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Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas

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Austin Convention Center, Level 4 Ballroom D

500 E. Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

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The State Board of Education is hosting a free one-day conference called Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. on January 30, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center. This year’s conference focuses on three topics from the recently adopted Long-Range Plan for Public Education. Those are equity and access, family engagement and empowerment, and student engagement and empowerment.

View the full conference schedule at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/Learning_Roundtable_LRP/Learning_Roundtable__Building_a_Stronger_Texas/ .

Conference Highlights

Panel 1: Activated and Empowered – Families as Partners

Long-Range Plan Vision: All families are actively involved in their students’ education at all levels.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Tom Maynard

Panelists:

  • Marta Plata, principal, Manuel Jara Elementary School, Fort Worth ISD
  • David Vinson, superintendent, Wylie ISD
  • Lacy Wood, principal consultant, American Institutes of Research
  • Ramona Morin Aguilar, director of family and community engagement, Garland ISD

Panel 2 – Learning, Thriving, Growing - Equity & Access

Long-Range Plan Vision: Equity and Access means that all children get what they need to learn, thrive, and grow.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Georgina Pérez

  • Usamah Rodgers, assistant superintendent for strategic initiatives and external relations, Dallas ISD
  • Nicole Conley Johnson, chief of business and operations, Austin ISD
  • Melody Parrish, deputy commissioner for technology, Texas Education Agency
  • Sarah Baray, chief executive officer, Pre-K 4 SA and the City of San Antonio

Panel 3 - Engaged & Empowered – Students Invested

Long-Range Plan Vision: All students are actively engaged in and equipped to be invested in their own academic and personal growth to achieve educational, civic, financial, career, and interest goals.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Lawrence Allen, Jr.

  • Bryan Williams, community superintendent, Spring Branch ISD
  • HD Chambers, superintendent, Alief ISD
  • Leigh Wall, superintendent, Santa Fe ISD
  • Kari Garcia, Area X State Vice President, Texas FFA Association

Keynote speakers: Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath and Sharon Hoover, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health

Directions and parking: https://www.austinconventioncenter.com/attend/directions-and-parking/



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