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“Custom Workshop: Understanding Your Professional Needs” 

Custom Workshop

Our Custom Workshop is designed to be a practical method of professional development strictly based on the needs of your educators. We are constantly researching the very best programs, methods and strategies to complement our 21st century learners.

Choose from over 100 topics! After reviewing our Alphabetical Subject Catalogue, simply choose the topics that best fit your educators’ needs and we will construct your 6-hour workshop. If you do not see what you are looking for, let us know, as we may very well be in the process of researching the subject for inclusion in our catalogue.

We look forward to answering any questions and are happy to provide details on  each subject for you: 512.567.7291


Alphabetical Subject Catalogue


  • Anchor Activities: What Are They & Why Use Them?
  • Art History: How Not to Let Go of the Arts When the Budgetary Axe Falls
  • Authentic vs. Traditional Assessment
  • Active and Performance-based Learning


  • Brain Compatible Strategies: Brain-Based learning is a dynamic, interdisciplinary, systemwide approach based on the way current research in neuroscience suggests our brain naturally learns best.


  • Character Education
  • Playing Chess: Inductive/deductive reasoning and accountability.

– Using Color and Music as Teaching Tools

  • Conceptual Learning
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Costa’s Habits of Mind & the Three Levels of Questioning
  • Testing Creativity
  • Critical/Creative Thinking Skills
    • Socratic Teaching: Are you a critical thinking teacher who teaches critical thinking skills?

Teaching Critical Thinking

      • The Six Levels of Lifetime Critical Thinking
      • deBono’s Six Thinking Hats

TPCASTT Poem Analysis Method

Thinking critically about problems and opportunities


  • Decision making skills: avoiding paralysis by analysis
  • Depth and Complexity Thinking Processes: Abstract teaching strategies & methods of extending knowledge.
  • Differentiated Curriculum
    • Kaplan Layered Model for Differentiating CurriculumA visual approach to altering the content, process and products of the curriculum.
    • The Four Levels of Depth of Knowledge
    • Parallel Curriculum Model: Interrelated approaches to course content.
  • 21st Century Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Digital Storytelling: Hardware/Software & Resources
  • Drug awareness and refusal skills
  • Dynamic Translation
  • The Dyslexic Student: Who is (s)he and how do we bring out the best in her/him.


  • Education Gamification 10 Examples That Will Change Your World
  • Electronic Portfolios: Professional & Student-Based
  • Emotional Intelligence: Identification, perceptions & expressions, with classroom activities.
  • Encoding and Decoding: Visual Representation for STAAR


  • The Flipped Classroom: Based on the Thayer Method


  • Gifted & Talented Standards
  • The Varied Faces of G/T Students: Traditional, Students From Poverty, ELL & Twice Exceptional
  • Identifying the G/T English Language Learners
    • ESL vs. ELL vs. LEP
    • Moving ELL Students From Visual Communication to Language Acquisition
    • Strategies for Gifted English Language Learners
  • Giftedness & It’s History
    • Stealth Giftedness
    • Gifted Students At-RiskT
    • Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Gifted Student: What to avoid
    • Gifted Students: Practical Recommendations & Interventions for Teachers
    • Emotional Needs: Growing Up Gifted
    • Ten Reasons Why Your Gifted Student Procrastinates
  • Profiles of the Gifted: “Honor” students vs. “gifted” students.
  • Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students



  • Image Mapping, Visual Links, Visual Journals, Mind Mapping
  • Independent Investigation Model: 7 Stages of Research
  • 10 Tips for Launching an Inquiry-Based Classroom




  • Lateral Thinking Skills
  • Five Learning Strategies to Engage Struggling Students
  • Ten Innovative Learning Strategies for Modern Pedagogy
  • Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Kinesthetic, Global & Analytical 
  • Life Skills & Character Education
    • Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Development
  • 25 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning
  • Exploring the 21st Century Literacies: Visual, Media, Digital, Environmental, Informational, Global & Emotiona


  • Media Literacy: Changing the World One Student at a Time
  • Mind Maps, Graphic Organizers & Glyphs: Molding a visual language into learning skills.
  • The Five C’s for Motivating Bright Students
  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching
  • Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences



  • Overcoming achievement barriers due to culture, gender bias or negative self-image


  • Student-based Portfolios



  • 22 Ways to Add Rigor to the Differentiated Classroom
  • 7 Myths About Rigor in Learning


  • School-wide Cluster Grouping Model
  • School-wide Enrichment Model: Unique programs based on local resources, student demographics & school dynamics.
  • Seeing Reason: Analyzing Cause-and-effect Relationships Through Image Mapping and Visual Links
  • STAAR Stomach? 10 tips to ease student anxiety


  • Technology
    • Cell Phones in the Classroom: From Toy to Tool
    • 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have
    • Understanding the Digital Generation
    • 7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher
    • iPods/iPads in the Classroom: Teacher – Student Connection
    • Inquiry-Based Instruction & Technology: Ask – Investigate – Create – Discuss – Reflect.
    • Using the Internet in the Classroom: Shrinking the digital divide one student @ a time.
    • You Are a 21st Century Teacher if…
    • Technology-based Instruction
    • 5 Reasons Why YouTube Rocks the Classroom
    • Using Skype (Video-conferencing) & Google + Hangouts in the Classroom
    • Virtual Reality & Video Games in the Classroom: Myths & Benefits
  • 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently
  • Twice Exceptional Defined: Current research – Strengths & challenges – Gifted/Special Educator collaboration strategies.
    • Gifted Combinations: Autism Spectrum Disorders – (Autism Disorder – Asperger’s Disorder- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – Rett’s Disorder – Pervasive Developmental Disorder) – ADHD – Dysgraphia – Dyspraxia – Dyscalculia – Tourette’s Syndrome – Anxiety Disorders – Dyslexia – Irlen Syndrome: Definitions, characteristics, suggestions for teachers & classroom simulation activities.



  • Basic Visual Elements
  • Viewing Evidence: Hypothesizing and Supporting Evidence, Debating Differences &  Reaching Conclusions
  • Visual Learning/Teaching
    • Utilizing the Visual Cortex for Retention
    • Visual Culture: Visual culture vs. aural culture – Classroom activities.
    • Identifying Visual Internal/External Learners
    • 12 Ways to Teach Your Visual Learner
    • Visual Journaling
    • The 6 Methods of Visual Learning
    • Full Spectrum Visual Literacy
    • Visual Literacy: The 5 Strategic Levels for building visual literacy – Old methods vs. new learners – 21st-century skills.
    • Knowing Your Visual/Spatial Learners
    • Who is the Visual Teacher?: The three-prong definition.
    • Visual Teaching Strategies
    • Constructing Visual Thinking Maps
    • Reading Visual Thoughts: How to enhance visual intuition.

Visual Ranking: Prioritizing, Analyzing, Evaluating, Collaborating & Discussing

Visual RepresentationPreparing for STAAR.

  • The Visual Vocabulary of Photography


  • Whole Brain Thinking: Perceptual reasoning and lateral thinking skills.