Preconference Sessions

  • Sunday, January 27, 7:30 a.m.12 p.m.

    Budget Boot Camp

    Presenters: Doug Karr and Omar Garcia, school finance experts

    TASA consultants Doug Karr and Omar Garcia will give administrators the opportunity to:
    1. Complete and/or update the LATEST release of the state funding template under guided instruction.
    2. Project state and local revenue for the previous, current, and future school years for current and future planning purposes.
    3. Monitor the under/over payment of foundation school fund state aid for the current school year.
    4. Ask questions and dialogue about other school finance related items of interest.

    Budget Boot Camp is available, separate from Midwinter Conference registration, for a $145 fee. Learn more and register online.
    Sunday, January 27, 25 p.m. (First of Four Sessions During the Midwinter Conference)

    Aspiring Superintendents Academy

    Presenters: John D. Horn, former superintendent, Mesquite ISD, senior associate, Schlechty Center, and consultant, TASA; and Jenny Preston, former superintendent, and consultant, TASA

    TASA's popular Aspiring Superintendents Academy creates a learning opportunity for those who aspire to become superintendents. It focuses on moral and aesthetic dimensions of what it means to be the top education leader in a school district and its community. Particular attention is given to developing clarity about the beliefs and values that result in distinguished leadership in a connected and digitized world.
    The 2019 academy offers participants more than eight hours of professional learning in preparation for the superintendency. The full schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday, January 27 – 2–5 p.m.
    • Monday, January 28 – 2:15–3:15 p.m.
    • Tuesday, January 29 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (luncheon)
    • Wednesday, January 30 – 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

    During the luncheon on Tuesday, academy participants will be provided an opportunity to network with members of TASA’s Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network, School Transformation Network and First-Time Superintendents Academy participants.

    Midwinter Conference registration is required, along with an additional $125 fee for the academy. The fee includes lunch on Tuesday and breakfast on Wednesday. When registering for the Midwinter Conference in the TASA Member Services Center, the Aspiring Superintendents Academy will be offered as a 2019 Midwinter Conference option. Please select it then continue with the registration process.

    Sunday, January 27, 15 p.m.

    Tomlinson Leadership Institute: Leadership Toolbox for Transformative Education

    Presenter: Aryn Wood Erwin, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Deloitte University
    Sponsors: Deloitte University and Tomlinson Leadership Institute

    Have you ever wanted to learn more about leadership styles or how to effectively lead with that one person you just can’t seem to work with effectively? We'll use insights from business and military leaders' shared experiences with you to provide practical solutions and a toolset for leading people through positive influence. This is not a lecture. It's a workshop using the same methods used with Fortune 500 CEOs. You’ll experience interactive, engaging activities with your peers and our leadership facilitators — including a panel that will include LaDainian Tomlinson, founder of Team America and the 2006 NFL MVP. 
    We’ll talk about concepts like The Science of Teamwork, Creating a Culture of Inclusion & Innovation, Making “Moments” Matter, Character … and dare we say, FUN! Public education is at a pivotal crossroads that requires innovative thinking and practices to help you move the needle toward school transformation. Continuing LaDainian Tomlinson’s commitment to fight for public education with TASA, his partnership with Deloitte aims to provide tools to help districts better utilize common business practices and strategies to create innovative, future-focused leaders.

    There is no extra cost beyond Midwinter Conference registration fee for this workshop, but preregistration is required.

    Sunday, January 27, 25 p.m.

    Preparing Students for a Mobile Workforce
    Presenter: Susan Meyer, Apple, Inc.
    Sponsor: Apple, Inc.
    Mobile technology is transforming the way we learn and work. Join us for an in-depth and active discussion to understand how digital literacy and fluency with mobile technology are essential to career success. Hear about the transformation within business and industry. Discover the skill sets and experiences that employers expect from today’s graduates, including a look behind the scenes to see what Apple Store leaders identify as great talent. Learn about the economic development opportunities involved in the fast-growing world of app development, and interact with a free comprehensive curriculum that makes it easy to teach coding to students from kindergarten to college. You'll hear how districts across the country are designing new learning experiences for students to better prepare them to be successful in creative and innovative environments. 

    There is no extra cost beyond Midwinter Conference registration fee for this workshop, but preregistration is required. Seating is limited to 200 participants and is first-come, first-served.

    Sunday, January 27, 25 p.m.

    Google for Education Design Thinking Workshop with O'Briant Group

    Presenters: Pryscilla Ladeira, Erin O'Briant, and Dan Guttmann, Google
    Sponsor: Google for Education
    Erin O'Briant and Dan Guttmann, innovation experts and founders of the O'Briant Group, will lead an interactive workshop on transforming school and district culture. You'll peek inside Google's culture to uncover some of the practices, routines, structures, and mindsets that foster innovation, risk-taking, and collaboration. You'll learn how school leaders are adapting some of these concepts in their own schools and get a first-hand taste of the process that teams of Googlers go through to innovate the next big idea. You’ll also walk away with ideas and resources to help you lead your own culture of innovation.
    There is no extra cost beyond Midwinter Conference registration fee for this workshop, but preregistration is required. Seating is limited to 200 participants and is first-come, first-served.