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WHAT IS TOP-CLASS EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?


Top-Class is a research-based professional development streaming service designed to build school leader and teacher capacity. Our short courses feature expert speakers in the field and cover timely topics. Each course provides micro-credentials for educators that not only address needed areas of professional development, but also meet credentialing requirements for professional certifications. Courses are self-paced and available on-demand anytime. The material is presented in short segments to fit educators’ busy schedules.

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Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academies


Join Top-Class Educational Professional Development Fellows, offering timely, research-based professional development to school leaders. Our distinguished fellows are experts in the field focusing on building leadership capacity specifically for school leaders, like principals and superintendents. Topics range from the keys to effective leadership to managing difficult people and developing inclusive leadership practices.

Fellows Leadership Academy 1: Reality Leadership: Real Leadership Examples to Inspire Aspiring Leaders, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academy 1: Reality Leadership: Real Leadership Examples to Inspire Aspiring Leaders

Who Should Attend?

Principals and Superintendents 

Agenda

Dr. Adrain B. Johnson (Superintendent), Duration: 2:41:57

Session 1: Fantasy versus Reality Leadership
Session 2: 12 Essential Leadership Traits
Session 3: So, You Think You Can Lead?
Session 4: Real Leadership Experiences

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Fellows Leadership Academy 2: Successful Leadership During Times of Uncertainty, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academy 2: Successful Leadership During Times of Uncertainty

Who Should Attend?

Principals and Superintendents 

Agenda

Dr. Delic Loyde (Executive Coach, Lone Star Governance Coach, Public and Charter Certified Provider, Effective School Framework Improvement Professional), Duration: 2:51:27

Session 1: Here, But Not Here: The Power of Being Fully Present
Session 2: We Are What We Repeatedly Do: Habits and Patterns in Leadership
Session 3: Connecting It All – The Value of Mindful Leadership
Session 4: The Power of Reflection in VUCA Leadership

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 36 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$150 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Fellows Leadership Academy 3: Putting Your Leadership Puzzle Together, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academy 3: Putting Your Leadership Puzzle Together

Who Should Attend?

Principals and Superintendents 

Agenda

Dr. James Lynch (Senior K-12 Educational Consultant, Education Leadership Research Center), Duration: 2:47:52

Session 1: Process Oriented Decision Making
Session 2: Dealing with Difficult People
Session 3: Stress Management
Session 4: Leadership is a Choice

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Fellows Leadership Academy 4: Strategies for Developing Leaders as Coaches, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academy 4: Strategies for Developing Leaders as Coaches

Who Should Attend?

Principals and Superintendents 

Agenda

Dr. Geovanny Ponce (Area Superintendent), Duration: 2:50:04

Session 1: Leader as Coach
Session 2: Small Group Intervention Coaching in a Virtual World
Session 3: Effective Practices for Reaching English Learners
Session 4: Leading School Engagement During COVID-19

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Fellows Leadership Academy 5: Continual Opportunities for Leaders to Learn, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academy 5: Continual Opportunities for Leaders to Learn

Who Should Attend?

Principals and Superintendents 

Agenda

Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora (Superintendent), Duration: 2:19:06

Session 1: Grace Over Grades
Session 2: Pandemic Priorities: What Are They?
Session 3: Building Your School Brand
Session 4: Focus on Social Emotional Learning

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Fellows Leadership Academy 6: Virtual Principals Leadership Academy, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Top-Class Educational Fellows Leadership Academy 6: Virtual Principals Leadership Academy

Who Should Attend?

Principals and Superintendents 

Agenda

Dr. James Lynch (Senior K-12 Educational Consultant, Education Leadership Research Center), Duration: 3:49:05

Session 1: Hiring Practices
Session 2: Accountability
Session 3: Evaluation
Session 4: Collaborative Leadership

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Top-Class Educational Institutes


Top-Class Educational Institutes provide the opportunity to learn from experts inPeople working together the field on a broad range of topics. All Top-Class content is research-based and on-demand for your convenience. This educational professional development can be taken individually or as a multi-part series to meet your professional development goals and needs and includes deep dives into topics to build your teacher leader and administrative capacity.

