Bridges Institute

for Professional Development

Texas AFT’s Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to providing professional development opportunities for Texas public school employees.

Stay Up to Date

The Bridges Institute offers year-round, for-credit professional development opportunities — both in person and virtually. Stay on top of what’s coming next with our monthly email newsletter and our Facebook page.

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.

Educating Texas Webinar Series

Texas has the eighth-largest economy in the world and a $32.7 billion budget surplus, but our schools are starved for resources. How did this happen? What can we do to fix it? Can it be fixed?

Brush up on your civics education with Texas AFT in this webinar series. We’ll walk through who holds the power in this state, what they’re doing with it, and what we need to build thriving public schools — and a thriving Lone Star State democracy.

Sign up for as many sessions as you can attend. Sessions are available for 1 hour of CPE credit unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change.


Become a Trainer

Are you interested in training for your local affiliate? Many local unions use AFT professional development to organize externally, to address students’ academic and emotional needs, and to support current classroom educators with issues that matter to them. Click to learn more.


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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Texas AFT Bridges Institute

Texas AFT Bridges Institute

We are a 501(c)3 providing professional learning opportunities for Texas public school employees.

No upcoming events

Past Events

You can watch recordings of our previous webinars on Texas AFT’s Youtube channel. Contact us for questions and/or for additional resources.

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Texas AFT Bridges Institute

Texas AFT Bridges Institute

We are a 501(c)3 providing professional learning opportunities for Texas public school employees.

Regional Leadership Conference-RGV

Regional Leadership Conference-RGV

Feb 24, 2:00pm - Feb 24, 11:30pm

Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center800 Convention Center BlvdMcAllen, TX78501 Map

Register today to attend our union’s most exciting biennial conference, providing both worksite leader and professional development workshops. Texas AFT's Bridges Institute hosts our biennial Regional Leadership Conferences. Our Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides professional development opportunities for Texas public school employees.

DETAILS TO ATTEND
- $35 per person registration (includes lunch, beverage service, and networking reception)
- Payment via credit card and/or choose "Invoice My Local Union" for local union direct billing
- Deadline to register for each RLC is 24-hours prior to the start of the event
- No refunds will be provided; however, a credit will be applied for an alternate participant
- RLC activities are provided for Texas AFT members

IT'S TIME TO THRIVE
Our fight to thrive is about creating respectful working conditions with more planning time, fewer added duties and extra paperwork, resources to prevent burnout before it starts, and a defined workday that doesn’t require us to sacrifice our personal lives for our jobs. Our union’s professional development and advocacy programs help members create a school culture that allows both employees and students to thrive. Visit our Thrive Campaign webpage today www.texasaft.org/together-we-thrive/
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Regional Leadership Conference-Houston

Regional Leadership Conference-Houston

Feb 10, 2:00pm - Feb 10, 11:30pm

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel3000 North Loop WHouston, TX77092 Map

Register today to attend our union’s most exciting biennial conference, providing both worksite leader and professional development workshops. Texas AFT's Bridges Institute hosts our biennial Regional Leadership Conferences. Our Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides professional development opportunities for Texas public school employees.

DETAILS TO ATTEND
- $35 per person registration (includes lunch, beverage service, and networking reception)
- Payment via credit card and/or choose "Invoice My Local Union" for local union direct billing
- Deadline to register for each RLC is 24-hours prior to the start of the event
- No refunds will be provided; however, a credit will be applied for an alternate participant
- RLC activities are provided for Texas AFT members

IT'S TIME TO THRIVE
Our fight to thrive is about creating respectful working conditions with more planning time, fewer added duties and extra paperwork, resources to prevent burnout before it starts, and a defined workday that doesn’t require us to sacrifice our personal lives for our jobs. Our union’s professional development and advocacy programs help members create a school culture that allows both employees and students to thrive. Visit our Thrive Campaign webpage today www.texasaft.org/together-we-thrive/
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4 interested  ·  3 going
Texas AFT COLA Celebration!

Texas AFT COLA Celebration!

Jan 25, 12:00am - Jan 25, 1:00am

We fought, we voted, we WON!

