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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Middle School Institute

June 27-29, 2017

The Middle School Institute is designed to help 6th, 7th and/or 8th grade teachers increase the rigor of content so students develop the strong foundation necessary for success in secondary advanced academics and post-secondary courses. Content specific workshops are being offered for English, math, science and social studies middle school teachers.


Ann Jackson retired from Crosby High School in Crosby, Texas, where she taught English for 17 years and served as department chair and English vertical team leader. She has taught all levels of high school English, including Pre-AP English II and AP Language and Composition. Prior to her experience in Texas, she taught English in Louisiana for 16 years. An endorsed College Board consultant in one- and two-day workshops and summer institutes, Ms. Jackson was twice recognized as Crosby High School’s Teacher of the Year and is a recipient of the Goldin Foundation Excellence in Education award. She holds a B.S. in secondary education and an MEd in supervision and administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.


Jennifer Betz is a recently retired public school mathematics educator. She continues her work as a educator while working remotely for a high-end electronics rep firm, presenting mathematics professional development as time allows. Her last position was a Mathematics Instructional Coach at Pflugerville Middle School in Pflugerville ISD. She has many years of classroom experience in 6th, 7th and 8th grade math, regular and pre-AP, algebra, GAME (remedial math), the high school PACE program, and summer school. She participated in curriculum development and revision for PfISD and reviewed and edited district formative assessments. In her role as Instructional Coach, she researched and analyzed data; worked with teachers as they planned in their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); developed test questions and lessons; attended training and researched strategies; conducted model lessons; and developed and presented professional training. Ms. Betz has also been a College Board presenter and former presenter at Rice University.

Science: Two courses offered.

Improving STAAR Academic Rigor

Sheila Guillory graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Education. Ms. Guillory is a passionate science teacher with 24 years of teaching experience in grades 5th-8th Science.  She is currently a teacher, an instructional coach, and a science department leader for 8th grade science in Jasper ISD. Ms. Guillory enjoys using innovative strategies to promoting active learning through hands-on activities. Additionally, she is passionate about science and is committed to maintaining up-to-date knowledge in the field and on the latest curriculum, and resources available for academic success of her students.

Teaching Middle School 7th and 8th Science TEKS with an Inquiry Approach

Laurie Fowlkes has been working in education for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, she served as a secondary science curriculum specialist in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. This position had many different responsibilities, including providing district-wide staff development to over 300 teachers, writing curriculum, and mentoring new or struggling teachers. She has created staff development workshops with a blended online and classroom environment. Ms. Fowlkes is also employed by Connections Education as an adjunct teacher where she has taught education technology, health and algebra online. Her other work experience includes preparing and presenting face to face staff developments to science teachers at various small school districts in the area focusing on pedagogy and science content. Most recently she had the honor of being part of a state level educational science committee that met solely to review, edit and select questions for the 8th grade science STAAR test.

Social Studies

Dr. Joseph Eberhard teaches in Alice I.S.D. (about 40 miles from Corpus Christi).  He has been teaching for 21 years, the last 17 years in Pre-AP and four years of A.P. U.S. History.  Additionally, Dr. Eberhard coaches Academic Decathlon and Academic Octathlon at a Title One school and has won a combined 24 state championships using the principles from the Pre-AP classroom. Dr. Eberhard was the TAGT State Teacher of the Year in 2002, Alice ISD’s Teacher of the Year, ATPE’s Christi McAuliffe Grant for Teaching Excellence in 2002, and the 2008 Texas Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year.

When: Tuesday-Thursday, June 27-29, 2017, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: Classes will be held on the Rice University campus.

Registration: Registration will take place from 7:30-8 a.m.

Tuition (includes parking, lunch and materials):

Early Registration:  $349 (until March 27)
Standard Registration:  $399 (March 28-June 12)
Late Registration:  $449 (after June 12)

Payments are accepted by credit card or purchase order. Registrations via credit card are confirmed immediately upon processing. Registrations made via PO are not considered confirmed until CCR receives the actual payment (check). If registering using a PO, payment (check) is due within 30 days of registration. Failure to submit timely payment may result in the cancellation of your registration.

Continuing Education Credits: Participants will receive up to 19.5 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hours or 1.95 Continuing Education Units (CEU). SBEC Continuing Professional Education Provider Number 500571.

Note: The Rice University Middle School Institute is not approved by TAGT for GT hours, but some districts will allow a limited number of hours to be applied for update hours. Please contact your district for specifics.

Course Cancellation Policy: Although we make every effort to maintain the published schedule of classes, events such as insufficient enrollment, instructor illness, room conflicts or inclement weather may require a schedule adjustment or cancellation. We will notify registrants of any change in the published information.

Special Needs: Most classrooms are accessible for all participants. However, some classrooms in older buildings may be inaccessible for people who use wheelchairs and/or other aids for mobility. Please notify us of any accommodations you require so that arrangements can be made to assist you (call 713-348-6031 or email collegeready@rice.edu). We would appreciate at least two weeks’ notice. For information on Rice's Disability Support Services office, see dss.rice.edu.

For out of town participants, click here to download a list of area hotels.

Airport transportation: Transportation to and from the airport can be arranged through Super Shuttle at www.supershuttle.com or (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826). Prices range from $19 one-way from Hobby Airport to $24 one-way from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Taxi transportation may be arranged starting at $27 from Hobby Airport and $51 from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Additional information can be found at www.fly2houston.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies:

Telephone: 713-348-6031
Fax: 713-348-3123
Email: collegeready@rice.edu

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