Benefits and Cost
A New Approach to Professional Development
Interactive, content-rich seminars that model process-oriented learning are the centerpiece of Texas Teachers as Scholars. An invaluable complement to traditional in-service programs, TAS seminars integrate the exploration of new content knowledge with new education materials and models of effective teaching designed by distinguished faculty from The University of Texas at Austin. Texas Teachers As Scholars provides teachers with all course materials, two full days of instruction by award-winning faculty on the UT campus, connections to a network of fellow teacher-scholars, and access to an Online Toolkit of classroom resources.
Texas Teachers As Scholars and Your School
Texas Teachers As Scholars depends upon a partnership between the teacher, their school, and the TAS program. Teachers receive release time for two school days, usually spaced two to three weeks apart to allow time for reading and seminar preparation, in order to participate in the seminars held on the UT campus. Participating schools and school districts generally cover the cost of the seminar, $200 per teacher enrolled, and the cost of substitute teachers. Corporate sponsors, private donors, and grants can also be used to waive the enrollment cost. See our Partnership Schools to find your school or district. If you do not find your school or district on this list, please share the online Letter to Administrators with your school administrator and contact the Humanities Institute about getting your school involved.
The academic nature of the program, the importance of our teachers as intellectuals as well as providers of educational services, and the opportunity to collaborate with active University scholars makes the release time to spend two days at the University in such a program invaluable for our teachers and their classrooms. The total cost of the program is shared by the Humanities Institute, foundation grants, corporate and private donors, and the participating schools and school districts.
Texas Teachers As Scholars Benefits
- Texas Teachers As Scholars is a Texas Education Agency certified provider of Continuing Professional Education and participating teachers are eligible for up to eight CPE credits.
- In addition to course materials and resources that are applicable to their own classrooms, teachers will have access to an Online Toolkit of related lesson plans and activities beginning in fall 2006.
- Interested Teacher-Scholars are also eligible to write curriculum for online publication.
- The array of seminars offered each year consistently provide K-12 teachers with a re-invigorating experience that touches their professional and personal lives.
The value of the TAS seminars for participating teachers extends to the schools and districts that partner with the Humanities Institute to sponsor their educators. Because Texas Teachers As Scholars attracts a particularly dedicated and creative group of teachers from around the region, the energy and resources of the seminars are often passed on to the teachers' departments and the professional communities in which they are leaders.