Rice University has a variety of K-12 programs that work with specific schools and/or districts to develop custom workshops designed to meet their specific needs for educator training and student learning.
Center for College Readiness
The Center for College Readiness (CCR) offers customized workshops to increase awareness about the connections between a rigorous curriculum and post-secondary success as well as provide an analysis of district data in order to make informed decisions related to Advanced Placement* (AP*) and International Baccalaureate programs. Additionally, CCR offers customized face-to-face and web-delivered programs designed to assist AP and Pre-AP* teachers in mastering their content and vertical alignment. The programs provide teachers with the support, knowledge and networks vital to building strong AP and Pre-AP programs. CCR (Glasscock School of Continuing Studies) is an approved Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification Continuing Professional Education provider.
* AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the development and delivery of this professional development.
Rice University School Mathematics Project
The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) customizes mathematics professional development and support for schools and districts at all levels based on identified needs. Examples of such professional development include mathematics content, appropriate technology use in mathematics classrooms and the development of leadership skills for mathematics professionals. A sample of professional development offered for teachers includes: Developing the Measurement Strand, Developing the Numeration Strand, Exploring Mathematics through the Visual Arts and Children’s Literature, Using the iPod Touch in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom, Topics in Algebra, Topics in Geometry, Topics in Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics, Advanced Topics in Mathematics and Calculus for High School Mathematics Teachers. RUSMP also provides customized professional development for administrators, as requested, that addresses important topics for school principals, assistant principals and district-level administrators. Administrators develop techniques and skills necessary to support improved mathematics instruction within their campuses and their districts. RUSMP also offers parallel professional development for coaches, mentors, teacher leaders and mathematics departments as requested. Additional programs are developed based upon the needs of partner schools or school districts. Many of these courses provide Gifted and Talented and university graduate credit. RUSMP is an approved TEA/SBEC Continuing Professional Education provider.
School Literacy and Culture
The School Literacy and Culture Project works directly with public, private and charter school administrators to craft customized seminars, institutes and professional learning community (PLC) conversations designed to help teachers think deeply about early literacy curriculum. The goal of this professional development work is to empower teachers with a depth of knowledge that makes it possible for them to work within a curricular framework to develop their own research-based early literacy classroom activities.
Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM)
The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) supports and promotes Rice’s wide ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Houston-area school districts.