UTSA | COEHD | University of Texas at San Antonio | College of Edcuation and Human Development
Fri, August 23, 2019

Centers, Projects and Academies


The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) was founded by Dr. Belinda Bustos Flores in 2003 under the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) as a center for school districts, community colleges, the private sector and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging, statewide and local educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. A major focus of ATE is to leverage resources to better prepare teacher candidates and in-service teachers working with a diverse student population


The Teacher Education Autism Model (TEAM) at The University of Texas at San Antonio functions as a “teaching hospital” for training teachers to use scientifically-validated procedures for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual disabilities. Using the “I do, we do, you do” instructional continuum, preservice and inservice teachers have the opportunity to apply evidence-based practices in an environment designed to imitate the classroom setting.

Plaza de Lectura


La Plaza de Lectura offers assistance in reading and writing to San Antonio area children. La Plaza provides training for university students through teaching experiences and conducts research on problems in literacy learning. La Plaza is located at the downtown campus of UTSA on the third floor of the Buena Vista Building (BV 3.350). UTSA faculty from the department supervise tutors at the center. In addition, la Plaza serves as a site for the HEB Read3 Program and the federally funded Road Runner Readers Federal Work Study program. For more information, contact Plaza director Teresa Sellers (Teresa.sellers@utsa.edu).

San Antonio Writing Project


The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) is part of the 180+ site network of the National Writing Project, hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio. SAWP and its eleven sister sites in Texas are dedicated to the improvement of the teaching of writing in Texas classrooms K-college. With the guidance of NWP’s teachers-teaching-teachers model, SAWP provides opportunities for teachers to share their knowledge, expertise, and teaching practices. SAWP is also working with the Texas Education Agency in the Write Across Texas project. For more information, contact the SAWP director, Dr. Roxanne Henkin (Roxanne.henkin@utsa.edu).

Project Wild and Growing up WILD

Project Wild and Growing Up WILD are environmental and conservation education programs emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources.  Both are interdisciplinary and supplementary, which means they can be used to teach basic learning skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education.  The programs are student-tested and teacher approved. 

Upon completion of one full day workshop participants receive a copy of the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum Guide and the Growing Up WILD Early Childhood Curriculum Guide, which together contain over 100 activities that are presented in lesson-plan format. The guides will help incorporate wildlife-related concepts into classroom curriculum teaching students valuable concepts and skills.  They are also valuable resources for anyone working with young people. Participating faculty include Drs. Moseley, Desjean-Perrotta, Arreguin-Anderson, and Sutterby. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Moseley (christine.moseley@utsa.edu).

Teacher Quality: San Antonio Science and Mathematics Collaborative

Currently funded at $750,000, the San Antonio Science and Mathematics Collaborative is a long-term professional development program aimed at improving content and pedagogical content knowledge of secondary mathematics and science teachers in San Antonio.  Teachers are purposefully recruited in teams by campus and district so that the impact of the program on students in particular, underserved feeder patterns is maximized.  Teachers are provided with over 100 hours of customized professional development each year; UTSA faculty conduct many of the sessions.  There are currently have 32 mathematics participants from San Antonio ISD, and 16 science participants mostly from Northside ISD.  Emily Bonner (PI, ILT) and Betty Travis (Co-PI, Dept. of Mathematics) are directors of the program.  Faculty collaborators are Crystal Kalinec-Craig, Lupita Carmona, Lorena Claeys (ATE), and Priya Prasad (mathematics). For more information, please contact Dr. Bonner (Emily.bonner@utsa.edu).

STEM Center


Currently funded at $570,000, the South Texas STEM Center is an innovative professional development program focusing on developing secondary mathematics and science teachers’ ability to engage underserved students in project-based learning.  51 teachers are engaging in professional development sessions aimed at developing, implementing, and assessing these types of projects with students in an effort to integrate mathematics and science at the secondary level in meaningful ways.  Can Saygin, Engineering (PI) and Emily Bonner (Co-PI) are directors of the project.  Faculty collaborators include Betty Travis (Mathematics), Lupita Carmona (ILT), Oscar Chavez (Mathematics), and Lorena Claeys (ATE). For more information, please contact Dr. Bonner (Emily.bonner@utsa.edu).

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