2023 Education Reach for Texans Conference

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2023 Education Reach for Texans Conference

Please join us for the 14th annual Education Reach for Texans Conference where we will discuss how to cut the red tape in education systems.

By Education Reach for Texans

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Date and time

April 3 · 8am - April 4 · 3:30pm CDT


109 Student Center Dr 109 Student Center Drive San Marcos, TX 78666

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About this event

  • 1 day 7 hours
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Education Reach for Texans 2023 Conference

We are excited to be back in person this year for the 14th annual Reach conference. Please view the schedule at a glance below.


Scholarship registration: Free for anyone with experience in foster care which includes the pre-conference workshop.

Student Registration: $30 which includes the pre-conference workshop.

General Early Bird registration: $125 conference registration fee which includes the pre-conference workshop. Ends March 1st.

General registration: After March 1st, the cost to attend is a $150 conference registration fee which includes the pre-conference workshop.

Monday, April 3, 2023 


8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Continental Breakfast and Coffee provided

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop for New Liaisons

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join seasoned foster care liaisons Brenda Sweeten (University of North Texas) and Dr. Christine Norton (Texas State University) for a comprehensive overview of what it means to be a foster care liaison. Learn about best practices, experiences of students, and strategies to overcome institutional challenges. This is a great session for new liaisons and liaisons who need a refresher in their role.

Lunch on your own

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session 1: Keynote Speaker

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ereka Howard

Ereka Howard is a speaker, co-author, Certified Life Coach, Clinician, and Adoptee. Ms. She has been recognized as an authority on motivation, peak performance, and peer leadership. After overcoming many hurdles, she now shares her life experiences and teaches the community how to be successful. Ereka has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently working on a Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision.


Session 2: K-12 to Higher Education

2:45 pm – 3:45 p.m.

Led by:

LaTrenda Watson, Foster Care State Coordinator, Texas Education Agency

Aimee Corbin, Staff Attorney, Supreme Court of Texas for the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families

Felicia Penn, Education Specialist, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Hollye Pickett, CPS KIN Specialist IV, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Session 3: Breakout 1

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Four important breakouts, including sessions on housing, community programs and partnerships, accessing benefits, and campus support programs.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Continental Breakfast provided

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Session 4: Students with Experience in Foster Care Panel

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Moderated by Jackie Davis, Dallas CASA

In this panel, students with lived experience in foster care will share their perspectives about what foster care liaisons can and should do to support students.

Session 5: Research Updates

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Led by Toni Watt (Texas State University), Monica Faulkner (The University of Texas at Austin), and Christine Norton (Texas State University)

Session 6: Breakout 2

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

These sessions will provide an opportunity for information sharing and networking with colleagues from various disciplines and regions.

Lunch provided

12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Session 7: Workforce Connections

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Laura Villarreal, Program Specialist, Texas Workforce Commission

Chris Caballero, Program Specialist V, Texas Workforce Commission


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

About the organizer

Education Reach for Texans is the nonprofit corporation responsible for producing the Texas Reach Convening. We began in 2009 as a coalition of loosely organized collection of PAL / Aftercare and postsecondary professionals working to improve access and attainment of higher education for former foster youth in Texas. We are your colleagues and your peers from PAL / Aftercare agencies and postsecondary institutions with a vision to help former foster youth succeed in higher education and in life.

$0 – $150