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TSR Celebrates 6th Annual Early Childhood Summer Institute

More than 900 early childhood professionals from around the state joined together in Austin for two and half days of learning, networking, and fun at CLI’s Texas School Ready Early Childhood Summer Institute! This unique conference is an exceptional professional development opportunity provided free of charge to Texas early childhood educators through funding by the Texas Education Agency. Known for its combination of presentations by both national research experts and experienced, hands-on trainers and coaches, the TSR Institute provides attendees with high-quality trainings to help them provide the best possible learning experiences for children in their classrooms.

This year’s Institute kicked off with a presentation by Yolie Flores of the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, who spoke on the importance of developing a network of supports within a community to promote children’s reading success. After this opening keynote, participants had the freedom to choose from 120 sessions, focused on a variety of topics including instructional strategies, classroom management, school leadership and administration, integrating technology into instruction, promoting diversity, and more. Participants also attended two additional general sessions: a plenary featuring the Children’s Learning Institute’s Founder and Director Dr. Susan Landry, who spoke on strategies to promote parent engagement, as well as the closing session by musician Vincent Nunes, who enthusiastically showed how to use music to impact children’s creativity, reinforce curriculum, and incorporate community values.

For more than a decade, the Children's Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center has implemented the Texas School Ready project as an early education approach that serves at-risk preschool-aged children through teacher professional development, child progress monitoring, and research-based curriculum. Since its inception in 2003, Texas School Ready has served more than 38,000 teachers and 591,000 children across the state.

Folded into the professional development arm of the project, the TSR Institute was established in 2011 to bring together professionals from diverse communities under a common goal: advancing the quality of our early education through exposure to the best research-to-practice methods. Since that time, the Institute has been held annually in various cities across the state to allow more people the opportunity to attend this free, high quality professional development event. All Texas early childhood educators and caregivers are welcome to register for the Institute, regardless of formal participation in the TSR project. In addition to free registration, TSR provides scholarships to help offset travel costs to Texas School Ready participants on a needs basis.

Details about the 7th Annual Institute will be available on our Institute website in Spring 2017. For more information on how to get involved in the Texas School Ready project, visit our website at texasschoolready.org

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