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Register Today for the 1st UTeach Alumni Conference!

 

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for UTeach in the Real World, the 1st UTeach Alumni Conference, to be held July 11 in Austin. Be part of the inaugural event for teachers who have the same roots in UTeach and who face the same challenges in the classroom as you.

The full day of professional learning will focus on the core concepts you learned in UTeach and how to apply them in the reality of your classroom. Stay tuned for the full conference agenda to be released in April.

Welcome Reception
Come early for a Welcome Reception at Aloft Austin at The Domain on July 10, the evening before the conference. Connect with new and old friends from UTeach programs across the country.

Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved for UTeach Alumni Conference attendees at Aloft Austin at the Domain at a rate of $149 for check in on July 10 and check out on July 11. Use the group code UTCG10 to reserve online or by to reserve by phone at 866-932-7660 by June 12. A free shuttle will run between Aloft and the Commons Learning Center.

Space is limited, so register today!

Follow the conference on social media at #UTeachNation.

Alumni News


Kati Blanton and Anthony Hufford, Teach North Texas alumni and math teachers in Lewisville, Texas, presented at the National Association of Bilingual Educators annual conference.

Jill Bynum, teachHOUSTON alumna and math teacher, received the Rookie of the Year Award at Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas.

Camden Burton, UKanTeach alumnus, is chronicling his efforts at project-based learning with fruit fly genetics on the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers' KABT BioBlog.

Chris Carter, UKanTeach alumnus, was named a Kansas Teacher of Promise.

Mary Divan, teachHOUSTON alumna and math teacher, was nominated 2013-2014 Rookie Teacher of the Year at Davis High School in Houston.

Tim Ellis, UKanTeach alumnus, is a finalist for the Knowles Teaching Fellowship, a five-year fellowship designed to help teachers become leaders to improve math and science education and strengthen the teaching profession.

Maria Gonzales-Rojas, teachHOUSTON alumna and math teacher, was nominated Teacher of the Year at Westbury High School in Houston.

Brittany (Krutty) Henke, UKanTeach alumna, was named a Self Graduate Fellow, pursuing her PhD in physics and astronomy.

Fred Lewis, teachHOUSTON alumnus and math teacher, was nominated Teacher of the Year at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas.

Corey Nieman, UTeach Austin alumnus and science teacher, was named the Mansfield High School Teacher of the Year at Mansfield, Texas.

Christine Rittenhouse, UTeach Dallas alumna, was profiled in UT Dallas News.

David Robinson, UTeach Austin alumnus and robotics teacher at Murchison Middle School in Austin, brought his VEX robotics team to the Texas Regional Finals tournament where they won the Excellence Award for the best middle school in the competition.

Rachael Simon, teachHOUSTON alumna, earned the Rookie of the Year Award at North Shore Senior High School in Houston.

Share your news! Send us announcements about your achievements, job changes, and accomplishments in the STEM education community.

Calling all Bloggers


You have valuable experiences to share, and we want to read about them. The National UTeach Alumni Network is starting a blog, and we need a few alumni who will contribute to it about four times a year.

We're looking for posts about teaching advice, successes, failures, documented experiences, or funny stories to share with fellow alumni.

Posts will be 500 words or less, and authors will receive editorial support by UTeach Institute staff. If you're interested in contributing to the blog or have any questions, please contact Julia O'Donnell.

Teaching Tips: Communicating
with Parents

  • Make sure your first contact is positive.
  • Never respond to a parent when angry.
  • Try to respond in a timely fashion.
  • Provide something positive before discussing concerns.
  • Be truthful but not abrasive.
  • Ask for parental input.
  • Document each communication.
  • Don’t be afraid to apologize if the message was received wrong.
  • Have students create periodic newsletters showcasing classroom happenings.
  • Share teacher websites with parents.
  • Beware of discussing student concerns with other teachers, friends, family, etc.
  • Ask the parent what he/she would like you to do to ensure his/her child’s success in your classroom.

UTeach at NSTA and NCTM


Are you heading to the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) National Conference in Boston or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting in New Orleans next month? UTeach will be there! Stop by our booth in the exhibit hall to say hi and pick up some swag. We hope to see y'all there!
 
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Alumni Events


March 22
UTeach Austin Induction Super Saturday
Professional Development
University of Texas at
Austin Campus

Contact: kallen@austin.utexas.edu

April 12
UKanTeach & the KU Center for STEM Learning Workshop: GIS in Your Classroom
BEST Building, University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Contact: 913-897-8441

April 16
UTeach Austin Induction Professional Development
University of Texas at
Austin Campus

Contact: kallen@austin.utexas.edu

April 26
UKanTeach & the KU Center for STEM Learning Workshop: Statistics in a Biology Classroom - An Alternative Approach
BEST Building, University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Contact: 913-897-8441

May 5
 CSUteach Induction Ceremony for
2013-2014 Cohort
Cleveland State University

May 7
UTeach Austin Induction End-of-Year Celebration
University of Texas at
Austin Campus

Contact: kallen@austin.utexas.edu

June 30-July 1
FSU-Teach New Graduate Workshop
Tallahassee, Florida
Contact: smith@bio.fsu.edu or 850-645-8927

July 11
1st UTeach Alumni Conference
Commons Learning Center
The University of Texas at Austin

Contact: odonnell@uteach.utexas.edu
 

Quick Poll


March Poll


How often do you communicate with your students' parents?
1 being never and 10 being every day.

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Five New Universities are Joining the UTeach Family


Welcome to Drexel University, Florida International University, Oklahoma State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Maryland.

The five universities are launching their UTeach programs this spring and will enroll students in their first classes this fall.

We look forward to welcoming their alumni to the National UTeach Alumni Network in a few years.

UTeach Online Professional Development Courses


A Practical Approach to Flipping the Classroom
  • April 7-25 or May 5-23
  • Continuing Education Credit: 20 hours and qualifies for GT update hours in Texas
  • Register here
Differentiating Instruction
  • April 7-25 or May 5-23
  • Continuing Education Credit: 6 hours and qualifies for GT update hours in Texas
  • Register here
Tablets as Learning Tools
  • April 7-25 or May 5-23
  • Continuing Education Credit: 6 hours and qualifies for GT update hours in Texas
  • Register here
During each course participants will
  1. Review tools and resources pertaining to the course topic.
  2. Create a lesson for implementation based on the information.
  3. Implement the lesson and submit a brief reflection.
For more complete course descriptions, visit UTeach Professional Development or contact UTeach Professional Development Manager Carrie Culpepper.

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