10 Free Leadership Sessions
You Won't Want to Miss at TCCA!

AISD Lead Learner Panel: What's Your Journey

Join Aldine ISD’s Lead Learners for an inspirational panel discussion as we dig deeper into their journey through education and what the future may hold.

The Power of Human Connection

This session will discuss how connectedness, not technology, was the silver bullet that allowed us to survive the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath. Participants will hear how inter-district collaboration and intentionally recognizing the humanity of educators fueled the work and success in an urban school district.

Leading Like a "BOSS" Educator: Transforming Culture and Student Achievement

In this highly-engaging and interactive session, we will explore strategies to model positive leadership. Attendees can expect to leave with immediate tools and strategies to boost culture, create a goal-driven school, and build stronger teams for higher levels of success.

Managing the Middle: SEL, Classroom Management, and Student Engagement for the Adolescent Learner

We will explore a series of practical strategies that can be employed, immediately, in any classroom setting. Participants will leave with specific tools to aid in creating classroom cultures/environments that are highly conducive to student-centered learning.

Trauma, Poverty, Detached Parents, and IEP's, PLEASE HELP ME!

Poverty and trauma are all too common in America’s schools. What’s rare is an opportunity for educators to sit and absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student who dropped out, endured a mother abusing drugs, absent father, and learning disability. In this engaging session participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students from poverty. A school reflects society. Within a school’s walls are especially vulnerable students, such as those with histories of neglect, trauma, or violence. Schools are well positioned to help these traumatized students. Although some might argue that teachers should focus solely on academics, the reality is that teachers can’t teach effectively if their students are not able to focus on learning. Students cannot learn effectively when they are burdened by the effects of trauma and poverty.

Unlocking The Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms

One thing more important than what you teach is who you teach. Knowing and understanding your students emotionally can yield tremendous relational dividends. Trauma occurring in the early years can have a substantial impact on an adolescent’s social-emotional development, academic performance, and behavior. This session will provide the necessary knowledge to become a trauma-responsive educator and empower students healing from trauma. 50% of any interaction with a student is you. This means that unless we as educators are willing to look at ourselves and our reactions, no tools or skills are going to work in the classroom or in any other situation where we are having challenges with a child. Leading underachieving students in poverty to academic success involves asking the right questions, finding the leverage points, deploying resources effectively, optimizing time, and sharing data effectively.

GED To PHD: The Story Behind The Data

Traumatized students are all too common in America’s schools. What’s rare is an opportunity for educators to sit and absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student. Craig’s mom abused drugs, his father wasn’t present, and he overcame a learning disability as a special education student. Craig repeated 3rd and 5th grade before dropping out in the 10th grade. Craig has a truly inspiring story, and his journey from GED to PhD is one that will have you motivated to go out and achieve greatness. In this engaging session, participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students who deal with trauma and come from poverty. The impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress is one of the most pressing issues facing educators and society at large. If you work with youth there’s a good chance you work with trauma. Trauma prevents students from being able to engage fully in the present moment. Craig’s trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Leadership Matters: Innovative Ways to Embrace Technology Into Your Leadership Practices

Innovative use of technology does not have to start in the classroom because #LeadershipMatters too. This session will support leaders in embracing technology as a part of their leadership practice and routines. Participants will explore attributes of technological leadership and innovative strategies to promote the diffusion of technology integration.

Cuando Cuentes Cuentos (When you share your Story): Building Strong Relationships with Families of Newcomers

Participants will learn strategies to connect with families and communities of newcomers. “Cuando Cuentes Cuentos” is a new project that allows educators to create a dual partnership to impact students’ key performance indicators. Research shows that when we meet individual and collective needs, we help families to build capacity. According to Block (2018), the challenge is transforming people’s sense of “isolation and self-interest into an experience of connectedness.”The core of this project is to build relationships that recognize the community’s potential and explore these stories in a free and respectful environment by bringing together the community of new arrivals, school leaders, and teachers for a period of engaged and deep learning.  

Hacks to Organize and Declutter Your Gmail

Back by Popular Demand! You use Gmail every day, but do you know all its’ features that can help you be more productive? Beginners, come learn how to use Gmail and all the hidden gems it offers to help you organize your life! You will never look at email the same way again and you can CLEAR your email inbox now! This is the guided work session you never knew you needed!


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Claudio Zavala Jr. is an Adobe Education Evangelist based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area with over 25 years in the education world. He has served in capacities as an educator, mentor teacher, educational technology trainer, and digital designer. He has a passion for helping students and educators share their stories with digital tools. In 2017, Claudio founded I Am Claudius LLC, a creative media consulting company providing workshops and webinars on subjects like innovation, video creation, and storytelling. Claudio has presented at various national and regional conferences including ISTE, SXSWEdu, FETC and TCEA. Claudio has also been featured in various magazines including Toggle and EdTech Magazine. He was a part of the Adobe Spark Ambassador program for the past two years. Claudio has spent the last 4 years creating tutorials for his YouTube channel.

Claudio is an accomplished photographer, avid cinematographer, mountain biker and professional musician. You can find him on all social media platforms at @ClaudioZavalaJr and can learn more about him at claudiozavalajr.com


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