Conference Agenda

New Headquarters Hotel

Don’t autopilot to the Hilton for related meetings this year! The TASA Midwinter Conference has a new headquarters hotel for 2022: the Austin Marriott Downtown (NOT to be confused with the JW Marriott). The Austin Marriott Downtown is 0.3 miles to the west of the Austin Convention Center at 304 E. Cesar Chavez St. Some events, noted below, will be held at the Austin Marriott Downtown.

Conference Mobile App

The TASA Midwinter Conference mobile app is ready for download! This year, it is more important than ever to download the app, because we’re going completely digital! Paper or PDF program books will NOT be available. The app’s easy-to-use features make it a snap to build your personal schedule, bookmark exhibitors, receive real-time updates, and find and connect with colleagues. Best of all, once you put a meeting or session in your personal schedule in the app, any change made to that event will be reflected in your schedule automatically. No more carrying around a heavy printed program that includes already out-of-date session details!

Agenda-at-a-Glance

Since there will be no paper or PDF program, we’re providing this agenda-at-a-glance  for those who prefer to have a “bird’s-eye view” of the agenda. Please print and bring with you.

TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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7:15 am – 6:30 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER

Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE) Annual Conference

TCWSE will hold its annual conference January 29-30, 2022, in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference. There is a separate registration cost. Learn more.

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8 am – 4 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER room 10ab (Level 3)

Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) Mentor Training

The TALAS mentoring program is a two-year experience for a cohort of school administrators who desire to have a school superintendent or cabinet-level mentor not in their current school system or working chain of command. The program physically meets three times per year in conjunction with TASA conferences for the purpose of networking and professional development around career building and successfully serving our students of color. Learn more.

 

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9 am – 3:30 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER Room 9ABC (Level 3)

TABSE Texas Education Policy Institute (TEPI)

The Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) will hold its annual Texas Education Policy Institute (TEPI) on Saturday prior to the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin. TEPI allows education leaders and elected officials to work together to analyze, strengthen, and translate policy into practice to ensure equitable academic outcomes for all Texas students. This event is for educators who are interested in learning about education policy and practice and want to provide input on legislative policy. There is a separate registration fee of $75 and spots are limited. Register online.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

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7 am – 6 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER Atrium (Level 1)

Registration

On Friday, January 28, we will email each Midwinter Conference registrant and exhibitor a personalized QR code that can be scanned on-site in the registration area for a name badge to be printed. (Badges are required to enter all Midwinter Conference events.) Each email will be sent directly to the person who is registered for or exhibiting at the conference and will come from postmaster@american-tradeshow.com. Please notify your tech department so that the email does not get caught in your district’s spam filter. For the fastest service when picking up your badge, please print and bring the email containing the QR code or be ready to present it on your smartphone in the registration area in the Atrium (4th Street foyer) on Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center during on-site registration hours January 30-February 2. Exhibitors: Please note the registration hours listed in your email.
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7:30 am – 4:45 pm

Austin Marriott downtown waterloo ballroom 4-6 (5th floor)

Texas Education Technology Leaders (TETL) Winter Leadership Summit

The Texas Education Technology Leaders (formerly the Texas K-12 CTO Council) will host its 2022 Winter Leadership Summit at the Austin Marriott Downtown on Sunday, January 30, prior to the Midwinter Conference. Limited space is available on-site, but virtual registrations are unlimited. Learn more.

 

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8 am – 12 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER

Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE) Annual Conference

TCWSE will hold its annual conference January 29-30, 2022, in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference. There is a separate registration cost. Learn more.

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8 am – 12 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER 16AB (Level 4)

Budget Boot Camp

TASA’s Budget Boot Camp, redesigned in 2020, has long been considered a valuable asset to administrators, but the 2019 Legislature’s House Bill 3 and the financial challenges school districts are facing as a result of the pandemic make attending the 2022 Budget Boot Camp more important than ever. Cost is $150 per person (includes continental breakfast). Registration is closed for this event; on-site registration will NOT be offered.