It's official. Voters overwhelmingly approved a cost-of-living adjustment for retired Texas educators. This win could have never happened without the relentless, hard work by Texas AFT retirees.

Now, join us on Zoom Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm CT for a celebration!

To keep up the momentum from this win and to grow our movement, we will also be taking collective action to grow our membership. See you there!
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Texas AFT Educating Texas Zoom Series

Texas AFT Educating Texas Zoom Series

Jan 24, 12:00am - Jan 24, 1:00am

Texas has the ninth-largest economy in the world and a $32.7 billion budget surplus, but our schools are starved for resources.

How did this happen? What can we do to fix it? Can it be fixed?

Head back to school with Texas AFT for a brush-up on your civics education. We’ll walk through who holds the power in this state, what they’re doing with it, and what we need to build thriving public schools — and a thriving Lone Star State democracy.

Sign up for as many sessions as you can attend.
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Wellness Wednesday with Educators Thriving

Wellness Wednesday with Educators Thriving

Nov 1, 11:00pm - Nov 2, 1:00am

What if you prioritized your well-being this fall?
Come learn concrete strategies to help you avoid the five personal pitfalls of the educator experience.

Session 1: Prioritizing
Session 2: Boundaries
Session 3: Financial Well-being

Register here: tinyurl.com/TexasEducatorSignUp2023

2 interested  ·  2 going
Regional Leadership Conference-Dallas

Regional Leadership Conference-Dallas

Oct 28, 1:00pm - Oct 28, 10:30pm

Norris Conference Center 12005 Ford Rd #200 Dallas, TX 75234 Map

Register today to attend our union’s most exciting biennial conference, providing both worksite leader and professional development workshops. Texas AFT's Bridges Institute hosts our biennial Regional Leadership Conferences. Our Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides professional development opportunities for Texas public school employees.

DETAILS TO ATTEND
- $35 per person registration (includes lunch, beverage service, and networking reception)
- Payment via credit card and/or choose "Invoice My Local Union" for local union direct billing
- Deadline to register for each RLC is 24-hours prior to the start of the event
- No refunds will be provided; however, a credit will be applied for an alternate participant
- RLC activities are provided for Texas AFT members

IT'S TIME TO THRIVE
Our fight to thrive is about creating respectful working conditions with more planning time, fewer added duties and extra paperwork, resources to prevent burnout before it starts, and a defined workday that doesn’t require us to sacrifice our personal lives for our jobs. Our union’s professional development and advocacy programs help members create a school culture that allows both employees and students to thrive. Visit our Thrive Campaign webpage today www.texasaft.org/together-we-thrive/
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2 interested  ·  3 going
Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Michele Pola

Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Michele Pola

Oct 25, 11:00pm - Oct 26, 1:00am

What if you prioritized your well-being this fall?
Come learn concrete strategies to help you thrive this school year!

Session 1: The Research
Session 2: The Body and the Senses
Session 3: Thoughts & Emotions

Register here: us06web.zoom.us/j/84220913847?pwd=UmdhbTdEdWFWVDJEeDFTUmRvTnR6Zz09
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Wellness Wednesday with Educators Thriving

Wellness Wednesday with Educators Thriving

Oct 18, 11:00pm - Oct 19, 1:00am

What if you prioritized your well-being this fall?
Come learn concrete strategies to help you avoid the five personal pitfalls of the educator experience.

Session 1: Prioritizing
Session 2: Boundaries
Session 3: Financial Well-being

Register here: tinyurl.com/TexasEducatorSignUp2023

8 interested  ·  6 going
Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Michele Pola

Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Michele Pola

Oct 11, 11:00pm - Oct 12, 1:00am

What if you prioritized your well-being this fall?
Come learn concrete strategies to help you thrive this school year!

Session 1: The Research
Session 2: The Body and the Senses
Session 3: Thoughts & Emotions

Register here: us06web.zoom.us/j/84220913847?pwd=UmdhbTdEdWFWVDJEeDFTUmRvTnR6Zz09
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2 interested  ·  3 going
Wellness Wednesday with Educators Thriving

Wellness Wednesday with Educators Thriving

Oct 4, 11:00pm - Oct 5, 1:00am

What if you prioritized your well-being this fall?
Come learn concrete strategies to help you avoid the five personal pitfalls of the educator experience.

