Special Events/Areas

First-Time Midwinter Attendee &
New TASA Member Reception

5-5:30 p.m. | Sunday, January 29

We welcome first-time Midwinter Conference attendees and new TASA members who joined in 2022 to a special reception immediately prior to the main conference welcome reception.

Join fellow newbies at the Austin Marriott Downtown to network and make new friends prior to the main Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception at 5:30 p.m.

Before you head to the receptions, 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.

Reception Sponsors

Conference Welcome Reception

5:30-7 p.m. | Sunday, January 29

The main Midwinter Conference Welcome Reception, which is open to all Midwinter registrants, will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 29, at the Austin Marriott Downtown. 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.

Reception Sponsors

Student Entertainment in the General Sessions

Midwinter Conference attendees have the opportunity to enjoy performances by talented student musicians from public schools across Texas. We thank these groups’ hardworking directors as well as their principals and superintendents for allowing these students to join us at Midwinter!

First General Session | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Monday, January 30

Allen High School Symphony Orchestra, Allen ISD

Second General Session | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Tuesday, January 31

Dawson High School Wind Ensemble, Pearland ISD

Third General Session | 9:45-11:15 a.m. | Wednesday, February 1

Midway High School Meistersingers, Midway ISD

Conversation with the Commissioner

In addition to the keynote presentation by Michael Jr. during the Second General Session on Tuesday, January 31, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath will participate in a moderated discussion with the TASA officers: President Gonzalo Salazar, Los Fresnos CISD; President-Elect LaTonya Goffney, Aldine ISD; and Vice President Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD.

Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Mike Morath has served as Texas Commissioner of Education since January 2016. As commissioner, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than 5.4 million students enrolled in the state’s public schools. 

TASA Member Connection Center

Monday-Tuesday | Across from Exhibit Hall Entrance

If you need a space to meet up with a colleague, or you simply have some down time and want to rest, visit the TASA Member Connection Center. It’s the lounge-like area across from the Exhibit Hall entrance.

The TASA Member Engagement Center, where you may visit with TASA’s Executive Superintendents, is inside the Exhibit Hall this year.

While you’re at the Member Connection Center, pick up some TASA swag, and snap a pic in front of the TASA photo backdrop.

Connection Center Sponsors

N2 Learning Meet-and-Greet

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tuesday, January 31 | Adjacent to the TASA Member Connection Center Across from the Exhibit Hall Entrance

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

The 2023-2024 school year will be the 13th 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 2023-2024 school year will be its fifth year of statewide implementation, and the feedback we have received from assistant principals about APL has been excellent. The 2023-2024 school year will be the third year of TASA/N2’s partnership with ELI, and the work is making a significant difference in the leadership of those participating.

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

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