For All K-12 Educators & Leaders

Professional Development Workshops

This was the best Project Based Learning workshop I've had in 20 years!

- Secondary Teacher - DeSoto ISD

Summer 2022 Professional Development Workshops

Our residential workshops provide the opportunity to collaborate with other educators and leaders by integrating a variety of content for developing and evaluating a real Project-Based Learning (PBL) product for their online or in-person teaching.

• Network with other educators and leaders

• Learn to integrate standards into PBL

• Interact with Rice University faculty

Residential PBL Workshop:

This residential PBL Workshop is open for all K12 educators interested in Project Based Learning (PBL). It includes the following: Foundations of PBL; PBL Launch; Public Products; Evaluation and Assessment in PBL; Standards and PBL; and Creating a PBL for your classroom. Participants will earn 37 CPE hours.

Dates for 2022: June 26 - July 1, Sunday - Friday.

For more information, and to register, please contact Dr. Leticia Velazquez at leti@rice.edu.

Any educator interested in Project Based Learning (PBL) will gain valuable knowledge and skills in our residential workshops. Educators will create a PBL project that can be facilitated in person or online. The workshop also provides educators the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with other educators
  • Experience integrating a variety of content, such as TEKS with English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), or Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with English Language Development (ELD)
  • Develop a holistic approach to your curriculum that applies listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • View real world issues that academics and corporations encounter, and experience the methods used when addressing problems
  • Incorporate basic assessment and feedback

The Tapia Center is certified by the Texas Education Agency under CPE #101-513.


All educators are welcome. Past attendees have included first year teachers, 20+ year teachers, PK-12 teachers, librarians, and all-level administrators.


We are excited to have our workshops return to the Rice University campus. Curious about what our virtual experience was like in 2020? Click here to see online lessons developed from groups of educators!


What makes [Project-Based Learning] different from any other kind of project that we’re doing in classes [is that] it attempts to solve real-life problems. And when we put kids in the mode of solving authentic problems, we’re getting them set to be successful in the future.

-Elementary School Teacher - Midland ISD