May 18, 9am-12:30pm

May 11:
Flipped Sessions and Resources Available

May 18:

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Live Panel Q&A With Keynote Speakers & Practitioners
9:30 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.: Break
9:35 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Choose Your Own Work Session
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Work Session Sharing
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Roundtable and Vendor Discussion
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Cohort Conversations

Flipped Sessions and Resources 

All Resources Available May 11
Each Leadership+ series session will include a suite of pre-recorded resources for flipped learning by attendees, including a keynote address. Attendees are expected to review resources prior to attendance at the live event.
Pre-Recorded Keynotes:

The Secret to Crafting Compelling Stories & Engaging Stakeholders
In this session, Veronica V. Sopher, Fort Bend ISD Chief Communications Officer & TSPRA President, shares the secrets on how to identify and promote compelling stories to share with internal and external audiences and with media. Attendees will learn executable steps and strategies that will help in crafting messages designed to engage stakeholders and create program buy-in, in addition to identifying a powerful call to action that will improve the overall visibility of G/T programs.
Veronica V. Sopher, Chief Communications Officer, Fort Bend ISD

About Veronica 
Veronica V. Sopher was named Fort Bend ISD’s Chief Communications Officer in 2017. Sopher oversees the Communications Division and is responsible for providing leadership, vision, direction and execution of major district communication programs, strategies, events and activities. Prior to joining FBISD, Sopher held the same position in Leander ISD for seven years, and served as Director of Communications for Arlington ISD for six years. Sopher serves as a mentor to several school communications professionals throughout the state and has held leadership positions for the Texas Schools Public Relations Association, including most recently being elected as President. Sopher is a proud product of Texas public schools, graduating from high school in Houston ISD and going on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism and public relations. She has passionately advocated for public education in Texas for the last 16 years and is active in numerous community groups and non-profit organizations and volunteers in several professional organizations. She and her husband have two school-aged daughters.

Build Your Own Checklist for Gifted & Talented Data Collection, Analysis, and Distribution
This session will help you develop a customizable G/T Data Checklist that can help you feel confident collecting, analyzing, and disseminating G/T data. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the following topics:

  • qualitative and quantitative data,
  • data collection strategies,
  • do’s and don’ts for data analysis, and
  • effective data reporting.
About Yueyue
Yueyue Fan joined Irving Independent School District in 2018 and serves as the program evaluation specialist. Her experience at Irving ISD focuses primarily on program evaluation and research. She conducts and manages district-wide program evaluation projects, including but not limited to federal and state-mandated evaluations, school climate surveys, engagement surveys, and learning resources evaluations. Prior to joining Irving, Yueyue has worked in the field of education research and evaluation for over 8 years and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware in 2019. Besides being a data nerd, she also enjoys being involved in community service and spending time with her family.

Live Panel Q&A With Keynote Speakers & Practitioners

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Learn from keynote speakers Veronica Sopher and YueYue Fan as they share takeaways from their session and take part in a panel conversation with practitioners Monica Simonds (Richardson ISD) and Celeste Sodergren (Manor ISD).

Choose Your Own Work Session & Sharing Time

9:35 a.m.-10:25 a.m.
What do you need to work on to make sure you’re leveraging and measuring your G/T program outcomes? Come prepared with your data and program stories, and gather in small groups to work directly on these projects:

  • Working on Your Elevator Pitch
  • Creating Community Involvement and Recognition for Your Program
  • Gathering & Finding Your Data
  • Communicating Your Data to Your District

Roundtable and Vendor Discussion

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Join your peers in exploring short roundtable presentations/discussions on how you can you’re your district story, gather your data, and share your program outcomes. Topics include:

  • Using Your Identification Data to Build a Program
  • Creating Partnerships With Universities
  • Using State Plan to Leverage Your Program/Present to Board
  • How to Measure What Matters (How to Have an Outcome to Report on)
  • Quality Vs. Quantity (Moving Past the Numbers to Make Impacts)
  • Learning From Negative Outcomes
  • Creating Surveys for Parents and Students
  • Using an Outside Evaluator Vs. In-House Evaluator
  • Program Evaluation 101
  • Storytelling and Getting Into the Media

Interested in hosting a roundtable presentation or conversation on one of these topics or any other topic? Submit your ideas here! Deadline to submit is April 1.

Cohort Conversations

11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Each Leadership+ session will conclude with the opportunity to work with peers in a cohort-based setting to create solutions to your unique questions. Attendees will receive their cohort assignments prior to the series start date. You’re encouraged to communicate and work with your cohort during the event and after the event