Work from Home Strategies

Karen Fuller, Director Infrastructure Communications, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Bryon Kolbeck, Chief Technology Officer, Lewisville ISD
Dianne Borreson, Chief Technology Officer, Hays CISD
Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council (moderator)

This panel of technology experts will discuss how they took their districts from office work to remote work overnight during the pandemic. They will discuss good practices and tools for working from home to be able to continue to collaborate with colleagues. They will also give good tips on maintaining work/life balance during these stressful times.

All Means All: Creating Equitable Academic Opportunities for Students

Charissa Govan, MTSS Director, Dallas ISD
Melissa Stadtfeld, Strategic Accounts Manager, NWEA

Administering a norm-referenced universal screener provides stakeholders with a snapshot of student achievement amongst like peers within the district and across the nation. In this session participants will learn how the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is used in Dallas ISD as an instructional tool to provide tiered supports for students. The session will also explore how screening data is used to provide support at the district, campus, and classroom levels.

Engaging Your Community for Life After COVID-19

Michelle Cavazos, Superintendent, Gregory-Portland ISD
Carrie Gregory, Board Member, Gregory-Portland ISD

Community trust and transparency have always been important. In a post-pandemic world, THEY ARE CRITICAL. In Gregory-Portland ISD, we engaged our community during the fall semester by forming a Community Advisory Committee to help us develop district belief statements, which in turn drive mission, vision, and clear outcomes/measures. This increase in transparency and clarity is helping G-PISD sustain board and community confidence during this challenging time and is positioning us to be ready for post-pandemic strategic actions.

Remote Engagement: Reflect, Look to the Future, and Prepare for What Comes Next

Kathleen Jahn, Executive Director of Instruction, Alief ISD
Paula Ross, Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Matthew Frey, Executive Director Instructional Technology, Plano ISD
Berj Akian, CEO, ClassLink (moderator)

In the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, remote learning models were hastily implemented. Disparate policy landscapes, combined with unequal capacity to support remote engagement, created, perhaps, the greatest variability in instructional experiences schools have known. Whether pandemic, inclement weather, or another unforeseen circumstance, engagement must continue. Hear from three districts sharing their experiences building an effective and enduring engagement continuity plan.

Teacher Incentive Allotment Updates and Best Practices from the Field

Grace Wu, Director of Strategic Compensation, TEA
Kathy Rollo, Superintendent, Lubbock ISD
Rebecca Bain, Superintendent, Fruitvale ISD

This session will provide an overview of year 1 of the Teacher Incentive Allotment and provide updates and upcoming key dates. Participants will also learn best practices from districts implementing local designation systems. Districts will include a variety of cohorts and sizes