Summer, 2014

The Spring 2014 RRISE Program Offerings

This newsletter will highlight upcoming training offered to all RRISE participants. Over the next several months RRISE will be bringing in top professional development providers from around the country.

Teaching the New Texas Math Standards

Tuesday, July 29th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1801 Tiger Trail

Round Rock, TX

eCampus Number: 3962.27050

This face-to-face professional development session will provide participants the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the new math TEKS specific to their grade level.

Do you need clarification on what your new standards mean? Could you use some lesson ideas, strategies, and/or activities to help you teach your new standards? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this workshop is for you! Join us as we answer these questions and explore how to bring the new TEKS to life in the classroom!

7 Steps to a Language Rich Classroom

Monday, Aug. 4th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1801 Tiger Trail

Round Rock, TX

eCampus Number: 3962.27053

This innovative training will help all teachers transform their classrooms into vibrant spaces where students can use academic language to talk, read, write, and think about each lesson's content.

This 7 Steps training outlines a dynamic process for structuring, planning, and facilitating a language-rich classroom.

In addition, participants gain knowledge of helpful ways to integrate both content and language standards when planning instruction. They also receive specific strategies for differentiating instruction so that all learners within the classroom can build their ability to discuss and communicate academic concepts effectively.


Saturday, Sep. 6th, 9am


Audience: All RRISE Participants, Administrators and Coaches Supporting RRISE Campuses

Additional Info: This will be two 1/2 day sessions. 9:00-12:15 and 1:00-4:15.

eCampus: Morning Session - 3925.27060. Afternoon Session: 3925.27062

Location: TBD


Personal Learning for Professional Development

Robert Kegan, Ph.D.

The Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development

Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Why is it so difficult for us to bring about changes in ourselves and our work settings even when we are genuinely—even urgently—committed to them? There are a host of usual answers: “lack of self-discipline”; “the incentives weren’t right”; “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; “maybe I was not actually committed enough to the change in the first place!” But in too many instances the usual answers are not very good!

In this fast-moving, experiential, and interactive program, Harvard professor Robert Kegan will invite each of us to make use of our own experience to explore the concept of an “immunity to change” -- and what we can do about it. Having spent a lifetime researching the process by which adults gradually develop greater capacities by making previously invisible dynamics observable and engage-able, Kegan and his colleague Lisa Lahey (How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, Jossey-Bass, 2001; Immunity to Change, Harvard Business School Press, 2009), have designed this “new lab for personal learning” in order to incubate similar kinds of development in a briefer period of time.

The session you are about to experience has now been conducted throughout the world, with all manner of professional groups: K-12 and university educators and administrators; CEOs and the CIA; physicians and firefighters; bankers and beer-makers; software engineers and management students; psychologists and psychiatrists; human resource officers and healthcare administrators; government leaders, and corporate executives; union leaders, and international business consultants; state judges, and attorneys. It has been featured appreciatively in such diverse publications as OPRAH! Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, and the Business Section of the Sunday New York Times.

Participants should come expecting to have a good time while doing some hard and valuable introspective work. The process Kegan and Lahey have built emphasizes safety in the process of personal discovery. Participants are not required to make any of their work public, and are encouraged to set the pace that works best for them throughout the workshop.

You can best prepare for this session by giving some thought to a single question: “Given the challenges I face now, and those I am likely to face in the future, if I could make significant improvement on just one thing (in my work life or private life), what would be the single most valuable thing for me to get better at?”

Writing in Science in Action with Betsy Rupp Fulwiler

Monday, July 28th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1801 Tiger Trail

Round Rock, TX

eCampus Number: 3962.27052

Audience: RRISE Participants GR: PK-8

Betsy Rupp Fulwiler brings her dynamic workshop to RRISD! Betsy Rupp Fulwiler is a veteran science curriculum consultant and developer of the nationally known Expository Writing and Science Notebooks Program in Seattle Public Schools. A former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and editor, she specializes in creating ways to teach students how to think and write scientifically.

RRISE Program Professional Development

The RRISE Professional Development department is always looking to provide professional development opportunities on the cutting edge of innovation and best practices. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas of how to provide an even richer experience.