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Chains of Historical Oppression Forum

Our Special Education’s ABA/ASD concentration was ranked #1 in Texas and in the top 32 for the nation when compared to over 200 similar programs.

2017 Tomás Rivera Book Award Winners Author Presentations

2017 Tomás Rivera Book Award Winners Author Presentations

Upcoming C&I Summer Camps

Play and Inquiry Based Learning Camp

2017 Play and Inquiry Summer Workshop: Ages 3-8
The Early Childhood Play and Inquiry Summer Workshop, an annual child-driven enrichment experience for children ages 3-8 years will be held June 12th - June 29th, 2017. Offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University and under the direction of Dr. Tim Kinard, Dr. Mary Esther Huerta, Dr. Jesse Gainer and master teacher, Becca Hemenway.  As always, this program promises to be a wonderful time for all, as the university's education students guide children's inquiry through play in woodworking, scientific inquiry, language arts, construction play, the art of storytelling, and much more! The camp will be held at the new Bonham Prekindergarten school, 1225 highway 123, San Marcos, Texas 78666. Contact Diane Osborne at: or 512-245-3680 for additional questions.

Click here to download the 2017 Workshop Registration Form

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What’s better than reading stories and poetry? Writing them!

This summer, explore your imagination with the Central Texas Writing Project's Young Writers Camp. You’ll meet other young writers and learn how to express yourself through creative writing in a fun workshop atmosphere. You don’t need any writing experience. Our expert teachers will guide you as you create new material.

Each day, you’ll learn skills to help you grow as an author. You’ll meet new friends, get loads of ideas for more stories and poems, and leave camp with a book featuring some of your very own writing!

Ages 6 to 10: June 19 to 23 AND June 26 to 29, 9am - 12:15 p.m.
Ages 11 to 13: June 19 to 23 AND June 26 to 29, 1pm – 4:15 p.m.
Ages 14 to 18: June 19 to 23 AND June 26 to 29, 1pm – 4:15 p.m.

For more information, download the registration form or visit the CTWP website

Visit from Educators of the Czech Republic and Slovakia


On January 24, educators from the Czech Republic and Slovakia visited the Department of Curriculum and Instruction here at Texas State University. They met with Dr. Jodie Flint, Director of OEP, Dr. Jodi Holschuh, Chair of C&I and various faculty and students.  The purpose of their visit is to learn more about teacher preparation for linguistically and culturally diverse students and how educators work with inclusive, multicultural education in various contexts.  They all specialize in inclusive education with the Roma. Their visit is supported by the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.  Pictured with the visitors are: Minda Morren López, Associate Professor & Assistant Chair of C&I, Michael Boucher, Assistant Professor, C&I and Judy Herington, Developmental Education, and undergraduate students Jordyn Kukla and Mar Copeland.

Mr. Miroslav Klempar, Coordinator for Committee of Parents for Inclusion, Czech Republic.
His work collaborates with Roma parents to organize and emphasize programs for education of Roma youth in the Czech Republic.

Ms. Monika Simunkova, Advisor to Minister of Education, Czech Republic.
She is a lawyer and former Commissioner for Human Rights for the Czech Republic and advisor to the Minister of Education.  Her focus is inclusion of Roma children in integrated classrooms.

Mrs. Maria Prekop, Director of Minorities Education Department, Slovakia.
She is Director for National Minorities Education for the Federal Ministry of Education of Slovakia and part of her role includes ensuring the equitable treatment of Roma and Hungarian speaking children in Slovakian schools.

Dr. Vladimir Rafael, Director, EduRoma
He directs an NGO focused on school desegregation -- training teachers to work with various underrepresented groups as well as uncovering and reporting segregation in schools across Slovakia.

New Video Highlights Study Abroad Cambodia Program

NASA awards Texas State $15 million grant for STEM teacher training


Texas State University has been awarded a $15 million grant from NASA to help train teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.

The grant, the largest ever for Texas State, will be distributed over five years to the university's Colleges of Education and Science and Engineering. Texas State President Denise Trauth announced the grant during her Fall 2014 Convocation address.

"Texas State is proud to announce this significant grant award from NASA, which will impact more than 400,000 educators in the country by leveraging the research and professional development expertise of faculty in our College of Education and College of Science and Engineering along with partners at several Minority Serving Institutions on behalf of NASA," said Texas State Provost Gene Bourgeois. "By creating a national STEM educator professional development model capitalizing on NASA's unique assets, the initiative aims to strengthen the STEM content knowledge and instructional skills of our nation's teachers, thereby resulting in greater student interest and success in STEM-related courses and an increase in the national STEM workforce pipeline."

Texas State was awarded the grant after the university responded to a NASA challenge to minority-serving institutions to propose innovative ways to share the agency's unique content to enhance professional development for STEM teachers.

Under the agreement, Texas State and its partners will create experiential learning opportunities for educators, with a strong emphasis on digital technology for accessing and using NASA content.

"This is truly a team accomplishment and recognition of the prestige and quality of our College of Education. Collaborating with NASA in this way positions us to extend our reach to a national audience of teachers, teacher educators and other informal educators," said Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz, director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State. "This opportunity will allow us to understand and leverage NASA technical innovations as contexts for teaching and learning and to carry out important research in STEM educator professional development. 

"Over the next five years, we will develop, research and facilitate the delivery of various forms of professional learning experiences for educators nationwide," she said. "Through these STEM educators, we seek to positively affect more students in grades K-20."

NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., supports NASA's goal of providing high quality STEM professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators using NASA’s unique assets and capabilities.

"As one of the largest single awards made to Texas State University, the NASA grant to support STEM education research is a resounding endorsement of our institutional strength and role as a national leader in STEM education research," said Michael Blanda, assistant vice president for research and federal relations at Texas State. 

"We are pleased and excited that NASA is teaming with Texas State and our team of collaborators to provide research and educational development opportunities for STEM educators nationwide," said Bill Covington, associate vice president for research and federal relations.

This is Texas State's second high-profile NASA-related announcement in the past four months. In May, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a multi-million dollar contract between the university and Jacobs Engineering to collaborate on advanced engineering and science work for NASA.

To learn more about this EONS-EPD award, visit For information about NASA's education programs, visit

Study Abroad Program to South Africa


Summer II, 2015
July 9- August 3rd

Many students have asked whether the trip to South Africa is still on because of the ebola epidemic and the answer is YES !  South Africa has not had one reported case of ebola.  They are 3335 miles from West Africa and have a very sophisticated health and medical infrastructure).

What you will learn
This South African study abroad course will provide students with the opportunity to develop cross cultural and intercultural competence and learn the most effective strategies for teaching English to multilingual children and adults in a rural community in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Students will seek to understand South African learners’ life trajectories in terms of the rich cultural experiences they bring to the classroom, as well as how their school and life experiences are shaped differently by the social/educational context in which they live. We will intern in local schools working with students and teachers with over 60 internship hours.

Along the eastern coast of South Africa, between East London and Durban lies the region referred to as the Wild Coast. Chintsa is a small coastal town located on the Wild Coast. TSU students will live in a beautiful house in the local community of Chintsa, work with students and adults in rural and township schools, and participate in cultural activities and daily lectures by Dr. Assaf and local experts.

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