• Digital Learning Design

The First Five Days of School

  • Session 3: April 13, 2016
    Individuals or teams may register for the entire academy (all three sessions) or for Session 2 and/or Session 3, which are stand-alone sessions.

    Participants in Session 3 will discover the significant opportunities during the first five days of school to set the tone for powerful, engaging, and self-directed learning. Empowering students to own their learning and by helping them to develop tools and networks for support throughout the school year, we better prepare them for the global economy.

    Through thought-provoking conversations, participants will be challenged to consider the broad opportunities that await in the first five days of school, paying special attention to the importance of information literacy, student roles, global collaboration, and more. Participants will learn the tools and techniques required to bring these opportunities to life.
    Listen to this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, in which Alan November, who will lead Session 3 on The First Five Days of School, speaks to Ian VanderSchee, an upper-level mathematics teacher at Coppell High School. The two discuss Ian’s implementation of November’s “First 5 Days” ideas at the start of the school year and how these ideas have positively impacted his students ever since.
    Teams or individuals may attend, including: teachers, school leaders, librarians, tech and academic coaches, and campus and district leaders. Participants should be able to build further capacity with colleagues. 


  • 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (lunch included)


  • All sessions will be held at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock.
    Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.

Hotel Reservations

  • A room block has been set aside at:

    Austin Marriott North
    2600 La Frontera Blvd.
    Round Rock, TX 78681

    Hotel room rates of $139.95 can be reserved for the night preceding each of the session dates using the links below or by calling Marriott Reservations at 800.266-9432 and requesting the "TASA Digital Learning Design" rate:

    • December 8 (for December 9 session; reserve by November 18, 2015)
    • February 9 (for February 10 session; reserve by January 29, 2016)
    • April 12 (for April 13 session; reserve by April 1, 2016)

Contact Us

  • Register

    Use the button above to log into TASA's Member Services Center and register for this event.

Important Note

  • Once you are logged into the Member Services Center, click the Events tab and select The First Five Days of School to register for Session 3 or select Digital Learning Design (Austin) 2015-16 to register for the full, three-session academy.

Registration Fees

Registration Deadline

  • April 1, 2016 for Session 3

CPE Credit

  • The full three-session academy offers up to 18 hours of Continuing Professional Education Credit. Session 2 and Session 3 each offer up to 6 hours of CPE Credit.
    View Certificate of Renewal and CPE Requirements for additional information. 


  • Alan November
    Alan November

    November Learning—led by Alan November, an international leader in educational technology—equips teachers and administrators to motivate students to own their learning and make global connections by using effective technology and implementing rigorous assignments.