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

Our online and 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

Online PBL Workshop:

This online PBL 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; Standards and PBL; and Creating a PBL for your classroom. Participants will earn 20 CPE hours.

Session 1: June 7 - June 18, Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central time, 20 CPE hours

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

Residential PBL Workshop:

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

Session 1: June 20-June 25, Monday-Friday, 37 CPE hours

Session 2: June 28-July 2, Monday-Friday, 37 CPE hours

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

Residential 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.

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 any of our virtual 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.


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