Learn from practitioners and education experts! Take away ideas and tips on school culture, discipline, SEL, leadership, and more while you earn CPE credits. Watch at your convenience in the TEPSA Virtual Attendee Hub.

We’ll send a link when the conference opens June 14. Sessions will be available on-demand through July 2.

Join live events throughout the conference to connect with colleagues, share ideas and play fun Partner Pop-Up games. More information coming soon!

Stand Tall Leadership
Steven Bollar

The Language of Behavior
Joshua Stamper

Discover the impact of trauma on early brain development, neural pathways, and other physical architectures. Due to trauma, students exhibit behaviors that manifest from fight, flight, or freeze tendencies. Alternative systems to approach the behaviors with restorative practices and trauma-informed strategies will be shared. Relationship agreements, morning check-ins, reflection activities, community circles, and restorative circles will also be included.

Keeping Frequent Flyers Out of the Office
Xavier Lewis

The Power of Centers
Katie Mense

When teachers create a classroom culture where engagement, collaboration, and learning intersect, students thrive. One of the most impactful ways to achieve that goal is through the power of centers. As school leaders, your support, encouragement, and feedback is instrumental towards building more student-centered classrooms. Join veteran kindergarten teacher Katie Mense as she leads you through the structures, look-fors, and applications of stations so that you can kick off your new school year with a positive approach towards learning in your primary classroom!

504 Coordination, More Than Just Paperwork How to Make a Difference Without Getting Overwhelmed
Holly Reid

It’s not just a piece of paper and a meeting! Section 504 helps to prevent disability discrimination and provide FAPE to K–12 students with disabilities but you can make it mean so much more and make a difference for YOUR students. We will cover setting up organizational systems and sticking to them, tech tools (Google Forms, Doodle Sheets, collaboration between support levels (tier 1 & 2, 504, special education), and staying engaged to make 504 meaningful.

The Leadership Pandemic: A Leader in Me Lighthouse School Journey to Lead and Learn
Brett Shelby, Sarah Cureton and Beth Sizemore

Want to know more about leadership creating a culture for building leaders of tomorrow? We will take you through the steps of how we led through a pandemic, while continuing to highlight our 7 Habits with lessons we learned that continue today, and how we encourage leadership to empower our staff through Action Teams. We will also share how we continue to develop our Leader in Me program as we recertify as a Lighthouse School, and how we use instructional rounds and coaching sessions to develop leaders instructionally.

Getting it All Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productive Systems (In and Out of the Workplace)
Tyler Mallet

How do some administrators balance work and life, while others are teetering on the brink of burnout? It all comes down to self-management.

The new school year will require us to practice more self-management as we continue to strive for Adult Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in the workplace. We will explore how we can manage ourselves during back-to-school season by sticking to repeatable routines, healthy habits, and airtight systems of productivity.

You’ll take away practical tips that will help you structure your day so that you can experience less stress, free up your mind, and squeeze in more time for meaningful activities in your week.

Bringing the Magic to Campus with SEL Curriculum and House System for All
Stacey Paine and Christy Tolbert Sponsored by 7 Mindsets

Discover the steps that we took to incorporate the house system and the 7 Mindsets Social Emotional Curriculum. The curriculum created a magical environment for students to excitedly return and learn each day. You will gain some great ideas to take back to your campus and implement right away!

Inspired by the 80’s
Megan Martin

Are you a new coach, building leader, or administration wanting to learn about how to grow in your role and navigate building relationships with not just your teachers, but students as well? Join this session and take a trip back a few decades where we will use lyrics from some of the best songs of the 1980s to help guide you on quick and easy ways you can truly make an impact in your school! Whether you are just starting out or hitting the refresh button, our job as Instructional Coaches and Administrators is not successful unless we act as servant leaders, commit to showing up for our students and staff, try new things, and be a constant sounding board for our teams. We must always be ready to support and ROCK OUT! You will leave this session with memorable coaching tidbits and ideas to help you remember how to stay involved with your teachers, be a light for your students, and build lasting relationships so that you’re able to grow as a leader in all of the best ways possible! How do we establish a sense of trust with our teachers? How do we get our students to see that we care for them? Grab your neon fanny packs and Rubik’s Cubes! It’s time to get INSPIRED BY THE EIGHTIES!

