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Reading/Language Arts Preschool and Prekindergarten

Professional development, products, and services are available in the following areas:


- access to the general education curriculum

- coteaching in the early childhood classroom

- early literacy developmentearly literacy development

- inclusion

- informal assessment

- oral language development

- phonological awareness in English and Spanish

- using technology in the classroom, and

- writing



For more information, contact:


JaneAnn Brown
PreK - Grade 2 Specialist


Johanna Guerrero
PreK and Kindergarten Specialist


Carolyn Holliday

RECESS 2 Specialist



Alejandra Sanchez de Tagle
RECESS 1 Specialist

Brenda Vernon



Jacqueline Williams







We will do our best to reschedule any workshops that are canceled due to COVID-19. 
In the event we cannot reschedule or rescheduled dates do not work for you, please contact our Registration Services Department via email at or by phone at 713-744-6326. We kindly request your patience as we are out of the office until April 10 at the earliest. Please know that we will get you taken care of upon our return (if not before).


prek-workshops-image-2019-2020Promoting Oral Language in Prekindergarten

April 8, 2020 - Session will be rescheduled

Oral language development is the cornerstone to academic success. It allows children to express themselves, facilitates social emotional development, and is essential to emergent reading and writing development. Providing ways to help students increase their vocabulary in the classroom is paramount to fostering self esteem and providing the necessary foundation for success in learning to read and write. This session will equip teachers with strategies to develop vocabulary in their classroom, so come and join the fun in promoting oral language in your classroom!





Learning Environments in Prekindergarten: Preparing Students for Success!
Creating a Nurturing, Supportive and Conducive Learning Environment in Prekindergarten

April 15, 2020

Safe, responsive, and nurturing environments are important components of learning and development of prekindergarten students. Such environments also help to prevent or alleviate challenging behaviors and to implement effective interventions for young children, supporting and developing independence and social-emotional growth. Join us for a day of learning about cultivating a responsive, warm, and caring environment in an inclusive prekindergarten classroom. Enrollment fees and materials are covered with RECESS grant initiative 1 funds.



CIRCLE: Two-Day Preschool Early Language and Literacy Including Mathematics

April 22, 2020
Participate in the Early Language and Literacy training developed by the Children's Learning Institute, University of Texas Medical School in Houston. This training is based on recent scientific research, is interactive and provides hands-on activities which prekindergarten teachers can immediately implement in their classrooms. Each participant receives a manual containing resources that will help promote early language and early literacy development as well as mathematic skill development in young children. Training includes the following topics: Best Practices, Social Emotional Development, Phonological Awareness, Written Expression, Language Development, Book Reading, Letter Knowledge, and Mathematics. REGISTER



Learning Content through Dramatic Play in Prekindergarten
Developing Academic and Social-Emotional Skills through Dramatic Play

April 28, 2020

In addition to social-emotional development, there are many academic benefits associated with dramatic play. Join us for a day of discovery and planning to maximize the use of the dramatic center in your classroom. In this training participants will learn how to plan dramatic play that reinforces content and language objectives. Session materials and fees are covered by grant funds. REGISTER



Moving from Learning Letters to Learning to Read

June 3, 2020
Learn effective methods for teaching letter sound correspondence that lead towards more complex word structure for readers.  Remember the more connections students make the faster they learn to read. REGISTER


Visit the professional development homepage for a complete listing of offerings.



Prekindergarten Guidelines

Order Form for Prekindergarten Guidelines




Resources for Families




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Resources for Teachers and Administrators


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