The following workshops will be worth CPE Credit:

  • Understanding and Achieving Equity in Education
  • Public School Employees: Essential Rights Under Texas Law
  • Advancing Racial Justice
  • Understanding the Teacher Incentive Allotment: How to Make the Best of Bad Legislation
  • The Reauthorization of STAAR: The Impact of House Bills 3906 (86-R) and 3621 (87-R) on Testing
  • The Assault on Public Education: How the Right is Weaponizing Public Education and How We Fight Back!

Open Hearing — 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Budget Overview

Linda Estrada, TSTA Vice President, Sherra Bowers, TSTA CFO, and Members of the TSTA Budget Committee
Timber Grove

Session 1 — 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Power of the ESP: “Leadership is Everybody’s Business”
Malinda McKee, Organizer
ESPs are vital to the union and education communities; This session will focus on core values and how ESPs can use these values to become empowered to move beyond members into leadership. Power is about building relationships and relationships help to not only build power but also leaders.
Museum Park


Understanding and Achieving Equity in Education
(CPE Credit)
Deshauntia Benn, Organizer
All public educators are faced with the critical responsibility of creating equitable spaces. This session establishes a foundational understanding of equity and how it affects our decision-making. This session will also provide strategies that build equity to foster environments that all students get what they need and feel whole.
Westbury


Public School Employees: Essential Rights Under Texas Law
(CPE Credit)
Amanda Moore, General Counsel and Legal Services Director
In this session, we will discuss Texas laws and school board policies that directly relate to public school employment. We will examine employment issues related to contracts, state and federal law, certification, grievances, job duties, Districts of Innovation, and overall working conditions.
River Oaks

Session 2 — 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Advancing Racial Justice Part 1
(CPE Credit)
Alonzo Mendoza, Organizer
Participants will learn about NEA’s racial justice initiatives and examine four levels of racism that exist in our schools and society and engage in an activity to practice identifying such levels. This training will conclude with a reflective discussion on how TSTA members can integrate social justice in their locals’ unionism.
Timber Grove

Understanding the Teacher Incentive Allotment: How to Make the Best of Bad Legislation
(CPE Credit)
Carrie Griffith, Government Relations/Policy Specialist
The Teacher Incentive Allotment, established by HB3 in the 86th Legislature, is a way for districts to potentially receive additional state funding teachers who have been identified as the most effective. To participate, districts must first develop systems by which they promise to measure and identify high performing teachers, and these systems must be approved by both the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Tech University.
The Texas State Teachers Association does not support merit pay, however packaged. Districts are not required to participate in the Teacher Incentive Allotment– and approval is not guaranteed – but it is likely that many districts want to because of the potential payoff. This professional development session will introduce you to basics of the legislation and learn ways to advocate for plans that use holistic measures of student learning to designate teachers. You will also learn how National Board certification can generate funds for your district and how TSTA can help you on the path becoming a National Board certified teacher.
Museum Park

Understanding and Achieving Equity in Education – Encore
(CPE Credit)
Deshauntia Benn, Organizer
All public educators are faced with the critical responsibility of creating equitable spaces. This session establishes a foundational understanding of equity and how it affects our decision-making. This session will also provide strategies that build equity to foster environments that all students get what they need and feel whole.
Westbury


Public School Employees: Essential Rules Under Texas Law – Encore
(CPE Credit)
Amanda Moore, General Counsel and Legal Services Director
In this session, we will discuss Texas laws and school board policies that directly relate to public school employment. We will examine employment issues related to contracts, state and federal law, certification, grievances, job duties, Districts of Innovation, and overall working conditions.
River Oaks


Session 3 —11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Advancing Racial Justice Part 2
(CPE Credit)
Alonzo Mendoza, Organizer
Participants will learn about NEA’s racial justice initiatives and examine four levels of racism that exist in our schools and society and engage in an activity to practice identifying such levels. This training will conclude with a reflective discussion on how TSTA members can integrate social justice in their locals’ unionism.
Timber Grove

The Reauthorization of STAAR: The Impact of House Bills 3906 (86-R) and 3261 (87-R) on Testing
(CPE Credit)
Carrie Griffith, Government Relations/Policy Specialist
HB 3906 (2019) granted authority to the Texas Education Agency to develop a statewide assessment program, in line with the STAAR test, to be administered electronically. HB 3261 (2021) established a grant program to aid districts in the transition to fully online testing. The agency has stated that the goal of the legislation and the reauthorization of the STAAR test is to better align the assessment with classroom instruction.
The STAAR redesign will include several components such as new question types and cross-curricular passages. While the changes are certainly not all bad, lipstick on a pig is still a pig. In this session you will learn how the test will change, and how the online administration may exacerbate inequities for our neediest students.
Museum Park

Organizing in the Post Pandemic World
Paty Márquez, OCALD Director, and Yolanda Gonzalez, Organizer
Public education is constantly under attack and has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as state mandates and district shortage continue to increase but the profession continues to decline. Even though there have been many challenges when mobilizing our members, locals have continued to win real improvements in the lives of our members. This interactive session will focus on ways to engage members/potential members in issue organizing while still recruiting, engaging, and identifying new leaders. As we transition into the post pandemic world, locals can now use this new opportunity to integrate face-to-face and virtual interaction using a hybrid model while still being innovative and creative. Let’s seize the moment and organize our members by recognizing the future of organizing!
Westbury


The Assault on Public Education: How the Right is Weaponizing Public Education and How We Fight Back!
(CPE Credit)
Portia Bosse, Public Affairs Director
The Texas Legislature conducted an almost yearlong session in 2021 with attacks on teaching honesty in education, transgender students, and suppressing our right to vote in elections. It also continued policies of unfair testing requirements, allowing districts to turn over campuses to unproven charter operators, and accountability standards that grade our schools with As and Fs. All during a pandemic which created a work environment which was unsafe for our students, employees and communities at large. This session will inform on the critical issues and attacks on public education, and why It is critical that every TSTA local has a working relationship with its school board and local legislators, how best to communicate with elected officials, and how to get involved in local and state elections.
River Oaks

Parliamentary Procedures Workshop – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Jeff Neurauter, Parliamentarian for TSTA’s House of Delegates
Specifically designed for new delegates, this workshop provides the basics on parliamentary procedure.
Westbury