Preconference Workshops

Sunday, November 3


9 AM - 12 PM


Preconference workshops are optional and have a $50 per person registration fee.

Excel 101 – For the Formula Challenged

Ben Estrada, Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Los Fresnos CISD; and Greg Staley, Testing Specialist, Pearland ISD
If you have been fascinated by Excel but have struggled to make it work for you, this is the workshop for you. We will walk slowly and methodically through the seemingly complicated world of spreadsheets and data files so that you can take advantage of the many things Excel has to offer. We will cover basic formulas, explore the logic of multi-cell calculations, pivot tables and more. This workshop is strictly for the novice Excel user who just needs a little guidance.

Create Your District Assessment & Accountability Google Site

Chris Julian, District Testing Coordinator, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
You’ve been saying it for a while. … I really should make that webpage, but it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of a long to-do list. No problem! Sign up for this session, bring your laptop and big ideas. We’ll work with each participant to develop a plan, give you time to work, and be there to answer questions and help you through the hurdles you might run into during this. We will finish by sharing out what we create with fun at the end.

Rebels Revolt: Critical Mission Assessment

Tracy McDaniel, Director of Testing, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Thomas Negri, Coordinator State Assessments, Fort Bend ISD; Elda Garcia, Senior Director, Assessment & Accountability, Corpus Christi ISD; and Melissa Haney, Coordinator of Accountability and Assessment, Hutto ISD
You’re all assessment specialists and our best and last hope. This mission will not succeed without your critical planning for the upcoming assessment season. Join your TSNAP officers to build your mission critical kit with training, communication, DTC resources and more. The novice will leave the operation better prepared to undertake on their district assignments. Failure is not an option.

Meeting Needs and Assessing Learning for Community-Based Accountability

Missy Mayfield, Assistant Superintendent, Burkburnett ISD; Tylor Chaplin, Superintendent, Burkburnett ISD; and Molley Perry, Chief Administrative Officer, College Station ISD
How do you know if your district is meeting the needs of all students? How can you authentically measure student learning without relying on the state test? Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS) go beyond standardized test scores and offer a way for community stakeholders to collaborate with schools and develop more meaningful, localized accountability systems that evaluate holistic outcomes and respect every child, every educator, and every community. Through collaboration with the Texas Public Accountability Consortium (TPAC), you will have an opportunity to learn from two districts pioneering this new form of accountability.

Understanding Designated Supports and Collecting the Data

Laura Little, Coordinator of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability, Castleberry ISD; and Monica Uphoff, Director of Assessment, Birdville ISD
Do your CTCs and campuses completely understand Accessibility Features and Designated Supports, and know how to collect data to support these? What is the real meaning of “routinely, independently, and effectively uses it in classroom instruction and testing?” We will give you hands-on ideas for how to reinforce understanding of Accessibility Features and Designated Supports, and show you how to collect and document data to support students using them.