Baylor School of Education hosts about 500 educators from dozens of districts or schools at the annual Baylor TAIR (Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading) Regional Conference each fall. The two-day event typically offers different conference strands for different educational levels.
Baylor School of Education senior lecturer Margaret Thomson, 2015-16 president of TAIR, said TAIR’s conferences are popular with educators because they are partnerships with the participating schools and districts. Baylor’s is the largest of the regional conferences.
“We plan based on feedback that we receive about what educators need,” Thomson said. “They also let us know about good speakers in their own districts, and those people are often invited to lead break-out sessions.”
TAIR’s goal is to provide literacy educators with the opportunity to interact with outstanding professionals; to become acquainted with current research, methods, and materials; and share successful instructional strategies. The first TAIR conference was held in the fall of 1949.