Preconference: The Leadership-The Advocate-The Voice for Latino Leaders and Learners

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017
    7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Renaissance Austin Hotel


    7:308:15 a.m.     Preconference Overview (includes continental breakfast)
    8:30–9:30 a.m.     Session 1
    9:45–10:45 a.m.   Session 2
    11 a.m.12 p.m.   Session 3
    12-1:30 p.m.         Closing Luncheon
    (featuring superintendent panel discussion)

    Concurrent Sessions

    8:30–9:30 a.m.  
    Building Capacity by Developing an Effective and Courageous Leadership Team: How a Title I, Latino Campus Earns All Seven TEA Distinctions
    Rosa E. Hernandez, director, Southwest, Charters & Alternative Schools Office, Houston ISD
    David Knittle, principal, Burbank Middle School, Houston ISD

    Looking for effective and courageous ideas on how to build leadership capacity on your campus or within your district that will yield high student achievement? The session will give participants insights on how a leadership team, through developing a powerful leadership conference, lead its school to close significant achievement gaps and earn all seven state distinctions. Walk away with strategies to cultivate your school climate by creating large scale buy-in, best practices to align campus goals and needs, proven protocols and activities to synergize campus resources, and develop the tools needed to lead your first courageous leadership conference.

    Creative Compensation and Financial Planning
    Chris Jamail, partner and chief investment officer, TCG Advisors, LP
    The modern superintendent contract is the intersection of some of the most important items in a superintendent's life: their compensation, job duties, TRS retirement, and board expectations. The presentation will discuss how you can utilize creative compensation to meet your individual needs, as well as strengthen your financial future. It will include information about TRS, and how you can maximize your benefit and other retirement savings to meet your goals.

    The Support Gap: Supporting and Developing Instruction for English Learners
    Dr. Chris Moersch, executive director, LoTi Connection Inc.
    Are we positioning English Learners to become college and career ready? Conventional curricula often leave a gap in the academic and learning skills English Learners need to be college and career ready. Closing this gap requires that instruction extend beyond language proficiency and include practice that is personalized and emphasizes collaboration, technology integration, and solution learning. Participants will learn how to recognize instruction that closes the English Learning gap and recommend practice that will innovate instruction for English Learners in every classroom.

    Serving the Needs of All Learners: Personalized Learning and Language Literacy
    Amy Banta, education solution specialist, Fuel Education
    Are you searching for a way to personalize learning and improve student outcomes for all learners? Join Fuel Education for an overview of the best practices in technology-enabled, blended, personalized learning and explore how to implement programs in your school or district. Ignite academic success in every student with innovative digital English Language Learner's curriculum and online courses designed to close the achievement gap and allow students to excel at their own pace. See how online curriculum can feature authentic cultural themes that engage students in their learning. Learn about extensive professional development opportunities that are part of a successful implementation.
    9:45–10:45 a.m
    Legislative Update and Its Impact on Latino Learners (Also offered 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Georgina Cecilia Perez, District 1 representative, State Board of Education
    As we have recently gleaned from the 85th legislative session, involvement of educators in policy development is imperative. Our democratic process involves numerous opportunities to influence legislative outcomes. With a focus on education policy, participants will hear strategies and an overview of learning opportunities for making a difference. SBOE member Georgina Perez will provide insight into her work within the Board as it pertains specifically to the support of Latino students. Additionally, she will provide an overview of the Texas Educator Policy Institute (TEPI). Accompanied by TEPI Fellows, Perez will expand on the successes and experience.

    A Bold New Approach to Supporting Improvement Required Schools in a Large Urban School District: Houston ISD’s Achieve 180 Plan (Also offered 11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Dr. Sam Sarabia, Ed.D., deputy superintendent, Houston ISD
    Dr. Steven Gutiérrez, Ed.D., chief school officer, Houston ISD

    This presentation will cover Houston ISD’s The ACHIEVE 180 initiative, which is a research-based action plan to support, strengthen, and empower underserved and underperforming HISD feeder pattern communities to increase student achievement. Best practices from successful school turnaround initiatives, including effective teachers, strong principal leadership, and an environment of high expectations for both students and staff, were incorporated into the plan’s guiding pillars.

    Serving Your English Learners; Administrative Best Practices
    Dr. Virginia Elizondo, manager, Newcomer Program, Houston ISD
    English Learner populations in Texas school districts are on the rise. Houston ISD has close to 70,000 English Learner students. Learn about best practices the district has used to support student learning. Learn how administrative decisions impact student success. Hear about the importance of student placement, progress monitoring, how campus English Learner data profiles inform, and overall programming.  

    Superintendents and Hispanic Student Achievement: Leadership Practices Utilized by K-12 Urban Superintendents to Influence and Increase the Achievement of Hispanic Students 
    Dr. Mark Ramirez, executive director, Hillcrest High School Feeder Pattern, Dallas ISD
    There are 5.2 million students enrolled in Texas public schools, and 52 percent are Hispanic. Thirty Texas urban superintendents participated in a research study to identify leadership practices to increase Hispanic student achievement. Participating superintendents completed a leadership practices survey, and five of the superintendents participated in one-on-one interviews. The study examined the relationship between urban superintendents’ leadership practices and the performance gap of Hispanic students as measured by the STAAR. In this session, Dr. Mark Ramirez will share the leadership practices utilized by superintendents to impact the performance gap of Hispanic students.    

    11 a.m.–12 p.m

    Legislative Update and Its Impact on Latino Learners
    Georgina Cecilia Perez, District 1 representative, State Board of Education
    Repeated from 9:45-10:45 a.m. See session description above.

    A Bold New Approach to Supporting Improvement Required Schools in a Large Urban School District: Houston ISD’s Achieve 180 Plan
    Dr. Sam Sarabia, Ed.D., deputy superintendent, Houston ISD
    Dr. Steven Gutiérrez, Ed.D., chief school officer, Houston ISD

    Repeated from 9:45-10:45 a.m. See session description above.

    Using Depth of Knowledge Levels to Increase the Instructional Rigor and Move ELLs from Oral to Written Language Proficiency
    Maria Dudash, multilingual/ESC programs director, Stafford MSD
    Cornelius Anderson, principal, Houston ISD

    Participants will learn and apply a method to help raise ELL’s learning expectations by learning how to make connections between listening, speaking, and writing standards and refer to the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Levels Matrix as a tool for planning instruction that focuses on high-level cognitive thinking skills through open-ended questions.

    Creating an Equitable Approach to Educating Latino Learners Birth through Third Grade
    Andrea I. Mungia, curriculum and instructional director, Raymondville ISD
    Larry D. Lewis, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Impact Institute for Leadership, Transformation, Innovation and Student Achievement

    The academic gap experienced by many Latino Learners starts at nine months of age. Deficits occur when children are not exposed to rich vocabulary and print at an early age. This session will demonstrate how districts are creating citywide birth-through-third-grade literacy initiatives focused on closing the achievement gap for Latino Learners by creating equitable access to bilingual literacy resources, empowering parents, and creating community responsibility. In partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance, these districts are leveraging the mobile devices parents already own to provide an award-winning game-based curriculum that prepares students for pre-K through third-grade reading success.

Preconference Registration Fee

  • Online registration is closed, but you may register on-site at the Renaissance Austin Hotel as early as 7 a.m., Sunday, June 25.
    TALAS Member: $75

    Non-member: $150 (includes membership for 2017-18 school year)

    Protege: $25

    UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education registration is additional.