Virtual Conference: TASBlive at SLI

Thursday, June 28, 2018 and Friday, June 29, 2018

Engage in low-cost, convenient, and beneficial professional development with TASBlive, Summer Leadership Institute's Virtual Conference. 

Eight breakout sessions will be livestreamed on Facebook, delivered by hand-picked presenters chosen not only because of their reputations and areas of expertise, but also because they are individuals who will make the online conference empowering, informative, and enlightening.

Download the PDF flyer to share with your district.  

Plan to join us for two full days of learning, sharing, and community building, all from the comfort of your home or office!

Select recordings are now available in the Online Learning Center - get Tier 3 credits for experiencing SLI in the OLC!

Thursday, June 28

9:45–11 a.m. 
Guns in Schools?  

Who would have ever thought this would be a serious discussion? Yet horrific events have shown that we must do something. Louise ISD (ESC Region 3, ADA 450) has implemented a program through board policy to allow for concealed carry on district campuses. Come hear their insights into the implementation of this program. If we have the slightest chance of saving someone’s child, we want the tools and training necessary. 

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Safety First: A Comprehensive Approach to Keeping Our Kids Safe

Longview ISD (ESC Region 7, ADA 7,989) uses many different tools to protect students from accidents, weather, natural disasters, shootings, and other types of school-related risks. LISD will present a comprehensive approach to keep students and schools safe and bring peace of mind to parents during a time in our country when there are many tragedies.  

1:45–3 p.m.
Do School Facilities Impact Student Achievement?  

In 2017, 71 percent of Hispanic students and 57 percent of English Language Learners met standard on the STAAR assessments. Hispanic students scored 4 percent below the “All Student” score of 75 percent, while English Language Learners scored 18 percent below the “All Student” score in Texas public schools. As districts, are we providing the facilities necessary to increase the opportunity for our students to excel in academics? Are we using our educational facilities to their fullest potential to help our students reach theirs? This session will explore best practices, innovation, and real-world examples from Edgewood ISD and other districts of how school facilities can do more than you may think to help promote opportunity and close achievement gaps for Texas students.

3:30–4:45 p.m.
Recruiting and Retaining Quality Teachers

Considerable research points to the effect quality instruction has on student learning. Still, in many parts of the state, districts experience challenges in recruiting and retaining instructional staff. What can your district do to attract and retain the best? This session will discuss best practices in recruiting and retention and outline what board members can do to support administrative efforts. 

Friday, June 29 

9:30–10:45 a.m. 
Future of Education

Our society is in the midst of several changes that will shape 
the future of education. The teacher shortage, millennials in the workplace, advances in technology, and economic challenges are impacting how we work, learn, and live. This session will review what successful schools across Texas and throughout the nation are doing to transform our schools into great places to work and learn for today and for the future. 

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
A–F and the New Age of Accountability

Don’t just read the label—read and know the ingredients as well. Coming soon, school campuses will be labeled with a grade of A–F, and board members need to be prepared to explain the ingredients that went into the final label. This session, void of bickering, posturing, and second guessing, will be current and facts-based. The new age of accountability is now upon us, and Texas school board members must be among the first who are prepared to explain the ingredients. 

1:45–3 p.m. 
I’m Starting with the Man in the Mirror 

Strong relationships are the foundation of the work we do 
as leaders and administrators. We must realize the power of building positive and engaged relationships, constantly looking for innovative and economical ideas to strengthen our teams. These strategies will work on even the most negative person on your team. This interactive session, presented by Louise ISD (ESC Region 3, ADA 450), will be fun and relevant as the presenters share proven ideas, strategies, and activities that will make a huge difference for your district.

3:15–4:30 p.m. 
Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Hazing after David’s Law

Bullying is recognized as a major impediment to safe and secure learning environments. The Texas Legislature in 2017 passed a David’s Law to protect students from bullying, which includes cyberbullying. Meanwhile, hazing incidents continue to come 
to light. This presentation with a TASB attorney will discuss policy and legal issues and offer you guidance on how to talk to your school community and lead efforts to preventing bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment.

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