Continuing Professional Education

November 28, 2016

The field of early childhood education is constantly evolving. Lessons and strategies used ten years ago are no longer relevant today. The focus has shifted from recall of isolated facts to building connections across all content areas.  Thus, a student needs time to explore, discover, and create.   Continuing professional education plays a major role in teachers being able to stay current with the needs of their students. Teachers should seek out learning opportunities not only for professional growth but also for personal knowledge as well. 

 

All Texas educators with a standard certificate (issued after August 31, 1999) are mandated to complete 150 CPE (continuing professional education) hours every five years. Renewal of a standard certificate requires teachers to submit an online affidavit that these CPE hours have been obtained.  Teachers should ensure that the majority of their professional learning directly relates to their certificate.  Independent study hours can account for no more than 20% of the required clock hours. Included in the independent study portion is any training received by non-approved CPE providers. 

 

The Pre K 4 SA professional development department is pleased to announce that we are now approved through TEA to provide CPE hours.  After each training, participants will be provided with the following documentation:

  • Provider’s name and ID number

  • Participant’s name

  • Date of activity

  • Content of activity

  • Clock hours  (1 clock hour = 1 CPE hour)

It is the responsibility of the participant and provider to maintain accurate records of CPE hours. A list of additional approved CPE providers can be found at tea.texas.gov. 

 

It is our goal as professional development coaches to provide high quality learning experiences that not only meet the requirements of certificate renewal but support teachers through the ever-changing field of education. 

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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