Session 1: Prioritizing
Session 2: Boundaries
Session 3: Financial Well-being

Register here: tinyurl.com/TexasEducatorSignUp2023

1 interested  ·  2 going
Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Michele Pola

Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Michele Pola

Sep 27, 11:00pm - Sep 28, 1:00am

What if you prioritized your well-being this fall?
Come learn concrete strategies to help you thrive this school year!

Session 1: The Research
Session 2: The Body and the Senses
Session 3: Thoughts & Emotions

Register here: us06web.zoom.us/j/84220913847?pwd=UmdhbTdEdWFWVDJEeDFTUmRvTnR6Zz09
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Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Sep 14, 11:00pm - Sep 15, 1:00am

https://events.eply.com/studentdebtclinics

Register today to attend!
Texas AFT's Student Debt Clinics are 90-minute programs that:

Assess the experience of borrowers in the midst of a national student debt crisis;

Empower borrowers to manage their student debt by giving them information on free federal programs that may lower their monthly payments and lead to their loans being forgiven;

Introduce borrowers to a free AFT member benefit—an online resource called Summer—that will simplify the management of their student loans; and

Engage borrowers in union activism to address the student debt crisis and other important issues in their workplace and community.
Student debt clinics provide our members with important information on two free federal debt relief programs:

Income-driven repayment plans are available to every federal student loan borrower, regardless of where they work. Income-driven repayment plans determine your monthly payment based on your adjusted gross income and family size and may save you money.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows qualifying federal student loan borrowers to have the money they saved using an income-driven repayment plan forgiven after making payments for 10 years while working in public service.
Student debt clinics provide members with information on how these programs work, the steps necessary to qualify for them, and best practices to ensure that they are maximizing the benefits available to them.
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Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Aug 31, 11:00pm - Sep 1, 1:00am

https://events.eply.com/studentdebtclinics

Register today to attend!
Texas AFT's Student Debt Clinics are 90-minute programs that:

Assess the experience of borrowers in the midst of a national student debt crisis;

Empower borrowers to manage their student debt by giving them information on free federal programs that may lower their monthly payments and lead to their loans being forgiven;

Introduce borrowers to a free AFT member benefit—an online resource called Summer—that will simplify the management of their student loans; and

Engage borrowers in union activism to address the student debt crisis and other important issues in their workplace and community.
Student debt clinics provide our members with important information on two free federal debt relief programs:

Income-driven repayment plans are available to every federal student loan borrower, regardless of where they work. Income-driven repayment plans determine your monthly payment based on your adjusted gross income and family size and may save you money.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows qualifying federal student loan borrowers to have the money they saved using an income-driven repayment plan forgiven after making payments for 10 years while working in public service.
Student debt clinics provide members with information on how these programs work, the steps necessary to qualify for them, and best practices to ensure that they are maximizing the benefits available to them.
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Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Aug 10, 11:00pm - Aug 11, 1:00am

https://www.mobilize.us/texasaft/event/487365/ Map

Join a TX AFT Student Debt Clinic to learn how to save on your student loan payments. All are welcome—you do NOT need to be an AFT member to join!

💪 School workers who have worked in education / public service & made payments for 10+ years—you could be eligible to have your loans totally forgiven! The opportunity to get in on expanded student loan forgiveness EXPIRES October 31st.

💪 For all other school workers: AFT offers Summer—a student loan management service. The average AFT member saves $57k+ using Summer!

Our student debt clinics provide school workers with info on how these programs work, the steps you need to take, & how to maximize your benefits.

