• 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.

Housing Reservations

  • Hyatt Regency Austin A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas, for the nights of June 23-27. The conference will kick off at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 24, and wrap up by noon, Tuesday, June 26. 
    Fresh off a $47 million renovation, the Hyatt Regency Austin is perfectly nestled on the shores of Lady Bird Lake with close access to downtown entertainment, and South Congress for dining and shopping. Take a five-minute walk to South Congress Bridge around sunset in the summer to catch Austin’s famous bat show, featuring more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats.
    Book using this link by June 1 to take advantage of the block rate of $189 per night (single/double/triple/quad).
  • Register

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

Registration Fee

  • 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.


  • 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 is: 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.