Summer Institute - San
know what you want
when it comes to PD - excellent,
useful information that can be implemented in the classroom immediately;
activity (not "sit and get" or "bore and snore"); opportunities to
dialogue with your colleagues; some authentic planning time;
University graduate credit
The San Antonio River Walk
is spectacular - from breathtaking landscaping, huge trees, fountains
and river taxis to historical sites, food (everything from elegant
gourmet to traditional Mexican food), and all kinds of shopping and
entertainment. You may be mired down in snow and sleet right now,
but think about spending a few days in the highest quality professional
development AND enjoying the gorgeous River Walk as well as many other
San Antonio features (see below).
July 22 & 23 - Media Literacy, an
In-depth Investigation - $599
July 24 -- Greening the
Classroom and the Curriculum - $299
July 25 & 26 - Designing the 21st
Century Classroom - $599
28 & 29 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship for
K-12 - $599
New this summer - we are incorporating elements
from our newest workshop,
Project-Based Learning, Plugged In! into all our
Summer Institute sessions!
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VIDEO CAMERA, STILL CAMERA AND A WAY TO DOWNLOAD YOUR IMAGES.
Things you need to know:
The Summer Institute workshop schedule is above, the
workshop descriptions are below, and a list of
Things to Do Year
Round in San Antonio is below.
Graduate University Credit is available for additional
cost, payable to the university. $95/credit hour.
Daily Agenda - Workshop begins each day with a
continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., and the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m.
official San Antonio River Walk web site
San Antonio River Walk
for the ultimate in professional development being offered this
summer, and be prepared to truly take your school, classrooms and
curriculum into the 21st century. By attending all three of
the following workshops you will have experienced the fullest, most 21st
century, preparation for the new school year being offered anywhere!
Register for one or both weeks in this
year's Summer Institute!
workshops incorporate project- and problem-based learning,
interdisciplinary curriculum, global classrooms, STEAM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), differentiated instruction,
authentic assessment and alignment to state and national standards!
Not only will you
leave with real action plans, new ideas for the classroom, one or more
curriculum units and specific action plans, you will also have enjoyed
the atmosphere and history of the fabulous, historic River Walk.
The Alamo is just
steps away, and the largest Mexican market in the United States, El
Mercado is just a few blocks away.
on the River Taxi is a must! It will provide an entertaining
perspective of the history of Texas and the River Walk!
Informative, beautiful, relaxing - enjoy the ride and the breeze while
sipping a cool beverage.
Media Literacy - an
July 22 & 23
There’s no doubt
that we and our students are living in a media-saturated, globalized
society. Media literacy is a critical skill; students must not only be
able to successfully navigate the forest of signs and symbols in our
world, but must know how to use media tools to create messages.
Students lives are filled with engaging the media outside the classroom,
from television, film and music, billboards, t-shirts and bumper
stickers, to cell phones, web sites and Web 2.0 social media..
more here . . .
During these two days you will learn how to use these
tools to engage students in the curriculum and help them learn how to
access, analyze, evaluate and create messages in a variety of media.
When you attend the Media Literacy
In-Depth workshop on Monday and Tuesday you will be immersed in a number
of hands-on projects - create a movie, analyze television commercials,
design a television commercial, create a photo essay and much more!
Curriculum and the Classroom
Greening the Curriculum and the Classroom will provide you with
information on how to address environmental issues in your classroom,
beginning with guidance on scope and sequence on scope and sequence from
PK-12. Learn how to take your classroom green while teaching the
content and skills mandated by the standards. Plan some
extraordinary classroom and community projects for the coming school
more here . . .
These students are engaged and excited in real-world, project-based
Designing the 21st
July 25 & 26
Finally, Designing the 21st Century
Classroom will take you through a process from identifying and
articulating what a 21st century classroom looks and feels like to the
development of your final product - a framework for a 21st century
curriculum unit designed for your classroom, school or district.
Watch student motivation, attendance, learning and test scores soar!
Find out how to have your students excel on standardized tests without
being just a test-prep factory.
Your unit design will include all
the critical attributes of a 21st century classroom. It will be
project-based, interdisciplinary, and provide differentiated instruction
as well as authentic, performance-based assessments.
Read more here . . .
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
July 28 & 29
Innovation and entrepreneurship are
innate human abilities which school systems have been thwarting for
decades. It's not esoteric, mysterious or overly difficult.
It's more of a letting go of teacher-centered classrooms,
textbook-driven and standardized testing-based schooling.
Attend this 2-day workshop to explore
possibilities for developing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in
During these 2 days you will:
- Analyze case studies of innovation and
- Learn thinking tools and strategies which
you can provide your students
- Integrate these strategies into lesson and
- Learn the basics of a business plan
- Development the framework for a unit
utilizing innovation and entrepreneurship
- Discover how easy it is to integrate the
content standards into this unit
Read more here . . .
Graduate university credit is available!
Teams of 10 or more will receive a 10%
discount. Attendees who register for all 7 days of the
Summer Institute will also receive 10% discount. Only one discount
may be applied/received per attendee!
Days 1 and 2 - Media
Literacy, an in-depth exploration. $599
Day 3- Greening the
Curriculum and the Classroom. $299
Days 4 and 5 –
Designing the 21st Century Classroom $599
Days 6 and 7 - Innovation and
Entrepreneurship for Education- $599
Year-round things to do in San Antonio
Get yourself outside and enjoy the San Antonio Botanical
Garden and the San Antonio Zoo. Families vacationing with kids will want
to add the San Antonio Children’s Museum, Magik Children’s Theatre, Sea
World San Antonio, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas to their agenda. Distances
to all of the surrounding popular attractions and the preferred means of
transportation to each are listed below for your convenience.
- Riverwalk and River cruises – nearest entrance
and ticket booth River Level of Rivercenter Mall
- The Alamo – next door
- San Antonio Children’s Museum
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- Witte Museum
- Market Square (El Mercado)
- Museo Alameda (Market Square)
- La Villita
- Tower of the Americas
- Buckhorn Museum
- Lila Cockrell Theatre
- Magik Children’s Theatre
- Majestic Theatre
- San Antonio Botanical Garden
- San Antonio Zoo
- San Antonio Missions – various locations
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- Sea World San Antonio
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