What Other Schools Do to Recruit Your Students

Brian Stephens, Chief Executive Officer, Caissa Public Strategy

Caissa will provide strategies and techniques that charters, private, and homeschool networks utilize to recruit students from traditional public school districts. They will also provide proven methodologies to combat student decline and recruitment activities that level the playing field.

A Focus on Comprehension Using Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Kay Wijekumar, Professor, Texas A&M University-College of Education & Human Development
Mary Bowman, Executive Director, Grand Prairie ISD
Javier Garza, Principal, Keller Elementary School, Texas A&M University-College of Education & Human Development
Julie Owens, Research Specialist School Coordinator, Texas A&M University-College of Education & Human Development

Learn how schools maintained the academic focus on comprehension through web-based tools customized for each school context. Participants will hear from two school leaders on how they transitioned comprehension instruction using the Knowledge Transformation Framework. Participants will focus on planning, leading teaching and assessment, and reflecting during the pandemic.

Evaluating Values: How to Maximize Your Funding Through Tax Collection, Property Values, and Audits

James Wilcox, Superintendent, Longview ISD
Jim Lambeth, Capital Partner, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP

This session will go over the objectives and goals of a well-crafted tax collection program, including current collections, delinquent collections and why those collections matter to districts. This session will also discuss the property value study and its affect on districts’ state gain or loss.

Transforming Leadership Systems to Grow Teachers and Improve Instruction

Shannon Luis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Elgin ISD
Riza Cooper, Principal, Elgin ISD
Matt Pope, Chief Transformation Officer, E3 Alliance

Elgin ISD’s mission is to ensure high-quality education that guarantees a life-changing experience for all. To achieve this mission they have developed strong leadership systems to improve teaching and learning in every classroom. Participants will learn their approach to grow teachers through implementation of protocols for collaboration and planning, supportive leadership strategies, progress monitoring, and a commitment to doing whatever it takes to ensure students are successful.

University/District Partnerships: Designing Innovative Programs for Teacher Readiness

Trina Persson, Director, Recruitment & Retention, New Caney ISD
Christine Corson, Recruiting and Retention Specialist, Conroe ISD
Stacey Edmonson, Dean, College of Education, Sam Houston State University
Jannah Nerren, Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment, Sam Houston State University

This session will focus on three district/university partnerships for clinical teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges from the university and district panelists who have been instrumental in the development, implementation, and evaluation of these programs. Handouts for participants will provide steps and processes for building collaborative relationships that improve both university and district programs and provide a higher level of support for teacher candidates.