The TCTA Representative Assembly will convene Jan. 31-Feb. 1
at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol during TCTA's 2019 Convention. (The Directors' Council will meet Jan. 30.)

Delegates to the TCTA Representative Assembly can participate in TCTA business meetings and elections, earn up to 6 CPE hours, interact with TCTA’s statewide leadership and headquarters staff, visit lawmakers at the State Capitol and have fun collaborating with other members.

How to register

Local association presidents must submit names of voting delegates for the TCTA Representative Assembly through the online registration form. Online registration begins at 8 a.m. December 6 and ends at 11:59 p.m. January 21. (On-site registration will be available for late registrants.) The Membership Department will send local association presidents their projected delegate counts and rebate information packets by mid-December. Local association presidents who have questions or need assistance can email membership@tcta.org or call 888-879-8282. If you belong to a local affiliate and want to be a convention delegate, contact your local president.

Hotel reservations & transit

Members attending convention can take advantage of TCTA's discounted room rates at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78701. Room rates are:

  • $199 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. 
  • $219 per night (plus tax) for triple occupancy.
  • $239 per night (plus tax) for quadruple occupancy.

Room reservations also include half-price overnight parking ($15) in the adjacent garage ad free internet access in guest rooms (a $12.95 value). Discounted room rates will be available through 5 p.m. January 16, or until all available rooms are booked.

Discounted room rates are available for check-in starting Jan. 29 through check-out on Feb. 2. ​Note: If you want to extend your stay beyond TCTA's convention dates, please call the Sheraton's Reservations Supervisor, Xavier Nieto, at 512-404-6926. Additional nights will be honored at the group rate based on availability.

Transportation to the hotel:

  • Ride-hailing/taxi rides from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are about $30.
  • Discount airport shuttles are available through Super Shuttle using the TCTA discount code: 2557U.

Convention schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • The Executive Board and Directors' Council meet.
  • 2 to 7 p.m.: Registration for convention delegates in the ballroom foyer.

Thursday, Jan. 31

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Registration for convention delegates in the ballroom foyer.
  • 9 to 10 a.m.: Legislative briefing for Capitol Visit (1 hour CPE credit)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Capitol Visit (lunch on your own)
  • 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.: CPE breakout session 1 (1.25 hours CPE credit)
    • Option 1: Legislative Priorities
    • Option 2: Effective Strategies for ELL Students
  • 3 to 5 p.m.: Representative Assembly, first and second business meetings
    • Special presentation by Education Commissioner Mike Morath
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m.: District Coordinating Council meetings
  • 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.: Election voting

Friday, Feb. 1

  • 7 to 8 a.m.: Continental breakfast and conversation about all things TCTA
  • 8 to 9 a.m.: CPE breakout session 2 (1 hour CPE credit)
    • Option 1: Strategies for Dealing with Traumatized Students, Part 1
    • Option 2: Transforming Your Classroom with Active Learning
  • 9 to 10 a.m.: CPE breakout session 3 (1 hour CPE credit)
    • Option 1: Strategies for Dealing with Traumatized Students, Part 2
    • Option 2: The Reality of Everyday School Violence
  • 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.: CPE breakout session (1.25 hours CPE credit)
    • Option 1: The Teacher's Role in Special Education
    • Option 2: Legal Q&A Session
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch on your own and runoff voting, if necessary
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Keynote Address by G. Dennette Gardner: Secrets to de-stressing yourself and your students (0.5 hour CPE)
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Representative Assembly, third business meeting and election results

Elections & TCTA Business

Elect TCTA’s state leaders and vote on any TCTA governance amendments between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Join the discussions on association business and education policy during the business meetings. Statewide offices open for election this year include:

  • President-elect
  • Governance Committee Chair
  • Legislation Committee Chair
  • Membership Committee Chair
  • Professional Rights & Responsibilities Committee Chair

Qualifications and Consent Forms for candidates for statewide TCTA office were due by Nov. 2, 2018, to be on the official ballot. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor during the first business meeting of the Representative Assembly on Jan. 31, 2019 (individuals nominated from the floor will not be on the printed ballot but will be write-in candidates). For more information about qualifications, click here.

The following candidates filed by the Nov. 2 deadline:

  • President-elect: Twila Read, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Governance Committee Chair: Eleanore Malone, Tyler ISD 
  • Legislation Committee Chair: Cristal Isaacks, Levelland ISD
  • Membership Committee Chair: Ann Martinez, Calhoun County ISD (seeking re-election)
  • Professional Rights & Responsibilities Committee Chair: Joyce McCurdy, Wichita Falls ISD (seeking re-election)

Exhibits   

Talk to TCTA attorneys at the Ask-A-Lawyer booth or shop for TCTA swag at the Membership and ACT For TCTA booths. Bring your checkbook for the live auction to benefit ACT For TCTA. Hill Country Rocks and Kendra Scott will have jewelry for sale.

Special needs will be accommodated upon request. Contact Persie Ngo-Hatchie at pngohatchie@tcta.org or 888-879-8282 by Jan. 21.

Delegates

Local association presidents will be mailed packets containing their projected delegate counts and rebate information by mid-December. 

Delegates-at-Large and Student Delegates

TCTA Active members who teach in school districts with no TCTA local affiliate may serve as voting delegates to the 2019 Representative Assembly. Allocation is made on the basis of one delegate per district for each 50 Active members-at-large (or major fraction thereof).

Student members may serve as nonvoting delegates, and delegate status is allocated on the basis of one delegate for each 50 student members (or major fraction thereof).

Active-level members who teach in school districts without a TCTA local affiliate who are interested in serving as delegates-at-large and student members who are interested in serving as nonvoting student delegates may submit their names to be included in a random drawing that will determine who fills the available delegate spots. Names of potential delegates-at-large and student delegates must be submitted in writing no later than Dec. 2, 2018, to:

TCTA Executive Director
PO Box 1489
Austin TX 78767-1489
Fax: 512-469-9527
Email: webmaster@tcta.org

Governance Amendments

Amendments to the TCTA Constitution or Bylaws must have been submitted in writing by Nov. 2, 2018, to qualify for a lower voting percentage for adoption; however, amendments may be submitted from the Representative Assembly floor in January and will require a higher voting majority to pass. The maker must distribute copies of any amendments submitted from the RA floor to all delegates. As of Nov. 2, no amendments had been submitted to headquarters.