2022 Breakout Sessions

Thursday, June 23, 2022


While Tuesday and Wednesday of txedFest 2022 were retreat-style, large-group learning, Thursday morning breakout sessions allowed teams to split up and hear from a variety of Texas’ best school leaders on a number of topics relating to conference themes. The 2022 breakout sessions are listed below; information on the 2023 conference will be added to this website when it becomes available. 


Sessions by Time

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8:30-9:20 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mileage: The Actual or Potential Benefit of Something | Nicole Poenitzsch, Bellville ISD Superintendent

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. This session is designed to create connection through the sharing of mindsets and habits that can help leaders find courage amidst uncertainty, gain strength through struggle, and embrace the discomfort and disappointment that comes with the infinite nature of learning and leadership.

Positive Leadership

See the Need, Meet the Need | Jeni Neatherlin, Granger ISD Superintendent

Understanding and utilizing emotional intelligence is vital to leadership in today’s world. See the Need, Meet the Need, touches on the habit and systems within your organization that meet the needs of your people while maintaining a culture of high expectations and accountability. People feel a sense of belonging where they are cared for and valued. Calm the storms of chaos with attentive systems of action.

Positive Leadership

Connecting the Dots between Qualitative Data and Post-Impressionist Art | Jimmie Walker, Alamo Heights ISD Asst. Supt. of Curriculum & Instruction

Survey questions can tell you the degree to which students feel like they belong or have rigorous expectations, but multiple choice questions can’t tell you the why. In this session, Alamo Heights ISD will share the collaborative methodology they use to code open-ended responses from Feedback February, our annual community survey event. We will frame the process through the lens of post-impressionist art.

Telling Our Story

Your People, Your District, Your Story | Sheleah Reed, Aldine ISD Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer

Storytelling is a core competency of truly great leaders. Your brand is a promise to your community, curated and adopted by you, the district leader, and internalized by your team. This session will provide a step-by-step process on establishing your district identity — from establishing your core talking points to making space for community voice — to authentically and effectively tell the story.

Telling Our Story

The Secret to Transformational Leadership | Quintin Shepherd, Victoria ISD Superintendent

Authentic and long-lasting transformational leadership requires us to learn and then speak a new language. The simple fact is that our words get in the way of our intention. We need to know what context is appropriate for the transformational language. The “secret” is quite simple, and yet deceptively difficult — we must learn this new language and know when to apply it. Principles from the book by the same name will be shared.

Politics of Leadership

Navigating the Politics of District Initiatives | Doug Williams, Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent, & Christi Morgan, Sunnyvale ISD Assistant Superintendent

Whether it is launching community-based accountability, a new strategic plan or trying to pass a TRE or a Bond, there are so many complexities to initiating change. This session will focus on how to navigate the politics in a way that brings the community together to stay focused on what is best for students.

Politics of Leadership

930-10:20 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2022

Navigating the Mess & Stress of Daily School Life | Tony Hancock, Bellville ISD Chief Talent Officer

Every educator needs to feel what they do makes a difference; to know that their career has added value to their students and those they lead. However, the stress and mess of daily school life gets in the way and sometimes pulls them down, leading to frustration, exhaustion, and burnout. This session helps participants identify key stressors and implement practices to clean up the mess and rise above the stress in today’s challenging educational landscape.

Positive Leadership

The 4 P’s of Successful Leadership | Sam Nix, Duncanville ISD Chief of Schools; Sherese Nix Lightfoot, Garland ISD Exec. 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.

Positive Leadership

Telling District Stories through Community-Based Accountability | Carl Dethloff & Brad Hunt, San Angelo & Coppell Superintendents

Learn how two districts tell their stories through the Community-Based Accountability process. 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.

Telling Our Story

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 Our Story

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.

Politics of Leadership

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.

Politics of Leadership