 

PD Institute 1: Strategic Planning for Enhancing or Turning Around Schools, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 1: Strategic Planning for Enhancing or Turning Around Schools

Who Should Attend?

Former or current Turnaround Schools, Superintendents, District Personnel, Campus Administrators, Lead Teachers 

Agenda

Part 1

Virtual Webinar with Practitioners who have worked to turn around schools 

  • Session 1: The Principal and the People in the Turnaround School,  Nereida Ochoa (Turnaround School Principal), Duration: 50:33
  • Session 2: Strategies and Ideas for a Turnaround School, Jennifer Price (Turnaround School Principal), Duration: 53:22
  • Session 3: What to do About Morale in Turnaround Schools, Dierdre Holloway (Turnaround School Principal), Duration: 34:38
  • Session 4: Turnaround Principal Panel with Dierdre Holloway, Nereida Ochoa, Jennifer Price with Dr. Matthew Etchells (Research Scientist, Texas A&M University and Education and Outreach Coordinator, Education Leadership Research Center), Duration: 53:57
  • Session 5: Coaching and Mentoring in Turnaround Schools, Lidia Maza (School Enhancement Coach), Duration: 25:50 
  • Session 6: How a Coach Helps to Turnaround a School, J.C. Harville (School Enhancement Coach), Duration: 31:49 

Part 2

Virtual Webinar with Scholars in the Field who have worked to turn around schools 

  • Session 7: The Importance of Campus Improvement Plans (CIPs) with Q&A, Dr. Beverly J. Irby (Author and Expert on Campus Improvement Plans), Duration: 38:30 
  • Session 8: Root Cause Analysis (RCA) for Turning Around Schools with Q&A, Dr. Reginald Green (Author and Expert on Root Cause Analysis), Duration: 22:01

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-refundable registration fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 2: Engaging in Critical Dialogues, 45 CPE, $75

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 2: Engaging in Critical Dialogues

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, Counselors, District Leaders

Agenda

Part 1

Webinar with Scholars who engage in critical dialogues on school campuses

Focus: Opportunities to Build Individual and Organizational Capacity [Intrapersonal] 

  • Session 1: How School Administrators Engage in Critical Dialogues. Panel with Dr. Shelby Davidson (Principal), Dr. Thyrun Hurst (Superintendent), Duration: 1:07:08
  • Session 2: Skill Set to Lead/Catalyze Culturally Responsive Instructional Change, Dr. Aaron Griffen (A University Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), Duration: 59:01 
  • Session 3: The Resilient Leader, Dr. Tommy Watson (Author, A Face of Courage), Duration: 15:08
  • Session 4: Promoting Reflective Practice through the Reflection Cycle App, Dr. Nance Algert and Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Duration: 15:08

Part 2

Webinar with Scholars in the Field who are experts in critical dialogues

Focus: Effective Communication and Change [Interpersonal] 

  • Session 5: Enhancing Communications Skills Set: Self and Others, Dr. Nance Algert, Duration: 54:16
  • Session 6: Building a Conflict Management Skill Set: Conflict Assessment and Critical Dialogue Discussion, Dr. Nance Algert, Duration: 1:00
  • Session 7: Emotional Intelligence & Managing Change in Schools, Dr. Fred M. Nafukho (Author and Expert on Emotional Intelligence), Duration: 52:10
  • Session 8: Leading Critical Dialogues, Dr. Nance Algert, Keynote, Duration: 41:41

Part 3

Webinar with Scholars in the Field who are experts in critical dialogues 

Focus: Effective Communication and Self-Awareness [Broader Community]

