Organizing the District in a Strategic Direction

Devin Padavil, Taylor ISD Superintendent

The mission of Taylor ISD is to inspire, equip, and empower every student to achieve their unique potential. With Central Texas’ rapid growth and expansion of the technology and manufacturing industry, change was needed. Teachers needed a consistent instructional foundation and district alignment. Leadership committed to building a clear, coherent strategic plan aligned to excellence in student outcomes, exceptional workplace climate, quality customer service, and efficient financial stewardship.


Leadership is Dependent upon Relationships

Keith Bryant, Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent

As leaders, it is vitally important for us to remember that our employees are the most dynamic resource that we have in our districts. In order to maximize their impact on our students, it is imperative that we build relationships with them on deep levels. This session will examine how we do this in our fast-growing district.


Um, Now I have to be on TikTok?

Georgeanne Warnock, Terrell ISD Superintendent

Come learn about the journey of Terrell ISD’s “subbing superintendent” and the lessons she has learned as she stepped back into the classroom during the pandemic-fueled teacher shortage. Lifting morale and telling our stories through authentic communication, this session will focus on one educator’s journey, lessons learned, and how we can leverage social media as we navigate these challenging times.


Telling District Stories through Community-Based Accountability

Jeff Burke, Splendora ISD Superintendent
Carl Dethloff, San Angelo ISD Superintendent
Brad Hunt, Coppell ISD Superintendent

Learn how three districts of various sizes and in different areas of the state tell their stories through their Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS). Participants will gain insight on how CBAS provides a framework for not only being accountable to the things that truly matter, but can also assist in creating a strong, meaningful brand for school districts.


The 4 P’s of Successful Leadership

Sam Nix, Medina Valley ISD Superintendent Lone Finalist
Sherese Nix Lightfoot, Garland ISD Executive Director Comm & PR

Education has consistently been related to performance, people, perception, and politics. This engaging presentation will help leaders understand the value of managing the 4 P’s of successful leadership while walking away with effective strategies to promote a positive narrative in each area proactively. Gain insight into the well-organized methods of creating a culture of accountability, investing in people, including multiple perspectives in decision making, and controlling your narrative.