Winter Governance and Legal Seminar
2018 Call for Presentations

Sorry, the call for Education Presentations closed on Friday, December 15, 2017.

If your board has something interesting to share or your district pioneers innovative programs, we want to hear about your success!

The Winter Governance and Legal Seminar is seeking conference proposals that reflect sound adult learning principles and reveal the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice. Please review the New Education Guidelines on this page before completing the Application for Education Sessions.

New 2018 Education Guidelines

To deliver an exceptional learning experience, please review these guidelines and submit an application no later than Friday, December 15, 2017. Preference may be given to proposals that are positioned to deliver a mix of the following:


  • Reflect innovative, cutting-edge content, and evidence-based practice
  • Present a business case with evidence supported by research or data
  • Explore issues important to Texas school board members

Instructional Design

  • Stimulate and provoke discussion, audience engagement, and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies
  • Use methods that draw out relevant past knowledge and experiences


  • Targeted messages for school board members
  • Provide diverse approaches for different types of learners
  • Demonstrate relevance of lessons through “real-life” case studies

Session categories

As you reflect on your proposal, please consider the following session categories, which are focus areas for the 2018 conference program. While proposals may address more than one area, you must select one which is the best fit.

  • District Culture: Human resources, professional development, collaboration, safety, and shared leadership.
  • Engagement and Advocacy: Building partnerships and engaging community, parents, businesses, and governmental leaders in school improvement efforts.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Finance/budgeting, facilities, bonds, energy issues, risk management
  • Policy and Legal: School law, employment law, policy, ethics, and transparency.
  • Student Achievement: Student learning, outcomes, accountability, and instructional programs.
  • Visionary Team: Roles and responsibilities, teamwork, collaboration, and shared vision of board-superintendent teams.

Learning formats

Adult learners usually prefer to engage in self-directed learning, and that philosophy drives the WGLS approach to conference programming. Learning formats support a range of instructional methods that give attendees more control over setting priorities and choosing the right content and methods that match their learning styles and objectives.

Concurrent Sessions (75 minutes)

These sessions are the educational backbone of the conference and must be 75 minutes in length. The material must be of value to our attendees (90% school board members), reflect the mission and vision of TASB and provide a truly interactive learning experience. Please note, sessions that let out earlier than 70 minutes may not be included in future conferences.

In-Depth Sessions (150 minutes)

A highly-interactive presentation given by 1 or 2 content leaders, developing skills through collaborative learning. The course will likely be developed for a specific subgroup of our membership like new board members, board presidents or experienced board members.

Solutions Lab (75 minutes)

Table discussions with 1 moderator facilitating peer-to-peer knowledge sharing around specific topics. The course material and activities focus on problem identification, analysis, and solutions while emphasizing risk-taking and opportunities for exploration.

Mastermind Classes (75 minutes)

Designed by experienced board members for experienced board members for practical instruction to enhance capabilities and critical skills. Objectives may be to enhance the learner’s ability to lead change, manage high-performing teams, and develop leadership throughout their district.

Ignite Sessions (5 minutes)

During these fast-paced, fun and entertaining talks, presenters have just 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, for a total of five minutes. It’s a showcase of ideas that might be bold, possibly brash, and maybe even brilliant—but never boring!

All-Day Sessions (5 hours)

Oftentimes an in-depth course is proposed that needs more than 180 minutes of the attendee’s time for extensive application, comprehension, and implementation. The nature of an all-day session’s material or explanation by the instructor should prepare learners to exhibit a definitive skill or leave with full comprehension of the content. An all-day session must be highly interactive, including case studies and assessment measures and require the learner to be more engaged, interacting with the material and using the information in practical applications, and therefore requires an all-day commitment from an experienced board member.

Student Voices (Friday sessions)

This year, Friday’s sessions will focus on student achievement/student outcomes as well as Student Voice sessions presented/co-presented by students about initiatives, programs, etc. driven and/or developed by students. (In 2017, the Student Voice presence was expanded beyond the scholarship panel with an additional 11 breakout sessions.) 

Meeting logistics

  • Handouts and Sharable Files: Go green by e-mailing your handout or other sharable files as soon as they are ready for inclusion on the WGLS resource web page for members to access.
  • Day/Time Preference: Sessions will be scheduled for Thursday or Friday. Saturday’s sessions are “Take-Away Talks” and designed to help solidify the learning from Thursday and Friday sessions.
  • Room Arrangement and Audio/Visual Setup: Room assignments are made depending on pre-registration numbers and our members’ session selection forms. Each breakout room will be set to a comfortable maximum capacity based on the sessions assigned to that space. Each breakout room will be provided microphones as appropriate; a laptop, data projector and screen; house sound for computer audio; and basic internet connectivity. Room changes will not be made on site.
  • Broadcast Sessions: On Thursday and Friday a limited number of sessions will be broadcast live for public viewing. Sessions chosen for simulcasting will be determined based on pre-registration numbers and appropriateness of content. You will be notified in advance if your session is considered for simulcasting.

Selection criteria and proposal process

WGLS is an exclusive and premier event for our membership, and therefore (other factors being equal) priority is given to proposals that include original content designed solely for our members that have not been presented at other TASB or non-TASB events. It is also imperative to note that sessions perceived by attendees as commercially biased in content are unacceptable. Any submission that is not educational in nature, neutral and unbiased, and free of commercial motive/intent will not be accepted.
All proposals are evaluated on each of the following six criteria:

  1. Overall quality (well-defined focus and learning objectives, concise description, practical application)
  2. Timeliness and Relevance
  3. Originality
  4. Ability to Inspire Action
  5. Program Design
  6. Speaker Qualifications

It is rewarding to have your expertise shared in a meaningful way with our membership. So that you can plan accordingly, please make note of these dates and deadlines as well as the overall content leader timeline below:

  • Call for Proposals Opens: Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Call for Proposals Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017. Only applications that are completed in full and sent as an e-mail attachment to will be accepted. (NO PDFs or Google docs please!)
  • Conference Invitations: Late January 2018
  • Conference Housing Closes: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Save the Conference Dates: March 1-3, 2018

Sorry, the call for Education Presentations closed on Friday, December 15, 2017.

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