  • Session 9: Managing Change in Schools; Dialogues, Dr. Nance Algert (Nationally-known Mediation and Conflict Resolution Expert, President for Change and Conflict Resolution, Series Editor for Conflict Management, IAP Publishers), Duration: 48:55
  • Session 10: Critical Dialogues in Promoting Change Around Positive School Climate,  Dr. Courtney Banks (Author and Expert on Climate and Bullying Issues), Duration: 47:32
  • Session 11: Engaging in Dialogue for School Enhancement, Dr. Beverly J. Irby (Research of School Enhancement and Author of the Reflection Cycle and Reflection app), Duration: 49:19
  • Session 12: The Triple “H” Factor, Dr. Henry Musoma, Keynote (Author and Nationally-known Speaker), Duration: 52:02
  • Session 13: How School Administration Engage in Critical Dialogues, Dr. John McCullough, Duration: 46:14

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 45 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$75 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 3: Family Engagement in PK-6th Grade, 15 CPE, $75

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 3: Family Engagement for PK-6th Grade

Who Should Attend?

Administrators, Educators, Teacher Leaders, Pre-Service Teachers, Parents, Community Liaisons, Bilingual and ESL Education Teams in PK-6th grade. 

Agenda

  • Session 1: Developing Effective and Equitable Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships for Student Success. Dr. Joyce L. Epstein (Director of both the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools), Duration: 46:21
  • Session 2: Family Engagement Reflections from the Experts in the Field, Dr. Hugo Ibarra (Coordinator of Community Engagement), Duration: 51:51
  • Session 3: Tips and Strategies on Parent Involvement and Getting Parents into the School, Eboni Bailey Bonaiti (Secondary Teacher and AVID Teacher), Duration: 49:34
  • Session 4: Family Involvement in Science, Dr. Beverly J. Irby (Regents Professor, Director, Education Leadership Research Center -ELRC), Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio (Regents Professor, Director, Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition- CRDLLA), Dr. Fuhui Tong (Professors and Associate Director, CRDLLA), and Dr. Cindy Guerrero (Research Scientist, CRDLLA), Duration: 57:48
  • Session 5: Overcoming Obstacles: What you Need to Know and Do Now! Dr. Tommy A. Watson (Author, A Face of Courage), Duration: 1:04:55
  • Session 6: “I am a Dreamer”: Information for Undocumented Students and Family Engagement, Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya (CEO, Educational Consulting, and Motivational Speaker), Duration: 45:22
  • Session 7: Family Engagement During COVID-19: Tips & Strategies for Parents (Panel), Dr. Geovanny Ponce (Area Superintendent) and Beth Westhoff (Principal, Intermediate School), Duration: 55:26
  • Session 8: Helping Parents Navigate Social Media Traps, Tony Newsom – (Educator, Detective, Dallas Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children’s Unit (ICAC), and Community Outreach Officer), Duration: 1:41:28

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 15 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$75 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 4: Engaging in Peer Coaching, 5 CPE, $30

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 4: Engaging in Peer Coaching

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1:  Techniques of Peer Coaching, Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Duration: 28:45
  • Session 2: PEER Coaching Model, Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Duration: 52:26
  • Session 3: PEER Coaching in an Emergency Situation (such as COVID-19 and Hurricane Harvey), Jeana Morrison-Adams, Hoffman Middle School, Texas (2020 Secondary Principal of the Year), Duration: 33:36
  • Session 4: Effective Peer Coaching, Karen Griffen, M.Ed. (Co-Founder of Prosperity Educators), Duration: 30:22

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$30 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 5: Techniques of Mentoring and Coaching Leaders, 5 CPE, $30

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 5: Techniques of Mentoring and Coaching Leaders

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1: Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching (Online book: Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching in Leadership), Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Duration: 27:50
  • Session 2: Coach as Mentor, J. C. Harville (Leadership Coach, Facilitator), Duration: 30:20 
  • Session 3: Coach as Collaborator, Lidia Maza (Leadership Coach, Facilitator) and Dr. Linda Rodriguez (Leadership Coach, Facilitator), Duration: 48:11
  • Session 4: The Principal as Coach, Facilitator: Dr. Matthew J. Etchells (Director of Education Outreach, Marketing and Communications, the Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA), and Education Leadership Research Center (ELRC), Texas A&M University) Panel: Cicely Bailey (Principal), Pamela Riggins-Johnson (Principal), Dr. Ash Kirk (Principal), Duration: 1:01:49

