Early-Bird Sessions

  • Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

    TASA Mentor Training

    (Invited Superintendents Only)

    Presenter: John D. Horn, Senior Associate, Schlechty Center, and Consultant, TASA

    TASA’s Learning for Leadership is a mentoring program for Texas superintendents. In this training session, superintendents who have agreed to serve as mentors to first-time superintendents are provided with an overview of the responsibilities inherent in this important support role, including assisting the new superintendents as they establish themselves in the position and begin working to achieve an impact on their school district.

    Sunday, January 29, 7:30 a.m.Noon

    Budget Boot Camp

    (Preregistration Required)

    Presenters: Doug Karr and Omar Garcia, Consultants, TASA

    TASA's Budget Boot Camp has long been considered a valuable asset to Texas school administrators working to lead schools challenged by a lack of adequate funding. 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/over-payment of Foundation School Fund state aid for the current school year
    • Ask questions and dialogue about other school-finance related items of interest

    Sunday, January 29, 2:304:30 p.m.

    Women Leaders in Education: Lessons for Our Times 

    (Open to all conference registrants; no additional fee is required to attend)

    Presenters: Kathy Hurley, CEO, Girls Thinking Global, and Ann McMullan, Founder, McMullan Consulting
    In this highly interactive, collaborative workshop, you will discover and share strategies for navigating leadership roles within K-12 education systems. Key leadership competencies — as described in Real Women, Real Leaders by Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway — will be reviewed and analyzed. A clear understanding of these critical competencies enables school leaders to create and navigate their own pathways to success. The workshop concludes with review and analysis of the five essential leadership principles covered in Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby by Ann McMullan and Michael Barrett. Before you leave, you will create your own personal action plan that incorporates the leadership competencies and strategies covered in the session. Copies of both books will be provided to all workshop participants.
    Thriving vs. Surviving: Living Longer is Not the Goal
    (Open to all conference registrants; no additional fee is required to attend)
    Presenter: Todd Whitthorne, President, ACAP Health Consulting
    The profession of education has never been more challenging. Year after year the expectation seems to always be "do more with less." Growing demands at both work and home can take a toll on your health, your weight, your sleep and, most importantly, your sense of well-being. Join Todd Whitthorne, a Dallas-based health expert, to learn proven strategies to positively impact how you look and feel. He will share very actionable takeaways to help not just survive, but truly thrive! You are guaranteed to leave this session with both a game plan and a "can-do" attitude.