Alternative Conference Hotels

The Moody Gardens Hotel currently has no remaining guest  rooms available for the conference. 

The closest alternative hotel is the Inn At the Water Park

Other options can be found at

Education in Action’s 2014-2015 Call for Outstanding Student Nominations

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders to join delegations of distinguished students at the Lone Star Leadership Academy, a weeklong, TEKS-based, experiential leadership development program to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston during the summer. The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides opportunities for students to experience grade level curriculum during visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites with a focus on leadership throughout.  Participants must meet the following criteria:

«  Must be in the 4th-8th grade

«  Maintain an 85 or higher average

«  Demonstrate leadership ability

«  Involved in their school/community

There is no limit to the number of students you may nominate as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, visit or call 817-562-4957.

Nominate Your Students Here

(Nominated students receive a certificate of teacher recognition from Education in Action.)

Fall Nomination Deadline:  Friday, November 21, 2014

Education in Action encourages educators to nominate all eligible students regardless of their financial situation. Students nominated by the November 21st deadline have ample time to take advantage of scholarship/sponsorship opportunities or our new group discount if desired. We work one on one with students that require financial assistance (visit the Financial Aid link at

Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.

TExES Educator Certification Exams

In support of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and on behalf of Educational Testing Service (ETS), Oak Hill Technology, Inc. (OHT), is preparing to begin another item development project for the TExES educator certification exams.  We will need strong education professionals to develop the items for Social Studies portions of the Generalist titles EC-6 and 4-8 educator certification exam.

Qualified participants must be teaching Social Studies (EC-8) for at least three years and hold one of the following Texas certifications:

  • Generalist EC-6
  • Generalist 4-8
  • Social Studies 4-8
  • Elementary Self-Contained
  • Social Studies Composite

Virtual training will be scheduled for those selected to participate. Educators set their own schedule to meet project deadlines, and all work is done remotely.  Educators develop the items and submit them electronically to the manager for review, acceptance, and submission to ETS.  Compensation is paid per accepted item.

OHT continues to have opportunities to support Texas education.   Please let me know if you are interested by returning the attached profile sheet and a current resume to or faxing them to 512-288-5792. We appreciate any referrals of teachers that would be qualified to write items for TExES educator certification exams.

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Host an International High School Exchange Student Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State invites you to make a difference by hosting an international high school exchange student in your school or home starting this fall. Approximately 2,000 Department of State-sponsored exchange students from over 50 countries, all of whom have undergone a competitive, merit-based selection process, will spend the 2014-15 academic year in communities across the United States.  These exchange students live with American families, attend American high schools, and participate in American culture, leadership activities, and community service. Exchange students can help internationalize classrooms and bring foreign affairs to life.
We seek host families and host schools from all over the United States. Learn more or submit an interest form at and please share this announcement with others. You can also email us at

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Anti-Defamation League’s Echoes and Reflections

Echoes and Reflections  provides free comprehensive professional development for secondary educators, offers primary sources, informational texts, and visual history testimony from witnesses to deliver accurate and authentic Holocaust education. The program addresses national academic standards, including TEKS standards.

We provide an experienced facilitator to lead the group through a 3-6 hour programs, and each participant receives a copy of the extensive Teacher’s Resource Guide along with a certificate of completion.
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Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park-Jobs

WHEN: Six weeks during Summer 2014
WHERE: Palo Alto Battlefield Visitor Center
WHAT WILL I DO: Develop and teach art activities that engage students and help them understand Palo Alto Battlefield; Write arts-based lesson plans
WHAT’S THE PAY: $3000, 3 graduate credit hours from the University of Colorado-Denver School of Education & CPE credit hours
WHO CAN APPLY: Classroom teachers of all grade levels & subject areas
Palo Alto Summer Job DEADLINE: Emailed by Friday, May 2, 2014
TO APPLY/MORE INFO.:; (956) 541-2785, ext. 332