Supporting Emotionally Disturbed Students – Is It Really Possible in Public Schools?

Gena Koster, Executive Director of Special Education, Keller ISD

Hear how a large district recognized the need for intense therapeutic supports for an increasing population of students with severe mental health and emotional disturbance. It is important for campus and district leadership to understand the commitments and supports necessary for positive outcomes with this population. Through engaging conversation, participants will learn the evidence-based practices, non-negotiables, and costs associated with effective implementation.

Thought Leader Session: Compelled to Change Part 2: Deep Dive

David Vroonland, Superintendent, Mesquite ISD
Ron Espinosa, Director of Education, SoftServe
Alona Golopuz, Solutions Consultant, SoftServe
Kevin Hodges, Regional Manager, Google for Education
Kyle Azua, GCP Program Manager, Google for Education

Join Google and Mesquite ISD as they take a deep dive into their Ayo program featured in their previous Thought Leader session.

Leaning N2 an Inspired Future

Roz Keck, Partner, N2 Learning
Tory Hill, Superintendent, Sweeny ISD
Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent, Tomball ISD
Georgeanne Warnock, Superintendent, Terrill ISD

What is an Inspired Future? Embracing the changes we have talked about for so long, but have not yet risked doing. Accepting the changes we have recently been pushed into. Identifying competencies students need in this unpredictable world. Hear from innovative superintendents whose districts are Leaning N2 an Inspired Future.

Thought Leader Session: Compelled to Change, Part 1: Applying Lessons Learned from Eastman Kodak

David Vroonland, Superintendent, Mesquite ISD
Angel Rivera, Asst Superintendent for Innovation & Leadership at Mesquite ISD
Cara Jackson, Executive Director Instructional Technology at Mesquite ISD
Lisa Lovato, Innovation and Personalized Learning Specialist at Mesquite ISD

Like Eastman Kodak, schools run the risk of clinging to strategies rather than purpose. Learn to build a purpose-driven strategy today for better student outcomes tomorrow. Come see how AYO can help serve the purpose of education for the sake of our students.

Reflection on Best-laid COVID Plans

Eliza Loyola, Principal, Austin ISD
Taryn Kinney, K12 Education Studio Leader, DLR Group
Raechel French, Educational Space Planner, DLR Group

In an effort to make sense out of unprecedented times, DLR Group gathered firsthand data from school leaders, teachers, students, and parents in Texas and across the country. Aggregated results of the interviews will be shared with reflection on how these initial directions were tested and implemented in the fall. Panelists will reflect on successes and challenges over the last six months and respond to attendee questions.