La Porte ISD staff completed more than 8,000 continuing education hours between August 9-10 during the inaugural La Porte U., a districtwide training event at La Porte High School.
Unlike traditional summer in-service events, La Porte U. had offerings for teachers, administrative and clerical staff members.
“Of course, we offered required courses [for classroom teachers] such as dyslexia training and updates for teaching special populations, but there were also courses that dug deeper into areas such as literacy instruction, social/emotional learning, and school safety,” said Julie Abram, La Porte ISD’s executive director of teaching and professional learning.
Several sessions centered on effectively teaching reading, while there were also courses on technology, communications and bullying awareness. Between sessions, participants were encouraged to visit any of several ‘playground’ areas, where they could take selfies and play corn hole, checkers – and even conduct random acts of kindness.
Event-goers also were able to choose lunch from 10 food trucks over the two-day event.
“We wanted to ensure that there were relevant sessions for everyone, but we also wanted it to be fun,” Abram said. “I think we accomplished both missions.”
La Porte U. By the Numbers
- 123 presenters
- 1,187 attendees
- 251 sessions
- 10 food trucks
- 22 La Porte Education Foundation sponsors