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Professional Learning Opportunities 2019-20

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. For additional information, contact the Center for Educational Leadership at cel [at]

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:

  • Sept. 26—Legislative Update with Amy Beneski, TASA and Michelle Smith, RYHT
  • Oct. 24—Alamo Promise with Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor
  • Nov. 21—Communities in Schools Update with Jessica Weaver, Executive Director, CIS-SA
  • Jan. 23—Media and the Public Schools: Robert Rivard, moderator
  • Feb. 27—Child Protective Services with Felicia Penn, CPS Region 8
  • Mar. 26--TBD
  • Apr. 23—Open Discussion

Meetings are scheduled from 12:00 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, April 17, in the Ruth Taylor Concert Hall at 4:30 p.m. 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 during a surprise presentation. 

National Speakers Series

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

  • October 4, 2019 —Luis Cruz, New Frontiers 21, has been a public school educator for over twenty-years at the elementary, middle and high school levels as both a teacher and principal. Having established a reputation as an effective agent of change with a keen ability to collectively create environments conducive to ensuring all students learn, Dr. Cruz now spends his time working with schools to guide and train educators across the nation. 
  • February 7, 2020—Dr. Sandra Kaplan, University of Southern California, is one of the most preeminent scholars in gifted learning. During her accomplished career, she has published more than a dozen books on teaching gifted children, consulted for numerous special projects, and provided teaching training to incorporate gifted education into classrooms internationally.

Principal Seminar Series

This series is still in the planning stages so additional information will be shared with you when plans are solidified.

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 February 7 National Speakers Series with Sandra Kaplan will fulfill the GT requirement.

Saturday Morning Experience

Saturday Morning Experience is an enrichment program for creative young people in grades one through eight. Approximately 160 children participate in the program, which consists of classes that emphasize experiential, hands-on learning. Trinity undergraduate students, who serve as mentors, conduct these classes that span and integrate the disciplines of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. 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 students from each district that is a member of the Center for Educational Leadership. The dates for 2019-20 school year are: Sept. 14; Oct. 19; Nov. 2, 16; Feb 1, 22; Mar. 21; April 4; and May 2.  

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. 18, Oct. 16,Nov. 2, Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and Mar. 25.   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.

  • Deep Learning by Michael Fullan will led by Honor Moorman on Sept. 5, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, 2019.  Deep Learning has claimed the attention of educators and policymakers because this book not only defines what deep learning is, but takes up the question of how to mobilize complex, whole-system change and transform learning for all students. This book study will look practical tools and processes to transform the role of teachers to that of activators who design experiences using real-life problem solving.  Through learning partnerships, learning environments, new pedagogical practices, and leveraged digital skills, deep learning reaches students as never before — preparing them to be active, engaged participants in their future.
  • Start. Right. Now. :  In Teach and Lead for Excellence by Whitaker, Zoul, Jimmy Casas studied educators from across the nation and discovered four key behaviors of excellence.  They found that great educators “know their stuff”: know their content and best practices; cast a bright vision for the future; see possibilities instead of problems; and lead by example.  What does it take to be the very best teacher—or the very best leader? Wherever you are on your journey as an educator, choose to become even greater still.  Start. Right. Now. Are You Ready to Take the First Step Toward Excellence?  This book study will be led by Karen Bessette and Lori Gallegos October 2, 9, and 16, 2019. 
  • An UnCommon Theory of School Change by Fahey, Breidenstein, Ippolito & Hensley is for educators who believe that schools need to be improved and are hopeful that real change can be achieved.  The authors argue that if educators want to create more equitable, socially just, and learner-focuses schools, then they need a more robust transformations theory of school change—an UnCommon Theory.  Take a deep dive into the most difficult work that school leaders do:  questioning, rethinking, and reinventing the fundamental assumption upon which our school are built.  Walk away with the knowledge and tools needed to do more than just tinker at the edges of school improvement.  This book study will be led by Angela Breidenstein on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, 2020.