• Summer Conference

  • Engaging Communities to Protect Students
    Sponsored by TASA and The University of Texas at Austin's
    College of Education

    June 24-26, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Austin

    The focus of this year's summer conference will be on school safety. We are working with experts to create a robust lineup of informative presentations and sessions in which school leaders share their successful strategies for keeping schools safe.

    This year's conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Austin on Barton Springs Road in downtown Austin.
    A preconference will be offered by the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) on Sunday, June 24, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    The Summer Conference will then kick off at 3 p.m. Sunday with a keynote presentation by Alissa Parker, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools and the mother of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook school shootings in 2012.
    Monday's keynote speaker is Michael Dorn, an international authority on school safety and the executive director of Safe Havens International, the world’s largest school safety center. Monday’s program will also feature an interactive session on Safe and Effective School Emergency Operation Exercises.
    Tuesday sessions will focus on crisis communications. Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications & Marketing at Texas Tech University, is the final keynote speaker and will draw from his experiences related to the fall 2017 officer shooting on the Texas Tech campus and discuss the importance of crisis communication plans.

    The conference will also feature sessions on programs such as Rachel’s Challenge, social and emotional learning, safety and security considerations in school design, safety practices implemented by school districts, and presentations by the Texas School Safety Center.
    The summer conference will wrap up by noon, Tuesday, June 26.

Conference Program

Housing Reservations

  • Hyatt Regency Austin The deadline has passed to secure the group rate at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin. However, rooms are still available. For the best rate, book online. Parking at the Hyatt is $15 for overnight self-parking for all attendees registered within the room block and $10 for daily self-parking for guests attending the conference.
    Rooms are also available across the street from the conference hotel at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown Town Lake, 300 South Congress Ave., Austin. Book online.
    The government rate may be your best price option.




Handouts and Slide Presentations

  • Slideshow from District Showcase General Session Featuring Italy and Austin ISDs
    Italy ISD has taken a bold, comprehensive approach to student safety on their campuses after a school shooting struck their small community. See how the district has embraced stakeholders from across their district to create a culture of safety. Download the Italy ISD slide presentation and the district's
    Mental and Emotional Health History form.

    Handout for Keynote Presentation by Michael Dorn, executive director, Safe Havens International
    In his presentation, How Much Fidelity Does Your District’s School Safety Approach Have?, Michael will provide school leaders with a clear understanding of the evaluation systems a school district should have in place to determine whether or not high-stakes life safety measures are reasonably reliable, court defensible and ethically responsible. Download his presentation handout.


  • Online registration for the 2018 UT/TASA Summer Conference is closed, but you may register on-site as early as 7 a.m., Sunday, June 24, so you don’t miss the optional preconference organized by TALAS, or the first general session at 3 p.m.
    TASA Member: $195

    Non-member: $235

    TASA Student Member: $95
    Students in education-related graduate programs who are not TASA members qualify for a group rate. To receive that rate, students must contact Ann Halstead at TASA to register.)

    Registration for the TALAS Preconference requires an additional registration fee.

    Already registered? Conference registrants will receive a reminder email the week of June 18 with a few last-minute details, but will NOT receive a separate email containing a QR code for this event. Registrants should simply stop by the registration desk at the conference to check in and get a badge.


  • Per-individual cancellation fees for the 2018 UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education are: $50 for the main conference, $25 for the TALAS preconference. All  requests must be submitted through TASA's online cancellation/substitution form. Requests are dated based on the electronic submission date of the form. No hard-copy, faxed, or emailed requests will be accepted.

    The cancellation deadline for this event was: Friday, June 15, 2018. After this date, there will be no refund of registration fees and no-shows will be billed in full with no refund issued; however, substitutions may be made through the online cancellation/substitution form or onsite. Refunds will not be issued until after the conference.