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$30 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 6: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), 5 CPE, $30

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 6: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1:  Introduction to PLCs, Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Duration: 43:05
  • Session 2: What is a MOOPIL?, Dr. Sharon de Marin and Dr. Erin Singer (Research Associates, Education Leadership Research Center), Duration: 40:53 
  • Session 3: What is VPLC and Using MOOPILS for VPLC?, Dr. Beverly J. Irby (Creator of MOOPIL and VPLC), Duration: 28:42 
  • Session 4: Tips and Instructions on Making a MOOPIL, Dr. Sharon de Marin and Dr. Erin Singer (Research Associates, Education Leadership Research Center), Duration: 27:58

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$30 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download ALL PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 7: Mentoring & Coaching Leadership Institute for Cultural Responsiveness, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 7: Mentoring & Coaching Leadership Institute for Cultural Responsiveness

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1:  Building Inclusive Schools, Dr. Michelle Burke (18 years of experience as a Bilingual Educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of FACE and Bilingual/ESL Instruction and Compliance, and educational consultant), Duration: 40:32
  • Session 2: Culturally Responsive Leadership, Dr. Michelle Burke (18 years of experience as a Bilingual Educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of FACE and Bilingual/ESL Instruction and Compliance, and educational consultant), Duration: 45:11 
  • Session 3: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Dr. Michelle Burke (18 years of experience as a Bilingual Educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of FACE and Bilingual/ESL Instruction and Compliance, and educational consultant), Duration: 41:12 
  • Session 4: Developing Welcoming Schools and Climate, Dr. Valerie Storey (45 years of experience in leadership, program development, and school reform in England and the United States as a Teacher, Principal, and District Administrator (K-12) and Professor Emerita (Higher Education)), Duration: 43:28
  • Session 5: Understanding English Learners and Dual Language, Dr. Maria I. Galindo (over 30 years of experience as an educator, Chief Academic Officer, and Superintendent of Schools), Duration: 43:28

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download ALL PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 8: Mentoring & Coaching Leadership Institute for Highly Effective School Leaders, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 8: Mentoring & Coaching Leadership Institute for Highly Effective School Leaders

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1:  Building and Sustaining a School Vision, Dr. Selina Chapa (34 years of experience as a Bilingual Educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and Deputy Superintendent), Duration: 42:32
  • Session 2: Campus School Improvement Plan, Dr. Michelle Burke (18 years of experience as a Bilingual Educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of FACE and Bilingual/ESL Instruction and Compliance, and educational consultant), Duration: 39:39 
  • Session 3: Developing a Leadership Team, Dr. Valerie Storey (45 years of experience in leadership, program development, and school reform in England and the United States as a Teacher, Principal, and District Administrator (K-12) and Professor Emerita (Higher Education)), Duration: 45:16 
  • Session 4: Using the Root Cause Analysis to Grow, (Dr. Maria I. Galindo 25 years of experience as a Bilingual Teacher, Montessori Teacher, Skills Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal), Duration: 54:19
  • Session 5: Mentoring & Coaching Conclusion, Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora (over 30 years of experience as an educator, Chief Academic Officer, and Superintendent of Schools), Duration: 45:31

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download ALL PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 9: Mentoring & Coaching Leadership Institute for Instructional Decision-making, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 9: Mentoring & Coaching Leadership Institute for Instructional Decision-making

