Thought Leader Session: Community-Based Accountability: Lessons Learned and Best Practice

John Tanner, Founder and Executive Director, BraveED

The Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS) movement started in Texas five years ago and has been growing across the country ever since. While the past year has brought any number of challenges to this effort, it has also allowed for a rethinking regarding implementation. What used to take years now takes months, and while the tools and frameworks have changed very little, if at all, using them is now easier than ever, all thanks to learning how to work in the new normal.

Leveraging Community Partnerships to Improve Student Access to Behavioral Health Services

Molley Perry, Chief Administrative Officer, College Station ISD
Chrissy Hester, Director of Student Services, College Station ISD
Kendra Couch, Mental Health Coordinator, College Station ISD

Despite the growing need for behavioral health services, many families experience difficulties in accessing counseling for their students. Learn how College Station ISD identified a need to help reduce barriers and adjusted policy and regulations to accommodate the provision of private practice counseling services within their schools.

Transforming While Transitioning to a New Space and Era!

James Burnett, Principal, Putnam City Schools
Marilyn Denison, Educational Planner, DLR Group
Emily Froese, Education Planner, DLR Group

Participants will hear firsthand from educational and campus leaders what it takes to transition staff into a flexible learning environment and implement a new learning model effectively. Achieving curriculum coherence from the vision at central office to procedures at the campus to implementation by the educator will be explored. Participants will learn steps needed to develop an organizational framework that supports sustainable change. Presenters will actively engage participants through Q&A.

An Adaptive Iteration Approach: Victoria ISD’s Pandemic Response Planning Process

Quintin Shepherd, Superintendent, Victoria ISD
Susanne Carroll, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability, Victoria ISD
Sherri Hathaway, Risk Manager, Victoria ISD
Regina Bryan, Health Services Coordinator, Victoria ISD

In response to the COVID-19 scourge, school facilities physically closed, but instruction needed to continue for 13,800 students — without a 1:1 program or widespread community connectivity. On a more fundamental level, students needed to be fed seven days a week. With no other options at its disposal, the superintendent and his team engaged in a collaborative decision-making and planning process and wrote their own playbook: The VISD Safe Start, Strong Start Plan.

TASA Legislative Update

Amy Beneski, Deputy Executive Director, Governmental Relations, TASA
Casey McCreary, Associate Executive Director, Education Policy, TASA
Colby Nichols, Attorney, Ancira Strategic Partners, LLP

Learn about the various education policy conversations happening in and around the Texas Capitol and how those discussions may affect legislation in the 87th legislative session. Presenters will provide an overview of issues to consider as session approaches and how to use that information to advocate on behalf of school districts and students.