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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 2020 Sessions

  TExES Prep (Math)
 

A FREE 3-hour workshop to interactively cover the key content of the TExES Mathematics 4-8 & 7-12 tests! This session will provide targeted instruction on the math domains and competencies related to Mathematics Instruction, Patterns & Algebra, and more! Breakout sessions specifically for the Mathematics 4-8 group and Mathematics 7-12 group will be offered!

**This session is funded by a Department of Education HSI-STEM supplemental grant.
 

PRESENTER :

Amery McIntosh & Ethan Rieck, School District Math Specialists

Date: Friday, Jan 31, 2020

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Target audience: Pre-service 4-8 math & 7-12 math teachers in undergraduate or alt-cert programs

Fee: FREE

NOTE:

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

Space is limited. 30 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available.
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.

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  TExES Prep (Science)
 

The following 3-hour review sessions are a first in a series of workshops to help prepare YOU for the secondary science TExES 4-8 Science certification and/or 7-12 Life Science certification exams. The initial workshops will focus on scientific inquiry and process skills. The key content and topics of explanation, interactive hands-on experience and demonstration include, but not limited to the domain’s first 3 competencies:

Competency 001 – Understand how to select and manage learning activities to ensure the safety of all students and the correct use and care of organisms, natural resources, materials, equipment and technologies;

Competency 002 – Understand the nature of science, the process of scientific inquiry and the unifying concepts and processes that are common to all sciences; and

Competency 003 – Understand the history of science, how science impacts the daily lives of students and how science interacts with and influences personal and societal decisions.

PRESENTER:

Sally Wall retired after 34 years teaching biology and middle school science. She trained future teachers as an adjunct professor of Life Science Methods for University of Houston Clear Lake and College of the Mainland for another 11 years. Sally worked as co-director of the UTMB Regional Science Collaborative and Assistant Director and STEM coach for the Southeast Regional T-STEM Center located at UTMB in Galveston. She has written lessons for different curricula including Flying Wild, Project Learning Tree, Science and Engineering Fair of Houston and STEMscopes. Sally has been recognized for her teaching efforts locally, on the state level and nationally. She was named outstanding teacher by the NASA Rotary Club, Clear Creek Schools and the Mayor of Houston. Additionally, she was named Outstanding Science Teacher by El Paso Energy and the Texas Regional Science Collaborative and Outstanding Environmental Educator for Texas Project Learning Tree. On the national level she has been recognized by National Project Learning Tree and the American Forest Foundation for Outstanding Environmental Education. Sally is a member and president elect for the Texas Association of Biology Teachers, Texas Association for Environmental Educators, Texas Earth Science Teachers Association, Texas Science Teachers Leadership Association, National Science Teachers Association, and North American Association for Environmental Education.

Session #1 - Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Session #2 (Repeat of Session #1) - Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Target audience: Pre-service teachers seeking their Grades 4-8 & 7-12 teaching certifications in undergraduate or alt-cert programs.

Fee: FREE (You will receive a certificate of attendance reflecting 3-Hrs of professional development which can go towards your PSP hours.)

NOTE: *Please bring your laptop. **Light refreshments served for Friday evening workshop!

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

Space is limited. 30 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available.

 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.

Session #1

Session #2

  Mentor Text- What is It? How do I use It? What Do I Sticky - Part 1
 

Mentor Text : What is It? How do I use It? What Do I Sticky - PART 1

Mentor Text: What is It? How Do I Use It? What Do I Sticky?
Mentor texts are widely used in classrooms today. These resources provide teachers with a wide variety of options for content-based teaching across the curriculum. Strategies involved in this process can include the use of sticky-notes, stop and jots, and graphic organizers. But where do you start? What does this type of instruction look like in the classroom? Be prepared to apply mentor text-supported strategies that actively engage your students in the learning process.

SPEAKERS:

Elaine Y. Hendrix, Ed.D.Clinical Associate ProfessorLiteracy, Language Arts, and Literature StudiesUniversity of Houston – Clear Lakehendrixe@uhcl.edu#Elaine Y. Hendrix, Ed.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Houston - Clear Lake. She received her B.S., M. Ed., and Ed. D. from the University of Houston Main Campus. She has accumulated over 40 years of teaching and administrative experience.

Jessica Cardwell, M. Ed Second Grade ELA Teacher Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary Katy SD jessicabcardwell@katyisd.org Mrs. Cardwell is currently a classroom teacher in Katy ISD. She has earned her B.S. from University of Houston – Victoria and her Master’s in Educational Leadership at St. Thomas University. She has been active in the field of education for 15 years.

Date:February 8, 2020 

Time: 9 am - 12 pm

Location: Arbor Building 

COST:
For Students, the fee is $25 for Part 1.

For Teachers, the fee is $50 for Part 1.

