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Texas Association of School Administrators   |   Texas Association of School Boards
TASA/TASB Convention
October 2–4, 2020 Kay Bailey Hutchison
Convention Center

Concurrent Sessions

Session programming varies in style, duration, and audience participation. We offer a variety of concurrent session formats, topics, and length of times.

1-Hour Session Format Options

  • Open Discussion: Moderator-facilitated, in-depth conversation with participants serving as key contributors around a specific issue or topic concerning education. Participants are responsible for much of the content shared, as well as which issues receive the most discussion.
  • Panel: Moderator-led discussion with experts in the field with an opportunity for audience Q&A. Features multiple superintendents, board members, or other experts in conversation with each other to advance participant understanding about an important issue in education.
  • Presentation: Formal presentation by an expert, often featuring a visual component (e.g., PowerPoint) designed to inform the audience about a specific issue or topic and demonstrate key components of a particular education approach. Limited opportunities for hands-on or collaboration during the session.
  • Public Education Highlight: Short (30 minute) presentation featuring innovative programs implemented by leaders in Texas public school districts and schools. Designed to showcase unique ways districts across the state are serving community and student needs. Format is similar to Presentation, but limited in scope and time.
  • Workshop: Interactive opportunity for audience members to participate directly in the learning, collaborate with other participants, and glean resources/approaches to take back to their district or campus. May feature demonstrations of programs and role-play opportunities to apply learning.


  • Advocacy and Community Engagement
  • Assessment and Accountability
  • College and Career Readiness
  • District Culture, Finance, and Operations
  • Facility/Design/Learning Environment
  • Governance and Board/Superintendent Relationships
  • Leadership Development
  • Legal and Education Policy
  • School Transformation
  • Student Safety
  • Student Support Services and Vulnerable Populations

If you would like to know more, please see the definitions and examples of the above topics.

If you would like to see examples of last year's sessions, view the 2019 Program (pdf).

If you have questions, contact Eric Simpson at TASA by emailing esimpson@tasanet.org or calling 512.477.6361.

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