Educator Professional Development
Blended Learning Professional Development
UTHS offers online professional development courses facilitated by specialists with expertise in blended learning implementation. We support teachers and administrators to explore blended learning models and resources, design and facilitate lessons, and scale blended learning from one classroom to the department, school, or district-wide.
State Reimbursement for Blended Learning Professional Development
To request information to register educators for the online blended learning courses and learn details about the state reimbursement opportunity, please submit a Request Information form by clicking on the link below. Please provide your contact and school information. We will respond to district requests in the order received.
A district paid stipend up to $25 per course hour for teachers is allowable for reimbursement if district leaders determine that the stipend allocation meets local district policies and terms of educator contracts. Requests for reimbursement of participant stipends must be pre-approved with the initial blended learning plan.
Request Approval for the TEA Reimbursement to Enroll Teachers in BL PD Courses
District or campus leaders who are ready to submit their blended learning plans in order to receive approval for the TEA reimbursement should click the link below. Leaders must receive approval from UTHS/TEA before enrolling teachers in the courses to receive the reimbursement. Communication with a UTHS blended learning specialist is strongly recommended prior to submitting your form and campus/district blended learning plan. Contact UTHSpartner@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-3503 to schedule an appointment with a UTHS blended learning specialist.
When you click on the link above to request the TEA reimbursement, you'll also need to upload your Campus/District BL PD Plan. Here's a Campus/District Blended Learning Readiness and Implementation Plan TEMPLATE to use to develop your plan. Please be sure to complete all sections of the planning template.
UTHS will email the district/campus leader a confirmation of receipt once the online Request for BL PD TEA Reimbursement Form with the BL PD Campus/District Readiness and Implementation Plan are submitted. Reviews will take up to 2 weeks to receive approval. Requests will either be APPROVED or EXTENDED. Requests that are extended will require adjustments and re-submission. Once the district/campus plan is approved, the leader will receive the forms and directions to proceed in enrolling teachers and staff in the online blended learning professional development courses. Teacher and staff names and UT EIDs are required to process the course enrollments. Teachers are required to complete the online courses in order for the district to receive reimbursement. Districts are also required to pay for online course enrollments prior to receiving the TEA reimbursement. Payment may be made by credit card, check, or P.O. to UT High School.
G/T Professional Development
At UTHS, we have online, self-paced professional development course trainings to meet the state requirements for the gifted/talented (G/T) foundational 30-hour training and 6-hour annual updates. These courses have been developed as a convenient and flexible way for educators, counselors, and administrators to engage in high-quality professional development that fits into their busy, student-centered schedules. All course trainings can be taken as an entire series or individually. The G/T courses are not currently available for the TEA reimbursement.
Benefits to Educators:
- Take one or more 6-hr training, based on your individual needs
- Complete the 30-hr G/T foundational training or 6-hr update
- Start the course trainings at anytime
- Work on assignments from anywhere
- Access course materials for up to 60 days
- Receive guidance from a G/T expert
According to the Texas State Plan, a minimum of thirty clock hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, identification and assessment of gifted/talented students' needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students is required for teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district's defined gifted/talented services. Teachers are required to have completed the thirty hours of professional development prior to their assignment to the district's gifted/talented services (19 TAC §89.2(1)). Our foundational courses meet and align to the required areas of G/T professional development to meet the 30-hour foundational training. These areas can be found in the G/T FAQ on TEA's website starting in section 4.
The professional development requirement can be located on pages 19-21 of the Texas State Plan.
Professional Development Online Course Policies
Participants have 60 days to complete each online professional development course. However, campus or district administrators who pay for educators to participate in the UTHS online PD courses may request approval for a shorter or longer access period for course completion at the time of enrollment. Participants may request a PD Online Course Drop to receive a portion of the course cost refunded if it's within the first 30 days of the course. The PD online course drop fee is equal to 75% of the course cost (refund equals 25% of the course cost).