Texas Association of School Administrators   |   Texas Association of School Boards
TASA/TASB Convention
Henry B. González
Convention Center
San Antonio
September 23–25

Preconference Sessions

Thursday, September 22, 2022

$50 fee is required, advance registration is necessary, and participation is limited.

1–5 p.m.
Beyond the Buzz: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fundamentals

Diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, justice, belonging, bias — all of these buzzwords are heard in the news and across social media. Let’s dive deeper and learn through a four-hour experiential session about the fundamentals behind it.

A foundational model will be presented, followed by a deeper dive into the “Anatomy of Bias.” We will discuss how fragile the human spirit is and how exclusion can impact a person, a group, and/or a nation in profound ways.

The world and our school districts are becoming more diverse, and this session will equip you with practices that, when applied, will transform your relationships, your district, and ultimately student outcomes across the state.

2–5 p.m.
Board Officers' Academy (BOA): How Boards Can Make a Difference While Focusing on Student Success 

"Some of our students are doing well while others aren't. What can we do to ensure that ALL students succeed? What can our school board do to help?" If you are hearing or saying some things like this, then this session is for you. During this interactive session school board members and administrators will learn some things tht hey can do to make postiive changes to improve the learning enviroment. Topics include: 

  • Developing Clear Priorities
  • Demonstrating Positive and Focused Leadership
  • Effectively Engaging Your Community
  • Monitoring Progress to Ensure Success

2–5 p.m.
Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes: EISO/SB 1566 Training (fulfills 3-hour biennial requirement)

Focused and engaged school boards make a difference to student learning. This research-informed session highlights practices and tools to help boards understand the current state of student learning, cast a compelling vision with meaningful goals, and oversee the improvement efforts in their districts.

2–5 p.m.
Controversies in the Classroom: How to Respond to Parent Concerns Over Instructional Issues

From challenges to instructional resources to complaints about social studies curriculum categorized as “Critical Race Theory,” schools must respond to parent concerns about what their children are learning at school. Dissatisfied parents may look to home schooling or vouchers as a result. Join school attorneys as they walk through the challenges many districts face with respect to what is taught in the classroom and the impact of privatization of education.

Questions? Contact Taylor Thompson at taylor.thompson@tasb.org.