining local documentation.
There is no substitute for developing contacts face-to-face. TASA offers you the opportunity to exhibit your products and services at major conferences held throughout the year, including Midwinter Conference, the Texas Assessment Conference, and the TASA/TASB Convention.
Print and Online Advertising
TASA offers a variety of valuable advertising options, including our journal INSIGHT, circulated to more than 3,000 prominent education leaders across the state, and our magazine Texas School Business, a trusted source of news and analysis of current issues in Texas education since 1954. Online advertising is available in TASA Daily, TASA's popular daily e-newsletter, and Capitol Watch Alert, our legislative and policy e-newsletter.
TASA's Corporate Partner Program
TASA's Corporate Partner Program gives companies that do business with schools ongoing recognition and visibility through a choice of event/advertising packages, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. Each package offers special opportunities for Corporate Partners to sponsor professional learning opportunities and experience exclusive, face-to-face time with school leaders.Contact Johnny Veselka, Executive Director, to learn more about this program.