Can't make the clinic time? Join our Facebook group now to connect with other educators & work together to get your loans forgiven: www.facebook.com/groups/txschools.
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Student Debt Clinic

Student Debt Clinic

Jul 27, 11:00pm - Jul 28, 1:00am

https://events.eply.com/studentdebtclinics

Register today to attend!
Texas AFT's Student Debt Clinics are 90-minute programs that:

Assess the experience of borrowers in the midst of a national student debt crisis;

Empower borrowers to manage their student debt by giving them information on free federal programs that may lower their monthly payments and lead to their loans being forgiven;

Introduce borrowers to a free AFT member benefit—an online resource called Summer—that will simplify the management of their student loans; and

Engage borrowers in union activism to address the student debt crisis and other important issues in their workplace and community.
Student debt clinics provide our members with important information on two free federal debt relief programs:

Income-driven repayment plans are available to every federal student loan borrower, regardless of where they work. Income-driven repayment plans determine your monthly payment based on your adjusted gross income and family size and may save you money.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness allows qualifying federal student loan borrowers to have the money they saved using an income-driven repayment plan forgiven after making payments for 10 years while working in public service.
Student debt clinics provide members with information on how these programs work, the steps necessary to qualify for them, and best practices to ensure that they are maximizing the benefits available to them.
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Sen. Cruz: DO SOMETHING to Protect Our Schools

Sen. Cruz: DO SOMETHING to Protect Our Schools

May 31, 5:15pm

Tomorrow, we will go live midday as educators, parents, allies, and activists from our community tell Sen. Ted Cruz that it’s time to get out of the way: The majority of this county wants action on common-sense gun safety, and they want it now.

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Regional Leadership Conference | Houston, TX

Regional Leadership Conference | Houston, TX

Apr 2, 1:00pm - Apr 2, 10:30pm

The Westin Houston, Memorial City945 Gessner RoadHouston, TX77024 Map

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Regional Leadership Conferences sponsored by Texas AFT's Bridges Institute for Professional & Leadership Development. The Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing training and resources for Texas public school employees.

Four conferences will be held throughout the state. Use this form to choose a conference in your area. In addition, you may use this form to register additional participants. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and fees may be paid by using either a credit card or invoiced to your local union (all invoiced expenses must be pre-approved by your local union). Additional details will be provided in your confirmation email.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Texas AFT Regional Leadership Conference.

All RLC Event Times:

7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. | COVID-19 Rapid Testing Health Screening

9:00 a.m. | First Workshop Begins

12:00 p.m. | General Session Luncheon (lunch provided)

1:30 p.m. | Workshops Continue

4:15 p.m. | Workshops Conclude

4:30 p.m. | "Respect Our Profession" Networking Event & Graduation

5:30 p.m. | All Activities Conclude

Event Locations:

McAllen RLC | Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center

Dallas RLC | Norris Conference Center

San Antonio RLC | Norris Conference Center

Houston RLC | Westin Memorial City Hotel
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Mindful Being: Mindfulness Essentials for Educators

Mindful Being: Mindfulness Essentials for Educators

Mar 30, 11:00pm - Mar 31, 12:30am

The Bridges Institute is returning with our Mindfulness Essentials series in 2022! Join Texas AFT and Mindful Being to learn how you can implement mindfulness in your personal life and in the classroom. Beginning on March 23, we will be offering 6 sessions every Wednesday from 6-8 PM. CPE credit will be issued for each hour attended.

Participants will also receive link to join zoom weekly, free 15 min guided practices on Tuesdays at 7:15am and Wednesdays at Noon.

Please register here: bit.ly/mindfulaft2022
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Regional Leadership Conference | San Antonio, TX

Regional Leadership Conference | San Antonio, TX

Mar 5, 2:00pm - Mar 5, 11:30pm

Norris Convention CenterSan Antonio, TX Map

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Regional Leadership Conferences sponsored by Texas AFT's Bridges Institute for Professional & Leadership Development. The Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing training and resources for Texas public school employees.

Four conferences will be held throughout the state. Use this form to choose a conference in your area. In addition, you may use this form to register additional participants. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and fees may be paid by using either a credit card or invoiced to your local union (all invoiced expenses must be pre-approved by your local union). Additional details will be provided in your confirmation email.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Texas AFT Regional Leadership Conference.

