UT Elementary School would like to extend its effective practices, programs, and resources to educators worldwide. Here are a few of the ways in which we do this:
- Training and mentoring over 50 new and pre-service teachers and educators each semester from UT College of Ed; UTeach Science; the Texas Regional Science Collaboratives; UT’s Schools of Social Work, Human Ecology, and Nursing; UT College of Communication’s Department of Communication Disorders; and Austin Community College Childhood Development Department.
- Demonstrating for teachers in Austin ISD, Tyler ISD, and local private and charter schools various lessons in teaching such as: reading for students at all levels; writing; social and emotional learning; science; and the integration of social studies and English, language arts and reading.
- Presenting at SXSW Edu; the Thinkery’s EdExchange; KLRU’s American Graduate; Texas ACSD; and other local, regional and national educational conferences in specific subject areas.
- Publishing and co-authoring articles in education publications such as the ACSD “Leaders of Learners,” SHAPE America; and the National Council on Social Studies.
- Hosting 35+ academic research projects by world-renowned faculty on our campus
- Receiving local, national and international recognition for our work in service learning through organizations like State Farm, H20 for Life and the Downs Syndrome Association.
- Serving as reviewers of educational curriculum for educational partner organizations like the Blanton Museum, ACCESS to Learning and others.
- Creating blog posts, videos, and documentaries to share professional development or demonstrate effective lessons, then sharing those via social media and individual teacher blogs with thousands of followers.
The real-world success stories and examples from our teachers about their experiences working in an urban demonstration school provide a wealth of value to other educators. These resources will equip educators with the professional development tools needed to educate students in all settings, particularly urban.
The much-anticipated distribution of UT Elementary School’s Best Practices Book, “Teaching to the Spirit of Every Child: Lessons in Urban Education” is now available. This book largely focuses on Response to Intervention (RTI), dictates that each student should receive a level of instruction appropriate to his or her need; and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) promotes self-awareness and emotion detection that leads to a constructive self-concept and collaborative relationships with peers and others, by largely contributing to positive classroom and school climate, allowing for more learning to take place. To purchase this book, click on the “School Store” button on the left-hand side of our homepage.
Professional Development Opportunities
The University of Texas Elementary School has experience in training and mentoring both current and future teachers. As a demonstration school, UT Elementary welcomes any educator to come to our campus and observe our methods in action, or we can send one of our master teachers to your campus to share our resources and training. Click on the “Professional Development” tab on the right-hand navigation bar of this page for more information.