Collective Impact: How The Permian Basin is Improving Education

Scott Muri, Superintendent, Ector County ISD
Adrian Vega, Executive Director, Education Partnership of the Permian Basin

Learn from Ector County ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri (and others) on how education leaders of the Permian Basin reached across industry sectors and even state boundaries to gather superintendents, business leaders, philanthropists, elected officials, and public education advocates to strategically plan for the future of education in the Permian Basin. Leaders in the region organized a strategic planning session, The Permian Basin Education Leadership Summit, designed to focus on the development of system level plans to help effectively address the unfinished learning of students. What started as a grassroots effort to support school systems as they developed plans for their use of ESSER funds is now an evolving network of support for the region.

Crisis Communication Lessons from the Pandemic

Mike Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD

Hear from Mike Kuhrt, Wichita Falls ISD superintendent, as he explores the ways he built consensus around difficult decision points early in the COVID response, and how he continues to use timely communication and stakeholder input to lead the district as it emerges from the pandemic.

Associations Building Support for Educators and Tackling Legislative Issues

Jodi Duron, Superintendent, Elgin ISD (TASA Legislative Committee Chair)
Mark Terry, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA)
Mike Lee, Executive Director, Texas Association of Rural Schools (TARS)
Greg Gibson, Executive Director, Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools (TAMS)
Bill Tarleton, Executive Director, Texas Rural Education Association (TREA)

Join Jodi Duron, TASA Legislative Chair and Elgin ISD Superintendent, for a panel discussion exploring ways that leaders from TEPSA, TARS, TAMS, and TREA set legislative priorities, build grassroots advocacy among their members, and advocate on behalf of educators across the state.

Built to Win: Developing Legislative Agendas as Advocacy Tools

JoLisa Hoover, Regional Advocacy Director – Central Texas, Raise Your Hand Texas
Missy Bender, Regional Advocacy Director – Collin/Denton Counties, Raise Your Hand Texas

Developing a legislative agenda, or a list of policy priorities, is an important step for school districts to accomplish their goals in Austin during a legislative session. However, a legislative agenda can be much more than a list. When created in partnership with stakeholders from across a district, it can become a powerful galvanizing tool for advocacy. This session will explore developing legislative agendas as a process that builds advocacy capacity within a district.

Marketing in a Small to Midsize District

Linsae Snider, Executive Director, Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)
Nikita Russell, Executive Director of Public Relations, Everman ISD
Lloyd Verstuyft, Superintendent, Southwest ISD

Join Linsae Snider, TSPRA, for a panel discussion exploring ways that small to midsize districts draw attention to transformational programs, fight encroaching charters, tell their students’ stories, and connect to the community.