Family Engagement: Communities in Action

Sunday 11/15 Bethany Hill hosts #txeduchat

Topic: Family Engagement

Bethany Hill


As a new principal last year Bethany restructured the traditional PTO after speaking with many of her families.  The family members mentioned that they felt excluded.  The new group is called Communities in Action or the CIA for short and the term “family” is used in lieu of “parent” in order to be more inclusive.

Bethany Hill is currently the Lead Learner (a.k.a. Principal) of Central Elementary (@CentralCabotPk4),  a P-4 school in the Cabot School District. Her goal is to coach and inspire students, families, and staff in order to inspire a culture of learning and leading. She has served the field of education for eighteen years as an elementary teacher, curriculum coach, assistant principal, and lead learner/principal.

Design Thinking and Professional Development

Design Thinking and Professional Development

Urbie hosts #txeduchat Sunday 11/1 at 8pm Central



Urbie is an instructional and learning experience designer. His experience includes teaching animation and programming with Estrella Mountain Community College and course production in the corporate, K-12, and government market segments.

He currently works for the federal government developing transformational training for healthcare providers. Urbie holds a BA degree in behavioral science from Western International University and an MS Ed degree in instructional design from Capella University. He has certificates in multimedia production and continuous improvement through the UC Santa Cruz Extension.

Prior to his work in teaching and learning he worked in high technology manufacturing for companies like Intel and Motorola maintaining semiconductor production equipment.

Long ago he served in the United States Navy at such garden spots as Naval Communications Station Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territories.

He is a husband, father, uncle and since Carly came along two years ago, an Old Pa.

Differentiation – How, Why, When?

Join #txeduchat host Andi McNair

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 8pm Central

The topic for this chat is differentiation of instruction to meet the needs of ALL children.

Andi teaches Gifted and Talented students at a small rural school in Texas.  She has been a teacher for 15 years, teaching4th/5th grade math for 10 years before moving into gifted education.  Andi feels that every student deserves a meaningful learning experience and as teachers, it is our job to provide them with this.



Andi is a connected educator that learns most of what goes on in her classroom from her PLN. She has spoken at several conferences and loves to share about Genius Hour, meaningful learning experiences, and edtech.

Andi is most passionate about using technology in the classroom and finding innovative ways to engage her students. She believes that the students that we are educating today are unique and we must be creative in our teaching strategies.  Andi absolutely loves what she does and is excited to be an educator during this time.

Liberating Genius in the Classroom

Join #TXEDUCHAT 10/18/15 at 8pm Central

with host Angela Maiers on “Liberating Genius in the Classroom”

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers is a pioneer in digital literacy and education technologies. As a social media evangelist and consultant, she helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology.

Angela has also authored six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion- Driven Classroom. Her “You Matter” talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times and was the impetus for Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems.

Angela spent 14 years teaching elementary school in Des Moines, IA, and 10 years as a literacy coach, special programs facilitator, and university professor.

Your Classroom? Flip it, Flip it good…

Flipping the Classroom with Katie Lanier

#TXEDUCHAT at 8pm Central

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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Katie Lanier has 15 years of experience teaching science, from conceptual physics to Advanced Placement, as well as 5th grade math and science. She was chosen Allen Independent School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013. Katie is currently teaching Scientific Research and Design while also serving as an Instructional Specialist helping teachers integrate technology in their classrooms. She has adopted and promotes innovations such as Flipped Learning, 20% Project, Project-Based Learning, and Inquiry to help improve student learning and inspire a love of science and learning. Katie enjoys sharing her experiences through professional development and conference presentations. Her classroom has been used as a model for other teachers learning how to implement the flipped learning environment.

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