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Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas


Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas

The State Board of Education is hosting a free one-day conference called Learning Roundtable: Building a Stronger Texas from 8:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. on January 30, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center. This year’s conference focuses on three topics from the recently adopted Long-Range Plan for Public Education. Those are equity and access, family engagement and empowerment, and student engagement and empowerment.

View the full conference schedule at .

Conference Highlights

Panel 1: Activated and Empowered – Families as Partners

Long-Range Plan Vision: All families are actively involved in their students’ education at all levels.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Tom Maynard


Marta Plata, principal, Manuel Jara Elementary School, Fort Worth ISD

David Vinson, superintendent, Wylie ISD

Lacy Wood, principal consultant, American Institutes of Research

Ramona Morin Aguilar, director of family and community engagement, Garland ISD

Panel 2 – Learning, Thriving, Growing - Equity & Access

Long-Range Plan Vision: Equity and Access means that all children get what they need to learn, thrive, and grow.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Georgina Pérez

Usamah Rodgers, assistant superintendent for strategic initiatives and external relations, Dallas ISD

Nicole Conley Johnson, chief of business and operations, Austin ISD

Melody Parrish, deputy commissioner for technology, Texas Education Agency

Sarah Baray, chief executive officer, Pre-K 4 SA and the City of San Antonio

Panel 3 - Engaged & Empowered – Students Invested

Long-Range Plan Vision: All students are actively engaged in and equipped to be invested in their own academic and personal growth to achieve educational, civic, financial, career, and interest goals.

Moderator: State Board of Education member Lawrence Allen, Jr.

Bryan Williams, community superintendent, Spring Branch ISD

H.D. Chambers, superintendent, Alief ISD

Leigh Wall, superintendent, Santa Fe ISD

Kari Garcia, Area X State Vice President, Texas FFA Association

Keynote speakers: Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath and Sharon Hoover, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health

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