NOTE:

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

Participants will receive three hours of CPE credit and must attend all three hours to receive three hours of credit. 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.

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  Mentor Text- Across the Curriculum- Part 2
 

Mentor Text: Across the Curriculum (Participants must attend Part 1 in order to register for Part 2)


Mentor texts used as components of the instructional process allows teachers to cover a wide variety of content using well-written pieces of quality writing. While the current primary focus of Mentor Text tends to be on strengthening writing abilities, carefully selecting content-specific text can also provide students with a more in-depth understanding of a content-based concept, e.g., social justice, problem solving, or the scientific process. Learn how to integrate content covering subjects that tend to receive less attention due to time constraints. Using Mentor Text allows educators to hone their teaching “lens” and become more purposeful and reflective practitioners.

SPEAKERS:

Elaine Y. Hendrix, Ed.D. Clinical Associate Professor Literacy, Language Arts, and Literature Studies University of Houston – Clear Lake hendrixe@uhcl.edu

Elaine Y. Hendrix, Ed.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Houston - Clear Lake. She received her B.S., M. Ed., and Ed. D. from the University of Houston Main Campus. She has accumulated over 40 years of teaching and administrative experience.

Jessica Cardwell, M. Ed Second Grade ELA Teacher Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary Katy SD jessicabcardwell@katyisd.org

Mrs. Cardwell is currently a classroom teacher in Katy ISD. She has earned her B.S. from University of Houston – Victoria and her Master’s in Educational Leadership at St. Thomas University. She has been active in the field of education for 15 years.

Date: February 15, 2020

Time: 9 am -12 pm

Location: Arbor Building 

COST:
For Students , the fee is $25 for Part 2

For Teachers, the fee is $50 for Part 2

NOTE:

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

Participants will receive three hours of CPE credit and must attend all three hours to receive three hours of credit. 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.

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  Makey Makey - An 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!

CPE: Six (6) hours of CPE

Date : March 21, 2020

Time : 9 am - 4 pm

Location: Arbor Building

COST:
For Students , the fee is $50

For Teachers, the fee is $100

NOTE

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

Space is limited. 20 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available.
Each participant receives a Makey Makey kit to take home!

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.

March 21, 2020

  #TeacherTechSMACKDOWN!
 

Using Instructional Technology for the 21st Century Scholar

Introducing teachers to instructional technology should be informative and engaging - just like our lessons. Instead of just demonstrating the tools ourselves, we will create short, simple, hands-on tasks teachers can perform with these tools. We call them #TechSMACKDOWN Challenges. Learn how to use Google Classroom with Chromebooks, Spheros, Makey-Makeys, Ozobots and Google Expedition with actual TEKS-aligned class content.

You will walk away assured of how to both write grants to acquire technology and use that technology within your classroom. This will enable you to prepare your students to become competent 21st century learners. *Please bring your own laptops and/or other technological devices (cell phones, iPads, etc.) to the session.

PRESENTER:

Sha'Rell Webb is a Teacher at Lamar Fleming S.T.E.A.M. Magnet, where she teaches 8th Grade Science. Her grant writing efforts has earned approximately $18,000 of instructional technology for her classroom this year. Sha’Rell has worked with Code.org as a Computer Science Discoveries Educator, NASA as a Professional Development Educator and a Network of States Train-the-Trainer.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Arbor Building

Target Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers (All Content Areas)

Participants will receive 4 hours of CPE credit for each session, and must attend all four hours to receive four hours of credit.

Fee:

 $25 for Students

$65 for Teachers

NOTE:

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

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

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.

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  Differentiation for the Advanced Learner
 

In this session, you will explore theories and experience a variety of strategies to differentiate instruction to support advanced students. The newly adopted state plan guarantees that gifted students will receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom. Join us and you will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of tools that you can immediately take back to your classroom. Fully charged devices are a MUST for this class!

Speaker:
Blythe Brown and Dalena Ryskoski

Blythe Brown, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 20 years of experience in education. Her classroom experience ranges from departmentalized to self-contained upper elementary teacher, Math Instructional Coach, and Advanced Academics Specialist. Blythe enjoys sharing her love of learning with teachers across her district, as well as Texas at the state TAGT conference over the last 5 years. Blythe was honored to receive the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented Innovator of the Year in 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.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Arbor Building

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

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

Fee:

$25 for Students

 $85 for Teachers

NOTE:

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

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

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.

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  Mentor Text : The Perfect Pair Using Paired Text to Deepen and Broaden Student Understanding of Content - PART 3
 

 Paired Text helps to build student’s holistic view of a given subject and provide a wider range of student engagement opportunities. We will be looking at appropriate scaffolding and the benefits of pairing fiction with nonfiction, expository with literary nonfiction, ABC books with concept books, and lower level with higher level text. Come and experience first-hand how these strategies help to incorporate the new ELAR TEKS with the other content TEKS to form a more “perfect” picture!

