Professional Development

My expertise in Social Studies professional development has been honed by over 20 years of working with teachers across the United States. The sessions I offer are all intentionally designed to solve a problem – are you having difficulty teaching ELL students? I have a solution for you. Are you frustrated with the lack of true engagement in your class? I have a solution for you. Browse my course listing to see how I can help you achieve your goals. Don’t see what you need? Contact me and we can discuss a custom workshop.


Learn about the structure, management and implementation of an Interactive Student Notebook. Leave the training with your own sample notebook and ideas on supporting student learning through an ISN. – 1/2 or full day training
Are your tests aligned to the level of rigor required by the STAAR? Learn how to create dual coded questions and write questions for the level of thinking that is being held accountable by this high stakes test. – 1/2 or Full Day Training
Are you looking for ideas to help support your struggling ELL students in class. Come learn different ways to modify assignments and provide listening, speaking, reading and writing opportunities for an ELL student. – 1/2 or Full Day Training.
Learn how to address instructional gaps between instruction and assessment. Teachers will leave the training with a wealth of ideas for teaching vital Processing Standards. – Full Day Training
In this workshop, teachers will learn instructional and assessment strategies for success in secondary Social Studies. Topics will include a model lesson based on the Interactive Student Notebook, Understanding your TEKS and STAAR, and Formative Assessment Strategies. – Full Day Training
Content literacy is a key aspect of Social Studies instruction. Learn a variety of PreReading, During Reading and After Reading Strategies to engage your students in their text or primary source documents. Included in the training is a focus on Building Academic Vocabulary. – 1/2 or Full Day Training
Learn how to strengthen your vertical alignment as teachers examine the STAAR, dig for patterns in data and design instruction to address gaps. The curriculum development training is based on Understanding By Design. – Full Day Training
Are you looking for ideas to help support your struggling SPED students in class. Come learn different ways to modify assignments and provide support for an SPED student. – 1/2 or Full Day Training.
Are you interested in creating your own DBQ for your TEKS, your class, and your kids? This workshop will provide a model lesson and then walk you step by step through the development process. You will leave at the end of the training with your own DBQ and the knowledge of how to write your own for future topics. – Full Day Training
Looking for some new games to add to your bag of tricks? Experience new games and develop your own during this fun, hands on workshop! – 1/2 Day or After School Training
Learn how to engage your students in any content with a Prop Box Play. This teaching strategy is designed to scaffold group work so that students successfully work together to create a product. – 1/2 Day Training
On site, on demand instructional coaching for all grade levels. Teachers will experience model lessons, receive feedback and develop activities in PLC sessions.
Texas History, Geography, World History and US History – 1/2 or Full Day Training
If only life were a multiple choice test! Except that it’s not. This workshop deals with making sure students learn and don’t just get a grade by checking all the boxes – or bubbles as it were. Participants will learn how to quiz differently and use assessments that relevant to ensure that students come away with the skills and content knowledge that are representative of the grade they earned. – 1/2 Day to Full Day
Any seasoned educator knows that the beginning of the school year is when the culture of each class is established. Do a good job and the year runs, for the most part, smoothly. Fail to build a positive culture and a negative one, run by the students, will fill the void. This workshop seeks to assist the participant in planning the first 8 days of the school year to achieve the 3 R’s: Relationship, Relevance, and Rigor. – Full Day
Are you battling the AP/PreAP War? AP teachers are saying the students aren’t prepared – PreAP teachers are saying the students aren’t ready! Learn how to improve and differentiate your PreAP program to fully support your AP scores. Teachers will focus on the skills necessary for PreAP and how to differentiate PreAP class from a regular class. – Full Day

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