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Leadership Development

For more information about these professional learning sessions, e-mail Customized coaching and district and charter-specific support are also available.


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Grow and Empower—Leadership Symposium 2023

November 28, 2023  |  In-Person Event

Leaders attending the symposium will learn from key state and/or national speakers on current topics that are impacting our schools.  In the spirit of leading with a growth mindset, the symposium is designed to increase leadership capacity and efficacy in leading schools that impact student achievement.


Conference Topics:

  • Creating Positive Organizational Change
  • Navigating Conflict
  • Harnessing Innovation





leadership-symposium-2023-presenter-silerDr. Jill Siler served as the Superintendent of Gunter ISD for nearly ten years and now serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Professional Learning for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Jill grew up in Rochester & Buffalo, NY, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a collegiate swimmer. She was a teacher and coach in Pflugerville ISD and began her administrative career at Marble Falls ISD. In 2004, Jill went to Lake Travis ISD where she served as a campus and district leader for 8 years. During that time, she completed her doctorate at the University of Texas. See Dr. Siler in action in her promotional videos here.


Keynote Presentation: "Thrive Through the Five: Leading Through Challenging Times"
These past few years have brought about some of the most challenging work in education – whether in leading through shifting and complex information or in teaching in a multitude of ever-changing learning environments. While the work we do as teachers and leaders is incredible, it is not without cost. Dr. Jill Siler, former superintendent and author of Thrive Through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times will share strategies to not just survive difficult seasons, but to truly thrive!
Breakout Session: "Increase Your Impact"
Whether you LOVE what you do and want to increase your impact or whether you are READY to take the next step and enlarge your sphere of influence, this session will equip you for whatever your next best step is! This session begins and ends with us – knowing what we want to DO and who we want to BE and being intentional about discovering and living out our calling. Dr. Jill Siler, author of Thrive Through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times will share strategies to find the center of your calling and expand your influence!




leadership-symposium-2023-presenter-beyk-pizanaTransforming Challenges into Opportunities: Attunement in School Leadership

Presented by: Betsabeth Beyk, LMSW and Mary Pizana, LCSW,

Spring Branch ISD
Elevate your leadership skills and cultivate your meaningful connections with staff and families. Join us for an engaging workshop where you'll delve into the art of attunement and equip yourself with practical tools to enhance your day-to-day interactions. Through interactive exercises, you'll gain a deeper understanding of attunement, allowing you to adapt your communication style and build rapport with those you serve, with a focus on navigating challenging situations. By the end of this workshop, you'll have a clear roadmap for seamlessly integrating attunement into your leadership approach. Get ready to transform your leadership capacity and exceed expectations!




leadership-symposium-2023-presenter-masseyFIT to Lead: Leading with Flexibility, Intentionality, and Tenacity

Presented by: Sandi Massey, Chief of Leadership and Professional Development, Houston ISD
Leaders working through organizational change require a skill set and mindset that can support the most challenging and overwhelming tasks. This workshop will give you ideas for how to build your mental strength and turn failure into success.









leadership-symposium-2023-presenter-millerDriven by Purpose
Presented by: Dr. Queinnise Miller, Leadership Consultant
Are you a school administrator who recognizes the importance of essential dialogues but experiences fear or unease when it comes to leading them? Rest assured, you are not isolated in this sentiment. This session is designed to provide guidance for leaders across various levels on effectively addressing conflicts through purpose-driven discussions. Engaging in such conversations will ultimately contribute to enhanced interpersonal connections, mature conduct, and a favorable organizational/school culture.







leadership-symposium-2023-presenter-yoesLeadership and Decision-Making During Adversity

Presented by: Richard Yoes, Assistant Superintendent, Brazosport ISD 

Leaders must address challenges that arise from every corner while maintaining a focus on student outcomes. This session will explore leadership skills and decision-making strategies that Campus and District Administrators can employ to effectively keep staff focused on achieving positive results for all students no matter what controversy is swirling. 


Grow and Empower—Leadership Symposium 2023

Date: November 28, 2023

Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Session ID: 1798089

Fee: $250

Lunch: Will be provided

Location: The Region 4 Conference Center is currently under construction, so this year's conference will be held at:


The Kingdom Builders’ Center

6011 W Orem Drive

Houston, Texas 77085

(Map and Directions)



For more information about this event, e-mail





Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)

January 16–18, 2024  |  Virtual Session


This is a 3-day training intended for current administrators who will be utilizing the T-TESS model to appraise teachers.

Completion of this training is one of the required steps to becoming a certified appraiser. Participants must also take and pass an online certification test annually.  Additionally, participants must also attend/have attended either Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) or the new Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) training in order to complete the required steps of becoming a certified appraiser and are encouraged to verify this information with their districts. Learn more and register here.




For more information about these professional learning sessions, e-mail Customized coaching and district and charter-specific support are also available.



Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in August of 2024
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708
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