All RLC Event Times:

7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. | COVID-19 Rapid Testing Health Screening

9:00 a.m. | First Workshop Begins

12:00 p.m. | General Session Luncheon (lunch provided)

1:30 p.m. | Workshops Continue

4:15 p.m. | Workshops Conclude

4:30 p.m. | "Respect Our Profession" Networking Event & Graduation

5:30 p.m. | All Activities Conclude

Event Locations:

McAllen RLC | Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center

Dallas RLC | Norris Conference Center

San Antonio RLC | Norris Conference Center

Houston RLC | Westin Memorial City Hotel
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The Trio: Student-Centered Research

The Trio: Student-Centered Research

Feb 26, 4:00pm - Feb 26, 5:30pm

Interested in learning new ways to have students complete research that is student centered? Join Carol Villarreal and Rebecca Blanco who are National AFT trainers in a 3 part series on Inquiry-Based, Problem=Based, and Project-Based Learning. Each session will be held via Zoom.

It is recommended that you attend all 3 sessions, but can be done as a stand alone training as well. Please bring a project or idea you would like to make into a lesson using these structures.

Credits: 1.5 TC/CPE and .75 GT PER session

Participants will receive the Zoom link by the Friday before each training. Please register using this link: forms.gle/uQnssTsAPimjNxGq7
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Regional Leadership Conference | Dallas, TX

Regional Leadership Conference | Dallas, TX

Feb 26, 2:00pm - Feb 26, 11:30pm

12005 Ford Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75234 Map

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Regional Leadership Conferences sponsored by Texas AFT's Bridges Institute for Professional & Leadership Development. The Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing training and resources for Texas public school employees.

Four conferences will be held throughout the state. Use this form to choose a conference in your area. In addition, you may use this form to register additional participants. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and fees may be paid by using either a credit card or invoiced to your local union (all invoiced expenses must be pre-approved by your local union). Additional details will be provided in your confirmation email.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Texas AFT Regional Leadership Conference.

All RLC Event Times:

7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. | COVID-19 Rapid Testing Health Screening

9:00 a.m. | First Workshop Begins

12:00 p.m. | General Session Luncheon (lunch provided)

1:30 p.m. | Workshops Continue

4:15 p.m. | Workshops Conclude

4:30 p.m. | "Respect Our Profession" Networking Event & Graduation

5:30 p.m. | All Activities Conclude

Event Locations:

McAllen RLC | Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center

Dallas RLC | Norris Conference Center

San Antonio RLC | Norris Conference Center

Houston RLC | Westin Memorial City Hotel
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Regional Leadership Conference | McAllen, TX

Regional Leadership Conference | McAllen, TX

Feb 19, 2:00pm - Feb 19, 11:30pm

Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center800 Convention Center BlvdMcAllen, TX78501 Map

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Regional Leadership Conferences sponsored by Texas AFT's Bridges Institute for Professional & Leadership Development. The Bridges Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing training and resources for Texas public school employees.

Four conferences will be held throughout the state. Use this form to choose a conference in your area. In addition, you may use this form to register additional participants. The cost to attend is $25 per person, and fees may be paid by using either a credit card or invoiced to your local union (all invoiced expenses must be pre-approved by your local union). Additional details will be provided in your confirmation email.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Texas AFT Regional Leadership Conference.

All RLC Event Times:

7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. | COVID-19 Rapid Testing Health Screening

9:00 a.m. | First Workshop Begins

12:00 p.m. | General Session Luncheon (lunch provided)

1:30 p.m. | Workshops Continue

4:15 p.m. | Workshops Conclude

4:30 p.m. | "Respect Our Profession" Networking Event & Graduation

5:30 p.m. | All Activities Conclude

Event Locations:

McAllen RLC | Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center

Dallas RLC | Norris Conference Center

San Antonio RLC | Norris Conference Center

Houston RLC | Westin Memorial City Hotel
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10 interested  ·  9 going
Differentiating Instruction: Principles of Successful Classrooms for Academically Diverse Learners

Differentiating Instruction: Principles of Successful Classrooms for Academically Diverse Learners

Jun 23, 3:00pm - Jun 23, 5:00pm

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

14 interested  ·  5 going
Lifting Up Our ELLs: Post-Pandemic Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources

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

May 27, 10:00pm - May 27, 11:30pm

https://bit.ly/3v58WaQ Map

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?
FREE. Register here: bit.ly/3v58WaQ
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Culturally Responsive Teaching and Pedagogy Parts 2 and 3

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Pedagogy Parts 2 and 3

May 8, 3:00pm - May 15, 4:30pm

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcPSjQYxeKlqI_oIxNVZR69Ij-lTcU2F-BjpXftBmD2-UVpg/viewform Map

Carol Villarreal and Natasha Thurmon from Northside AFT will lead these sessions. During sessions two and three, you will review content from session one. You will design strength-focused lessons and activities and implement research-based CRP in an ethnically diverse classroom.

