BranchED Bulletin | November 2021



Register for upcoming workshops, webinars, and other learning opportunities

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English Language Arts (ELA) and Critical Pedagogy

December 1, 2021 | 12 - 1 p.m. CT | Virtual 

The 2021-2022 Innovative Pedagogies Webinar Series will inspire participants to think about educational practice through lenses which center and humanize historically excluded learners. This webinar features Dr. Aimée Myers, who will discuss three approaches for revising your English Language Arts (ELA) curricula through a critical lens. Registration is required. Can't make it during the scheduled time? Register anyway, and we'll email you the recording afterward.

Deadline to register: November 29

About the Speaker:

Dr. Aimée Myers works at Texas Woman’s University where she serves as the Assistant Director for Assessment and Accreditation and as an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Myers teaches courses in the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies. Her teaching specializations include critical pedagogies, social justice, and inclusion.

Previously, Dr. Myers worked 15 years in education, including working as a K-12 public-school teacher. After teaching, she served as a phase coordinator for the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.

Currently, Dr. Myers partners with the community by serving on a Title I Leadership team that serves low-income elementary students, and she establishes experiential learning opportunities working with underserved students through the non-profit organization Communities in Schools North Texas.



Because you are a valued BranchED partner, we would like to hear from you as we create our 5-year strategic plan for the organization. 

At BranchED, we believe in leading by listening. 

So we are hosting two Community Conversations -- one for Deans and one for Faculty -- to help us envision what the next five years should look like. 

We can't wait to hear from you. Register at one of the links below. 

Space is still available. Register now! 



Nuts & Bolts Webinar: Praxis of Recognition with Louie Rodriguez 

Pedagogical Partnership Workshop with Alison Cook-Sather

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT  VIRTUAL

Nuts & Bolts Webinar: Pathologizing Poverty with Tyrone Howard and Kerri Ullucci

March 22 @ 12:00 pm. - 2:00 pm CT | VIRTUAL

Inclusive Instruction Rubric for use in EPPs Workshop 

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT | VIRTUAL 

Nuts & Bolts Webinar: Afrocentric Pedagogy with Sharif El-Mekki



Learn more about BranchED's educator preparation work

Transformation Center's University of Texas Rio Grande Valley shares expertise in mixed reality teaching simulations 

A teacher candidate from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley uses mixed reality in his teacher preparation program.

“Pause simulation,” the teacher candidate says as he takes a moment to re-group, gather his thoughts, and address the virtual students going off track from their lesson.

The use of a virtual classroom provides opportunity for  "productive struggle" for teacher candidates at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). 

 As cohort 1 members of the National Teacher Preparation Center, Dr. Veronica L. Estrada and Dr. Criselda G. Garcia from UTRGV recently shared their experiences with the use of mixed reality simulation (MRS) in their Educator Preparation Program. 

UTRGV's EPP began using mixed reality simulation before the pandemic and over the last year and a half has begun to incorporate different features and components to help their teacher candidates learn how to develop their pedagogical expertise.

According to recent research, 97% of MRS leaders said they had either a somewhat or extremely positive experience with MRS. Only 52 of 1200 EPPs across the country are currently using MRS. 


Transformation Center Cohort 2 Shout Out! 

During our Transformation Center Cohort 2 convening, Dr. Krystal Andrews won a certificate for "the boldest idea" during our Big YES drill. Dr. Andrews works as an English Language Arts teacher at the Pomona Unified School District, district partnerof the University of La Verne. 



Read more about our other major organizational announcements

BranchED releases data toolkit

BranchED is excited to announce the release of its data toolkit for data empowerment for continuous improvement. 

This toolkit focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to support data informed decision-making for continuous program improvement. It is the first of several toolkits BranchED is developing to further EPP efforts toward data empowerment and transitioning from a culture of compliance to a culture of inquiry. The document is intended to provide foundational understanding of the need for purposeful collective action to foster an active culture of inquiry. It is designed to ensure a shared understanding of factors pertinent to data-based decision-making. It also provides several resources and tools to assist EPPs with this work. 


Dr. Cassandra Herring selected for national communications fellowship

We are so excited to share that our Founder/President/CEO Dr. Cassandra Herring is a Dial Fellow – a fellowship designed to equip social entrepreneurs with new communications tools to strengthen their voices and extend the impact of their work. Learn more about the fellowship here

Creating learning environments that support each student's belonging and academic success

Two BranchED staff members recently participated in the Belonging Collective, a work group with the Student Experience Network. 

We're excited to share with you the resources that came out of the work group and would be helpful to your work. You can find new customizable professional learning materials from the Student Experience Network here



Tell us your highlights, accomplishments and news.

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We want to hear from you

Do you have exciting professional news to share? We want to hear from you! Tell us about your book announcements, professional highlights, accomplishments or stories you'd like to share from your EPP. We'll highlight some of these in future BranchED bulletin. 


U.S. Secretary of Education visits Texas A&M-San Antonio and district partners

On Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro visited Gus Garcia University School (GUS Middle School), one of three K-12 schools within the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas that are "powered" by Texas A&M University - San Antonio. As an operating partner of the school, A&M San Antonio provides the schools with administrative leadership and provides teachers and the surrounding community with the support needed to better prepare teachers and improve outcomes for current and future students. 



Future of Privacy Forum releases educator data privacy & data ethics training report & resources 

New resources from the Future of Privacy forum highlight the need for increased educator training in data privacy and ethics to make sure student data remains secure. Read the Case for Including Data Privacy and Data Ethics in EPPs report and other resources at the links below. 



A message of gratitude from BranchED

Thanks for all you do to support teacher candidates

As the holiday season begins, we can't help but reflect on all we have accomplished together. So we send you a message of gratitude for everything you have done this year to support teacher candidates. 

We hope the next few weeks are productive, positive and powerful. 


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