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.

Fall 2018 Sessions

  #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 that 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 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.

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

Fee: $65 per session
Length: One four-hour session
Instructor:
CPE: 4.00

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

Presenters

Sha'Rell Webb is a teacher at Lamar Fleming S.T.E.A.M. Magnet, where she teaches eighth grade science. Her grant writing efforts have 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. She also worked at NASA as a professional development educator and a Network of States Train-the-Trainer.

Azka Bukhari is a certified computer science educator at Hogg STEM Magnet School, a Title I school in the Houston Heights. She loves teaching computer science to her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. She is an advocate for the right of all students to have equal access to technology. With the assistance of Code.org, she has managed to secure grants through Donor’s Choose that has brought Ozobots to every single student in her classroom.

  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: $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.

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.

Brandy Magdos, an advanced academics specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 21 years of experience. Her experience includes working as a first grade teacher, fifth grade math and science teacher, gifted and talented teacher, UHCL science mentor, GEMS and Project WILD trainer, and district and state presenter for the past 15 years.

Registration Information

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 18PD17

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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.

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.

Brandy Magdos, an advanced academics specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 21 years of experience. Her experience includes working as a first grade teacher, fifth grade math and science teacher, gifted and talented teacher, UHCL science mentor, GEMS and Project WILD trainer, and district and state presenter for the past 15 years.

  Educational Leadership Institute for School Administrators and Leaders
 
Join us for this full day experience where you will discover what the power of positive leadership can do in your school and district! You will learn proven strategies to improve your school culture and develop positive student and teacher leaders. This training will be conducted by Niki Spears, co-founder of The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey.
 

Fee: $150
Length: One six-hour session
CPE
: 6.00

Participants must attend all six hours to receive six hours of credit.

  Establishing Systems: Effective Classroom Management Strategies
 

In this session, you will discover the key to effectively make classroom systems work for you and your students. We will tackle the pitfalls that make establishing systems frustrating. You will have the opportunity to create systems through collaboration with a group of your peers and be able to begin implementing these systems immediately in your classrooms. 

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

Space is limited. Twenty-five spots are available. On-site registration is NOT available.

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

Presenter

Tonya Chevalier, a university supervisor in the College of Education at the University of Houston has 20 years of K-12 teaching and education leadership experience. She began her career in Aldine ISD as an elementary teacher and subsequently served as an elementary curriculum writer. Tonya later joined the National Center for Educational Achievement, where she developed and provided professional development for school communities throughout the state of Texas. She also has served in Houston ISD as the assistant principal of Holland Middle School and the principal for Bastian Elementary School.

  Flexible Grouping in the Classroom: Strategies for Successful Student Outcomes
 

In this session, we will define what "Flex Grouping" means. Do you struggle with reaching all students at their level? How do you meet the expectations of teaching and re-teaching? Discover how to make grouping work for every scholar, grade level, subject and teacher. You will have the opportunity to discover how to get the most out of grouping using time management and the workshop method.

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

Space is limited. Twenty-five spots are available. On-site registration is not available. 

Please bring a copy of the TEKS and standards you will teach in the coming weeks.

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

Presenter

Tonya Chevalier, a university supervisor in the College of Education at the University of Houston has 20 years of K-12 teaching and education leadership experience. She began her career in Aldine ISD as an elementary teacher and subsequently served as an elementary curriculum writer. Tonya later joined the National Center for Educational Achievement, where she developed and provided professional development for school communities throughout the state of Texas. She also has served in Houston ISD as the assistant principal of Holland Middle School and the principal for Bastian Elementary School.

Participants must attend all six hours to receive six hours of credit.

  From Outer Space to Inner Space: Teacher as Leader in the Classroom
 

This course uses the Foundations of Mission Control coupled with the science of change to develop yourself as a leader in the classroom. Expect to learn the qualities of professional excellence as used in NASA's Mission Control Center as well as how to embody them using practices that blend both ancient Eastern and modern scientific teachings. This course is designed for teachers interested in increasing positive results both inside and outside the classroom by increasing their own self-awareness and effectiveness. It helps if you are a bit of a space nerd too!

Fee: $85 per teacher for all six sessions
Length: Six, one-hour sessions via Webinar
CPE: 6.00

Presenter

Liz Antognoli has been weaving together the worlds of science and spirit since 2002. After 12 years as a NASA flight controller for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs in NASA's Mission Control, Liz moved to the private aerospace sector to work on Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser program. She synthesizes this scientific approach to life with over 15 years of the study and practice of yoga and meditation. Liz founded Being Evolutionary, LLC to bring these teachings to others for the purpose of adding joy and satisfaction to life! She also co-founded Mission Control Education, LLC with fellow former flight controller Caroline Kostak to bring the leadership lessons of Mission Control to students around the world.

Participants will receive one hour of CPE credit for each session, and must attend all six hours to receive six hours of credit.

  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.

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

Fee: $65
Length: One four-hour session

Must attend all four hours to receive credit.

Please bring a FULLY charged device to this session.

Presenter

Sha'Rell Webb, an eighth 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 have 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. She also worked at NASA as a professional development educator and a Network of States Train-the-Trainer.

