Superintendents Only Networking Session

Facilitated by Jeremy Thompson, Superintendent, Ponder ISD

Superintendents will have exclusive access to this special networking concurrent session. If you are a superintendent, simply go to the Sessions area in the conference platform to enter this session.



Thought Leader Session: Optimize Family Outreach to Improve Student Outcomes

Panelists: Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy and Director of Student Social Support R&D Lab, Harvard; Derek LIttle, Deputy Chief of Academics, Dallas ISD
Facilitator: Nicole Bosworth, Ed.D., Director of District Partnerships, EveryDay Labs

Chronic absenteeism is a key indicator that a student is at risk. These students are less likely to achieve math and literacy proficiency, less likely to graduate from high school, and less likely to enroll in university. COVID-19 creates unique challenges for promoting strong attendance with the most vulnerable students disproportionately impacted by the negative consequences. Join a panel discussion about attendance and addressing chronic absenteeism in the COVID-19 environment and beyond. We’ll discuss behavioral science insights, effective family communication, and data-driven approaches to building a comprehensive attendance solution at the district level.

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.

Basics of Educational Facility Planning

Gloria Barrera, Vice President, Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Abelardo Saavedra, Director, Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

Participants will experience an interactive presentation that takes them on a journey through all the phases of the planning process. The participants will see and evaluate examples of each of the steps of the facility planning process. The following components of the planning process will be covered: facility assessment, educational specifications, educational adequacy and equity, demographics, and stakeholder engagement and community outreach.

Disinfection in a COVID-19 World

Christopher Truitt, Chief Science Officer, GermBlast

This session will cover best practices in cleaning, disinfection, and technology to control the spread of disease-causing microorganisms in the school environment.