The TCTA Representative Assembly will convene Friday, February 7, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel during the 2020 Annual Meeting. (The Executive Board and Directors' Council will meet Thursday, February 6.)

Come to Austin for a day of interacting with teachers across the state, your TCTA staff and some distinguished guests! Don’t miss this scaled down version of our annual convention, designed to minimize your time out of the classroom while maximizing the information and new strategies you can take back to your district. Earn up to 3 hours of CPE credit!

How to register

Local association presidents must submit names of voting delegates for the TCTA Representative Assembly through the online registration form. Online registration is now open and ends January 22. (On-site registration will be available for late registrants.) The Membership Department mailed local association presidents their projected delegate counts and rebate information packets on Dec. 13. 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 Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, TX 78759. Room rates are:

  • $170 per night (plus tax).

Discounted room rates must be booked by 5 p.m. January 22. Discounted rates are available for rooms Feb. 5-8. The hotel also provides a free shuttle to The Domain shopping center.

Transportation to the hotel:

  • Ride-hailing/taxi rides from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are about $55.
  • Discount airport shuttles are available through Super Shuttle using the TCTA discount code: HF4NV.

Convention schedule*

Thursday, Feb. 6

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

Friday, Feb. 7

  • 7 – 8 a.m. | We’ll start bright and early with a working breakfast, so head down to the hotel ballroom for pastries and coffee. TCTA lobby staff will brief you about ongoing policy initiatives resulting from the 2019 legislative session. (30 minutes CPE credit)
  • 8 – 9 a.m. | Commissioner Mike Morath joins us to elaborate on his plans for some of those initiatives. The implementation of House Bill 3 will have a significant impact on you and your campus, so take advantage of this opportunity to hear the commissioner’s priorities and proposals. This session will include a Q&A opportunity. (1 hour CPE credit)
  • 9 – 9:45 a.m. | The TCTA Representative Assembly convenes to kick off the business meeting, and we’ll get the basics out of the way — including approving the agenda, introducing the state leadership and staff, announcing candidates, and taking any new candidate nominations from the floor.
  • 9:45 – 10 a.m. | 15-minute break
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. | We are honored to be joined by University of Texas head baseball coach David Pierce. A special guest of TCTA State President Albert Mosqueda, Pierce was a Texas teacher himself, coaching at Dobie High School in Pasadena before moving to the college level. He will talk about how teachers can change the game through perseverance and teamwork to better educate today’s students. (30 minutes CPE credit)
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. | Back to work with the second business meeting. Candidates for state office will give their speeches and we’ll hear a few committee reports and conduct other organizational business.
  • 11:15 – noon. | We break into District Coordinating Council meetings. You can visit and strategize with other local CTA leaders from your area, and TCTA membership staff will be on hand to answer any questions.
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m. | Exercise time! That is, time to exercise your right to vote and select TCTA’s new state leaders. The offices of President-Elect, Budget Chair, Curriculum & Instruction Chair, and Teacher Personal Services Chair are up for election. 
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m. | Lunch on your own. TCTA will provide a list of local eateries near the Arboretum, including some staff favorites!
  • 2 – 3 p.m. | Members of the always informative and engaging TCTA legal and lobby teams will talk about the top five issues our members are calling about, how you can help at the local level, and what we’re working to achieve through legislation and agency rules. (1 hour CPE credit)
  • 3 p.m. – ??  | Our final business meeting includes announcing election results, the last committee reports and any remaining business. We don’t want to keep you after school, so we hope to finish up by 3:45 p.m.

*Please note: Session times may change slightly to accommodate the schedules of our special guest speakers.

Click here for a printable version of our schedule you can turn in to your administration with time-off requests.

Elections & TCTA Business

Elect TCTA’s state leaders and vote on any TCTA governance amendments between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m. Friday. Join the discussions on association business and education policy during the business meetings. Statewide offices open for election this year include:

  • President-elect
  • Budget Committee Chair
  • Curriculum & Instruction Committee Chair
  • Teacher Professional Services Committee Chair

Qualifications and Consent Forms for candidates for statewide TCTA office were due by Nov. 9, 2019, to be on the official ballot. Nominations also will be accepted from the floor during the first business meeting of the Representative Assembly on Feb. 7, 2020 (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. 9 deadline:

  • President-elect: Sherry Miller, Killeen CTA
  • Budget Committee Chair: Melody Young, Sherman CTA (seeking re-election)
  • Curriculum & Instruction Committee Chair: Amy Collazo, Nederland CTA
  • Teacher Professional Services Committee Chair: Nydia Alvarez-Alonzo, Mission CTA; Jennifer Thomason, Lubbock CTA

Look for more information on these candidates in the next issue of The Classroom Teacher magazine publishing in December.

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 2020 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. 9, 2019, 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. 9, 2019, to qualify for a lower voting percentage for adoption; however, amendments may be submitted from the Representative Assembly floor in February 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. 9, no amendments had been submitted to headquarters.

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