Session 2: May 8th from 10-11:30 AM
Session 3: May 15th from 10-11:30 AM

58 interested  ·  9 going
Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Apr 28, 11:00pm

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.

CPE credit will be issued to all participants.
Register for this event here: bit.ly/responsiveaft
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7 interested  ·  3 going
Goal Setting and Professional Development Webinar

Goal Setting and Professional Development Webinar

Apr 21, 11:00pm

Have you been given control over your professional development plan and goals? Professional growth goals drive changes in practice which results in increased student performance. Come learn how to take ownership of your professional goals during your end-of-year conference. Register here: bit.ly/goalsaft.

23 interested  ·  6 going
Social Secrets: What Parents and Educators Should Know

Social Secrets: What Parents and Educators Should Know

Apr 14, 11:00pm - Apr 15, 1:00am

Online conflict via social media is impacting the way young people communicate and relate to one another. Additionally, many are unaware of the dangers they face as a result of their digital exploration. Social Secrets, a free webinar, gives an overview of how tweens and teens are using social media and how parents/educators can help them avoid social media pitfalls and ultimately: be safe, be smart, and be kind online.

Register for our event here: bit.ly/safesmartkind. CPE credit will be issued to attendants.
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Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma Informed Practices

Feb 25, 12:00am - Mar 11, 12:00am

http://bit.ly/traumainformedpractices

The Bridges Institute for Professional Development invites you to attend our five-part webinar series on trauma informed practices. Each session will begin at 6 PM, and CPE credit will be issued for each session attended.


Participants will learn and practice research-based trauma-informed practices to boost student resilience. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how adversity can impact children’s developing brains, bodies and behaviors, and explore strategies that promote healing from various traumatic events and circumstances

February 24th: Trauma-informed decisions
March 3rd Being healthfully present
March 10th: Resilience and managing triggers
March 24th: Support for grieving students (*FREE Grief-Sensitive Educator kit mailed to participants)
March 31st: Speaking truth to power with attention to wellness

Register once for all five dates: bit.ly/traumainformedpractices
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Applied Digital Skills: Google Suite Workshop

Applied Digital Skills: Google Suite Workshop

Jan 28, 12:00am

​This free online digital literacy curriculum helps learners obtain new digital skills using G Suite. The training is intended to get you up and running with the online program to supplement your online instruction. This event is intended to help educators in grade 5 and up get comfortable with the curriculum and tailor it to their needs. ​

If you’re interested in learning more about how the curriculum fits into your remote instruction, we ask that you join us for this training and​ ​RSVP: bit.ly/appliedaft. You will receive an invite with a Meet link ahead of the event.
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26 interested  ·  8 going
Mentoring Girls and Inspiring Sisterhood: In the Age of Bad Girls, Housewives and Frenemies

Mentoring Girls and Inspiring Sisterhood: In the Age of Bad Girls, Housewives and Frenemies

Jan 21, 12:00am - Jan 21, 2:00am

http://bit.ly/inspiringsisterhood

From catfights to online drama and gossip, once cringe-worthy behaviors have become normalized by popular media. But exactly how are reality TV and social media shaping girls’ relationship realities? Mentoring Girls examines this and offers tips and tools to help educators (and parents).

WE WILL DISCUSS AND EXPLORE:
*The value and benefits of role modeling and mentoring as tools to combat relational aggression and encourage positive relationships among girls and young women
*The role of popular media (and social media) in shaping girls’ and women’s relationship realities.
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105 interested  ·  20 going
ASK About Suicide to Save a Life

ASK About Suicide to Save a Life

Jan 14, 12:00am

http://bit.ly/ASKtosave

ASK About Suicide to Save A Life™ is a best practice, gatekeeper training that teaches how to identify suicide risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, and appropriate referral strategies.

