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Curating, communicating, and celebrating school-university engagement activities.

Issue: May 2020
Events and Professional Development
We Teach Texas P12 Mentoring and Coaching Academy

The Mentoring and Coaching Academy (MCA) is a self-paced online mentoring and coaching certificate opportunity for P12 teachers. This 10-day online Level 1 course explores the best practices in mentoring and coaching for P12 classroom teachers and offers ways to positively impact a beginning teacher’s readiness to teach. Organized around 7 topics, and formatted in the research-based L.E.A.D.E.R.© model, the Academy’s standards-driven curriculum will guide participants through readings, videos, and applications to implement new ideas and tools focused on what it means to be an effective teacher mentor for beginning Texas teachers. The MCA is excited to collaborate with you in support of your application for Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) funds. For more information and registration, visit
EC-12 Partner Engagement & Support Workshop

Did you know that the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam for teacher candidates may be phased out by 2023 and replaced with the new edTPA exam? So we’re making plans to support our stakeholders. edTPA is a performance assessment and requires all teacher candidates in the state of Texas to videotape learning segments in their P12 classroom. Please join us for the EC-12 Partner Engagement and Support Workshop which has been scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register today through Zoom here. 
Save the Dates: "Good Neighbors" Virtual Town Hall Meetings

College of Education and Human Development is hosting two Virtual Town Hall meetings, which is an initiative of the Good Neighbor Partnerships (GNP). The goal of the GNP is to work more closely with school district leaders around the state of Texas, to leverage our mutual interests and resources, to better serve P-12 learners, teachers, and teacher leaders. Please save the following dates for our meetings: Thursday, October 15, 2020 and Thursday, April 8, 2021 at noon until 1:30 pm. The topics will be based on a 1-minute survey of interests (forthcoming) and facilitated by the Dean’s new school-based advisory/working group.
It's MOOPIL Time: Free Online Professional Development Opportunities

Sponsored by the Educational Leadership Research Center, the Massive Open Online Professional Individual Learning (MOOPIL) is a free, online resource for educators everywhere. Using MOOPILs can: make your teaching comprehensible, incorporate culturally responsive practices, and make the learning environment stress-free and differentiated. To learn more, click here.
Have You Thanked An Aggie Teacher Today? #TeachersCan Campaign

Now more than ever, our teachers in the field need our support and appreciation. The #TeachersCan Campaign launched in April to honor our hard-working teachers. Aggie Teachers work in 738 Texas school districts, in all 20 regions and 213 counties. That’s more than 10,000 former students currently working in Texas public schools as teachers, school counselors, principals, and senior administrators. We would like to highlight our own Aggie teachers by recognizing them at

Visit for more information on the campaign. Post to social media using: #AggieTeachersCan #TeachersCan #WeTeachTexas
In the News
Congratulations Aggies, New Cohort of Charles Butt Scholars!

In the Special Education program in the College of Education and Human Development, 23 students have become new Charles Butt Scholars. More information about the scholarship here.
New Online Video Library for Students and Families: 

In an effort to provide parents support during COVID-19, Dr. Kay Wijekumar launched the Texas A&M University Student Video Library. After registering online, parents are able to search for educational videos related to science, history, and language arts for students in second through twelfth grade. More information here.
We Teach Texas: Supporting Teachers During COVID-19

The Texas A&M University System is committed to producing the highest quality PreK-12 teachers who provide world-class education for the children of Texas. We Teach Texas wants to empower all educators, especially you! More information here.
Physical Activity & Distance Education

This Q & A article reviews how physical activity fits into distance learning due to COVID-19. To learn more, click here.
From Our Partners

Calling All Texas Schools and Districts, Submit Your Story or Event to the Good Neighbors Newsletter

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