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2021 Leadership Symposium

Feb 7-10, 2021

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Join the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation for the 13th annual
Leadership Symposium.

Join the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation for the 13th annual Leadership Symposium. This multi-day virtual event will provide school leaders in our alumni network with fellowship, presentations, breakout sessions, and the opportunity to engage in conversations with lawmakers and state officials.

Throughout this year of unprecedented challenges and uncertainties, Texas public school leaders have demonstrated remarkable resilience. This year’s symposium theme, This is Where We Shine, honors educators for rising to meet the challenges of this moment with courage and compassion.

In the uncertainty, in the gap, in the not knowing. This is where we shine.
In the emptiness, the disconnection, the misunderstanding. This is where we shine.
In the fear, in the confusion, in the past, present, and future. This is where we shine.
This is a preliminary agenda. Session information and times are subject to change.

Sun. | February 7

Symposium Pre-Launch Party
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Mon. | February 8

Morning Motivation
Released at 4:30 a.m.

Making Sense of the 87th
Evan Smith
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Legislative Update & Where We Stand
Bob Popinski
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Keynote
Glenn Singleton
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Advocating for Your School, Your Community
Libby Cohen
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Facilitated Alumni Conversation – Responding to COVID
Transcend Education
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Evening Concert
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tues. | February 9

Morning Motivation
Released at 4:30 a.m.

Prepping for Your Legislative Visit
Michelle Smith, Charles Gaines, and Libby Cohen
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Prepping for Visits
Raise Your Hand Texas Regional Advocacy Directors
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Legislator Visits
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Alumni Networking
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Keynote
Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Alumni Networking
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Facilitated Alumni Conversation – Legislator Visit Debrief
Raise Your Hand Texas Regional Advocacy Directors
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Evening Concert
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wed. | February 10

Morning Motivation
Released at 4:30 a.m.

Leading at a Distance
Dr. Nancy Frey
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The Art of Coaching Teams Part 1
Janet Baird
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Taste of Coaching for Equity Part 1
Lori Cohen
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

2020: A Year of Difficulty AND Opportunity
E3 Alliance
Matt Pope & Lori Davis
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote
Dan Heath
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Art of Coaching Teams Part 2
Janet Baird
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Taste of Coaching for Equity Part 2
Lori Cohen
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Simplify to Amplify: Critical Standards for Effective Instruction
E3 Alliance
Matt Pope & Lori Davis
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Education Edit: Re-Organizing Data Sources for Efficiency and Effectiveness
CA Group
Tracy Clark
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

1845 – Addressing the Equity Gap of Reading with Grace and Truth
Neuhaus Education Center
Dr. Tracy Weeden
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Alumni Conversation –
Recovering and Reinventing
Transcend Education
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Symposium Wrap-up
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.

2020: Texans for All, emphasized what makes Texas public education special — we are for all.
All teachers.
All families.
All school leaders.
All communities.
We are Texans for all futures.
Because the future of Texas is in our public schools.

The 2019 Leadership Symposium brought together public school leaders from across the state who are committed to meeting the needs of every student. This year’s theme, Raise Your Voice, encouraged educators to stand up and speak out on behalf of their schools, districts, and communities, to make meaningful change, from their campuses to the capitol, for all students and for all educators.

The 2018 Leadership Symposium honored the more than 1,000 leaders sponsored for leadership development and coaching programs, the 10th annual symposium coordinated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, and our singular shared purpose of strengthening public education for all Texas students.

Our conference theme was “Go Beyond,” a call to each of you to assess the great work you’re doing now while committing yourselves to pushing beyond those barriers that can impede the work of educating 21st century students.