Save the Date for CTN’s Ascender Spring Training Seminar, March 7-8

CTN’s Ascender Training Sequence Seminar is offered through three training sessions per year for new and returning faculty and staff; the summer, spring and fall sessions are required to complete the professional development sequence.

Those from previous years often choose to participate in the institutes as a way of strengthening their current skills, exploring new ideas and approaches, and learning best practices from seasoned practitioners of the program.  Session topics always highlight new strategies and content, so everyone involved has something to gain from attending—both new college teams and those from previous years. Additionally, faculty and staff from previous cohorts are often invited to serve as facilitators for breakout sessions, as leads for small learning groups, and as mentors for the new college teams.

Our recent 2018 Fall Seminar: Advancing Education through Institutional Change was a tremendous success. The two-day event focused on a variety of topics and goals that included: active reading strategies, mathematics, developing better writing styles, critical thinking skills, counseling, advising, team building, and sustaining and supporting the mentorship program.

This 2018 Fall Seminar was sponsored by the Greater Texas Foundation and the Meadows Foundation.

For more information about the upcoming training session contact CTN Director of Professional Development Allegra Villarreal at JURJSUBCV0QLU0xJSURXV0BESWVGRFFGTVFNQEtAXVELSldC@nospam

Save the Date for CTN’s Transformative Teaching Track Institute, March 8-9

CTN offers training tailored to meet the needs of college faculty members across the state who wish to play a leadership role in response to House Bill 2223 and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30 campaign.

The Transformative Teaching Track is a two-part, two-day experiential and intensive training session in classroom strategies, co-curricular design and team building with an emphasis on culturally responsive practice. The training offers participants innovative and engaging lessons, team building activities and planning time, culturally relevant curricula, connections to universities and research opportunities, individual and team coaching, and access to a national network of experts.

Additionally, attendees can earn one graduate credit from UT-Austin for their participation in this training in the fall and one in the spring through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. For more information, please visit:

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board would like for colleges to send teams of two (including one INRW faculty member and one credit-level faculty member from a reading-intensive discipline) to the training that are working together or may work together in the implementation of co-requisite courses in the fall and spring.

The CTN Ascender Framework for Student Advancement engages and retains students through a rigorous, culturally-relevant curriculum across multiple courses/disciplines (learning communities); individualized advising, personal counseling and mentoring; leadership development and community outreach. We engage faculty, staff, and  administration through intensive, experiential  seminars (three times per year) and monthly webinars; ongoing college, campus and individual peer mentoring by experienced practitioners; and a national peer-mentoring program to promote career and personal development.  CTN creates a network of support for the students who need it the most.

For more information about this training session contact CTN Director of Professional Development Allegra Villarreal at 07K-v7a0obL9pbq-v7Khobayv5Owsqewu6e7tr22q6f9vKG0@nospam or CTN Operations Manager Lydia CdeBaca at q8fSz8LKhcjPzsnKyMrryMrfyMPfw87FztPfhcTZzA@nospam.


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