Texas Association of School Administrators   |   Texas Association of School Boards
TASA/TASB Convention
Henry B. Gonzalez
Convention Center
San Antonio
Sept. 27-29

Preconference Sessions

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Pre-registration is required and a non-refundable $50 registration fee

Boardroom to Classroom: Strategic Budgeting for Student and Organizational Success

Developing and adopting the annual budget is a complex process that requires both strong governance and management, representing alignment and collaboration among the Team of Eight. During this session, participants will learn the importance of adopting annual budgets that support advancement of the board adopted strategic plan. Participants will also explore the revenue projection process, including ways in which the 88th Legislative Session impacted school finance. Additionally, a panel of experienced board members will share stories and experiences intended to help session participants strengthen their own governance practices to ensure their local school district is operating with effectiveness and efficiency. New and experienced trustees alike will benefit from this conversation and leave with a new understanding about how to plan and budget in a way that demonstrates strategic and fiscal alignment from the boardroom to the classroom.

Dr. Charles Dupree, TASA Deputy Executive Director, Member Engagement and Support

Governance for Improved Student Success: 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. 
David Koempel, Consultant, TASB Board Development Services 
Orin Moore, Consultant, TASB Board Development Services 

Strong Parent Conversations: How to Communicate Effectively and Build Trust 

In today’s educational environment, there is nothing more important than prioritizing and partnering with parents to help advance student outcomes and your district’s overall goals.  
Yet, there’s often a lot of apprehension about saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or inadvertently causing misunderstandings or deepening divides. Figuring out how to avoid potential pitfalls is essential to authentically connecting and communicating with parents and family members.  
This extended workshop will help trustees consider new avenues of parent communication and engagement so elected school boards and individual board members can strengthen their relationships with families. 
Participants will leave with specific tips and strategies to help connect the work that takes place in the boardroom with what’s happening in the classroom and throughout the district’s campuses using practice scenarios and engaging exercises. Those in attendance will also receive a toolkit to take back home with them. 
Don’t miss this opportunity to hone your skills, build trust, and strengthen your relationships with families through meaningful and effective conversations that are student focused.  

Susan Elliott, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design, TASB Board Development Services 
Esperanza Orosco, Consultant, TASB Board Development Services, and Trustee, Hays CISD 

Questions? Email registrar@tasb.org