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2018 Annual Conference Hotel

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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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We recommend booking rooms early, because the block can fill up fast, but please only book as many as you know you're going to need. 

Information about overflow hotels will be posted here once it's available. 

Here are a couple of things to know about the Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel and Convention Center:

  • Cut-off date is February 4, 2018, or until block is full.
  • The block room rate is $145 for a single or a double and $165 for a triple or a quad.  Since the original block sold out on some nights, we've added additional rooms from the premium suites at a rate of $175. These can be accessed through the same link above. 
  • Complimentary self parking (valet parking is $16/night).
  • Every hotel room is a two-room suite.
  • Complimentary in-room internet.
  • Reservation includes complimentary made-to-order breakfast each morning, manager’s reception each evening.
  • Tax-exempt certificate must be presented at check-in.
  • Check in time is 3 p.m. and check out time is noon.
  • Three or more room reservations made in the same name will require first night deposit at time of reservation. 
  • Cancellations must occur no less than 72 hours prior to check-in without penalty of paying first night. 

OVERFLOW HOTEL INFORMATION

 

TSPRA has secured an overflow block of 40 rooms at the Hyatt House Frisco across the parkway from the Embassy Suites and Convention Center where the conference is being held. Rates are $145 per night. Check in is 3 p.m. and checkout is 12 noon. The cutoff date for these rooms is January 27, 2018. 

Click here for the link to access the TSPRA block at the Hyatt House. 

For more information on the 2018 TSPRA Annual Conference, visit our conference page on the TSPRA website. 

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. - Corporate Showcases
  • 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
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Sponsored Break
  • 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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Rookie Bootcamp
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Best Practices For Community Engagement On Your District Website

Using data and inslights from a study of 200 public-sector websites in 2017, the presenters will share new research and more effective ways to reach parents, students, and educational partners in your district through your website and social media platforms. The session will also focus on new trends and policies to help you build excellent digital connections to the communities you serve.

Basics Of School Website Accessibility And OCR

In this workshop, Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will review the scope of accessibility for school websites, provide an overview of web accessibility standards, review the most common web accessibility errors with examples, go over both free and not-so-free testing tools, provide resources for testing, education, consultation and repair services and do a live review of a website.  

Hands-On Video Production Workshop

Join EMP experts from throughout the state to walk through each step of the video production process. 

2018 Annual Conference Call for Presenters

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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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We advise those filling out a proposal to create clear session titles and descriptions, consider timely issues facing conference attendees and use real-life examples or case-studies to help illustrate their topic.

By filling out the application, the presenter agrees to the following terms:
  • If the session application is accepted, presenters are responsible for their own hotel, travel and fees
  • Breakout rooms will be equipped with Internet access, a projector, screen, VGA cable (to connect PC laptop to projector) and an extension cord; presenter must furnish any additional equipment needed, including their computer, speakers, handouts, Mac connector cable, etc. as needed
  • The conference committee will make every effort to accommodate the presenters' time slot preference, but it cannot be guaranteed
  • All presenters who plan on attending conference sessions or events are required to register and pay for the conference. 
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2018 Annual Conference Registration

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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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Registration is now open for the 2018 TSPRA Annual Conference in Frisco Feb. 19-22, 2018.

Click here to access the registration link. Please be sure to fill out the Badge Questionnaire Form for each person you are registering so they receive accurate name badges. 

You'll be able to add preconferences and Star Awards Banquet tickets to your registrations. The preconference sessions will be help Monday, Feb. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, all non-member registrations will include a TSPRA professional membership for those people. The TSPRA State Office will contact them after they register to help set that up. 

  • Member cost: $470
  • Nonmember cost: $645
  • Preconference cost: $95
  • Star Awards Banquet cost: $75

The deadline to register without paying a $100 late fee is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. 

Contact the TSPRA State Office if you have any questions. 

2018 Annual Conference Frisco Info

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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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Click here to see resources from the Frisco Convention and Visitor's Bureau. 

Check back soon for additional information on Frisco events and attractions. 

See below for a map of the Convention Center where conference events will be held:

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