Intentional Positivity
Tyson Jones

In education, we often hear about the need for more positivity. Happiness and positivity usually don’t just fall into our laps. There are many powerful and intentional steps we can take to notice the great things occurring around us more often, look for positives before negatives, and help share our joy with others! Join me for a session about how to dive into happiness head first, and make it a normal part of your everyday life.

Coaching with T-TESS
Michael Zook

Gain insight in making the most of each valuable moment spent observing and providing feedback. Design your interactions to have the maximum impact for long-term reflection and growth. Level-up your T-TESS with diligent coaching structures.

Data Wall, Y’all
Ruthie Walker

Come learn about how Pine Tree Primary moved from traditional report cards to standards-based grading through the use of data notebooks and goal setting. By transitioning from a paper data notebook to digital data walls built using Google Sheets, our campus has been able to transform the way we use data and communicate student progress on campus and with families. Formative and Summative Assessment data can easily be accessed and analyzed by all, resulting in streamlined paperwork for classroom teachers and enhanced communication between special programs. You will learn some tips and tricks using Google Suite Features to get started for the new school year.

Diversity 101: Promoting Diversity on Your Campus During Turbulent Times
Ron Kelley

This highly informative workshop will discuss the important concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools. With the recent national occurrences such as the death of George Floyd, the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling in protest, the detaining of immigrants at the borders, and many other race-based incidents, we must now be fully prepared to address these issues on our school campuses. This workshop will teach administrators how to truly understand and navigate the current turbulent racial climate in America and how to create a positive environment on campus where students of all races feel safe and valued. The presenter, Dr. Ron Kelley, has served as principal of two high-performing, racially-diverse campuses and has provided dynamic diversity training for schools and companies nationwide for over 15 years.

RtI at Work: Success Through the Tiers and Think Tanks
Kim Holcomb

Are you tired of getting average to below average results with RtI practices? Do you need to spice up your interventions with engaging experiences? Learn how to close the achievement gap for at-risk students during school wide intervention while providing enrichment to the higher level students. Hear successful implementation stories after only one year! Learn how a master schedule, RtI practices aligned to data, high impact instructional strategies, intrinsic motivators, and a laser focus on fluency can transform student achievement. Now is the time to close the gaps….virtual and face-to-face!

Helloooo!! Can You See Me Now?
Jean Bahney and Karla Burkholder

Let’s take a moment to celebrate YOU! You and your teachers have risen to every challenge thrown at you during this surreal year with grace and dedication. You refused to be defeated when forced to navigate remote instruction, synchronous and asynchronous learning. We celebrate you for embracing technology for learning, for adapting lesson plans for online learning, for learning to Zoom with Zoom etiquette and for learning to navigate an LMS environment. It was a LOT of building the plane while in the air!

Cohesiveness and Community: Critical Components for Campuses Now More Than Ever Before
Shannon Ivey and Susanne Miller

Campus culture and cohesiveness have long been known to be critical components of healthy and thriving school systems. The importance of these two elements has heighted across school districts due to the recent pandemic as most campuses experienced the weight of various academic and social-emotional stressors during this past school year. Join us for this session as we look at the current context of school culture and offer practical suggestions for intentionally responding to the opportunity to rebuild strong, collective campus cultures for students, teachers, and educational stakeholders.

Which Comes First Relationships or Trust?
Kathryn Washington and Kelly Brown

Which come first – relationships or trust? This is just like the chicken or the egg debate. The question to be asked is, can you have one without the other when it comes to the relationships/trust factors in school leadership? The world is in a constant flux of changes with the pandemic and civil unrest. Now more than ever there is a need to build and sustain relationships and trust in your organization. Drs. Kathryn Washington and Kelly Brown will discuss how to build relationship and trust, what is relationship oriented leadership, when there is a lack of relationships/trust and give strategies and tools for the road ahead.

