Summer Conference on Education

Conference Overview

A Multidimensional Approach to Leading Change ... The theme for the 67th Annual Summer Conference on Education, sponsored by TASA and The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education, sets the tone for an exciting lineup of General and Concurrent Sessions addressing a variety of school leadership issues.

General Session speakers include Gary Marx, futurist, author, and education leader, discussing 21 trends for the 21st century; and UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven sharing remarks related to his belief that "education has the power to change lives and change the world."

A dynamic and engaging conference strand focused on MISSION: School Transformation is featured. For those looking to advance school transformation efforts locally, four concurrent sessions are offered—each featuring panels of district leaders. Sessions are designed to aid districts in establishing the context and rationale for change and examining the readiness for authentic transformation as described in Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. Presenters share support and resources that can immediately jump-start your district's efforts, from alignment of vision-driven mission and goals to designing a clear and compelling future-focused learner profile or a localized accountability system reflecting the values of your community, vision of your district, and needs of today's learners.

TEA experts provide updates on state funding, required reporting of educator misconduct, the state accountability system, the current proposed FIRST ratings model, new teacher and principal appraisal systems, student assessment, the federal flexibility initiative, and restorative discipline practices.

UT superintendency program cohorts provide analyses of the autism epidemic in Texas public schools, the role of superintendents in closing the achievement gap, factors impacting RTI tier assignments, and the role of high school academic deans in supporting data-driven decision making.

Additional concurrent session topics include behavioral interview strategies, 2015-16 school finance update, recent changes to the educator certification rules, and how current media trends affect communication with local reporters.

Housing Details

Rooms have been blocked at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Room reservations should be made soon, as rooms tend to go quickly! Reservations must be guaranteed with a deposit or credit card. Reserve your room online. The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, June 19, 2015.

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd.
$184 Single/$184 Double

Check-in: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Check-out: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Special rate available until: Friday, June 19, 2015

Conference Program

Summer Conference on Education

Registration Details

On-Site and Late Registration: (after June 19, 2015) (spouse is complimentary, unless otherwise noted)

  • $225 for Regular Registrant
  • $50 for Student Registrant