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Free one-day conference examines student and family engagement and equity and access issues

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Join the State Board of Education Jan. 30 for the Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas, a free one-day conference at the Austin Convention Center.

“We want to bring the visions and recommendations found in the newly adopted Long-Range Plan for Public Education to life by highlighting the great work and student successes already happening in many areas of the state. Those programs can serve as role models and inspirations for other districts and charter schools,” said Donna Bahorich, chair of the State Board of Education.

This year’s conference focuses on three topics from the Long-Range Plan. Those are equity and access, family engagement and empowerment, and student engagement and empowerment. The fourth topic adopted in the plan – educator preparation, recruitment, and retention - was covered in last year’s conference.

Speakers this year will discuss topics such as engaging and educating families through Parent University; using technology to provide equitable access to training, classes, and programs; and using multiple systems of support to assist all students and help students through a crisis.

Advanced conference registration is strongly encouraged. Meeting space is graciously provided by the TASA Midwinter Conference.

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Register for the conference online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-roundtable-building-a-stronger-texas-tickets-53690653189.

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Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas
Acting on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education

Jan. 30, 2019 Austin Convention Center

Registration check-in: Fourth floor

8:30-9:35 a.m.  Ballroom D

Welcome Address

  • Donna Bahorich, Chair, State Board of Education

Panel 1 – Activated and Empowered – Families as Partners

Long-Range Plan Vision: All families are actively involved in their students’ education at all levels.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Tom Maynard


  • Marta Plata, principal, Manuel Jara Elementary School, Fort Worth ISD
  • David Vinson, superintendent, Wylie ISD
  • Lacy Wood, principal consultant, American Institutes of Research
  • Ramona Morin Aguilar, director of family and community engagement, Garland ISD

9:35-9:45 a.m.


9:45-11:15 a.m. Exhibit Hall 5

General Session of TASA Midwinter Conference/Learning Roundtable

  • Mike Morath, commissioner of education, Texas Education Agency
  • “Instructional Leadership That Is Delivering For All Students”

11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ballroom D

Panel 2 –  Learning, Thriving, Growing - Equity & Access

Long-Range Plan Vision: Equity and Access means that all children get what they need to learn, thrive, and grow.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Georgina Pérez

  • Usamah Rodgers, assistant superintendent for strategic initiatives and external relations, Dallas ISD
  • Nicole Conley Johnson, chief of business and operations, Austin ISD
  • Melody Parrish, deputy commissioner for technology, Texas Education Agency
  • Sarah Baray, chief executive officer, Pre-K 4 SA and the City of San Antonio

12:30-1:15 p.m.

Lunch on your own and small group discussions

1:15-2:15 p.m. Ballroom D

Keynote speaker

  • Sharon Hoover, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health

2:25-3:50 p.m. Ballroom D

Panel 3 -  Engaged & Empowered – Students Invested

Long-Range Plan Vision: All students are actively engaged in and equipped to be invested in their own academic and personal growth to achieve educational, civic, financial, career, and interest goals.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Lawrence Allen, Jr.

  • Bryan Williams, community superintendent, Spring Branch ISD
  • H.D. Chambers, superintendent, Alief ISD
  • Leigh Wall, superintendent, Santa Fe ISD
  • Kari Garcia, Area X State Vice President, Texas FFA Association
Long-Range Plan Report Cover