June 21-23, 2021 | Austin, TX

TASA will host txedFest in-person at the Hyatt Regency Austin on Lady Bird Lake. See the agenda below.

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Conference Agenda

Registration closed June 11; NO on-site registration will be offered.

Please note the Hyatt’s updated COVID-19 protocol:

  • Vaccinated guests do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors and do not need to practice social distancing.
  • Unvaccinated guests need to wear mask indoors and outdoors and practice social distancing.
  • All hotel employees will continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination.
  • Meeting rooms will continue to be set up with social distance to keep all safe.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Build Your Schedule

Download the conference mobile app in advance and build your personalized schedule. The concurrent session descriptions are also available on this website, however the mobile app is your go-to for navigating the conference. Printed programs will NOT be available, but you may download/print this agenda PDF to bring with you.

3:45-5:30 PM
General Session – SBOE Panel Discussion

Dr. Keven Ellis, chair of the State Board of Education, will be joined by fellow SBOE members Ruben Cortez, Lawrence Allen, Patricia Hardy, and Sue Melton-Malone for a panel discussion moderated by TASA Executive Director Dr. Kevin Brown and TASA President Doug Williams about what lies ahead for Texas education.

Keven Ellis

State Board of Education

5:30-6:30 pm
TASA txedFest Welcome on the Terrace

We will close the first afternoon of txedFest with a chance for attendees to connect with colleagues outside on the terrace. 


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

8:30-9:45 am
General Session – TASA Legislative Update

We will start Tuesday off with a general session in which the TASA Governmental Relations team will provide an update on the 87th legislative session. What passed? What didn’t? What progress did TASA make on its priorities? Find out in this session.


10:00-10:50 am
Breakout Sessions

Enjoy the first round of breakout sessions.


11:00-11:50 am
Breakout Sessions

Learn a lot in your second breakout session.


11:50 am-1:15 pm
Lunch on Your Own

Grab a bite from one of the hotel dining options or venture out to one of the nearby restaurants.


1:15-2:05 pm
Breakout Sessions

You will not need a post-lunch nap during TASA txedFest’s exciting afternoon sessions!


2:15-3:05 pm
Breakout Sessions

You will not need a post-lunch nap during TASA txedFest’s exciting afternoon sessions!


3:30-5 pm
General Session – Outcomes of the 87th Legislative Session & the Impact on K-12

Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization, will discuss the outcomes of the 87th legislative session and the impact they will have on K-12 education in Texas. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 23 national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine’s editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.

Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder
The Texas Tribune

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

8:30-9:15 am
Mega-Breakout Session

Choose from one of awesome mega sessions!


9:30-10:15 am
Mega-Breakout Session

Choose from one of awesome mega sessions!


10:30 am-12:00 pm
General Session – Legislator Panel Discussion

Four members of the Texas House Public Education Committee will participate in a panel discussion moderated by TASA President Doug Williams on the issues and bills of the recent 87th legislative session. Hear from Reps. Dan Huberty, Steve Allison, Keith Bell, and Gary VanDeaver. 


House Public Education Committee