Exhibits & Special Events

TASA Midwinter Conference Exhibit Hall

While at the 2020 TASA Midwinter Conference, plan to spend some time in the Exhibit Hall to see the 400+ exhibits and meet with the vendors, who come from across the country to share their products and services with Texas school leaders.

Be sure to stop by the booths of TASA’s Corporate Partners, who are major supporters of TASA programs and professional development opportunities, including the Midwinter Conference. Their booth numbers and contact information will be highlighted in red in the conference program. The conference mobile app will also provide a list of exhibitors that is searchable by category.

And don’t miss the TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture!

Exhibit Hall Hours

Monday, January 27: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Special Events Outside the Exhibit Hall

First-Time Attendee & New TASA Member Reception

New this year, we welcome first-time Midwinter Conference attendees and new TASA members who joined in 2019 to a special reception immediately prior to the main conference welcome reception.

Join fellow newbies in the Hilton Austin Grand Ballroom (sixth floor) from 5 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 26, to network and make new friends prior to the main Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception in the same room at 5:30 p.m.

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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e2L Culture Lounge

e2L Culture Lounge

Adjacent to the TASA Member Engagement Center Across from the Exhibit Hall Entrance

Monday, January 27, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

TASA and engage2learn (e2L) have teamed up to provide leaders with ways to take the TASA vision to action through a Culture Design Academy. Stop by the e2L Culture Lounge (next to the TASA Member Engagement Center) on Monday, January 27, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and learn about designing culture and systems to scale the vision across your district.

The e2L + TASA Culture Design Academy brings a cohort of leaders together to learn how to systematically think about and design a thriving culture of engagement and innovation for their district or campus. Based on learning from the most innovative CEOs on the planet, this collaborative leadership institute is perfect for teams looking to create a future-proof learning culture where all adults own and implement the vision for learning and all learners are engaged and growing as a result.

Resources, tools, videos, and talks from thought leaders on culture will be shared throughout the day Monday at the Culture Lounge.

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N2 Learning Meet-and-Greet

N2 Learning Meet-and-Greet

Adjacent to the TASA Member Engagement Center Across from the Exhibit Hall Entrance

Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

N2 Learning (N2) and TASA are partnering to offer The Principals’ Institute (PI) and the Assistant Principal Leadership Academy (APL) to school districts across the state. Both PI and APL are designed to help administrators develop as instructional leaders and build networks of like-minded administrators across the state.

The 2020-2021 school year will be the 10th year of PI, and N2/TASA are excited to offer principals this learning experience that many describe as the best professional development they have ever experienced. For APL, the 2020-2021 school year will be its second year of statewide implementation, and the feedback we have received from assistant principals about APL has been excellent.

Stop by on Tuesday and see the N2 partners and senior associates and ask about PI, APL, and all the other services N2 provides.

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Pop-Up Networking Spaces

Pop-Up Networking Spaces

Near the Level 3 Escalators and on Level 4 Across from Ballrooms and Meeting Rooms (Look for signage!)

Join colleagues from across the state in job-alike groups to network across districts, discuss issues important to your leadership role, and process your Midwinter learning with administrators from your district teams. These spaces feature comfortable seating in small groups that are ideal for PLC-style collaboration and informal discussions. Expand your network and deepen your contacts with districts across the state in this new area for TASA members leading campuses and districts across Texas.

Monday and Tuesday Schedule

9-11:30 a.m.
Stop by your Pop-Up Networking Space of choice to engage in discussion with job-alike colleagues.

1-3:15 p.m.
Gather your district team and discuss what you’ve learned so far at Midwinter! These spaces are available for open team collaboration during this time.

Pop-Up Networking Space Options

Space 1Learning, Teaching, Assessment, and Student Services (Chief Academic Officers; Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability, and Professional Learning Administrators; Special Education and Advanced Academics)

Space 2Technology, School Safety, and Public Relations (Chief Technology Officers, Instructional Technology Administrators, School Resources Officers, District Police, Communications Officers, PR staff)

Space 3Campus Leadership and CATE (Principals, Counselors, Career Center Directors)

Space 4Finance, Legal, and Overall Operations (Chief Financial/Operations Officers, District Council, Human Resources, Purchasing, Transportation, Facilities)

Space 5Superintendents, District Leadership and Governance (Superintendents, Deputy/Area/Associate/Assistant Superintendents, Chief of Staff, Board Members)

Space 6Small School District Leaders (Districts facing the constraints of limited enrollment [usually 5,000 or less)], personnel, budget, and/or rural communities)

TASA Member Engagement Center

TASA Member Engagement Center

Across from Exhibit Hall Entrance

If you have some down time or need a place to rest or meet a colleague, visit the TASA Member Engagement Center. It’s the lounge-like area across from the Exhibit Hall entrance. While you’re there, pick up some TASA swag, snap a pic and/or record a short video to share on social media (be sure to use the conference hashtag #TASA20 and #UnitingPubEdChamps).

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Social Media Listening Center

Social Media Listening Center

Across from Registration in the Level 1 Atrium

The Social Media Listening Center, powered by Dell, is an innovative command center that keeps a pulse on social media conversations related to the TASA Midwinter Conference Listen to the conversations on Twitter with hashtags #TASA20 and #UnitingPubEdChamps and by following @DellEMCedu and @tasanet on Twitter.

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DonorsChoose Showcase

DonorsChoose Showcase

Between the TASA Member Engagement Center and Registration

Stop by the DonorsChoose Showcase to take a look at the innovative ways Texas educators are transforming classrooms using crowd sourcing. Learn about resources for best practices when engaging a crowd sourcing platform, talk to experts who can help get your district’s project off the ground, and see examples from across the state.

Also don’t miss DonorsChoose founder Charles Best’s keynote presentation during the Second General Session on Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m., Exhibit Hall 5. We have a special surprise planned during that session that you won’t want to miss!

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