Surviving the Storm: T-TESS Timesaver Tips for Virtual, F2F or Hybrid
Erika Garza, Gerrie Spellmann and Kathy Dodge-Clay

The Pandemic has changed the structure of traditional school, given us the opportunity to innovate, and not only changed instruction but how we evaluate and give feedback to teachers.

We will share T-TESS Time Saver Tips that you can use virtually, face-to-face, hybrid and even during crazy Texas weather!

You will leave with some ready to go time saver tips on how to evaluate teachers in a NEW way this upcoming year.

Growing Collaborative Communities
Melissa Scott and Leslye Roberts

Most people are familiar with professional learning communities and already use traditional collaboration systems at their school. As principals of Reagan Elementary and Lee Elementary in Abilene ISD, Leslye Roberts and Melissa Scott have created a collaborative community between two campuses. This session will disseminate the unit design process, a process that provides a system to target the essential standards in both reading and math, grades K through 5. This partnership has resulted in incredible teacher and student growth at Reagan Elementary and Lee Elementary. The systems and processes can be implemented on one campus or with the participation of two or more schools. We are excited to share this session, “Growing Collaborative Communities” with other school leaders!

No More Binders! Go Paperless
Shweta Khade

OneNote is a powerful one-stop-shop technology tool that helps an administrator stay organized and efficient. Learn how to use OneNote to effectively organize documents, discipline, call logs, to-do lists, and record and share walkthroughs electronically with fellow administrators and teachers. OneNote allows you to add emails, charts audio/video clips, pictures, and notes to your feedback. The best of all – the only thing you need to carry everywhere is your phone/iPad! No more papers and binders!!

Teaching Math to ELs: Pathways to Success
Jim Ewing

There is a myth that math is a universal language and yet we are struggling to meet the needs of ELs. 90% of ELs in Texas speak Spanish–this motivating session focuses on them. Jim, who was interviewed on TEPSA Presents, will teach you strategies and mindsets to finally meet their needs. You will learn as easy as uno, dos, tres!

STAAR Redesign Updates
Shelly Ramos and Iris Tian

TEA’s Curriculum and Student Assessment divisions will present updates related to the STAAR redesign as required by HB 3906 (2019), including the transition to 100% electronic testing, the 75% multiple choice cap, new item types, and the reading language arts redesign.

Why Are You Holding on to That?
Amanda Faubion

SEL for Adults
Amy Gonzales

Social Emotional Learning is not just for the students – adults need it too! This past year has been difficult and we know that each teacher had a different COVID-19 experience. Come and spend some time with other campus leaders sharing ways we can support our staff. Together we can be sure that we are prepared to meet the needs of our staff when we return to school in the fall. We must take care of our teachers so they can take care of our students.

Confronting Ourselves: Race in Assigning in Student Discipline
Thomas Van Soelen Babetta Hemphill, Mary Garcia and Jennifer Miley

Sample a sliver of a year-long professional development program for assistant principals, targeting disproportionate discipline consequences to students of color. Consider your own identity and how it may factor into discipline decisions for students. Leave with collaborative tools to have uncomfortable conversations about equity.
You will gain collaborative tools to use with leaders and teachers, examine personal identities and how they might interact with our decisions about student discipline, and connect consequences to creating a safe and supportive school culture.

Looking at Student Work with an Equity Lens
Thomas Van Soelen, Kerise Ridinger, Tyese Scott, Michael Griffin

It is clear all professions need protected time to focus on what equity means in their daily work. Educators may have participated in professional development sessions involving an examination of implicit biases or cross-cultural dialogue. Actual voices of students, sometimes represented through their work samples, are frequently absent in these sessions.

Texas Two-Step: Step 1: Reading Analysis, Step 2: Short Answer Response
Randi Whitney

Have you been asked to the dance yet? It’s coming in 2021! Join us on the dance floor as we unite Reading Comprehension and Written Response. Attend this session to learn dance moves of textual evidence, personal interpretation, direct citation, and paraphrasing. Also coming to the dance will be: multi-choice, multi-select, multi-part, constructed, short answer, and essay response. This dance session will include activities/foldables ready for your teachers immediately. Show them how to do the reading and writing 2-step at your next staff meeting!

