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dare to dream with us!

We’ll provide the creative space for you to engage with people, like yourself, who have a dream: that risk-taking is how we learn. Alongside other innovative educators, you will learn and share ideas, information, and totally crazy things that folks have not only dreamed about doing but are doing. Kids learn more when WE learn more!


This year’s think! conference is about soaking in nature, providing time for creative thinking, and sharing those crazy (but amazing) dreams. It’s about seeing instruction differently. It’s about pushing forward where you never thought you could. It’s about a quest for realizing your dreams are the path to change.

download program

The conference program is now available as a PDF download.


  • Reimagine Content with the lead4ward Field Guide – Stephanie Zelenak
  • Developing Independent Thinkers in Math – Nancy Crouch
  • Teaching in Tandem – BIG Dreams for Co-Teaching – Jayme Alexander
  • Playing with the Playlist – Shelby Ellis
  • Let’s Try Pulling the String! Accountability 2018 – John Fessenden
  • Writing Across the Curriculum – Cristin Ledbetter
  • Why think!? Why Dream? – Diane Potter
  • Engaging Experiences Create “The DREAM!!” – Cody Mize
  • Student Voice – Katrina Crouch
  • Gritty Strategies for Teachers – Brandon Tatum
  • Dream, Learn and Innovate! – Michael Watson
  • Building A Positive Classroom Culture – Candice Lloyd
  • Talk it Up! – Dara Bender
  • Think, Learn, Engage! Through Justification Stations Grades 3-EOC – Jenna Shinners & Allison Gillentine
  • Grades; Are they a DREAM or a Nightmare? – Trisha Averkiades
  • Personalized Learning: Dreams to do come true! – Kristen Meeks
  • In order to form a more perfect union… – Stacy Pattenaude
  • Bringing the Planning Guide to Life – Amador Vasquez
  • Living the Data Dream! – Jason Hewitt
  • Investigating Life Outside as Early Science Explorers – Katie Braden
  • Lead4ward Lollipops – Jarra Exum
  • Mashing It Up! Science K-5 – Victoria Cochran
  • Teamwork Makes the Lead4ward Dream Work! – Julia McMains
  • WHAM BAM! Engaging PLCs – Laura Stauffer
  • Flashback Friday – Lauren Jones
  • Think! About Why Students Must Have Must Reads! – Elizabeth Zelenak
  • What Do You Really See in Nature? – Katie Braden
  • “THINKING BUBBLES” are the Answer! – Marisol Rodriguez
  • Rethinking Special Education: Bridging Compliance to Meet Instruction – Ashley Colquitt
  • #Goals – Brittany Turner
  • Leading the Shift – Cyndi Nyvall
  • It’s All About Supplemental Aids for All Students! – Shelly Bratcher
  • Getting Started with Blended Learning – Luann Hughes
  • Survivor TISD: The Island of Learning – Luann Hughes
  • Dreaming About Campus Growth? Leading Campuses towards School Improvement utilizing Lead4ward Resources – Sherita Wilson-Rodgers
  • How Lead4ward Led Us Out of IR – Paula Harshbarger
  • Dream Weaving: Connecting Lead4ward Tools, Strategies and Concepts to District Initiatives – Luckie Flores
  • Supercharge Thinking with Flipgrid! – Debbie Boyer
  • Getting the Most of Your Quintiles – John Hinds
  • A Collaboration of Ideas – Joni Rodella
  • Plan It! – Courtney Christian
  • Tacking the Reading Issue – Guided Reading at the Secondary Level – Cyndi Nyvall
  • The ELA Classroom of Today – Candi Callas
  • Student Led Conversations: The Harkness Discussion – Annette Terry
  • Struggling on Purpose: Less Answering, More Understanding – Meagan McCutcheon
  • Coaching Assessment Literacy and Empowering Practitioner Validity in Local Testing – Ed Cunningham
  • Fun with Math Fluency – Mary Headley
  • What’s soooo interesting about the interesting items? – Stephanie Zelenak

preconference schedule (optional)

wednesday, nov. 29
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
view more information ->


conference schedule

day 1 – thursday, nov. 30 day 2 – friday, dec. 1
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.



registration for the 2017 think! conference is now open!
nov. 30 – dec. 1, 2017

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd
Cedar Creek

HOTEL ROOMS ARE SOLD OUT! Other hotel options in the area are

Hampton Inn & Suites Bastrop
107 Hunters Crossing Blvd, Bastrop, TX 78602 512-321-0900

Best Western Bastrop Pines Inn
240 S Hasler Blvd, Bastrop, TX 78602 512-321-2898