Leadership & Strategies

Ms. Laura Kile, Coldspring-Oakhurst High School

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

Robert Marzano

Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achivement, 2001
  • Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
  • Summarizing and Note Taking
  • Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Modeling, Feedback, Celebration

The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, 2007

  • Engagement and Academic Achievement
  • Organization of Classroom, Policies, Assignments, Expectations
  • Creating a Culture of Respect to Maintain Effective Relationships with Students
  • Communicate High Expectations for All

Ruby Payne

A Framework for Understanding Poverty, 2003

  • Hidden Rules Among Classes
  • Characteristics of Generational Poverty
  • Role Models and Emotional Resources
  • Creating Relationships

Gretchen Bernabei

Discover Writing: Revising the Essay

Strategies to Foster Strong Writers, Training Summer 2010, Fall 2012

Specific Targets: STAAR Writing, ELLs

"Evaluate your role as a teacher: go from being a sage on stage to a guide by their side."

Kimberly Howard, Richardson ISD

TCEA, #flipclass


Components of Effective Classrooms

  • Clearly designed and well-articulated expectations
  • Collaborative Elements: "work smarter, not harder!"
  • Stability, yet Surprise
  • Rigor and Higher Order Thinking
  • Project Based Learning
  • Meaningful Assessments

Kile's Top Five Favorite Strategies & Activities

1. Exit Slips: feedback, summary, questions; comprehension to analysis

2. Think, Pair, Share

3. Jigsaw (with Google Docs collaborative notes element)

4. Create Your Own Quiz

5. Online Class Discussion/Debate

Additional Leadership Roles

C-OCISD GAFE & Other Training Led

Google Apps for Education, 2011-2013

  • Piloted on campus and embedded in class 2011; Google Certified Trainer (status pending)
  • High School Staff Trainings, 2011-2013: GAFE, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Calendars, Google Chrome
  • Spring Tech Challenge 2013: https://www.smore.com/b50x

Region VI Techno Ninja Academy, October 2012

Co-Presenter with Kellie Lahey

Presentation site: Google Apps Get-n-Go!

District Professional Development Training, August 2011

Informal Staff Training

  • Classroom Management Strategies for mentored teachers and teachers with growth plans
  • Google, Chromebooks, Edmodo, Animoto, Twitter
  • Strategies for teaching Advanced Placement and Gifted and Talented to increase rigor

North Texas Leadership Training for Christ



Event Coordinator since 2011; particpant since 1996

  • Purpose: promote and foster leadership in youth
  • Participants: Convention: 3,000 students 3-12 grade, over 200 churches; Puppets Event: 1,500 students, 240 teams
  • Role: lead, organize, and schedule teams of students and judges for three day annual convention


Established 2013, #techs4tex

Board Member


"Techs4Tex is an organization created by and for dedicated educators for the purpose of working together to increase our technology integration and capacity to innovate. We are committed to learning together with our participants." --Amy Mayer, President

Texas Google Summit, May 17-18, Lone Star College, The Woodlands

Event Planner and Presenter


"Whatever it Takes, We Educate!"