How to LEAD Your Campus to Literacy Best Practices
Melissa Leach

Do you need to boost your literacy leadership skills? Do you want to confirm you are leading literacy in the right direction? Join Melissa Leach and learn how to LEAD literacy on your campus for SY2021-2022!

Flip Your Pyramid Right Side Up for Good
Danieli Parker and Cristi Parsons

TIER 1 is the answer to the question, “How do we get all kids to learn at high levels?” In times of crisis, we tend to put band-aids on gaps and throw any TIER 2 or 3 intervention at children before focusing on TIER 1. We will share with you how we became a model PLC campus by working with our teams to develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum, write collective commitments, determine essential standards, create common formative assessments, and be consistent with TIER 1 talks on a weekly basis to use data in order to impact best practices in the classrooms.

PreK is Kindergarten Ready
Cristi Parsons and Ruthie Walker

Pine Tree Primary and Hawkins Elementary transitioned to full day Pre-K during the 2017-2018 school year. We will share how we used collaborative practices to develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum, assessments, interventions and enrichments which, in one year, increased our kindergarten readiness scores at Pine Tree Primary from 76% to 94%.

Balancing the Tightrope of Self Care
Kelly Brown and Kathryn Washington

This period in history will be defined by how we maximize our roles as educators, activists, and citizens in an uncertain future. As a community, we are all connected and dependent on each other. It is critical that we have tools to continue to work at peak effectiveness for ourselves and others in times of crisis. In this webinar, Drs. Kelly Brown and Kathryn Washington will discuss how to balance between self-care and burnout. They will address what the research says about burnout and self-care, as well as how to recognize signs and manage them. When the norm has changed it is important that we are able to successfully navigate the changes while taking care of ourselves and others.

Cultivating a Thriving Literacy Culture in Schools
Alice Lee

Why is a culture of literacy important? What are some successful practices of a school with a strong literacy culture? How can I promote a culture of literacy in my school? How can schools begin to adopt and include voices and journeys of culturally and racially diverse stories? Current practices and insights on developing and sustaining a culture of literacy from the administrative, teacher, and community points of view will be shared.
Effective strategies and interactive portions will be discussed and included. Research and resources in reading instruction will be covered, as well as actionable steps to setting up Family Literacy Night, One Book/One School, World Read Aloud Day, Literacy Lanterns, and more.

Decision Making Leadership
Ben Gilpin

Take an engaging and reflective approach to high character leadership decisions. The focus will center on five questions that drive decisions and how leaders can build capacity in the team around them. In the end you will be challenged to think, reflect and grow your leadership both personally and professionally.

Building Culture Campus Wide
Todd Nesloney

As Nicholas Ferroni says, “Kids who are loved at home come to school to learn but kids who aren’t, come to school to be loved”. Todd has watched first hand in his own classroom and as a principal on his campus, how empowering students and adults has transformed not only the culture of the campus but has transformed lives as well. Todd shares many different strategies that you can implement immediately that will positively affect those around you and build stronger relationships.

Accelerate Student Growth through Teacher Leadership
John Wink

John Wink will provide an overview of his proven strategies to raise student achievement performance by building and empowering teacher leadership throughout your school. In his book, “A Leader’s Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom”, Wink’s Hierarchy of Instructional Excellence defines the pinnacle of teacher excellence as teacher leadership. He will give you practical tips to help every teacher begin their journey to discover their excellence.

“Summer Conference was excellent! Sessions were fun and informative! Great opportunity to meet other administrators and network. I am taking a lot of great ideas back to my campus and district. Thanks, TEPSA!” – Kristina Hurley, Victoria ISD

“Inspirational networking, informative learning, renewal!” – Lisa Salmon, Wylie Early Childhood

“Great ideas you can use immediately on your campus to improve and affirm your processes!” – Heidi Wierzowiecki, San Angelo ISD

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas PK-8 school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 5,900 members who direct the activities of 3 million PK-8 school children. TEPSA is an affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

© Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association

Sign up to receive the latest news on Texas PK-8 school leadership.