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March 14, 2019

Affordable One Day Options For TxDLA Conference

Note this update from this Texas-based conference that has historically been friendly to K-12 distance, online, and blended learning sessions.

Affordable & Convenient ONE DAY Options for TxDLA Annual Conference
Get a full day of innovative learning starting at $330
March 25-28, 2019
Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston, Texas

Budget cuts getting you down? Can’t get away from the office for more than a day or two for professional development?

TxDLA has a ONE DAY ONLY opportunity for networking and learning about trends in educational technology offered on Tuesday OR Wednesday of the conference (March 26-27).

Tuesday, March 26 Highlights Include:
>> Dr. Anabel Jensen keynoting on Optimism is the Metacognitive Skill for the 21st Century
>> Hall of Fame Awards Presentation
>> Four Breakout Times with over 30 sessions to choose from
>> Exhibit Hall Open 12-5 pm including an afternoon mixer
>> Regional Group Meetings (all welcome to network with your region)
>> Full Breakfast and Lunch included in fee

Wednesday, March 27 Highlights Include:
>> Will Bowen keynoting on Complaint Free Organizations
>> TxDLA Awards Presentation
>> Five Breakout Times with over 25 sessions to choose from
>> Exhibit Hall Open 8-1:30 including prize drawings
>> Continental Breakfast and Lunch included in fee

See the agenda to view session details >>

Get registered now to secure your seat at the premiere distance learning conference in the state of Texas.

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March 8, 2019

There’s Love (And Learning) In The Air

Information on another up-coming conference.

2019 TxDLA Annual Conference
March 25-28, 2019
Moody Gardens Hotel
Galveston, Texas
See the agenda >>

Considering professional development opportunities? You’ll find them — and more — at the 2019 TxDLA Annual Conference. We know you’re in it for the love of learning, but here are a few additional compelling reasons to join us.

Five great reasons to attend:

1. “There are no strangers here. Only friends you haven’t met yet.”

When William Butler Yeats said it, he wasn’t talking about the TxDLA Conference— though he could have been. Whether you attend with a crew or on your own, you’ll have the opportunity to network with 400 like-minded individuals keen on driving education forward in new, innovative ways.

2. No extra meal costs.

Your full registration fee covers all sessions (except for ONE breakout session on Monday, which is $99) — meals, the opening reception, jam session, exhibit hall access, and the Dinner Party by the Pool on Wednesday. Download this Justification Letter to help make your case to the boss.

3. Enjoy an inspiring tropical getaway.

Moody Gardens Hotel is a secret oasis in Galveston, Texas — the perfect setting to relax, put aside distractions, and be inspired by new ideas and ways of thinking.

4. Flexible pricing options.

In order to ensure you are getting the most value from attending the TxDLA Conference, we offer an array of registration options at different price points including a lower package for full-time graduate students as well as affordable one day options.

5. Bring out your inner self.

We have several opportunities for you to embrace your musical side (at the Bob Barnes Memorial Jam Session on Tuesday), your risk-taking side (playing casino at the Party by the Pool on Wednesday) or your nerdy side exploring all of the cool new products and innovations in the Exhibit Hall.
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Questions?

Contact Lisa Tomsio at TxDLA.

Many Thanks to Our Conference Partners!


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AustinTX 78701

February 23, 2019

TxDLA Partners & Exhibitors Are Building Momentum For The Conference

Note the update from this up-coming Texas-based conference, usually with lots of K-12 focused sessions.

2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28, Galveston, TX

Partners and Exhibitors are Building Momentum for TxDLA’s Annual Conference

The 2019 Texas Distance Learning Conference is fast approaching. With only a month left, make sure you have registered to attend the premiere distance learning conference in the state of Texas.

Thanks to our partners and vendors that have ensured the 2019 TxDLA Conference will be a success. With more than 30 vendors and exhibitors, the TxDLA vendor hall will be the place to be. Stop by and visit each of them and learn about the latest and greatest technology and services they have to offer. Many of the exhibitors will be holding drawings for all sorts of great prizes in their booths, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and get ready for a the final prize drawings with dessert in the exhibit hall on Wednesday! Also, remember to check out their product demos during the breakout sessions. Several vendors will feature their products during these times to help you learn more and see them in action.

To see a full list of our partners and vendors go here.

Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Monday, March 25: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (The “Everybody Get Together” Welcome Reception/ Opening of Exhibits)
  • Tuesday, March 26: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. ( Lunch and Afternoon Mixer in Exhibit Hall)
  • Wednesday, March 27: 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Breakfast and Lunch in Exhibit Hall followed by Dessert with PRIZE DRAWINGS!)

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 TxDLA Conference!

Haven’t registered for the conference?  Conference registration is still open, and slots are still available for the pre-conference workshop.

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AustinTX 78701

February 13, 2019

Digital Accessibility Training At TxDLA Conference

See this opportunity at the up-coming TxDLA Conference.

