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Virtual Professional Development

Recently Added Sessions
  1. Google Workspace for Education: Google Forms
    Google Forms is a survey administration app that is included in Google Workspace For Education. Google Forms allows you to create your own custom online forms and send them to others. These forms can include surveys, quizzes, sign-ups, and more. It is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Forms. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Forms at your own pace.
  2. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    This training is designed for new school board members. It is an orientation to the Texas Education Code.
  3. Title IX Specific Requirements and Duties - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require the Title IX coordinator, as well as district and campus administrators who may be investigators or serve as grievance hearing officers, to obtain training on the new legal standards and procedural requirements applicable to complaints, investigations and appeals of alleged harassment. Training provided by the Underwood Law Firm will not only inform administrators about the new legal definitions and procedures, but will also provide practical guidance on how to effectively implement the new regulations in the context of a district’s complaint and discipline procedures.
  4. Title IX All Staff - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require staff training to inform all district staff about their responsibility to identify and report sexual harassment in the school setting. Training provided by Underwood will inform educators and staff about the new legal definitions, duties and procedures for reporting possible sexual harassment, and will address the following topics: Identifying and reporting sexual harassment; understanding your duties and how your role intersects with the Title IX Coordinator, as well as administrators investigating or reviewing complaints of harassment; awareness of changes to a district’s Code of Conduct; implementing interventions for students during and following a sexual harassment investigation.
  5. Google Workspace for Education: Google Slides
    Google Slides is a presentation program included in Google Workspace for Education. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by users with a revision history that tracks changes to the presentation. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Slides to create engaging presentations, make fewer class copies, and much more. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Slides at your own pace.
  6. Google Workspace for Education: Google Classroom
    Google Classroom is your all-in-one place for teaching and learning. The easy-to-use and secure tool helps educators manage, measure, and enrich learning experiences. This online course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Classroom with your students. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Classroom at your own pace.
  7. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  8. GT Online: Taking Care of the Needs for your ELL Gifted Students
    This online course will identify the characteristics of ELL gifted students, analyze curriculum and instructional strategies for gifted English learners, and synthesize and apply new learning to the development of educational resources. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update hour credit. As you progress through this course, you will complete discussions, quizzes, and assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit.
  9. GT Online: Identification and Assessing the Needs of G/T Students
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
Upcoming Sessions
  1. Title IX Specific Requirements and Duties - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require the Title IX coordinator, as well as district and campus administrators who may be investigators or serve as grievance hearing officers, to obtain training on the new legal standards and procedural requirements applicable to complaints, investigations and appeals of alleged harassment. Training provided by the Underwood Law Firm will not only inform administrators about the new legal definitions and procedures, but will also provide practical guidance on how to effectively implement the new regulations in the context of a district’s complaint and discipline procedures.
  2. Orientation to the Texas Education Code for New Board Members
    This training is designed for new school board members. It is an orientation to the Texas Education Code.
  3. Little Scholars Can Do Big Things (GT update)
    We know little scholars have BIG ideas! As educators we want these ideas to blossom and help our students to become the next great innovators. In this course, participants will learn how to inspire creativity, develop critical approaches to learning and thinking, and increase a love of learning through choice for their curious gifted students. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update. As you progress through this course, you will complete discussions, quizzes, and create an activity that can be used in the future with your students. Don't worry we'll provide the materials. Participants will learn at their own pace through this 6 hour online course.
  4. 2021 Fall School Board Conference
    The 2021 Fall School Board Conference is a Topic 3 training for board members that will accredit the participant with 5 hours towards the Continuing Education Requirements. This year's conference has 5 sessions and each is listed below. 1. Underwood Law Firm - Fred Stormer - Avoiding the 3 L's: Landmines, Liabilities, and NOT getting Locked Up 2. Vickie Ansley - ESSER Training 3. Karla Weatherly - P-16 Council Projects and our TAFE National Winners and their Presentations 4. Khara Skidgel - Grow, Motivate, and Accelerate with High Impact Tutoring 5. Kyle Dawson - First Year Teacher Academy/Mentor Training
  5. 504 Committee Training- Online
    This session is for members of a 504 committee. It will dive into legal responsibilities of the committee members and types of accommodations for students with a 504 plan.
  6. 504 for Beginners-Online
    This workshop will go in depth about how to determine who gets a 504 plan, how to create one, 504 legal updates, district policies, and problem issues. It is designed for participants new to their role as a 504 coordinator.
  7. Developing High Quality Paraprofessionals
    Paraprofessionals are often utilized as the facilitator for classrooms, but may not have the appropriate training to fill this important role. This training clarifies the role of the paraprofessional, gives a basic look at the student who receives special education services, strategies for in-class assistance and collaboration with the special education and general education teachers. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that the State educational agency will ensure that all paraprofessionals working in a program supported with funds under Title I, Part A meet applicable State certification requirements. This session provides the framework for highly qualified paraprofessionals.
  8. Digging Deep with Depth and Complexity (GT 6 Hour Update)
    In this course, you will understand the elements of depth and complexity and how to engage your GT students in your classroom. Participants will dig deep into the interrelationships of Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity while walking away with tools to easily differentiate learning for their GT students. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit. Participants will learn at their own pace through this 6 hour online course.
  9. G/T Online: Administrator/Counselor Training
    In this course, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed. The objectives will be met through online research and examination of district information and practices. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students and meets Texas state requirements for 6-hour G/T administrator and counselor training.
