Continuing Professional Education

TWU’s College of Professional Education is an approved Texas Education Agency Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider. Texas educators are required to renew their standard Texas certificate every five years by completing a minimum number of CPE hours through an approved CPE provider. CPE credit only will be awarded to educators who hold a Standard Certificate.

For more information on CPE standards and documentation of CPE credits, visit the TEA's Continuing Professional Education Information webpage.

CPE workshops and seminars are coordinated by the Office of the Associate Dean for Educator Preparation and Partnerships. For scheduling information, please call 940-898-2241.

Click on the following links to see information and registration for upcoming events. Registration is required for all seminars and workshops.

June 2022

June 6-8: T-TESS Appraiser Certification Training

T-TESS Appraiser Certification Training

LIMITED ENROLLMENT

Designed for teacher-supervisors, school administrators, and university supervisors, T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching. Concentrating on the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers within that framework, requires a consistent focus on how students respond to teacher instructional practices. For these reasons, each of the observable domains in T-TESS focuses on teachers and students rather than separating them into separate domains. Ultimately, T-TESS is a process that seeks to develop habits of continuous improvement. The process itself best leads to that outcome when appraisers and teachers focus on evidence-based feedback --and professional development decisions based on that feedback-- through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

T-TESS learning objectives fall into three component areas:

  • Goal-setting and professional development plannning
  • The evaluation cycle (pre-conference, observation, post-conference)
  • Student growth measures

T-TESS is the state-recommended appraisal system designed to support teachers in their professional development and help them grow and improve as educators. This three-day T-TESS training is a prerequisite to the online T-TESS certification test required for all teacher appraisers.

Participants must attend all three days of training to receive certification.

Required Materials: Participants must purchase separately the $35 T-TESS Training Guide and T-TESS Rubric, state-required resources for the sessions.

Facilitators:

Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Ph.D., FHEA
Interim Department Chair for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Jerry Ausburn, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Educational Leadership Program
Texas Woman’s University

Date: Monday-Wednesday, June 6-8, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Online. A Zoom link will be provided by facilitator.

Cost: $550 (Includes $425 Registration + $125 Certification)

CPE Credit: 24 hours

REGISTER

June 20-22: Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)

Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)

LIMITED ENROLLMENT

Designed for School Administrators and support staff who appraise teachers, as well as professors who work with students earning their principal certification, Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) develops skills they need to develop and implement strategies for improving student outcomes through shaping and directing curriculum and instruction.

Now more than ever, effective school leaders are critical to successful student outcomes. With the implementation of the Texas Teacher Evaluation Support System (T-TESS)*, administrators in Texas must support impactful strategies that further support improvements in instruction and student performance at the campus and district level.

Administrators must be:

  • Knowledgeable in curriculum and instruction
  • Skillful in data gathering and analysis
  • Able to set goals
  • Skillful in conducting effective conferences
  • Adept in team-building and conflict resolution
  • Able to offer effective mentoring and coaching

To help education leaders meet these expectations, the Texas Education Agency and ESC Region 13 have developed Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL). This research-based training is offered in an engaging format over three consecutive days. AEL is now required for teacher appraisers, in addition to the T-TESS evaluation training. AEL is also required for administrators utilizing the T-TESS rubric to appraise teachers.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have a practical understanding of how to be successful instructional leaders
  • Understand connections between research-based leadership responsibilities and successful student outcomes
  • Understand how the T-TESS and AEL components align to help educational leaders become better at shaping and directing curriculum and instruction

*T-TESS is the state-recommended appraisal system designed to support teachers as they grow professionally and develop as educators. The three-day T-TESS training is a prerequisite to the online T-TESS certification test required for all teacher appraisers.

Required Materials: Participants must purchase separately the $40 Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) Participant Guide (spiral-bound), a state-required resource for this session.

Facilitators:

Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Ph.D., FHEA
Interim Department Chair for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Jerry Ausburn, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Educational Leadership Program
Texas Woman’s University

Date: Monday-Wednesday, June 20-22, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Online. A Zoom link will be provided by facilitator.

Cost: $450 (Includes $325 Registration + $125 Certification)

CPE Credit: 24 hours

REGISTER

July 2022

July 13: T-PESS: Texas-Principal Evaluation and Support System Training

T-PESS: Texas-Principal Evaluation and Support System Training

Designed for principal candidates, superintendent candidates, and school district administrators, the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) supports principals in their professional development, helping them grow and improve as campus and instructional leaders. After being piloted from 2014-16, T-PESS launched statewide in the 2016–17 school year. T-PESS requires that all appraisers successfully complete a training program to become certified appraisers. T-PESS works as a collaborative initiative that provides principals and their appraisers objective, evidence-based standards based on key priorities in school leadership.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have a practical understanding of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS).
  • Understand connections between research-based leadership responsibilities and the T-PESS process.
  • Understand essential considerations for implementing T-PESS with fidelity.

Required Materials: Participants must purchase separately the $35 T-PESS Appraiser Training Guide with 2020 Update Rubric (spiral-bound), a state-required resource for this session.

Facilitator:
Laura Trujillo-Jenks, PhD, FHEA
Interim Department Chair for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Online. A Zoom link will be provided by facilitator.

Cost: $450 (Includes $325 Registration + $125 Certification)

CPE Credit: 8 hours 

REGISTER

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