TASA Midwinter Conference

January 24-27, 2016 • Austin Convention Center


The TASA Midwinter Conference has become the most popular conference of the year for Texas school leaders because it provides such a valuable opportunity to come together to discuss and share innovative practices, network with peers, address the administrative issues administrators face every day, and gain fresh insights. We hope you and members of your leadership team will join us in Austin January 29-February 1, 2017.

Future Dates

Mark your calendar for future TASA Midwinter Conferences! The conference's permanent home is the Austin Convention Center.
Year Dates
2017 January 29-February 1
2018 January 28-31
2019 January 27-30
2020 January 26-29


  • 12.05.2016 — Early-bird Registration Ends Friday, December 16!
    Register for the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference by December 16 to take advantage of early-bird pricing! Get the details.

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  • 12.02.2016 — Thought Leader Session Lineup Posted
    In addition to keynote presentations by 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, and cognitive scientists Drs. Lauren Resnick and Christian Schunn of the Institute for Learning, the 2017 Midwinter Conference offers a full lineup of Thought Leaders. See the lineup.

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  • 11.28.2016 — Midwinter Conference Agenda Posted
    The agenda for the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference has been posted and links to information on several related events occurring in conjunction with the conference as well as to descriptions of the General Session speakers’ presentations. Details on the Thought Leader sessions will be posted soon. See the agenda.

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  • 11.15.2016 — Accountability Forum Seminar to Follow Midwinter
    TASA will offer “Ontogenetic Development of Accountability: The Transition from Indices to Domains,” a seminar to be held February 1, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., immediately following the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin, as a benefit to TASA Accountability Forum subscribers. Districts that subscribe to TASA’s Accountability Forum may send up to three attendees at no cost; attendees from non-subscribing districts may register for $175 each. Learn more and register today!

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  • 11.09.2016 — Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy at Midwinter Offers Learning Opportunity for Future Superintendents
    A two-part Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy will be offered January 31, noon–5 p.m., and February 1, 8–9:30 a.m., during the Midwinter Conference. Led by John Horn with the Schlechty Center and Jenny Preston — both former superintendents — the academy will focus on the moral and aesthetic dimensions of being the top education leader in a school district and community. To register, select the optional Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy when registering for the TASA Midwinter Conference or register on-site. Cost is $100 (in addition to the conference registration fee).

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  • 11.04.2016 — Budget Boot Camp to be Offered at Midwinter
    At TASA’s Budget Boot Camp, to be held 7:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, January 29, prior to the Midwinter Conference, school finance experts and TASA consultants Doug Karr and Omar Garcia will give administrators the opportunity to: complete and/or update the latest release of the state funding template under guided instruction; project state and local revenue for the previous, current, and future school years for current and future planning purposes; monitor the under/overpayment of Foundation School Fund state aid for the current school year; and ask questions and dialogue about other school-finance related items. Register by January 20!

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  • 10.06.2016 — Book Housing for the Conference 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.)

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  • 09.30.2016 — TASA Welcomes Texas K-12 CTO as a Conference Partner
    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 present a special technology strand during the conference, with sessions on Monday and Tuesday, January 30-31. Learn more.

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  • 09.29.2016 — Bring Teachers, Other Campus Staff for Just $95 Per Person
    Get more out of the TASA Midwinter Conference by inviting teachers and other campus-level staff to join your team! TASA is planning a special strand of sessions focused on topics including learner-centered instruction, student engagement, digital learning, and others that will be particularly valuable to teachers and other non-administrative, campus-level staff including counselors, librarians, teacher leaders, department heads/chairs, instructional coaches, and content specialists. Plus, all attendees will have the opportunity to get inspired by our keynote speakers: 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, and cognitive scientists Drs. Lauren Resnick and Christian Schunn of the Institute for Learning. Best of all, your district can bring campus-level educators for the low rate of $95 per person — that’s $200 off the early-bird non-member rate. Take advantage of this opportunity to support leadership development at all levels within your district! Register by January 13! (Register other members of your leadership team by December 16 to take advantage of the early-bird rate.)

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  • 09.20.2016 — Keynote Speaker Lineup Announced!
    Headlining the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference will be 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, and renowned cognitive scientists Drs. Lauren B. Resnick and Christian Schunn of the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more.

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  • 09.01.2016 — Call for Sessions Ends September 30
    The TASA Midwinter Conference attracts education leaders — and leadership teams — from every region of the state. If your district has an outstanding program you’d like to share with conference attendees, please complete an application through the TASA Member Services Center by September 30. Once you log in, click on the Events tab then scroll down to the Session Applications List to find the 2017 Midwinter Conference application link. 

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  • 05.02.2016 – Exhibitor Registration Open for the 2017 Conference!
    Click on Exhibit @ Midwinter above to learn more about the options for exhibiting at the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference and the steps for requesting booth space. Request your exhibit space online today!

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  • 04.15.2016 – Follow #TASA17 on Twitter
    Follow along on Twitter as we gear up for the 2017 TASA Midwinter Conference using the hashtag #TASA17. Exhibiting? Tweet about it using #TASA17. 

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Exhibitor Registration

Now Open: Exhibit Space Request Form
Companies interested in requesting booth space for TASA's 2017 Midwinter Conference (January 29-February 1, 2017 • Austin Convention Center) should familiarize themselves with our online request process prior to completing the form in TASA's Member Services Center. Learn more.

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