Texas AFT
Bridges Institute for Professional Development

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to providing professional development and educational resources to Texas educators. #OurWorkIsPowerful

Texas AFT is the state affiliate of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers and the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO.

Texas AFT’s Bridges Institute for Professional Development provides a wide variety of high-quality professional development and special programs. We serve members of Texas AFT and our public education community at large.

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Upcoming Events

For questions or assistance with registering for one of our upcoming events, please call toll free at 1-800-222-3827 or email us.

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Pear Deck

Pear Deck

Aug 10, 5:00pm

Pear Deck offers interactive presentations and assessments to engage every student in your room, every day! Why use Pear Deck?
-Students understand class material better
-Students are more interested in the material
-You know which students are stuck, who's ready for more, and what's confusing them
-You can give every student a voice even the shyest or most reticent.
Attend our session to learn how you can effectively apply Pear Deck to your classroom!

CPE credit will be issued
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Past Events

We encourage you to watch recordings of our previous webinars. Contact us for questions and/or for additional resources.

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Jun 30, 10:00am - Jun 30, 12:00pm

Our webinar is designed to provide educators with the following skills:

Operationalize the connection between culture and cognition.
Demonstrate how a “caring educator” with high expectations functions in the classroom.
Design strength-focused lessons and activities.
Implement research-based pedagogy in classrooms with ethnically diverse students.

Join us on June 30 from 10 AM to 12 PM. CPE credit will be issued to participants.
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Differentiating Instruction: Principles of Successful Classrooms for Academically Diverse Learners

Differentiating Instruction: Principles of Successful Classrooms for Academically Diverse Learners

Jun 23, 10:00am - Jun 23, 12:00pm

Most contemporary classrooms serve students who learn at different rates and in different ways, come to school with different experiences, have different interests, demonstrate different levels of motivation to do what school asks of them, and represent different language groups. Yet instruction in many classrooms overlooks these differences and treats students as though they were essentially alike. This session is designed to raise awareness of research that supports differentiation and to teach the basic components of differentiation. Three frameworks will be considered: Carol Ann Tomlinson’s, Wendy Conklin’s, and Robert Sternberg’s. The goal of the session is to help teachers reflect on the strengths of their current instructional practices and opportunities for further growth in teaching academically diverse students effectively. CPE credit will be issued.... See MoreSee Less

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Lifting Up Our ELLs: Post-Pandemic Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources

Lifting Up Our ELLs: Post-Pandemic Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources

May 27, 5:00pm - May 27, 6:30pm

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REGISTER TODAY. Lifting Up Our ELLs: Post-Pandemic Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources, Thursday, May 27, at 6 p.m. EDT.
Please join us for another session in our series to support the professional development needs of new teachers.
Did you know that ELLs are the fastest-growing student population, and most ELLs are taught in mainstream/general ed classrooms?
What do our educators need to know to expand their range of knowledge and skills to meet the needs of their ELLs?
How is the pandemic affecting what will happen this summer and in the fall?
What resources are out there to help?
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Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson is designed by educators for educators. We at Texas AFT, along with the award-winning Share My Lesson, are your one-stop destinations for high-quality, educator-developed, and educator-vetted resources for use in your new classroom.


Texas AFT Bridges Institute for Professional Development
912 South Highway 183, Suite 100-A | Austin, TX 78741 | 800-222-3827