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1:  Assessing Students at the Beginning of the Year, Sandra Doria (24 years of experience as a High School Educator, Skills Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal), Duration: 36:06
  • Session 2: Leading and Learning in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Dr. Valerie Storey (45 years of experience in leadership, program development, and school reform in England and the United States as a Teacher, Principal, and District Administrator (K-12) and Professor Emerita (Higher Education)), Duration: 46:37 
  • Session 3: Using Data to Make Instructional Decisions, Sandra Doria (24 years of experience as a High School Educator, Skills Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal), Duration: 41:36
  • Session 4: Professional Learning Communities and Instructional Decisions, Sandra Doria (24 years of experience as a High School Educator, Skills Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal), Duration: 45:22
  • Session 5: The Power of Student Data Chats, Sandra Doria (24 years of experience as a High School Educator, Skills Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal), Duration: 39:16

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download ALL PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 10: Social Emotional Learning, 10 CPE, $50

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 10: Social Emotional Learning

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Agenda

  • Session 1: Social-Emotional Learning in an Urban School, Dr. Geovanny Ponce (Assistant Superintendent of High Schools), Duration: 57:50
  • Session 2: Social-Emotional Learning During Crisis, Dr. Shelby Davidson (Principal), Duration: 41:35
  • Session 3: On Any Given Day: Leading Through School Challenges, Frank DeAngelis (Former Columbine High School Principal), Duration: 1:10:22
  • Session 4: Social-Emotional Learning: Suicide Help and Prevention, Frank King, (The Suicide Prevention Comedian), Duration: 53:47
  • Session 5: Building an Inclusive Culture and Socially & Emotionally Supportive Community, Dr. Hector Montenegro, (Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)), Duration: 1:01:00

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 10 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$50 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

Download ALL PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 11: Conducting ARDs During a Pandemic, 2 CPE, $10

A Virtual Webinar 

PD Institute 11: Conducting ARDs During a Pandemic

Who Should Attend?

Campus Leaders, Principals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches/Specialists, and District Leaders

Speaker

Michele McKinley

Agenda

Session 1: Introduction to ARD: Purpose, Types, and Procedure, Duration: 10:08
Session 2: ARD Committee Members, Roles, and Meetings, Duration: 10:31
Session 3: ARD Development and Implementation, Duration: 10:09
Session 4: Requirements of Conducting ARDs During a Pandemic, Duration: 12:52

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 2 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$10 Non-refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

Provide your registration information.
You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).

Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano. ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 12: Thinking Outside the Box: Seven Leadership Practices to Develop Administrators' Reflective Practices, 14 CPE, $70

A Virtual Webinar 

Thinking Outside the Box: Seven Leadership Practices to Develop Administrators’ Reflective Practices

Who Should Attend?

Superintendents, Principals, Teacher Leaders, and School Board Members

Agenda

Dr. James Lynch : former Principal, Superintendent of Schools (retired) and Senior K-12 Leadership Consultant for ELRC at TAMU
Session 1: Harassment in the Workplace, Stephen Edelstein (A leading New Jersey attorney in labor, employment, and public sector matters), Duration: 0:32:15
Session 2: Navigating School Board/Administrator Relationships, Dr. Victoria Gehrt (Superintendent of Schools in both PK-12 and Vocational School Districts retired now a School Board Member) 0:35:16
Session 3: Customer Service: A Key Component to Leadership, David Kelleher ( Businessman, Owner of Davids Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram), Duration: 0:42:26
Session 4: Keys to Effective Coaching for Leaders, Jeff Manto (Former Major League Baseball player and coach now manager of the Trenton Thunder), Duration: 0:27:05
Session 5: Cultivating Creativity in Leadership, Dr. Kirpal Singh (internationally renown speaker on creativity, poet and Director of the Educational Leadership Center at Training Vision Institute in Singapore), Duration: 0:30:46
Session 6: Effective Communication for Leaders, Beth Trapani (A public relations advisor for both large and small companies, organization, and school districts), Duration: 0:36:03
Session 7: Secrets to Motivation: Seizing the Opportunity, Vince Papale (retired NFL player currently a motivational speaker and basis for the Disney movie Invincible)

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 14 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$70 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 13: Institute for Learning Recovery, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Learning Recovery: Supporting Student Learning

Who Should Attend?

