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2018 Annual Conference Schedule

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2018 TSPRA Annual Conference
February 19-22, 2018
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel and Convention Center

Executive Committee Meeting ♦ Monday a.m., Feb. 19
Pre-Conference Sessions ♦ Monday p.m., Feb. 19
Regular Conference Sessions ♦ Tuesday, Feb. 20 through noon on Thursday, Feb. 22
Star Awards Banquet ♦ Wednesday p.m., Feb. 21

7600 John Q Hammons Dr 
Frisco, TX 75034

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This is a draft schedule for the 2018 TSPRA Annual Conference. All dates, times and events are subject to change. 

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

  • 9 a.m. to noon - Executive Committee Meeting
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Preconference Sessions
  • 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Preconference Break
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Meet and Greet Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 - Wear College Gear

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Embassy Suites Breakfast
  • 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Exhibitor Viewing
  • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - First General Session - Sponsored by H-E-B
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Designated Vendor Viewing and Caffeinated Connections
  • 11 a.m. to noon - Concurrent Sessions
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Tailgate Luncheon and Networking and Unveiling of New TSPRA Logo - Sponsored by Blackboard
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. -  Concurrent Sessions
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Job Alike Sessions
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Sponsored Break - Stantec
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. - Corporate Showcases - West (SchoolMessenger solutions), Blackboard, School Revenue Partners, K12 Insight
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception
  • 6 p.m. until - Evening on Your Own and Client Dinners

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 - Wear District Gear

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Embassy Suites Breakfast
  • 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Exhibitor Viewing
  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Designated Vendor Viewing and Caffeinated Connections
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Roundtables
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon and Networking - Sponsored by West (SchoolMessenger solutions)
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Sponsored Break - Region 4 Print Center
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. -  Concurrent Sessions
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - West (SchoolMessenger solutions) Star Awards Reception
  • 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. - West (SchoolMessenger solutions) Star Awards Banquet
  • 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. - West (SchoolMessenger solutions) Celebration Event

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Embassy Suites Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - General Membership Meeting
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Timely Topics
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon - Distinguished Lecturers

Preconference Sessions - Monday, Feb. 19 1-4 p.m.

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