Summer Conference on Education

Conference Overview

The 2016 UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education, sponsored by TASA and The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, is planned for June 26-28 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
Join us for the conference for updates on some of the biggest issues of the day — assessment and accountability, school finance, teacher-student relationships, and more — and a strand dedicated to the “Science of Learning.” In these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how brain research applies to 21st century learning and school transformation, and how it relates to new state initiatives for professional observation and evaluation as well as to next-generation assessment.


Attendees are also invited to join us on the morning of Sunday, June 26, for a preconference, English Language Learners: Best Practices That Work, hosted by the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS). Registration is just $55 per person for three sessions. Get the details.

General Sessions

Plans for the general sessions include an update on the work of the Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability, a keynote by Dr. Henry Roediger, cognitive scientist and co-author of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, and an appearance by Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, who will introduce the newest members of the TEA leadership team. Learn more.

Concurrent Sessions

More than 20 sessions will be offered in four time slots across two days. Get the details.

TASA Interactive Session

Summer Conference attendees should not miss the TASA Interactive: Vision-Driven Instruction and Leadership session to be held Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. You will be immersed in the contents of the Framework for Vision-Driven Instruction and Leadership, a new tool for school transformation, through facilitated table activities organized around the Framework’s three major domains. This session is included with your Summer Conference registration. Find out more.


A seminar for Accountability Forum subscribers will be held immediately following the Summer Conference on Tuesday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Districts with a 2015-16 or 2016-17 subscription to the TASA Accountability Forum may bring up to three attendees at no cost; individuals from non-subscribing districts pay just $175. The seminar will feature invited presentations from TEA officials with updates on accountability system development in 2016 and beyond. Learn more. 

Housing Reservations

Rooms have been blocked at the Renaissance Austin Hotel at the special rate of $189 per night.

Reserve your room online. The special rate is available until Friday, June 3, 2016.

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard

Check-in: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Check-out: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Conference Program


Online registration is closed. You may register on-site for the UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education beginning at 7 a.m., Sunday, June 26, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Registration Fees

UT/TASA Summer Conference – $175 per person or $50 for students who are members of TASA

TALAS Preconference – $55 per person

Post-conference Accountability Forum SeminarFree for up to 3 individuals from each district with a 2015-16 or 2016-17 Accountability Forum subscription (each additional attendee is $75); $175 per person for individuals from non-subscribing districts