Principals, coaches, instructional leaders, and teachers

Agenda

This first part of the Learning Recovery series is provided by Eric Kalenze, author of two books, What the Academy Taught Us: Improving Schools from the Bottom Up in a Top-Down Transformation Era and Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems. He is also the researchED US Ambassador and Curriculum Director at FIT Academy.

Learning Recovery: Part 1, 2 CPE

Session 1: Addressing Learning Loss: Re-focusing on effective formative assessment, Eric Kalenze (Author and Educator), 0:29:29

Session 2: Learning Loss and Social-Emotional Learning, Eric Kalenze (Author and Educator), 0:36:12

Learning Recovery, Part 2, 3 CPE

The second part of the Learning Recovery workshop is brought to you by Dr. Joseph Atman, founder and director of Middle Tree, a non-profit supplemental education center.

Session 3: Introduction to Understanding ‘Learning Loss’, Dr. Joseph Atman (Director and Educator), 0:46:36

Session 4: ‘Learning Loss’ and Memory, Dr. Joseph Atman (Director and Educator), 0:40:43

Session 5: What is ‘Learning Loss’ and Why it Occurs: Practical Applications, Dr. Joseph Atman (Director and Educator), 0:36:03

Certificate

Participants will receive a micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 14: Teacher Institute—Rosenshine's Principles of Teaching, 6 CPE. $30

A Virtual Webinar 

Teacher Institute—Rosenshine’s Principles of Teaching

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators

Presenter

Teacher Institute: Rosenshine’s Principles of Teaching, is the first of our teacher institutes. Eric Kalenze, author of two books, What the Academy Taught Us: Improving Schools from the Bottom Up in a Top-Down Transformation Era and Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems, shares key principles to move student learning forward. He is also the researchED US Ambassador and Curriculum Director at FIT Academy.

Agenda

  • Session 1: Stages of Practice, Duration: 00:26:12
  • Session 2: Reviewing Class Materials, Duration: 00:23:41
  • Session 3: Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment, Duration, 00:25:49
  • Session 4: The Essential Role of Background Knowledge, Duration: 00:34:41
  • Session 5: Direct Inquiry, Duration: 00:33:32
  • Session 6: Making Grades Matter to Prepare Students for Success, Duration: 00:37:33

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 6 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$30 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

PD Institute 15: Multicultural Education, 6 CPE, $30

A Virtual Webinar 

Multicultural Education

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators

Presenter

This course will provide a variety of useful topics in the context of Multicultural Education. Participants will hear from experts, like Dr. Donna Ford, on how to become a culturally responsive educator as well as the foundations of multicultural education. Additionally, you will hear from the founder of Culturally Responsive Classroom Management, Carol Weinstein, regarding how to view classroom management through the lens of culture.

Agenda

  • Session 1:  Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society, (Dr. Donna L. Ford (Distinguished professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University), Duration: 00:62:45 (2 modules with certificates)
  • Session 2: Becoming a Culturally Responsive Educator, Duration: 00:46:21 (3 modules with certificates)
  • Session 3: Culturally Responsive Classroom Management, 00:60:50 (3 modules with certificates)

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 6 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$30 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

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Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Content Time Series


students using technologyWelcome to the Top-Class Content Time Series. This research-based series of professional development serves teachers and leaders in various content areas in an effort to build capacity. These bite-sized courses will provide opportunities for you to practice your skills and hone your pedagogy. Currently, we have Tech Time and Classroom Management Time.

Tech Time 1, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Tech Time 1

Who Should Attend?

Teacher Leaders and Administrators 

Presenter

Ms. Tysheka McKinnie, M.Ed. (Assistant Principal)

Agenda

  • Session 1: Tech 101
  • Session 2: Google Chrome Extensions
  • Session 3: Google Documents 101
  • Session 4: Google Slides Presentation
  • Session 5: Google Slides: Digitize Learning
  • Session 6: Google Forms and Sheets 101
  • Session 7: Canva 101
  • Session 8: Recording Lessons
  • Session 9: Editing Lessons
  • Session 10: Zoom & Google Meets Meetings

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Tech Time 2, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Tech Time 2

Who Should Attend?

