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Independent Bankers Association of Texas

Teach the Teacher Program, Presented by IBAT Education Foundation
Saturday, November 9, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $35.00, breakfast and lunch included
Gain valuable insight and instruction in the TEA-required principals of financial literacy, including balancing a checkbook, credit scores, debit cards, identity theft, and understanding different types of insurance & investment vehicles. Participation is limited, as each participant will receive a $100 stipend. There must be a minimum of 30 participants, or the session will be cancelled. The recommended audience for the session includes Middle and High School teachers in the following subjects: Social Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Business Education. For those interested in continued collaboration, a local community bank representative can be paired to serve as a Banker-Mentor for the teacher.

Holocaust Museum Houston

Digial Curriculum Trunk Program for Teachers
Holocaust Museum Houston's widely acclaimed curriculum trunk program has now gone digital. For the 2013-2014 academic year, new digitally based iPad 2 and iPad mini trunks are the only curriculum trunks available (the traditional box trunks are no longer available). The digitally based trunks may be ordered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum has secured a $5,000 grant to be used as a scholarship opportunity for any school wishing to use a digital trunk in the 2013-2014 academic year. Each trunk contains either a class set of iPad 2s or iPad minis (30 total per set). Each digital device has an individual cover and is pre-loaded with an iBook written by the Museum's education staff, "Exploring the Holocaust & Genocide," which is an overview of the Holocaust and genocide history with connections to literature and art. There are also links to appropriate Web sites. The Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Trunk Program is generously underwritten by the The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and the Sending Support Charitable Foundation. For more information and to request a trunk, visit

Field Trips Focus on Changing Exhibitions

In addition to Holocaust Museum Houston's permanent exhibition, "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers," the Museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions. This year, two exhibitions are especially appropriate for students in all grades. To learn more about the current exhibition "Uprooted" and an upcoming exhibition based on the book "The Journey that Saved Curious George," visit Details soon will be posted about an exhibition opening in March 2014 about rescuers during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. Field trips to Holocaust Museum Houston can be focused to visit only a temporary exhibition with a docent. To request to visit only a temporary exhibition (and not the entire Museum), completing the online registration form at and then e-mail with your special request to visit only a temporary exhibition.

Stefi Altman Seminar for Educators: "Using Literature Sources in Holocaust and Genocide Education"
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

Do you use the same book or the same author each time you teach about the Holocaust? Do you want to learn how to expand the literary offerings in your teaching and invite rigorous learning via literature with your students? This one-day workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for five hours in creativity and instructional strategies. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Nov. 8, 2013. To learn more and to register online, visit
Tickets: $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members

Into the Arms of Strangers: A Bank of Texas Film and Lecture Series "Standing Up for Children"
December 5, 2013 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater, Holocaust Museum Houston

Morgan Family Center, 501 Caroline Street, Houston
This Academy Award-winning documentary chronicles one of the lesser-known stories of the Holocaust: that of the Kindertransport, a rescue operation which saved the lives of 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany by transporting them via train to England.
Tickets: $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members

Paralleled Histories: The Holocaust, Jim Crow and Japanese-American Internment
January 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

How do the histories of the Holocaust, the Jim Crow era and Japanese-American internment intersect? During this one-day workshop on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, teachers can learn how fear, enmity, prejudice and apathy worked together to harm civil societies in Nazi Germany and the United States. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3-12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may also wish to consider attending. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Jan. 17, 2014. To RSVP, visit

Texas Law-Related Education

LRE Conferences and Institutes

World Affairs Council

Keystone and Beyond: Canada's Role in North American Energy Security
H.E. Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the U.S.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

As our top-trading partner, Canada plays an integral role in U.S. job creation. It is also our largest supplier of oil, providing nearly 3 million barrels per day, or more than 30% of U.S. imports. Ambassador Doer will discuss Canada's position as a stable, secure and environmentally responsible energy supplier to North America and the world. The Keystone XL pipeline is one part of a greater energy security agenda.
Federal Reserve Bank, Brazos Room, 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston 77019
Registration: 11:30 a.m. Program: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Member $45, Non-member $50.

Global Perspective Workshop for Educators: The Sahara
Saturday, November 9, 2013
These day-long professional development workshops give teachers classroom-ready information on the economic, political, and cultural issues of the country. The content and curriculum are designed for teachers at the secondary and college level. The State Board of Educator Certification has approved the World Affairs Council to furnish continuing professional education to teachers. The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is pending approval for six hours of G/T credit for this program (CEP #501096).
Federal Reserve Bank 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston 77019
Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Includes lunch and all workshop materials.

