Assistant / Aspiring Principal Workshop

February 10 - 12, 2019 | Hilton Austin Airport

This program is for ALL GRADE-LEVEL assistant principals, elementary through secondary, and for teacher leaders looking to become campus administrators.


Participate in three days of dynamic and practical training as you learn from master practitioners and build professional learning relationships with TEXAS ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS; current and aspiring!

The Assistant Principal Workshop offers a unique opportunity for leaders who work very closely with students on academic needs, work with teachers on instruction and work as a team on the management of student discipline, extra-curricular activities and more. This workshop has been a great success because the focus is on the role of one genre of leader…the assistant principal!

The workshop focuses on the AP as an instructional leader and lead teacher of teachers, a responsibility that is quite challenging when moving from the classroom to the administrative office. Also included in the agenda is training on documentation, school safety, legal updates, curriculum updates and more.

Stay tuned for more details and session information!

2019 APW Program


Register Now  |  EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Before January 25, 2019, cost $246;
After January 25, 2019, cost $296.

Housing: Hyatt Place Austin Airport Hotel (Hilton Austin Airport room block is full)
Arrival/Checkout Dates: February 9-12, 2019

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Program Highlights:

  • An optional in-depth Documentation Training Session with Dr. John Crain, co-author of the Texas Documentation Handbook.
  • Keynote Sessions led by:
    Dr. Ruby Payne - The Emotional Noise on Your Campus
    Jacob Edwards - Responding to Misbehavior: Changing the Mindset of Punitive Staff Members
    Walsh Gallegos - Legal Update and ARD Procedures
    TEA Commissioner of Education - Dr. Mike Morath

  • Breakout Sessions led by:
    Dr. Ruby Payne – Why Do Students Explode?
    Jacob Edwards – Foundation for a Proactive and Positive Learning Climate
    Sean Cain – Lead Your School
    Carrie Jackson – Principal of Northwest HS, Digital Leadership
    Dr. Courtney Gober – San Antonio ISD – How to Score the Most ‘Assists’ as an AP!
    Dr. Shelley Garrett & Dr. Karyn Cummings – Mesquite ISD – Chapter 37 – What Every Aspiring Principal Needs to Know
    Dr. Amy Anderson of Rockwall ISD: Get Unstuck: Learn How You Can Uncover What's Holding You Back
    Dr. Gabriel Trujillo of Grand Prairie ISD: The "Drive" in My Leadership


Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, February 10
Registration Hours: 9:00a - 4:30p
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM | TASSP AP COMMITTEE MEETING

9:30 AM – 12:45 PM | OPTIONAL IN-DEPTH TRAINING SESSION (lunch provided for attendees)
Documentation Training with John Crain (additional fee) SORRY - Session is full
This session is designed to train administrators on the legal framework within which documentation of all Texas public school employees takes place and to focus on specific steps required to document an employee’s performance effectively. Early Registration for this session includes lunch and a copy of the latest edition of the Texas Documentation Handbook.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION: SET 1 (Choose 2 sets of repeated sessions.)
• Dr. Ruby Payne – Why Do Students Explode?
• Dr. Courtney Gober – How to Score the Most ‘Assists’ as an Assistant Principal
• Dr. Shelley Garrett & Dr. Karyn Cummings – Texas Education Code Ch. 37 – What Every Aspiring Principal Needs to Know
• Dr. Amy Anderson – Get Unstuck: Learn How You Can Uncover What’s Holding You Back

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | BREAKOUT SESSIONS: SET 2 (A repeat of Set 1)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | OPENING GENERAL SESSION
• Dr. Ruby Payne – The Emotional Noise on Your Campus

Monday, February 11
Registration Hours: 7:30a - 4:30p | Exhibit Hours: 7:30a - 4:30p
7:30a - 8:15a | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30p - 9:45a | BREAKOUT SESSIONS - SET 3 Choose 2 sets of repeated sessions.
• Sean Cain, Lead Your School
• Jacob Edwards, Safe & Civil Schools – Foundation for a Proactive and Positive Learning Climate
• Carrie Jackson – Digital Leadership is Just Good Leadership
• Dr. Gabe Trujillo – The "Drive" in My Leadership

10:00a - 11:15a | BREAKOUT SESSIONS - SET 4 (A repeat of Set 3)

11:15a - 1:00p | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN / VISIT EXHIBITS

1:00p - 4:30p | GENERAL SESSION
• TEA Commissioner Mike Morath – TEA Update
• Jacob Edwards, Safe & Civil Schools –  Responding to Misbehavior: Changing the Mindset of Punitive Staff Members

Tuesday, February 12
7:45a - 8:30a | CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30a - 11:30a | CLOSING GENERAL SESSION / LEGAL UPDATE
Sandi Tarski & Jan Watson of Walsh/Gallegos Law Firm – Legal Issues for the Assistant Principal 2019 | This session will cover student discipline, special education, 504, liability and other concerns that are practical and relevant to AP’s. This session will emphasize the practical and leave time for Q and A.

11:30a - 11:45a | RAFFLE DRAWINGS, REFLECTION AND ADJOURNMENT