Registration Information

Saturday, November 17, 2018

8 a.m. to noon
Arbor Building 1310.05

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

8 a.m. to noon
Arbor Building 1310.05

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

8 a.m. to noon
Arbor Building 1310.05

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  If it's Fall That Means Science Fair
 

Once school gets started, preparation for choosing a science fair project starts. This can be a nightmare for teachers, students and families. This workshop will change science fair from being a nightmare to a dream. Learn to work smarter not harder. Topic selection and a mentoring plan for the year will be covered. Walk away with the confidence on how to incorporate science fair and have kids-tempted to say like but will say, not hate it.

Target Audience: Grades 4-12 science teachers

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

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

Must attend all six hours to receive credit.

Presenter

Sarah Wall, Asst. Director Southeast Regional T-STEM Center

  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
CPE: 6.00

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, November 10, 2018

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 18PD26

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Building 1310.05
Code: 18PD27

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  New Counselor Boot Camp
 

Part One: How to Wow the Interview Team

You've landed a school counseling position, but have no idea as to where to start. Sound familiar? If so, this workshop is for you! In the first session, you'll walk away with ideas to impress the interview team, a list of potential interview questions, and a mock interview experience. 

Part Two: Now That You've Landed the Job!

In the second session, you'll walk away with more tools for your counseling toolbox than you've ever imagined, including a potential weekly, monthly and yearly plan to help make you and your academic year a success!

Participant will receive three hours of CPE credit for each session attended.

Fee: $50 for each individual session, or $75 for both sessions (part one and part two)
Length: Two three-hour sessions
CPE: 6.00

Must attend all six hours to receive six hour of credit.

  Phenomena Based Learning and Other STEM Goodies
 

The current trend in education is how to incorporate STEM into your curriculum. Teachers are overwhelmed with the thought of doing PBLs. Phenomena Based Learning is a great STEM strategy that is rigorous, student centered and could be considered a different sort of PBL. This workshop will make STEM integration an easier process by incorporating Phenomena into your curriculum. Other STEM strategies will also be shared. GT Credit in Curriculum.

Target Audience: Science teachers

Fee: $85
Length: six hours (one hour for lunch)
CPE: 6.00

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

Must attend all six hours to receive credit.

Presenter

Sarah Wall, Asst. Director, Southeast Regional T-STEM Center

  Raising Teacher Voices: A Workshop for Classroom Teachers
 

Both inside and outside the classroom, your teacher voice matters. However, the world of academic publishing can be hard to navigate. Join other teachers in cultivating, refining and publishing the great ideas that you are using in your classroom.

In this two-session writing workshop, we will work through the writing process, including time to write and individual feedback from both presenters and peers, while learning the ins and outs of academic publishing. Each participant will end these sessions with an article that is ready for publication.

Fee: $100
CPE: 12.00

Please bring a FULLY charged device to this session.

Participants will receive 12 hours of CPE credit and must attend both sessions to receive credit.

Presenter

Roni Dean-Burren and Heather Pule are literacy educators with over 10 years combined experience teaching in the classroom, mentoring teachers, leading writing workshops and navigating the academic publishing process. Both are passionate about helping teachers find and share their voices through publishing and presenting.

  The Six Types of Gifted Learners
 

Explore and learn about the six types of gifted learners: the successful, the challenging, the underground, the dropout, the double labeled (twice exceptional), and the autonomous learner. Take your new understandings and address the specific needs of each type. Conclude with designing a learning environment and academic opportunities that support each type of unique learner. This session will support teacher understanding and promote growth in every type of gifted learner within their school day.

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

Please bring a FULLY charged device to this session.

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.

Brandy Magdos, an advanced academics specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has 21 years of experience. Her experiences include first grade teacher, fifth grade math and science teacher, gifted and talented teacher, UHCL science mentor, GEMS and Project WILD trainer, and district and state presenter for the past 15 years.

  Transform Your Science Classroom with Technology and Stations
 

Part One: Focus on Technology

This "bring your own device" session will introduce teachers to various technological apps and websites that are free, interactive and easy-to-use. We will discuss and explore specific ways to use the technology resources and there will be time for creating lessons in a collaborative environment. 

Part Two: Focus on Stations

This session is designed to model how to use stations and how to integrate the technology introduced in Session 1. Teachers will leave with instructional and classroom management strategies for successfully implementing stations in their classrooms. Bring your device to this one too!

Who should attend?

Science teachers from grades 3-12 who want to learn ways to:

  • Increase student engagement
  • Integrate technology into their teaching aligned to TEKS
  • Create a student-centered classroom with self-directed learners
  • Enhance students' critical thinking skills so they truly learn and retain information

What kind of device should I bring?

Any smartphone, tablet, or laptop will work, and remember to bring your chargers!

Fee: $50 for both sessions OR $30 for one session
CPE: 6.00

Participants will receive three hours of CPE credit for each session.

Presenter

Kellie Simon has eight years of experience teaching fifth grade science in the Houston and Dallas areas. As lead science teacher on her campus, she helped teachers change their approach to teaching science, with great feedback from teachers and increased student achievement. Last year, Kellie transitioned to teaching high school health and used the same techniques she used in her elementary school classroom, with much success. She is excited to share her experiences.

Participants must attend all six hours (part one and two) to receive six hours of credit.

Cancellation and refund policy: No refunds will be given for an registration cancellation that occurs fewer 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.

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.