School Transformation Through Servant Leadership

Richard Valenta, Deputy Superintendent, Denton ISD
Michael Hill, Assistant Superintendent, Arlington ISD
Courtney Carpenter, Chief Administrative Officer, Midlothian ISD
Neil Dugger, Director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership K-12, Dallas Baptist University

The session will utilize the experiences and knowledge of current school leaders to discuss the impact of servant leadership on school transformation. The session will focus on the goals of TASA’s Mission: School Transformation work, which is based on the New Vision for Public Schools. The panelists will discuss the practical implications of servant leadership on school transformation, entertain comments, and take questions.

Structures to Support Equitable Instruction for English Learners During the Pandemic

Carlene Thomas, ESL Program Coordinator, Texas Education Agency

Join this engaging session that explores implementation of strategic, effective structures essential to supporting academic achievement of English language learners. Participants will walk away with practical ways to systematize targeted instructional methods that lead to linguistic progress and academic achievement for ELs.

Preparing for Post COVID-19 by Narrowing Focus to Things that Really Matter

Jeff Burke, Superintendent, Splendora ISD
Cade Smith, Superintendent, Brock ISD
Benny Soileau, Superintendent, Huffman ISD
Erin Warren, Interim Superintendent, Luling ISD

Four Texas districts are collaborating to develop a system for accountability to board, staff, parents, and community. By increasing community involvement and transparency, they have increased trust and community support during these challenging times. This systematic process positions these districts to be ready for post-pandemic strategic action.

Designing for Mental and Emotional Health

Angie Gaylord, Deputy Chief, Transformation & Innovation, Dallas ISD
Sangeetha Karthik, Vice President, Corgan

Research shows that mood disorders, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts have increased along with academic pressure, social media use, isolation, and bullying. School environments need to be restorative, respond to the needs of individual students, and facilitate counseling and mentoring. This session will present design strategies and facilitate discussion on how designs can promote mental and emotional health for students.

Designing Resiliency for Students, Schools, and Communities

John Shiver, Principal, Stantec
Diego Barrera, Senior Associate/Senior Designer, Stantec

COVID-19 forced districts to pivot to virtual learning in response to the global pandemic. As a result, the pandemic has impacted and changed many of the physical, social and emotional aspects of learning. This session will explore the need for developing resiliency in students, schools, and communities in order to be prepared for natural and man-made disasters. This session will explore how building resiliency for students, schools, and communities impacts academic, social, and emotional learning.