We are excited to announce that we received 197 proposals for breakout sessions for the 2018 TCSA Conference October 24-26 in Houston! Our conference committee is busy evaluating all of the proposals and will meet in Houston on June 7th to begin to finalize selections. Thanks to Eddie Conger, Superintendent of International Leadership Texas, for serving as the 2018 conference chair.
Other conference committee members include Brett Wilson of Life School of Dallas, Yvette East of Responsive Education Solutions, Dr. Jennifer Goodman of Odyssey Academy, Dustin Cox of Harmony Public Schools Austin, Brenton White of A+ Charter Schools, Billy Ferrell of CityScape Schools, Jerry Lager of Ki Educational Foundation, Julia Wright of Meyer Park Charter School, Tod Nix of RMA Houston, Christopher Mayes of Beatrice Mayes Academy, Mercathea Hughes of Orenda Education and Boby John of Legacy Preparatory.
This is an all-star group of experienced charter educators, and we would not be able to put on an event the size of the annual conference without their energy and expertise. Once the conference committee meets, TCSA staff will begin the process of notifying all those who submitted a session idea of the status of their proposal so that by mid-summer the final agenda can be finalized and the app updated.
One of the highlights of the conference is our keynote speaker, and this year is no exception. Dr. Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders, is a best-selling author and international speaker who uses his expertise on Generations Y and Z to equip educators, coaches, leaders, parents, and other adults to impart practical life and leadership skills to young adults that will help them navigate through life. Expect this to be a part of the conference you won’t want to miss. Our Friday luncheon will feature our announcement of the 2018 Texas Charter Teacher of the Year and Leader of the Year. We are thrilled that we have received over 100 nominations for TOTY and a large number of LOTY nominations as well. Our 2017 Teacher of the Year, Brooke Lucero of Great Hearts Texas, will be on hand to award the 2018 Teacher TOTY.
Another Friday feature is our one-day six-hour board training that allows Texas charter governance board members to receive their six-hour annual update of Commissioner’s Credit hours to ensure compliance with state training requirements. For those board members who can just make the Friday training session, we have a one-day pass available for purchase. If you haven’t registered yet, please take the time to do so and secure your room reservations as well as spaces are filing up fast. The 2018 TSCA Conference promises to be the biggest and best yet -- don’t miss it!