2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28, Galveston, TX

Digital Accessibility Training Options at TxDLA

Choose from three upcoming options for training in digital accessibility, including a pre-conference workshop at the TxDLA Conference on Monday, March 25, 2019

Accessibility by individuals with disabilities to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The growth of online learning, and the increased use of digital materials in blended and flipped classrooms in K-12 and higher education has created more accessibility issues. Texas regulations make it clear that academic institutions need to attend to accessibility issues. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice enforcement of accessibility issues has made explicit the actions academic institutions should be engaged in to ensure that all students have full access to learning.

TxDLA offers a 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program which positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of this important issue by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.

TxDLA is offering three upcoming options for different levels of training in digital accessibility:

  • ** Preconference Workshop at the 2019 TxDLA Conference – Building Inclusive Communities: Accessibility as the Mortar
    March 25, 12;00 – 4:30pm , $99 (for individual who are attending the conference). More details here.
  • Digital Accessibility Certification – All Online (no in-person or conference attendance necessary)
    March 25 – May 6, 2019, $600. More details here.
  • Digital Accessibility Certification Conference Registration Bundle (includes full 3.5 day TxDLA conference, 1/2 day pre-conference workshop and the online certification) – Combination of In-Person and Online
    March 25-29, 2019 (In-Person Conference), March 25 – May 6, 2019 (Online Component), $995. More details here (scroll to bottom)

** The pre-conference workshop is not intended to be a comprehensive certification and covers only a small portion of the material included in the full certification program.

Disclaimer: Electronic Accessibility is an ever-changing craft, combining both art and science. The TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification indicates successful completion of a rigorous 5-week online accessibility training program as of the certification date. However, TxDLA does not guarantee the quality of any products produced by the certified individual, and cannot be responsible for any issues that may arise as a result of information that is received from this certification training.


Registration: Hurry! Seats fill up quickly!

Pre-Conference Workshop, $99 (includes box lunch) – REGISTER NOW 
(note: if you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the pre-conference workshop, please contact Lisa Tomsio to add the workshop.

Online Certification, $600 – REGISTER NOW

Certification & Conference Bundle, $995 – REGISTER NOW

See the complete 2019 TxDLA Conference schedule with details HERE, where there are multiple breakout sessions on accessibility throughout the three-day conference.

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AustinTX 78701

February 7, 2019

Keynotes To Speak On Optimism & Complaint-Free Organizations At TxDLA – Earlybird Savings Deadline Ends TODAY!

An item from yesterday’s inbox.

2019 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28, Galveston, TX

Dr. Anabel Jensen, Will Bowen to Speak on Optimism, Complaint-Free Organizations

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE ENDS
TODAY, FEBRUARY 6!

Get registered for the conference by TODAY (February 6) to enjoy earlybird savings. Make your hotel reservation by February 28. 

TxDLA is excited to announce that Will Bowen will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, March 27. Bowen will present on Complaint Free Organizations, a fast-paced and funny presentation on the destructive effects complaining has on health, happiness, relationships, and career. He’ll explain what is (and isn’t) a complaint, and the five reasons people complain. Finally he’ll teach you how to get other people (and ourselves) to stop complaining and be a positive leadership in a negative world. You’ll leave inspired, mindful of own own complaints, and motivated to approach complainers with new, simple and effective strategies.

Bowen is the founder of the Complaint FreeⓇ movement with over 12 million followers worldwide. He’s been featured on Oprah, Dr. Oz, Forbes, NBC’s Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The ABC World News, Fox News, People, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Maya Angelou provided the forward for Will’s #1 International Bestselling book A Complaint Free World, which has sold more than 3 million copies in 30 languages and is required reading at many universities and businesses. Will Bowen is a humorous motivational speaker, a multi #1 Amazon best-selling author, an award-winning trainer, the 2016 Purdue University Executive in Residence, and he’s the World Authority on Complaining — why people complain, what’s wrong complaining, and how to get ourselves and others to stop.


TxDLA is also pleased to welcome Dr. Anabel Jensen as the opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, March 26. Dr. Jensen will speak on optimism, the metacognitive skill for the 21st Century. Did you know optimists are healthier, live longer, and make more money? Optimists also have more friends, cope better with stress, and achieve greater success. Discover how to analyze your challenges and tie them to essential values to combat anxiety and depression.

Recognized around the world for her work utilizing emotional intelligence, Anabel Jensenco-founded and is President of the nonprofit Six Seconds, known for the “Six Seconds Model,” a process for putting the skills of emotional intelligence into action. Anabel has been a full professor in the School of Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur University; Executive Director of the Nueva School; and co-founder and CEO of Synapse School.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Anabel one of the “Top 100 Women of Influence” in 2015. She has received numerous education accolades and is the author of four books and numerous articles on teaching emotional intelligence. Anabel has trained more than 20,000 educators and leaders around the world. Her career has been devoted to the concept that everyone has the potential to be a change maker for the greater good, and she strives to help people find the best in themselves and each other.

See the complete schedule with details HERE.

Join us, as we collaborate and support one another in Building Community at this year’s conference.

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