SPEAKERS:

Elaine Y. Hendrix, Ed.D.Clinical Associate ProfessorLiteracy, Language Arts, and Literature StudiesUniversity of Houston – Clear Lakehendrixe@uhcl.edu#Elaine Y. Hendrix, Ed.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Houston - Clear Lake. She received her B.S., M. Ed., and Ed. D. from the University of Houston Main Campus. She has accumulated over 40 years of teaching and administrative experience.

Jessica Cardwell, M. Ed Second Grade ELA Teacher Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary Katy SD jessicabcardwell@katyisd.org Mrs. Cardwell is currently a classroom teacher in Katy ISD. She has earned her B.S. from University of Houston – Victoria and her Master’s in Educational Leadership at St. Thomas University. She has been active in the field of education for 15 years.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: Arbor Building

Fee:

$25 for Students 

$50 for Teachers

Participants will receive three hours of CPE credit and must attend all three hours to receive three hours of credit.

NOTE:

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process

Space is limited. 30 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available. 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.

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  Genius Hour: Bringing Passion to Life
 

In this session, you will learn the process of implementing Genius Hour in your classroom. You will try out the digital resources that make this multi-faceted approach to passion driven projects a reality. Finally, you will participate in a digital community that will allow our collaboration to continue beyond our training.

SPEAKER:
Blythe Brown and Dalena Ryskoski

Blythe Brown, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 20 years of experience in education. Her classroom experience ranges from departmentalized to self-contained upper elementary teacher, Math Instructional Coach, and Advanced Academics Specialist. Blythe enjoys sharing her love of learning with teachers across her district, as well as Texas at the state TAGT conference over the last 5 years. Blythe was honored to receive the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented Innovator of the Year in 2016.

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.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Arbor Building

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

Length: One 3-hour session, Teachers receive 3-Hour GT Update by attending!

Fee:

$25 for Students

$50 for Teachers

NOTE:
*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process


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

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. 

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  Challenge with Choice
 

Do you want to add challenge to your classroom? Join us as we teach the process that goes into designing purposeful menus for your students. You will develop menus that align with the TEKS while incorporating higher-level thinking layers. Finally, work with colleagues to create your own menus to implement in your classroom.

 SPEAKER : 

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.

Date : Saturday, April 18, 2020

Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location : Arbor Building

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

Length: One 3-hour session, Teachers receive 3-Hour GT Update by attending!

COST:
For Students , the fee is $25

For Teachers, the fee is $50

NOTE:
*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process.

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 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.

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  How to Write Successful Grants for Your STEM Classroom
 

Participants in this training will explore links to potential funding sources and additional information on currently available teacher programs, strategies, tips and pointers that will help to make their grant proposals more successful.

 SPEAKER:

Sha'Rell Webb, an 8th grade science teacher is committed to assisting educators who are pursuing grants to increase academic success in their classrooms, curriculum or professional practices. Her grant writing efforts has earned approximately $180,000 of instructional technology for her school and classroom this year. Sha'Rell has worked with Code.org as a Computer Science Discoveries Educator, NASA as a Professional Development Educator, and Network of States Train-the-Trainer.

Date : Saturday, April 25, 2020

Time : 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location : Arbor Building

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

Length: One 4-hour session, Teachers receive 4-Hour GT Update by attending!

Please bring a FULLY charged device to this session.

Fee :
For Students , the fee is $25

For Teachers, the fee is $85

 NOTE:
*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process.

Space is limited. 25 spots available per session and onsite registration is not available.

Cancellation and refund policy: No refund will be made for registration cancellation less 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.

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  20 Ways to Infuse Creativity in the Classroom
 

In this session, we will explore 20 ways to infuse creativity into your daily classroom instruction, model instructional strategies and apply technology resources. You will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of tools that you can immediately take back to your students. After lunch, you will experience the thrill of a Breakout Box as you demonstrate your own creativity! Are you up for the challenge? Bring a charged laptop. This does not count for the 30 hours awareness creativity hours

SPEAKER :

Blythe Brown and Dalena Ryskoski

Blythe Brown, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 20 years of experience in education. Her classroom experience ranges from departmentalized to self-contained upper elementary teacher, Math Instructional Coach, and Advanced Academics Specialist. Blythe enjoys sharing her love of learning with teachers across her district, as well as Texas at the state TAGT conference over the last 5 years. Blythe was honored to receive the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented Innovator of the Year in 2016.

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.

Date : Saturday, May 9, 2020

Time : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location : Arbor Building

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

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

 Fee :
For Students , the fee is $25

For Teachers, the fee is $85

 NOTE:
*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process.

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 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.

Register Now

 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.

*UHCL Student Discount is applied during the checkout process.

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.