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Carie Downes

(254) 297-1284


Terry (TJ) Arndt

(254) 297-1199

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School PRIDE Academy

Post-Secondary Readiness Innovative Delivery Experience (P.R.I.D.E.)


TransformED learners PRIDE themselves in choosing robust professional development. Join this multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on individual learning and group dynamics. This synergistic academy will include teacher leaders, counselors, campus, and district administrators. A primary focus will include: Accountability (Domain 1), Administrators & Leadership, Counseling & School Health, CTE, English Language Learners, Federal Programs and Special Education.


This ongoing professional development will keep education professionals up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture. PRIDE will provide all of these elements to help bolster student success.



TransformED experiences will include: Completing the Challenger Academy, Book studies, independent research, industrial site visits, online learning modules, social media immersion--including Facebook live and twitter chats. This year-long customizable professional development will meet the needs and learning styles of all participants.

School PRIDE Academy Year at a Glance
  • *Books provided

    This year, we will study books by Dr. John P. Kotter. Chapter Chats will be moderated by ESC Staff and be accessible through a variety of platforms including face-to-face, Google Classroom, Facebook live or Twitter chat.

    Our Iceberg is Melting  |  Dr. John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber


    On the surface, Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple story of a colony of penguins facing a dilemma. But contained within the story and the characters is a powerful message about the fear of change and how to motivate people to face the future and take action. Learn more pop up window icon



    That's Not How We Do it Here  |  Dr. John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber


    Once upon a time, a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in southern Africa. After years of easy growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan’s resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the harmony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, or whether they need to change their systems at all. Suggestions from front-line workers face a soul-crushing response: “That’s not how we do it here!” Learn more pop up window icon



    Leading Change  |  Dr. John Kotter


    Dr. Kotter offers a practical approach to an organized means of leading, not managing, change. He presents an eight-stage process of change with useful examples that show how to go about implementing it. Based on experience with numerous companies, his sound advice gets directly at the reasons why organizations fail to change – reasons that concern primarily the leader. Learn more pop up window icon

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. |  Texas State Technical College Challenger Learning Center

    The Challenger Learning Center is part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in April 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle mission. All programs offered by the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Challenger Learning Center provide meaningful and engaging science, technology, engineering and math activities. 
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  • Visit local industrial sites to learn more about how businesses are running and how we can better prepare our students for success in these fields. Possible sites include:

    • SpaceEX
    • L3 Communications
    • Mars
    • Baylor Scott & White
    • Hillcrest
  • Modules created by ESC Specialists for this project as well as their individual projects.
  • Learn how to better prepare your students for the future of technology by choosing a social media site to immerse yourself in.

    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Google Classroom
    • Blog Site
  • Choose a research project to showcase all you learned throughout the year! 

    Options include:

    • Research Paper
    • Magazine Article
    • Conference Presentation
    • Blogging
    • Social Media immersion activity
Coming soon!

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