Teacher Leaders and Administrators 

Presenter

Ms. Tysheka McKinnie, M.Ed. (Assistant Principal)

Agenda

  • Session 1: Get Creative!
  • Session 2: Google Sites 1
  • Session 3: Google Sites 2
  • Session 4: Creating a Digital Yearbook
  • Session 5: Teacher Portfolio
  • Session 6: Organizing Google Drive
  • Session 7: Digital Sub Binder
  • Session 8: Prioritizing Feedback
  • Session 9: Leverage Social Media
  • Session 10: BOY Teacher To-Do’s

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Classroom Management Time 1, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Classroom Management Time 1

Who Should Attend?

Teacher Leaders and Administrators 

Presenters

Meredith White, University Instructor and High School Teacher
Peggy Osbourne, Retired Teacher and Motivational Speaker

Agenda

  • Session 1: If You Build It, They Will Come (Meredith White), Duration: 25:15:00
  • Session 2: Location, Location, Location (Meredith White), Duration: 34:28:00
  • Session 3: Building Relationships with Older Students (Peggy Osbourne), Duration: 16:36:00
  • Session 4: Sharing is Caring… Until It Isn’t (Meredith White), Duration: 29:08:00
  • Session 5: Fear is the Path to the Dark Side, Duration: 35:09:00

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

Classroom Management Time 2, 5 CPE, $25

A Virtual Webinar 

Classroom Management Time 2

Who Should Attend?

Teacher Leaders and Administrators 

Presenters

Meredith White, University Instructor and High School Teacher
Peggy Osbourne, Retired Teacher and Motivational Speaker

Agenda

  • Session 1: Building a Classroom Environment Where Everyone Thrives (Peggy Osborne): 17:09
  • Session 2: Just the Facts, Ma’am (Meredith White), Duration: 21:16
  • Session 3: Routines and Procedures (Meredith White), Duration: 15:27
  • Session 4: A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish (Peggy Osborne), Duration: 23:03
  • Session 5: Time’s Up! Boundaries and Limits (Meredith White), Duration: 32:38

Certificate

Participants will receive a state-approved micro-credential certificate for 5 Professional Development (PD/CPE) hours.

Cost

$25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee required. (The program cost is supported by the A-PLUS grant (U423A170053)).

Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

  1. Provide your registration information.
  2. You will continue to Catalog where you will register in the online course system and pay (if paying with a credit card or electronic check).
Register

If you need to pay using a purchase order, please email Mrs. Susan Sassano ssassano@tamu.edu

Download All PD Brochure

Location

Virtual

Contact

Karen McIntush Top-ClassPD@tamu.edu

ABOUT


The Education Leadership Research Center and Center for Research & Development in Dual Language & Literacy Acquisition teams in the College of Education and Human Development deliver on-demand Texas Education Agency-recognized continuing professional education (CPE) professional development to educators from Texas, across the rest of the United States, and internationally. This streaming services provides teachers and administrators with a wealth of content tailored to meet the needs of novice and veteran educators.

Supported through the Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools (APLUS) grant, directed by Dr. Beverly J. Irby, and co-directed by Drs. Rafael Lara-Alecio, Fuhui Tong, and Mario Torres, this U.S. funded professional development is led by Dr. Matthew J. Etchells and coordinated by Dr. Donna Druery. Covering topics from school safety and critical dialogues, peer coaching and professional learning communities, technology capacity building, to our Top-Class Fellow Academy. The Top-Class Educational Professional Development streaming service in now offered as an annual subscription.

 

OUR GOALS


The goal of the Top-Class Educational Professional Development streaming service is to provide on-demand research-based strategies that support teachers and leaders to build their instructional and leadership capacity. This program, part of APLUS is funded by the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program, U.S. Department of Education, and is based on the research and development within the APLUS grant.

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