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Professional Learning Opportunities 2018-19

Trinity University is proud to offer professional learning opportunities to the San Antonio education community that are value-added to the ongoing support and development that you provide to the professional staff in your districts. Your district’s annual membership in the Center for Educational Leadership and some continued philanthropic support provide the funds so that we can continue to offer excellent programs for your district administrators and teachers. The fee each district pays is based on the size of the district as measured by student enrollment.

Please take advantage of as many of the following offerings as you can, and encourage your staff to join us for these learning opportunities as well. We are grateful for your partnership and participation, and welcome your ideas and feedback on our programming at any time. We hope to see you and educators from your district at our events in the near future.

Superintendents’ Forum

These monthly meetings provide an informal forum for the superintendents from across the region to come together, discuss pressing issues, and to interact with local business, community and philanthropic leaders. The meetings dates and topics are scheduled as follows:

  • Oct. 25—General discussion on topics of interest
  • Nov. 29—Panel discussion on Educational Foundations by NEISD, NISD, and SAISD
  • Jan. 24—David Anderson, Hillco Partners on Legislative Update
  • Feb. 21—Open Dialogue
  • Mar. 28—Mayor Niernberg, city education initiative
  • Apr. 25—Conversation with SA Greater Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Meetings are scheduled from noon till 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided.

Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Each year, Trinity University hosts the Trinity Prize and recognizes the Teacher of the Year from each member district. This year, the Trinity Prize Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, March 22, in the Ruth Taylor Concert Hall at 4:30 pm with a reception following in the Dicke Smith Foyer.

An optional category has been added this year sponsored and selected by the leadership at Whataburger. The What A Teacher award will be presented at the winner’s campus on April 5 during a surprise presentation.

National Speakers Series

Each year, Trinity University hosts an exciting slate of speakers for members of the CEL educational community.

  • January 24—Gwendolyn Webb-Hasan, TA&MU and Michele Briscoe on Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • March 1—Donna Ford, Vanderbilt University on Gifted and Talented Education in Urban Schools with Focus on Gifted Black and Hispanic Students
  • April 24—Julian Earls, Ph.D. in physics, retired from NASA on Leadership Integrity

Principal Seminar Series

Using the work of James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge, a 4-part leadership and reflection series is being offered for a cohort of 20 principals. Seminars will meet seasonally in fall, winter, spring and summer. Dates are as follows:

October 26, January 25, April 5, and a summer date TBD.

Gifted and Talented Program Support

The GT Consortium Lecture Series consists of nationally respected speakers and fulfill G.T. teachers’ 6-hour annual training requirements and CPE credits. The March 1 National Speakers Series with Donna Ford will fulfill the GT requirement.

Saturday Morning Experience

This program provides enrichment during one Saturday per month for gifted students in grades 1-8. Two scholarships are offered to the Saturday Morning Experience Enrichment Program for gifted students from each district that is a member of the Center for Educational Leadership. The dates for this school year are: Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 27; Nov. 3; Dec. 1; Feb. 9, 23; Mar. 23; April 13; and May 4.

Assistant Principals Cohort

Provides a monthly opportunity for new, returning and aspiring assistant principals to participate in a sequenced learning program focused on instructional leadership, school culture building and data-driven decision-making. The sessions are facilitated by former principals and leadership consultants in the San Antonio region. The dates for the AP Cohort are Sept. 19, Oct. 17,

Nov. 28, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and Mar. 27. Meetings are held in the Fiesta Room in the Coates Center from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Book Studies

Several book studies are scheduled in the Holt Center, Room 200 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Copies of the book and refreshments will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 20 people.

  • How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your School and Classroom by Fisher, Frey, & Pumpian will be led by Karen Bessette and Lori Gallegos. It is a 4-part book study and will be held on September 27, October 4, October 11, and October 18.
  • The One World Schoolhouse by Salman Khan will be led by Honor Moorman on November 1, 15, and 29.
  • Leading for Powerful Learning: A Guide for Instructional Leaders by Breidenstein, Fahey, Glickman, and Hensley will be led by Angela Breidenstein and Steve Magadance. The spring book study dates are January 29, February 12 and 26.