(HOUSTON, TEXAS, August 30, 2021) – To Educate All Children (TEACH) had the opportunity to get back to class this month, leading educator in-service workshops at 12 of its 18 partner schools for the coming year. In two weeks, TEACH reached 550 educators, laying the foundation for engaging, student-centered classrooms for thousands of children. This month, TEACH will complete professional development sessions at its remaining partner schools, reaching a total of almost 1,000 educators and impacting approximately 12,000 students.
The workshops were led by TEACH program managers Jon Blasko, Tabiatha Penson, Nzinga Shury, Amelie Smith and Robyn Thomas. The sessions focused on creating classrooms that set clear expectations for students from day one—the first module of TEACH’s new curriculum. All participating educators had the opportunity to learn and practice new classroom management strategies before implementing them in their classrooms.
In-service kicked off on August 11 at Drew Academy in the Aldine Independent School District, marking the first time TEACH has served in Aldine ISD schools. TEACH is excited to be serving two Aldine schools this year: Drew Academy, led by Principal Christopher Walker, and Spence Elementary, led by Principal Nicole Haskins. Both Principal Walker and Principal Haskins are long-time TEACH partners who have seen success at their previous schools using TEACH strategies and coaching. TEACH also looks forward to serving 16 new and returning partner schools in the Houston Independent School District.
“In-service professional development sets the stage for the year and provides teachers and staff with tools and techniques to start a successful school year,” said Dr. Lindsey Pollock, TEACH’s Director of Program, who joined TEACH in May after a 25-year career in public education. “This can make a profound difference in setting teachers and students up for a smooth and productive educational experience by ensuring that everyone has clear parameters from day one.”
Ninety-two percent of participants reported that the in-service workshop was helpful to their preparation for the upcoming school year, and 98 percent said they walked away with practical strategies to implement in their classrooms. Throughout the year, educators will participate in presentations on curriculum modules two through eight, deepening their learning and expanding their classroom management tool kit. Most importantly, teachers and administrators will receive personalized, one-on-one coaching support throughout the school year.
2021-22 TEACH Partner Schools
Alcott Elementary School
Blackshear Elementary School
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
East Early College High School
Forest Brook Middle School
Garden Villas Elementary School
Gregg Elementary School
Houston Academy for International Studies (HAIS)
Mading Elementary School
Mitchell Elementary School
Navarro Middle School
Rodriguez Elementary School
Spence Elementary School
Walnut Bend Elementary School
Welch Middle School
Wheatley High School
Worthing High School