  10. G/T Online: Designing Curriculum for G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn about innovative and practical ways to design appropriately challenging curricula for gifted students and about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  11. G/T Online: Differentiating Instruction for G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn about traditional methods of reaching gifted students as well as newly developed methods. You will learn what differentiation truly means and what it should look like for gifted students. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for the design of curricula for gifted students and what best instructional practices should be followed. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  12. G/T Online: Foundations of Gifted Education
    In this course, you will learn how we defined giftedness and served gifted students in the past, and how that past has shaped our present legal and conceptual understandings of giftedness. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T credit.
  13. G/T Online: Nature and Needs of G/T Students
    In this online course, you will learn about the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted students. You will contribute ideas to group discussions, share your own experiences, and research related information. The objectives will be met through online research, investigation of district information and practices, and discussions. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators. This workshop highlights often seen characteristics and behaviors of gifted students for classroom teachers and others new to the field of gifted education.
  14. G/T Online: Research Skills for G/T Teachers
    In this course, you will learn research skills and how to teach them to G/T students. You will learn ways of selecting research topics, how to ask provocative questions about their topics, how to create a research proposal, methods of conducting research, analysis and synthesis of data, and ways of presenting research results. You will learn how to teach your students to do all of these research activities. Learning ways to coach students at each stage of the research process, so that students become more self-reflective about their own thinking, is an integral part of the course. Objectives will be met through online research, engaging in other research-related activities, and practice in coaching students through simulated student/teacher encounters in each course section. Course content aligns with the Texas Performance Standards Project. This course is aligned with standards set forth in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) §110.45. (14) (A–G) and meets state requirements for 12 hours of G/T credit.
  15. G/T Online: Setting Standards for Success of G/T Students
    In this course, you will learn more about using assessment to measure student growth and the quality of a district's services for gifted students. You will learn about the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) and how districts can use this project to ensure that gifted students are showing academic and personal growth. You will also learn how district services are helping gifted students reach the goals established in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate(19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  16. Google Workspace for Education: Google Classroom
    Google Classroom is your all-in-one place for teaching and learning. The easy-to-use and secure tool helps educators manage, measure, and enrich learning experiences. This online course is a great way to learn how to get started in Google Classroom with your students. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Classroom at your own pace.
  17. Google Workspace for Education: Google Forms
    Google Forms is a survey administration app that is included in Google Workspace For Education. Google Forms allows you to create your own custom online forms and send them to others. These forms can include surveys, quizzes, sign-ups, and more. It is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Forms. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Forms at your own pace.
  18. Google Workspace for Education: Google Slides
    Google Slides is a presentation program included in Google Workspace for Education. Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by users with a revision history that tracks changes to the presentation. This online course is a great way to learn how to use Google Slides to create engaging presentations, make fewer class copies, and much more. Take control of your learning with the benefit of flexibility to master Google Slides at your own pace.
  19. GT Online: Identification and Assessing the Needs of G/T Students
    In this course, you will gain understanding of how to implement Texas law and the State Board of Education rule concerning the assessment and identification of gifted and talented students. You will also learn about methods of assessment that help accurately identify the needs of the gifted students in a district. You will contribute ideas to the discussion board, share your own experiences, and research related information. You will take a 10-question test at the end of the course. This workshop meets the state mandate (19 TAC 89.2(1) specifically Section 4.1.1C of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students for teachers working toward the state required 30 hours of training for gifted educators.
  20. GT Online: Taking Care of the Needs for your ELL Gifted Students
    This online course will identify the characteristics of ELL gifted students, analyze curriculum and instructional strategies for gifted English learners, and synthesize and apply new learning to the development of educational resources. This course is aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students and meets state requirements for 6 hours of G/T update hour credit. As you progress through this course, you will complete discussions, quizzes, and assignments. After completion, your assignments will be graded. You must score at least 70% to receive credit.
  21. Social and Emotional Learning of Gifted/Talented Students
    This online course will examine characteristics of gifted students that tend to influence social and emotional needs, investigate the challenges that gifted learners have in social and emotional learning, and present strategies that can be used to empower our GT students to deal with the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
  22. Title IX All Staff - Online Course
    The new Title IX regulations require staff training to inform all district staff about their responsibility to identify and report sexual harassment in the school setting. Training provided by Underwood will inform educators and staff about the new legal definitions, duties and procedures for reporting possible sexual harassment, and will address the following topics: Identifying and reporting sexual harassment; understanding your duties and how your role intersects with the Title IX Coordinator, as well as administrators investigating or reviewing complaints of harassment; awareness of changes to a district’s Code of Conduct; implementing interventions for students during and following a sexual harassment investigation.
  23. Science Squad Rendezvous-Lead4ward
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will teach you several new Lead4Ward Playbook strategies to use in your classroom. This course is a 1 hour webinar on January 19, 2022 from 4-5.
  24. ASCENDER Student - WIGO (Zoom Meeting)
    The intent of this webinar is to communicate information regarding software program updates, (ASCENDER and TSDS), give reminders about important processes, inform you of upcoming trainings being offered and provide a Spotlight on a specific topic. Webinars will be provided on a monthly basis (or as needed).
  25. Science Squad Rendezvous- Supplemental Aids in Science
    During this one-hour webinar your Science Squad will help you understand and create supplemental aides in Science for your students. This course is a 1 hour webinar on February 9, 2022 from 4-5.

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