Texas Head Start Association presents "Knowing Our Why" - A Leadership Forum
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  • Single-Day Virtual Conference
    September 14, 2023
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

THEME: Knowing Our Why – Head Start Children and Families

Thursday, September 14, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CDT

About the conference

TXHSA is encouraging Head Start leadership teams to attend this important event Special emphasis will be placed on the unique roles of governing bodies, executive agency-level staff, and program-level directors and managers that play a key role in designing operational systems, plans, policies, procedures, and workflows to meet the complex needs of low-income children and families in communities throughout the State of Texas.


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Welcome and Overview
Opening Remarks, Weldon T. Beard, President, Texas Head Start Association

Acknowledgements, Announcements, & Intro of Speaker
Texas Head Start Association Board Member

Office of Head Start (OHS) National and Regional Priorities
Speaker: Kenneth R. Gilbert, Region VI OHS Program Manager

​10:30 am – 10:40 am BREAK

​10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction of Speaker
Dr. Alferma Giles, Director of Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office

Part One – Fathers: “More Than the Contributory Effect”
Speaker: Dr. Jerry Roberson – Cognitive High-Performance Coach

​12:00 pm – 12:30 pm LUNCH

12:30pm – 1:45 pm

Part Two – Fathers: “More Than the Contributory Effect”
Speaker: Dr. Jerry Roberson – Cognitive High-Performance Coach

​1:45 pm – 1:55 pm BREAK

​1:55 pm – 2:40 pm

National Head Start Association (NHSA) Legislative Updates
Speaker: Tommy Sheridan, Deputy Director of NHSA

​2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Texas Legislative Updates
Speaker: David Feigen, Texans Care for Children

​3:35pm – 4:20 pm

Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System
Speaker: Dr. Tracy Jones, Assistant Director Children’s Learning Institute at UT Health

4:20pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jerry Roberson

With over two decades of experience, Dr. Roberson is a heralded Cognitive Strategist whose professional insights touch the lives of individuals from varied walks, including professional athletes, entertainers, clergy, and senior executives. His dedication to understanding the intricate layers of human behavior and development is underscored by his extensive work in family, maternal, and child health. Dr. Roberson is the author of “Transformation: Speaking Spirit to Spirit.”