Cash in on CPE

"What happens in Austin shouldn't stay in Austin." Sign up for CPE sessions to gain valuable teaching techniques, tips, and lessons that you can take home to share with your co-workers and students. Peruse our offerings and sign up for sessions by July 1.

Thursday, July 16

8 – 9:15 a.m. | (1.25 CPE hours)

Flip This Classroom: How to Engage Students with the Flipped Classroom Model
Michelle Swain, Director, Gifted and Advanced Academic Services,
Round Rock ISD

Have you heard the buzz about the flipped classroom? It’s a model based on assigning lectures and reading outside class to free time for discussion during class. Come learn more about using the flipped classroom model to enhance text-based dialogue using TED talks and Socratic seminar. Swain will share techniques for engaging students with the text, crafting thought-provoking questions, and designing pre/post-seminar tasks. You’ll also pick up some classroom management ideas to help it all run smoothly.  

Classroom and Time Management Techniques
TCTA Member Krista Wilkerson, Kindergarten Teacher, Victoria ISD
The best way to ensure effective and successful teaching and learning environments is to have proper classroom management. Wilkerson will equip you with techniques that you will be able to implement into your classroom right away. You’ll learn how to prioritize tasks, stay focused on objectives, establish rules and procedures, meet the needs of your classroom, and conquer transition periods.  

Reach (So You Can Teach) Students in Poverty
TCTA Member Corina Flores, Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher, Midland ISD
Texas classrooms are filled with students who come from different cultures, but a crucial demographic that can affect learning is socioeconomic status and educators who aren't prepared in reaching these students.  In this interactive session with 2012-13 TCTA Innovator of the Year Corina Flores, you will learn how to reach out to and fully engage your students living in poverty in a respectful and caring way.  

9:30 – 11 a.m. | (1.5 CPE hours)

Exploring Project-Based Learning
David Surdovel, Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
Come to this session to learn about how to use project-based learning (PBL) in your classroom. Participants will hear from an educator in Manor ISD with first-hand experience in integrating PBL at all grade levels, who will give pointers as well as lessons learned about using project-based learning to advance learning for all students. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to go about putting PBL in place as well as an action plan for doing so successfully.  

Helping You Help Your English Language Learners
Melissa Hernandez, Bilingual/ESL Specialist, Lubbock ISD
With the number of limited English proficient students in Texas at almost 18 percent and rising, teachers are hungry for knowledge they can use to have a positive impact on the progress and performance of English language learners (ELL). Hernandez will tell you how to address the cognitive needs of ELL students. You’ll build a repertoire of instructional skills and resources and learn effective strategies that enhance instruction and promote academic achievement.  

Legislative Session Insights from the Media
Lauren McGaughy, government reporter at the Houston Chronicle; Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune; and Morgan Smith, political and education reporter from The Texas Tribune
Hold the presses! Hear from education and political reporters about how education fared during the 84th legislation session. Get the insider’s version of why certain things happened and others didn’t, as well as how the political landscape influenced funding for public education.  

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | (1 CPE hour)

Legislative Update and Current Events
TCTA Legislative Staff
With the 84th legislative session over, you need all the information you can get about what proposals passed and how they will affect you! TCTA’s experienced lobby staff will delve into the most important topics affecting you and your students. We'll discuss changes in teacher benefits and legal protections, testing and accountability, student discipline, and much more.  


Friday, July 17


8 – 9 a.m. | (1 CPE hour)

Legal Issues Q&A
Select TCTA Staff Attorneys
TCTA attorneys will discuss current legal issues in this interactive session. Questions about the law, its application, and solutions are welcome. 



9 – 10:30 a.m. | (1.5 CPE hours)

TRS Update 
Merita Zoga, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, TRS
Join Teacher Retirement System staff in this town-hall style presentation for an overview of TRS-related actions in the recent legislative session. The interactive session will also address upcoming issues, with an emphasis on what’s happening with health insurance for Texas educators.  


BYOC: Bring Your Own Cape to Discuss Science and Superpowers
TCTA Member and 2013-14 Innovator of the Year Joy Lin, Special Education Math Teacher, Austin ISD
Who says Timmy can’t fly through space or Marcy can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound? Before any of our dreams can become reality, we must first exercise our powers of imagination. Superpowers have long been the subject of countless fantasies before science made some of them a reality. Lin will discuss the real life implications and scientific issues of having superpowers, because the rules of superheroes and the laws of science don’t always agree.  

Embracing Technology to Enhance Learning
TCTA Member Melinda Schermerhorn, 8th Grade Science Teacher, and Jessica Wright, 4th Grade Teacher, Round Rock ISD
Want the scoop on the latest and greatest ideas for using technology to develop 21st Century learners? This hands-on session will give you quick starter activities, lesson ideas, and strategies using Google Classroom, Nearpod, Padlet, Storyboard That, and other online applications. Wright and Schermerhorn – a 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards finalist – will also give you suggestions for incorporating project-based learning into your everyday curriculum.  


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