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 2021 Professional Development Workshops

The 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.

• Connect to other educators and leaders

• Standards and PBL

• Live in the residential colleges at Rice University

• Interact with Rice University professors

PBL Workshop:

This residential workshop is open for all K12 educators interested in Project Based Learning (PBL). Includes the following: Foundations of PBL; PBL Launch; Public Products; Evaluation and Assessment in PBL; PBL for Special Populations; Evaluating a PBL; Creating a PBL for your classroom; Integrating Standards in PBL.

Leadership PBL Workshop:

This residential workshop is open for all Assistant Principals, Principals, or District staff. The topics of that include PBL 101; How to support staff in implementing PBL; Creating a PBL implementation plan; Standards and PBL.


Session 1: June 20-June 25, Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm, 37 CPE hours

Session 2: June 28-July 2, Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm, 37 CPE hours

For more information, and to register, please contact Dr. Leticia Velazquez at

Any educator interested in Project Based Learning (PBL) will gain valuable knowledge and skills in any of our virtual workshops. Educators will use a PBL project that can be facilitated in the classroom or virtually. 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
  • Use Zoom platform to incorporate into your online teaching
  • Use a variety of technology to develop a real product
  • Learn about our educator motto of "Student led, teacher facilitated"

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

Click here to see lessons developed from groups of educators!

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

I enjoyed the use of Zoom to collaborate throughout the session to create a project from the safety of the house.

-Elementary School Teacher, McAllen ISD