Morocco's Stability in the Wake of the Arab Spring: Travel Briefing
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In May 2014, the World Affairs Council of Houston will take members to Morocco to study teh transition and meet the Moroccans who are working for peaceful change. This briefing is the first in a series that will be held in preparation for the trip.
The Ahern Room, University of St. Thomas
Registration: 6:00 p.m. Program: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to  

International Careers Night
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Careers in Focus: Global Energy Management, International Organizations and Nonprofits, Security and Foreign Policy, Oil and Gas
Boy Scouts of America Building, Sam Houston Area Council Building, 2225 North Loop West, Houston 77008
Registration/Career Booths: 4:00-4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion/Q&A: 4:30-5:30 p.m. International Career Contest: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
To register: Email Include your name, school, and students attending.

Educators Forum: Road to Peace
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Teachers who travelled on the Road to Peace in June 2013 share their lesson plans, pictures, videos and experiences from Tel Aviv, The Negev, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho, and Bethlehem.
Federal Reserve Bank 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston 77019
Registration: 5:00 p.m. Program and dinner: 6:0-8:00 p.m.
Email for registration.

CUBA - International Travel for Teachers on the Council Trip
March 8 - 15, 2014
We will offer 2 fully-funded and 5 partially-funded spots for teachers who apply for our International Teacher Travel scholarship. Application deadline: Monday, December 2nd Applicants notified: Monday, December 9th
Applicants commit to Cuba trip: Monday, December 16th
Please download the following application and email to by December 2nd.
Travel Page:  

Hemispheres Texas

Online Course Windows to the Islamic World: Art, Architecture, and Music
Dates: November 6, 2013 - December 10, 2013 PDP's/Credits: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit Fee: $225 plus fee for I graduate credit ($100)
Sponsored by our friends at Primary Source, participants in this course will learn about the key features of Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy, "Arts of the Book", Islamic architecture, and the music of 'soundscapes' of Islam. Using online resources readings, expert videos, and interactive discussion forums, participants will work together to expand their thinking about their history and influence of Islamic art and explore ways to integrate the study of Islamic art into their curriculum. Windows to the Islamic World is a four-session, asynchronous online course. Each week will include content readings, videos, web based activities, and a facilitated asynchronous discussion - one that happens in a group discussion forum but at a time convenient for each individual over the weeklong session. The time for completing each session is approximately 3-4 hours. Open to all K-12 educators. More details and registration information can be found at:

Teacher Travel Educational Travel Program - South Asia Institute India
Spring Break March 8 - March 16, 2014
This compact Indian journey will introduce you to three very different northern cities and the colorful rural life of Rajasthan. From the hectic pace of Delhi, with its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past, travel by private transport to Agra and the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal—truly one of the wonders of the world. Discover why Jaipur is called the Pink City and get a taste of village life in Abhaneri with its magnificent stepwells. Photographers and culture lovers won't be disappointed on this classic adventure. GEEO and the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from the University of Texas, who will help you process the experience for your classroom. This program is open to all educators and their guests. The price per participant will cost around $1000, plus a budget of about $500-$600 for meals, activities, tips and visas, plus international airfare of roughly $1800. There will be no application to sign up for this program. If you want to go you just need to sign up and pay the fees. The trip will be finalized in the next week or two and link to register and pay for the trip will be sent out in e-bulletins at that time. Please email Rachel Meyer at if you have questions about this program.

Humanities Texas

Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Awards
Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that nominationsare now being accepted for our 2014 Outstanding Teaching Awards! Each year,Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. This year, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen awards. Twelve teachers across the state will be selected to receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. One Texas history teacher will be selected to receive the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award, an award established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history. Two additional teachers will be selected for the Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching. This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools who have completed three or fewer years of teaching. Recipients for all distinguished awards will receive $5,000, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase instructionalmaterials.

HOW TO NOMINATE A TEACHERPlease complete the online nomination form, or download a hard copy of the nomination form and return it to Humanities Texas by Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The nomination form and instructions can be found online at Humanities Texas will contact each nominated teacher with instructions on how to apply for the award. Applications will be due in mid-February. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2014.
QUESTIONS Please direct any questions about the awards to Liz James at 512.440.1991 or

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