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3:30 pm – 7 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER ballroom D (Level 4)

Aspiring Superintendents Academy Kickoff (& Welcome Reception)

TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy, held in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference each year, kicks off on Sunday of the conference, and meets again Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, for nearly 14 hours of professional learning. The kickoff session will begin in the Austin Convention Center and move to the Austin Marriott Downtown for the conference welcome reception. Registration is closed; the 2022 academy is full.

 

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5 pm – 5:30 pm

AUSTIN MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN 403-404 (4th floor)

First-Time Midwinter Attendee & New TASA Member Reception

We welcome first-time Midwinter Conference attendees and new TASA members who joined in 2021 to a special reception. Join fellow newbies to network and make new friends prior to the main Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception. Before you head to the reception, be sure to stop by on-site registration in the Austin Convention Center (it closes at 6 p.m.) to pick up your conference badge.

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5:30 pm – 7 pm

AUSTIN MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN moontower hall (2nd floor)

Welcome Reception (open to all Midwinter registrants)

Conference registrants and exhibitors are invited to the Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across the state! Before you head to the reception, be sure to stop by on-site registration in the Austin Convention Center (it closes at 6 p.m.) to pick up your conference badge.

Monday, January 31, 2022

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7:30 am – 5 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER Atrium (level 1)

Registration

On Friday, January 28, we will email each Midwinter Conference registrant and exhibitor a personalized QR code that can be scanned on-site in the registration area for a name badge to be printed. (Badges are required to enter all Midwinter Conference events.) Each email will be sent directly to the person who is registered for or exhibiting at the conference and will come from postmaster@american-tradeshow.com. Please notify your tech department so that the email does not get caught in your district’s spam filter. For the fastest service when picking up your badge, please print and bring the email containing the QR code or be ready to present it on your smartphone in the registration area in the Atrium (4th Street foyer) on Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center during on-site registration hours January 30-February 2. Exhibitors: Please note the registration hours listed in your email.

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8 am – 3 pm

austin convention center exhibit hall 4 (level 1)

Exhibit Hall Open

Please stop by the Exhibit Hall to browse the 400+ booths and meet with vendors from across the country. See the list of exhibitors.

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8 am – 9:30 am

austin convention center exhibit hall 4 (level 1)

Designated Exhibit Viewing

No sessions are planned for this time; please visit the Exhibit Hall to browse the 400+ booths and meet with vendors from across the country. See the list of exhibitors.

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8 am – 11:30 AM

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER ballroom D (level 4)

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (continues)

TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy, held in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference each year, kicks off on Sunday of the conference, and meets again Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, for nearly 14 hours of professional learning. Registration is closed; the 2022 academy is full.

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9:30 am – 10:30 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

Thought Leader & Concurrent Sessions

The 2022 TASA Midwinter Conference features a lineup of 10 Thought Leaders

Continuing Education Credit

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10:45 am – 11:45 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

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11:45 am – 1 pm

austin convention center exhibit hall 4 (level 1)

Designated Exhibit Viewing

No sessions are planned for this time; please visit the Exhibit Hall to browse the 400+ booths and meet with vendors from across the country. See the list of exhibitors.

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1 pm - 2 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

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2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

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3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER EXHIBIT HALL 5 (level 1)

First General Session

John C. Maxwell is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker, coach, and leader who has sold more than 33 million books in 50 languages. He has been called the No. 1 leader in business and the most influential leadership expert in the world. His organizations — the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation — have translated his teachings into 70 languages and used them to train millions of leaders from every country in the world. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award and the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell influences Fortune 500 CEOs, the presidents of nations, and entrepreneurs worldwide.

First General Session Awards & Recognitions

John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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7:30 am – 5 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER ATRIUM (level 1)

Registration

On Friday, January 28, we will email each Midwinter Conference registrant and exhibitor a personalized QR code that can be scanned on-site in the registration area for a name badge to be printed. (Badges are required to enter all Midwinter Conference events.) Each email will be sent directly to the person who is registered for or exhibiting at the conference and will come from postmaster@american-tradeshow.com. Please notify your tech department so that the email does not get caught in your district’s spam filter. For the fastest service when picking up your badge, please print and bring the email containing the QR code or be ready to present it on your smartphone in the registration area in the Atrium (4th Street foyer) on Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center during on-site registration hours January 30-February 2. Exhibitors: Please note the registration hours listed in your email.

