con·​next /kuh-nekst/ (verb) – to connect to the next
… but the next what?

The connections we make with each other and with our students make a profound difference in creating the future – the next – that we imagine and hope for. Our ability to grow connects inextricably with their ability to grow; our ability to adapt inspires their ability to adapt. Imagine a world where every student, every teacher, every leader, every campus, and every district believes ability and intelligence are shapable … where effective interventions that cultivate a growth mindset are available to everyone … and every student learns to love learning and love taking on new challenges.


This is the next we want to see on our campuses and in our districts; it is the next we need. It is the next we ARE!


Our context includes more new teachers and an education ecosystem learning to thrive in the post-pandemic normal. It takes time, it takes intention, it takes courage, and it takes us bringing our best selves to the table. Creating our “next” requires us to connect systems, ideas, and people; to try new things; to let some things go; to embrace the challenges; and to take risks.


You’re invited! Connext with us at this year’s think! conference to connect to the next we all want and need!


sessions from last year

Take a look at session titles and topics for think! 2022:

  • Think It, Say It, Learn It: Believe in the Power of Student Discourse
  • Believe it When you See it – Feedback Walks and Data Digs that Optimize Success for All
  • Fun Science Experiment….. Now What?
  • Writing About Reading and the Importance of Critical Thinking
  • Believing in and Building Leadership at All Levels
  • Igniting A Culture of Risk-Takers
  • Buckle Up! Students in the driver seat, wide open roads, and an easy map to get started
  • Believe in the Power of Planning – Using District-wide systematic Macro-planning to set students up for success
  • Believe in the Power of the Playlist: STAAR 2.0 Instructional Connections
  • Believe it, Achieve it: Providing new teachers with the tools they need to succeed
  • see more->

conference schedule

day 1 – wednesday, nov. 29 day 2 – thursday, nov. 30
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


preconference options

lead4ward 101
Join us to explore how to use the student-centered, teacher-friendly tools, resources, and strategies from lead4ward to make learning
meaningful and engaging!

being the leader your new teachers need!

Join us for an afternoon exploring what new teachers need from an effective leader and how to prioritize support, making this year on your campus the first of many successful years to come!

tuesday, nov. 28
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


discover, experience, encounter the lost pines resort!

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa


575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd
Cedar Creek