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State Board of Education hosts free conference Jan. 30

Are you looking for ways to involve more parents on your campus? Do you want students to take more ownership of their own education? How do you make sure that students have equal access to courses and technology across your district?

A free one-day conference hosted by the State Board of Education will examine these issues, which are topics covered in the board’s recently adopted Long-Range Plan for Public Education.

The Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Austin Convention Center.

 Conference panels will provide examples of schools or organizations that successfully address the topics of family engagement and empowerment, student engagement and empowerment and access and equity.  The full conference program is below.

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Conference Schedule 

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

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

Keynote speaker

  • Sharon Hoover, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health
    "Safe, Engaged and Successful Students: The Value of School Mental Health in Texas"

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
  • HD Chambers, superintendent, Alief ISD
  • Leigh Wall, superintendent, Santa Fe ISD
  • Kari Garcia, Area X State Vice President, Texas FFA Association