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8 am – 2 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER EXHIBIT HALL 4 (level 1)

Exhibit Hall Open

Please stop by the Exhibit Hall to browse the 400+ booths and meet with vendors from across the country. See the list of exhibitors.

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9 am - 10 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

Thought Leader & Concurrent Sessions

The 2022 TASA Midwinter Conference features a lineup of 10 Thought Leaders

Continuing Education Credit

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10:15 am - 11:15 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

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11:15 am – 1 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER EXHIBIT HALL 4 (level 1)

Designated Exhibit Viewing

No sessions are planned for this time; please visit the Exhibit Hall to browse the 400+ booths and meet with vendors from across the country. See the list of exhibitors.

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11:30 AM - 3:15 pm

austin marriott downtown waller salon cd (3rd floor) then acc Ballroom D (level 4)

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (includes luncheon)

TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy, held in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference each year, kicks off on Sunday of the conference, and meets again Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, for nearly 14 hours of professional learning. This session of the academy begins with the Inspiring Leaders Luncheon at the Austin Marriott Downtown, then moves to the Austin Convention Center. Registration is closed; the 2022 academy is full.

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1 pm - 2 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

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2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

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3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER EXHIBIT HALL 5 (level 1)

Second General Session

Inky Johnson grew up living in his grandparents’ two-bedroom house with 13 other family members, sleeping on a pallet on the living room floor. Drugs and violence surrounded him in his hometown, and stability was non-existent. Johnson knew that if he was to survive, he had to get out. While playing football at the University of Tennessee, he suffered nerve damage in a career-ending injury that nearly killed him and left him with paralysis in his right arm. He used the experience to advocate for the disabled and write the autobiographical book Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and PerseveranceJohnson is the host of the Serendipity with Inky Johnson podcast. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork or perseverance, he inspires his audience. 

In addition to the keynote presentation by Inky Johnson during the Second General Session, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath will participate in a moderated discussion with the TASA officers: President Doug Williams, Sunnyvale ISD; President-elect Gonzalo Salazar, Los Fresnos CISD; Vice President LaTonya Goffney, Aldine ISD; and Past President Brian Woods, Northside ISD.

Second General Session Awards & Recognitions

Mike Morath

Mike Morath

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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7:15 am - 9:30 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER BALLROOM D (level 4)

Aspiring Superintendents Academy (includes breakfast)

TASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy, held in conjunction with the TASA Midwinter Conference each year, kicks off on Sunday of the conference, and meets again Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, for nearly 14 hours of professional learning. Registration is closed; the 2022 academy is full.

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7:30 – 9:30 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER ATRIUM (level 1)

Registration

On Friday, January 28, we will email each Midwinter Conference registrant and exhibitor a personalized QR code that can be scanned on-site in the registration area for a name badge to be printed. (Badges are required to enter all Midwinter Conference events.) Each email will be sent directly to the person who is registered for or exhibiting at the conference and will come from postmaster@american-tradeshow.com. Please notify your tech department so that the email does not get caught in your district’s spam filter. For the fastest service when picking up your badge, please print and bring the email containing the QR code or be ready to present it on your smartphone in the registration area in the Atrium (4th Street foyer) on Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center during on-site registration hours January 30-February 2. Exhibitors: Please note the registration hours listed in your email.

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8:30 am - 9:30 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER - SEE MOBILE APP FOR ROOMS

Continuing Education Credit

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9:45 am - 11:15 am

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER EXHIBIT HALL 5 (level 1)

Third General Session

George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts is modeled in his writing and speaking. In his 20-plus years in the field of education, he has worked at all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is currently an adjunct instructor with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Couros is also the author of The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, Innovate Inside the Box, and his latest release, Because of a Teacher.

George Couros

George Couros

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