Ed Academy

The Texas GEAR UP Ed Academy brings together GEAR UP educators across Texas to explore promising practices and strategies for preparing student for college readiness. This year’s academy will focus on differentiated instructional strategies. In this two-day academy, teachers will explore 25 instructional strategies to increase engagement in their classroom.


Registration Information (All educators must register):

Each educators must be registered as a conference attendee through the Eventbrite conference registration page. Each grant will be responsible for all travel and hotel arrangements for their educators. It is recommended that programs utilize the room block at the Westin Hotel.

Space is limited, so please take action soon. 


2016 Texas GEAR UP Ed Academy  (Day One Only)


All Ed Academy presentations (other than Plenary Sessions) will take place in El Rincon De Maria.


Monday, November 14, 2016

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration and Information Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Morning Plenary
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Guy Bailey, 
Founding President of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Networking Break
First Raffle Drawing in the Exhibitor Area

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Whole Group Accountability Strategies
Increase motivation in your classroom through whole group accountability. Participants will take away several strategies for increased engagement, collaboration and accountability in the classroom.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Explore the AMS Lounge

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Networking Luncheon and Plenary
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Juliet García,
Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Community, National and Global
Engagement, UT System

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
The Ten Commandments of Behavior Management

Participants will explore the ten commandments of behavior management to increase motivation, engagement and rigor in classroom. Strategies include behavior management strategies to establish a culture for differentiation and cooperative grouping.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Networking Break – Second Raffle Drawing in the Exhibitor Area

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Technology Strategies for Engagement

Come join this fast-paced journey through today’s most engaging technology tools. Tools will focus on project management, research, presentation, creation, classroom management and resources. No technology is needed to attend.

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM           
Differentiation Strategies for Every Classroom

Meeting the diverse needs of students is an ongoing challenge for teachers and district staff. Just as our classrooms have changed over the past few years, our instruction must also change. This training will support your efforts in looking at ways to teach and reach all students in your classroom by using a small group differentiated instruction model.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking Exhibitor Reception



Cathy Moak, Ph.D.
Educator Outreach Coach, Institute for Public School Initiatives, UT Austin

Dr. Cathy Moak is a Senior Field Trainer/Analyst and Educator Outreach Coach for the Texas GEAR UP State Grant. Dr. Moak served as the component director for School Transformation and Digital Learning at Education Service Center Region 6, where she founded the EduHero Project, an online training site for educators. Dr. Moak taught at both Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University. She later went on to become a curriculum writer for the Texas Education Service Curriculum Collaborative and a professional training developer focused on project-based learning. Dr. Moak grew up in both McGregor and Groesbeck and now lives on a ranch outside Huntsville with her husband Sam and their two sons, Jake and Billy. They enjoy hunting, fishing, and all things technology.

Joanna Oliver
Senior Field Trainer Analyst, Texas Literacy Initiative

Joanna Oliver is a Senior Field Trainer/Analyst for the Texas Literacy Initiative. She provides support and professional development to public school districts across the state and their associated early childhood education providers. Joanna has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary education with an emphasis in reading, a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in digital learning, and principal certification from Abilene Christian University. She began her career as an elementary public school teacher, transitioning into a literacy coach and then a reading technical assistant for the Texas Reading First Initiative. Joanna also brings experience from Region 6 Education Service Center as a literacy specialist and a technology integration specialist, as well as her time as a learning assistant at Texas A&M University.