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Curriculum and Instruction

News and Upcoming Events

The College of Education Dean’s Office will be hosting From Surviving to Thriving: 9th Annual New Teacher Conference co-sponsored by the Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Lambda Psi student organization on February 21, 2015 at the Education Complex. The conference is designed to support pre-service teachers and new K-12 teachers through practical engaging sessions, which will energize and help you as first year educators. For more information, please view our conference webpage or contact Dr. Veronica Estrada at (956) 665-2431 or ntc@utpa.edu.

Seats are limited, please register as soon as possible.

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The College of Education UTCARES and KDP student organizations will be hosting an 8th Annual Scholastic Book Fair on February 20, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM and on the 21st 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. A wide range of school age books will be available. All proceeds will benefit local schools. For more information, please contact Dr. Irasema Gonzalez at (956) 665-7224 or gonzalezi@utpa.edu.

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A Build a Book Party event will be hosted on February 20, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Parents, bring your children for an opportunity to use their creativity to write, build, and design their own books. Kids will be given a free book building kit and a ticket for a book raffle. View the event agenda.

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Past Events


The College of Education hosted an Early Care Early Childhood Education Conference focusing on the need of young children ages 0 to 8 on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Early childhood education speaker and consultant, Dr. Rebecca Isbell spoke as the keynote speaker. Several sessions were available to choose from on the following areas, in addition to other topics relevant to early childhood education:
• Working with Infants, Toddlers, & Preschool-Age Children
• Early Literacy, Math, & Science Explorations
• Child Development
• Parent Engagement & Building Early Childhood Partnerships with Families
• Health and Nutrition
• Outdoor and/or Environmental Educational Sessions
• Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs
• Music & Movement for Young Children
• Social-Emotional Development of Young Children


Please visit the College of Education YouTube Channel to view the keynote speaker and breakout sessions.

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College of Education Professional Development Series: Wellness, Health and Nutritional Applications in Our Schools lecture was hosted on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the College of Education Borderlands Room 3.204. Scholastic achievement is directly related to a healthy mind and body. Therefore, it is important educators understand that through a collaborative effort, these topics can be easily incorporated into the regular curriculum across all subjects. This presentation will teach educators how to integrate wellness, health and nutrition into day-to-day learning. Presented by: Dr. Zasha Romero, Mr. Gavino Garza, Ms. Nancy Rocha, and Ms. Jeannean Ryman. View the lecture on YouTube by clicking here. 

College of Education Professional Development Series: Including All Students
Lecture was hosted on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 - 11:30 AM in EDUC 1.502 classroom. Be an advocate for the success of ALL students on your campus. Learn about the best practices to enhance the education of second language learners. Educators will receive practical classroom suggestions to increase academic achievement in all content areas for this critical student group. Presenters will briefly discuss the various bilingual/ESL models and provide specific strategies that can be used in any content area. Presented by: Dr. Maria B. Roberts and Dr. Shirely J. Mills. View the lecture on YouTube by clicking here.

College of Education Professional Development Series: Including All Students
Lecture was hosted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:00 - 11:30 AM in EDUC 3.204 (Borderlands Room). Learn about the practice of embedded interventions to help all children participate in a variety of classroom activities. What are ready-to-use strategies for working with children with disabilities? Experience what it is like to be a special education student in a general education classroom and learn how to create positive collaboration with parents. All this and more! Presented by Dr. John Lowdermilk and Ms. Julie Pecina. View the lecture on YouTube by clicking here.