Modules by Cluster

Professional Development

A "best practice" is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to have a reliable and successful result.  The term is used frequently in the fields of education, health care, government administration, and management.  A commitment to using the best practices in any field is a commitment to using all the knowledge bases and procedures that will ensure success.  Each professional development topic included in this section is a "best practice" in education with strong research and experience behind it to ensure success for both teachers and students.

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A number of the professional development modules distributed throughout the cluster designations, use Dr. Robert J. Marzano's research and publications as source material. Click here to access the Marzano Research Laboratory web site.

Tools to use with professional development topics

Most of the topics are located within each cluster section. Click the links in the navigation area to the left to access these modules. Be sure to explore each cluster's professional development modules as most of them are applicable to all cluster areas.

Summer Conference Presentations

PPT icon Effective Assessment Tools for STEM

PPT icon Tools for Teaching

PPT icon Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

PPT icon New BIM I and BIM II Lessons

PPT icon Integrating Academic – CTE - Workforce

PPT icon Soft Skills for a Tough Workforce

PPT icon UNT Health Science Grant Update

PPT icon Making the Health Science TEKS Come Alive in Your Classroom

General Application Modules

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional Intelligence: What's New, What's True – Improving EQ with Behavioral Style: TRACOM recently held two webinars on Emotional Intelligence with HR.com and Talent Management.  An on-demand version of the webinar is available to watch at your convenience.  Your investment of 60 minutes will show:

  • Why Emotional Intelligence Matters
  • The Business Case for Emotional Intelligence
  • Can Emotional Intelligence be Learned
  • Improving Emotional Intelligence with Behavioral Styles
  • Bringing Emotional Intelligence into the Workplace

Click this link to watch the webinar replay.

This webinar is created and sponsored by:

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pdf Download a new whitepaper about EQ and performance.
Brain-based Learning

This three-part PowerPoint presentation idenitfies the role of the brain in the learning process, influences on the brain's learnng process, and strategies to use for learning as it relates to school work.

pdf Supporting Materials  

Part 1: Role of the Brain in the Learning Process

pdf Presentation pdf Script

Part 2: Influences on the Brain's Learning Process

pdf Presentation pdf Script

Part 3: Learning Strategies for School

pdf Presentation pdf Script
Consequences of Rules and Procedures

This presentation is an outline summary of Chapter 7 from The Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Marzano. It provides action steps that a teacher should take in order to provide the right consequences to student behavior. The presentation is supplemented with a variety of input from other authors and educators.

pdf Presentation
pdf Supporting documents
Establishing Classroom Rules and Procedures

This presentation is an outline summary of Chapter 6 from The Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Marzano. It identifies proven techniques for developing classroom rules and procedures and provides examples for the CTE teacher. The presentation is also supplemented with a variety of input from other authors and educators.

pdf Presentation
pdf Supporting documents
Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide

This presentation is a summary of the Institute of Education's publication of the same name by Dynarski (2008) and presents six strategies that will help students stay in school. This presentation is appropriate for administraors, teachers, parents, and in many cases, for students.

pdf Presentation and Supporting Materials
Working With Your Counselor
This short video identifies ways to involve your counselor in your program, lists precautions to take when counseling students, explains how to report child abuse and how parents typically respond when a report is made. The videos are downloadable by chapter because of file size.
PDF icon Supporting Documentation WMV icon Chapter 1: Can't We All Just Get Along? (8Mb)
WMV icon Chapter 2: Interacting with Counselors (9 Mb) WMV icon Chapter 3: Assessment (6 Mb)
WMV icon Chapter 4: Crisis Intervention (10 Mb) WMV icon Chapter 5: Child Abuse and Child Protective Services, Part 1 (4 Mb)
WMF icon Chapter 6: Child Abuse and Child Protective Services, Part 2 (11 Mb)  
Education for the Homelessnew

Education for the homeless has existed for many years; however, most have not been aware of our vast and increasing numbers of homeless students in our schools. This module will raise your awareness on this topic.

pdf Presentation (6.9 Mb)
pdf Supporting documents