41 interested  ·  18 going
Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays

Dec 3, 12:00am - Dec 17, 12:00am

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Mridula Kamra will lead us through meditation sessions on December 2nd and December 16th.

On December 9th, Mental Health America will have a session on Educator Self-Care and Burnout. Participants will learn about the risks of burnout, treating burnout, caring for oneself, and maintaining a work/life balance. Those who complete this workshop will leave with an action plan to treat their stress and care for themselves. Student well-being and academic success depend on the stability and well-being of teachers and caregivers. This highly interactive 75 min workshop will focus on self-care and stress reduction for educators and other caregivers. New skills can be applied immediately, and many activities can be used with students.
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51 interested  ·  19 going
United Against Human Trafficking: Educator Training

United Against Human Trafficking: Educator Training

Nov 19, 12:00am

http://bit.ly/unitedagainsthumantrafficking

Traffickers are recruiting our kids in schools. Therefore, UAHT created this training to equip teachers and school officials to recognize grooming techniques and potential victims. Educators will leave understanding how they are on the frontlines in protecting at-risk students and how to intervene on their behalf. Please register for this event at bit.ly/unitedagainsthumantrafficking.... See MoreSee Less

33 interested  ·  17 going
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Information Session

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Information Session

Nov 12, 12:30am - Nov 12, 1:30am

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Join the Texas AFT Bridges Institute for Professional Development and the Texas National Board Coalition for Teaching to learn about becoming an NBPTS certified educator. The session is FREE! Register at bit.ly/2H6koyz

38 interested  ·  26 going
T-TESS Virtual Training

T-TESS Virtual Training

Oct 28, 9:30pm - Oct 28, 11:30pm

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This virtual session will inform you of the state laws related to T-TESS, the administrator rubric that is used to evaluate you, and how you advocate for yourself during your end of year conference and throughout the year. You don’t want to miss this session!

38 interested  ·  15 going
Building Teacher Knowledge for Success

Building Teacher Knowledge for Success

Aug 4, 10:30pm - Aug 7, 12:30am

https://www.texasaft.org/resources/building-teacher-knowledge-for-success/

Informative workshops on T-TESS, Know Your Rights, and Goal Setting & Professional Development Plans. August 4-6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You must register to attend. You will receive a confirmation email with information on attending the session. Attendees will receive CPE credit, and all sessions are FREE! CPE certificates will be emailed to the email address used to register for the session. Also, the name you register with will be printed on the certificate.

TTESS, August 4, 5:30-7:30 PM zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcuitrzkuG91Sy8smeP5s9XFLxVbpWFlV

Know Your Rights, August 5, 5:30-7:30 PM zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ld-2ppzIiGNQhDstKBTIwN-hOnLz4YP5H

GSPD, August 6, 5:30-7:30 PM zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkduqtqjwjHN3lAhw8QMxx59oplfZpVHf7
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Pedagogy in a Virtual World

Pedagogy in a Virtual World

Jul 29, 3:00pm - Aug 1, 5:00pm

Zoom

Digital pedagogy during COVID-19 can be overwhelming as we try to find ways to keep students engaged and learning virtually. The use of technological components in the virtual classroom does not equate to digital pedagogy. Digital pedagogy should focus on how educators’ interaction through platforms could affect teaching and learning. Throughout this pandemic, educators find themselves struggling with the tools platforms provide and how to make learning fun and engaging. Join us as we explore digital platforms and how to make learning and teaching interactive, engaging, and fun. Join us to learn tips and tricks for Google Classroom, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Schoology.... See MoreSee Less

461 interested
Texas AFT Teacher Learning Community

Texas AFT Teacher Learning Community

Sep 18, 5:00am

Email pstelly.nehouaft@gmail.com for more information or register at the link below. We hope to see many NE Houston educators next Tuesday!



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

Email bridges@texasaft.org for more information.