Premier Session: Racism, Equity & Diversity

Confronting Racism, Equity, and Diversity in Texas Public Education

Eduardo Hernandez, Edgewood ISD
Jeannie Stone, Richardson ISD
Jeannie Meza-Chavez, San Elizario ISD
Gary Bates, Fort Sam Houston ISD
LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent, Aldine ISD (Moderator)
Gonzalo Salazar, Superintendent, Los Fresnos CISD (Moderator)

Hear from a panel of superintendents from TASA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Race, Equity, and Diversity as they explore the intersection of social justice and education in Texas.


Premier Session: Legislative & Policy Advocacy

Politics Unmasked with Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor and Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune
Jodi Duron, TASA Legislative Committee Chair, Moderator

Join us as The Texas Tribune’s executive editor, Ross Ramsey, gives attendees a comprehensive overview of the 87th Texas legislative session that began January 12, 2021, including how previous elections may affect the Legislature’s work during these unprecedented times. The session will be moderated by TASA Legislative Committee Chair Dr. Jodi Duron, superintendent, Elgin ISD.

Premier Session: Global Pandemic

Local Leadership During a Global Pandemic

Tanya Larkin, Superintendent, Pampa ISD
Walter Jackson, Superintendent, La Porte ISD
Gabriel Trujillo, Superintendent, Nacogdoches ISD
Michael Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD
Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD (Moderator)

Join these Texas superintendents as they discuss the ways they led their communities through one of the most challenging times in modern history. Hear the ways they brought their communities together, helped keep their students and staffs safe, and innovated responses that will change their districts for the better post-COVID.

Premier Session: Change Leadership

Inspiring Leaders and the Future of Texas Schools

Jo Ann Bludau, Hallettsville ISD
Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington ISD
Mark Estrada, Lockhart ISD
Tory Hill, Sweeny ISD
Lindsay Whorton, President, The Holdsworth Center (Moderator)

TASA and The Holdsworth Center team up to discuss how districts, small and large, are leading and learning in times of crisis – when leadership is as critical as ever.


Premier Session: Wellness

Building Leadership Capacity through Personal Wellness

Todd Whitthorne, Chief Inspiration Officer, Naturally Slim
Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Tomball ISD
Charles Dupre, Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD
Kelli Moulton, Superintendent, Galveston ISD)
Frank Alfaro, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, Alamo Heights ISD

Todd Whitthorne, the Chief Inspiration Officer for Naturally Slim, will share insights into self-care for leaders during times of crisis. He will also moderate a panel of superintendents who prioritize their own wellness in order to be stronger leaders. Whether it is stress management, life balance, exercise, sleep, time management, or spiritual wellness, these leaders connect the dots between being well and leading well.