Professional Development

Professional Development offers continuing education opportunities to the greater southeast Texas community through professional development classes. CPE (continuing professional education) credits can be earned. These credits are approved by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC). All classes are held on the UHCL campus and conducted by educators that are leading experts in their respective fields.

Spring 2019 Sessions

   20 Ways to Infuse Creativity in the Classroom
 

In this session, we will explore 20 ways to infuse creativity into your daily classroom instruction, incorporating instructional strategies and technology applications. You will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of tools (with our support) that you can immediately take back to your classroom. After lunch, you will experience the thrill of a Breakout Box as you demonstrate your own creativity! Are you up for the challenge?

Fee: $100
Length: One six-hour session
CPE: 6.00

Please bring a FULLY charged device to this session. Participants must attend all six hours to receive six hours of credit. Teachers receive 6-Hour GT Update by attending!

Please bring a lunch or be prepared for a one-hour lunch break close by.

Presenters

Blythe Brown, an advanced academics specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 18 years of experience. Her experience ranges from fourth and fifth grade teacher (all content areas), math coach, gifted and talented teacher, and district and state presenter. Blythe was TAGT's Innovator of the Year for 2016.

Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience. Her experiences ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Gifted and Talented teacher, and an experienced district and state gifted conference presenter. 

Registration Information

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 

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  Differentiation for the Advanced Learner
 

In this session, you will leave with new tools and techniques that can be applied daily. You will experience and learn to create an environment and overall culture of learning that will allow advanced students to thrive in your classroom. You will explore instructional practices that create the engaging rigor advanced students need to grow as learners while they are with you. Fully charged devices are a MUST for this class!

Fee: $85
Length: One six-hour session
CPE: 6.00

Please bring a FULLY charged device to this session. Participants must attend all six hours to receive six hours of credit. Teachers receive 6-Hour GT Update by attending!

Please bring a lunch or be prepared for a one-hour lunch break close by.

Presenters

Blythe Brown, an advanced academics specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 18 years of experience. Her experience ranges from fourth and fifth grade teacher (all content areas), math coach, gifted and talented teacher, and district and state presenter. Blythe was TAGT's Innovator of the Year for 2016.

Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience. Her experiences ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Gifted and Talented teacher, and an experienced district and state gifted conference presenter.

Registration Information

Saturday, April 27, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Main

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   Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators
 

Teachers make STEM learning fun! The Makey Makey is a collaborative project between Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum of the MIT Media Lab and SparkFun Electronics. It's an invention kit that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers by using everyday objects as a replacement for keyboards and mice. With the Makey Makey, you could replace your space key with a banana, use Play-Doh to move and click your mouse, or high-five your best friend to advance PowerPoint slides. Learn how to transfer this amazing inventor kit to engaging science lessons in your classroom!

Fee: $100; Student: $50
CPE: 6.00 hrs of CPE

Space is limited. There are 20 spots available per session. On-site registration is not available.

Registration Information

Register for one of the sessions below.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 19PDMM01

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 19PDMM02

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 19PDMM03

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Saturday May 25, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 19PDMM04

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   Breakout University
 

 Can you breakout, are up for the challenge? Experience deeply engaging, inquiry-based planning of a Breakout lesson! Model, collaborate, and build the pieces required to have a successful and challenging Breakout lesson for your students. All collaboratively created resources will be shared via Padlet.

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers (All Content Areas)

Fee: $100; Student: $40
CPE: 6.00 hrs of CPE

Length: One 6-hour session, Teachers receive 6-Hour GT Update by attending!

Presenters

Blythe Brown and Dalena Ryskoski

Blythe Brown, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 18 years of experience. Her experience ranges from 4th and 5th grade teacher (all content areas), Math Coach, Gifted and Talented teacher, as well as district and state presenter. Blythe was TAGT’s Innovator of the Year for 2016.

Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience. Her experiences ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Gifted and Talented teacher, and an experienced district and state gifted conference presenter.

NOTE:
Space is limited. 20 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available.

Registration Information

Saturday, April 6, 2019

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Main

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  Create Happiness in Your Everyday Life and in Your Classroom
   

Research shows that happiness can increase your and your students’ intelligence, creativity, productivity, work performance, and energy levels. Happiness can also reduce anxiety and stress levels. In this session, you will learn how to create happiness in your everyday life through positive and meaningful habits. You will learn how to systematically implement 12 research-based happiness activities that can lead you to a happier life. This session will help you identify what makes you happy based on your values and what matters to you. By being aware of what makes you happy and creating happiness in your daily life, not only you will experience the happiness advantage, but you will also positively impact those around you, including your students. In addition to the happiness advantage mentioned above, when students are happy, they are able to process more information, solve complex problems, and notice more details. As a result, students academically outperform their pessimistic peers.

Fee: $85
Length: One six-hour session
CPE: 6.00; Six (6) hours of CPE.

Code: 19PDCH

Presenter

Angelica Ribeiro holds a PhD degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on English as a second language from the Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in multicultural education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has worked with English learners and preservice teachers in the United States and Brazil for over 18 years. Currently, Angelica is a higher-education instructor who also helps others benefit from her happiness research. She is the author of Running into Happiness: How My Happiness Habit Journal Created Lasting Happiness in the Midst of a Crazy-busy Semester and My Happiness Habit Journal.

NOTE
Space is limited. 20 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available.
Cancellation and refund policy: No refund will be made for registration cancellation less than 14 days prior to workshop or event date. Please Note: We may need to cancel classes or camps due to low enrollment. If there is a need for cancellation, you will be notified the week prior to the event.

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability to participate in this program should contact the CEP office at 281-283-3529 or cep@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to arrange for the accommodation.


Registration Information
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Main

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Cancellation and refund policy: No refunds will be given for an registration cancellation that occurs fewer than 7 days prior to workshop or event date.

Please note: We may need to cancel classes or camps due to low enrollment. If there is a need for cancellation, you will be notified the week prior to the event.

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability to participate in this program should contact the CEP office at 281-283-3529 or cep@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to arrange for the accommodation.

Contact
  • Center for Educational Programs

    Phone: 281-283-3529
    Email: CEP@uhcl.edu

    Arbor Building 1300.01
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 270
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Mon. - Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.