USEA offers regular events for UTeach alumni. Discover all the wonderful upcoming events here!

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  • Virtual Workshop — Rethinking the Classroom: Extending the Student-Centered Approach to Classroom Management and Lesson Design
  • Virtual Book Study: Building Thinking Classrooms
  • K–12 STEM Educator Virtual Summit
Rethinking the Classroom

Virtual Workshop: Rethinking the Classroom: Extending the Student-Centered Approach to Classroom Management and Lesson Design

Registration waived | 3 to 4 hours of Professional Learning Credits | $200 stipend for attending*

Discover how to implement student-centered techniques that establish a truly inclusive STEM learning atmosphere. This approach values diversity, prioritizes student engagement and empowerment, encourages student expression, acknowledges and tackles the obstacles faced by historically marginalized students, and fosters a sense of belonging among all students. Throughout this four-hour workshop, you will work together to improve your lesson design and classroom management, creating a more equitable and supportive learning environment for all students. 

Four opportunities to participate. All times are in Central Time. Register here for one of the dates.

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, July 22, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, August 5, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 


  • Come prepared to share your classroom management struggles or concerns. 

  • Bring a lesson you would like to revise to incorporate equity-based teaching.

  • Be prepared to collaboratively plan with peers  how to put the principles learned in this workshop into practice. 

*To receive the $200 stipend, you have to fill out a Payee Information Form, which requires valid identification and additional residency parameters. Review the requirements to ensure that you qualify. 


Elizabeth Goldberg

Elizabeth Goldberg, a Master Teacher with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s UTRGV UTeach program, is excited to offer her expertise in incorporating equity-based practices into math and science classes. As one of the original co-designers and facilitators of the UTeach Induction Course, she has helped new UTeach graduates gain skills to create a more inclusive and student-centered learning environment. Through grants, awards, and national presentations, the course has gained recognition for its effectiveness in empowering students and promoting diversity. Elizabeth looks forward to sharing the most sought-after elements of the course with you, so you too can transform your teaching approach to be more equitable and student-centered.


La Keisha Leonard, a Master Teacher, Teach North Texas, University of North Texas, is thrilled to share her knowledge and experiences surrounding classroom management and lesson design. These are her two absolute favorite topics of discussion with her Step 1 and 2 (COMBO) and Conceptual Algebra pre-service teachers. La Keisha invites you to join this “game-changing” workshop to expand your student-centered practices, as well as connect with other math/science teachers. Sign up with a friend!


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Virtual Book Study: Building Thinking Classrooms

Registration waived thanks to our USEA members | 1 to 2 hours of Professional Learning Credits 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time

This two-hour workshop hosted by UTeach Dallas alumna Ariel DeZeeuw will guide participants through toolkits from Building Thinking Classrooms by Peter Liljedahl. The workshop will cover Toolkits 1 and 2, which focus on the development of a classroom culture that fosters critical thinking and problemsolving skills. Participants will explore strategies for promoting student engagement, collaboration, and deep learning through interactive activities and discussions. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a solid understanding of how to create a thinking classroom that supports students in developing their problemsolving skills and preparing them for success.

By empowering students to take ownership of their learning, Building Thinking Classrooms encourages them to become active participants in the learning process. The strategies and techniques presented in the book are based on rigorous research and have been tested in classrooms around the world with impressive results. 

Attendees will be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of the book (physical or digital).


Ariel DeZeeuw

Ariel DeZeeuw is a secondary mathematics teacher who graduated from UTeach Dallas. She is leading a book study on "Building Thinking Classrooms," Toolkits 1 & 2 a cutting-edge math book for developing a classroom environment that fosters critical thinking and collaboration among students. Ariel is passionate about using innovative teaching techniques and strategies to create a dynamic learning environment that promotes student success.


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Please join us for the inaugural K–12 STEM Educator Virtual Summit: STEM Strategies, Skills, and Resources created by UTeach Teachers for UTeach Teachers.

Registration waived thanks to our USEA members


Thursday, July 20, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Register here | Submit a presentation proposal by June 9

The K–12 STEM Educator Virtual Summit is a professional development opportunity designed specifically for middle and high school STEM educators by graduates of a UTeach program. The summit offers a variety of strands that cover topics such as classroom management, differentiation, technology, special populations, and leadership. Through teacher-led presentations and workshops, attendees will gain practical strategies, skills, and resources they can use to enhance student learning and achieve their professional goals.

Learning Strands

Educator Fundamentals
  • Rethinking Classroom Management — Elizabeth Goldberg and La Keisha Leonard
  • Cooperative Learning and the Kagan Method — Madison Staton
  • Preparing for Your First Week — Amanda Campos
  • Parents, Peers, and Admin: How to Communicate — Pam Kirkland
Special Populations
  • Strategies for Teaching in Rural Communities and Small Towns — Madison Staton
SEL / Equity-Based Strategies
Pedagogy, Lesson Plans, and More
  • How to Be an Educator and Policy Advocate — Fernanda Marrero Hi

Present at the Virtual Summit

Are you excited about these learning strands and have something that other educators would benefit from learning? 

Submit a proposal by June 9. Options are:

  • Lightening Talk: 3 to 5 minutes. Short talk with one quick meaningful point (i.e., content strategy, data insight, classroom story, etc.)
  • EdTalk: 10 to 15 minutes. This could be a talk, demonstration, or activity. This option is best if you have something to share but it won't take a full hour.
  • Workshop: 50 minutes. Workshop sessions will engage learners at a deeper level around a particular topic.