Summer Institute Featuring Guest Speaker Kristi Gerdes

kgerdesKristi Gerdes of AVID for Higher Education will lead day two of the CETL Summer Institute.   Her teaching practices include high-engagement activities that give students both great responsibility and ample support.

Kristi’s Bio:

Kristi has degrees from the University of Chaminade of Honolulu (B.A.) and Dallas Baptist University (M.A.).  She began her teaching career in the secondary field as an English teacher and then the AVID elective teacher.  She was a part of Southwest Texas Junior College’s faculty and the Student Success Coordinator from 2008 until 2012.  Kristi’s extensive teaching and services experience encompasses teaching first-year seminar and core courses in English. Kristi also helped develop the Student Success Center at the Uvalde Campus and integrated a Supplemental Instruction (S.I.) and tutor support service at SWTJC.  As a Student Success Coordinator, Kristi’s focus is student engagement and success in advising and instruction. Kristi was the AVID Liaison for SWTJC from 2009 until 2012 and feels that her experiences as administration and faculty give her insight into classroom realities and institutional processes.

Gerdes will share her knowledge and experience in successfully incorporating High Engagement Strategies into the classroom using specific AVID techniques.

RSVP today and reserve your spot for this years CETL Summer Institute to see Gerdes in action.

Summer Institute Featuring Guest Speaker Bill Madigan

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 11.41.58 AMBill Madigan, Educational Consultant for AVID, will be one of the featured speakers and sessions leaders at this year’s CETL Summer Institute.

Madigan’s Bio: Madigan has a Masters degree in Humanities (M.A.L.A.) from San Diego State University. While he has been a high school teacher for 29 years he also has spent a year as an assistant principal at an inner city school in San Diego, CA. As a high school teacher, he has taught English, ESL, AVID, multiple grade levels, as well as varied student populations – from the emotionally disturbed and at-risk student to Advanced Placement and honors. In addition to his K-12 experience, Madigan has also taught college courses on educational theory and as an AVID consultant for over 15 years Bill is knowledgeable about how neuroscience and psychology can inform teaching and learning.

Madigan will share his knowledge and experience in successfully incorporating High Engagement Strategies into the classroom using specific AVID techniques.  RSVP today and reserve your spot for this years CETL Summer Institute to see Madigan in action.

Follett Faculty Discover

In case you were unable to attend the original training session on the Follett Faculty Discover tool, please check out the CETL resource link to access a recording of the training.


  • Choose from new, rental or digital course materials
  • See other relevant materials for your course
  • Easily discover, research and adopt materials others are using
  • Search and adopt non-traditional materials, including:
    • YouTube videos
    • Open educational resources (OER)
    • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) content
  • Upload your own original materials for your students, colleagues and community

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Staff Spring Series


Traditionally, the CETL focus has been to help faculty enhance instructional practice, integrate technology and promote essential student skills. However, Texas Wesleyan Staff is an integral part of the university’s success and the CETL team is inviting Texas Wesleyan Staff to participate in the new Staff Spring Workshop Series. Based on the Staff Survey input, the series will include 4 different workshops topics, each offered twice (see list below and click on the workshop title to RSVP):

3:00pm – 4:00pm Social Media Tips & Tricks
3:00pm – 4:00pm Project Management Tools
3:00pm – 4:00pm Collaborating Over the Cloud
3:00pm – 4:00pm Atomic Learning
1:00pm – 2:00pm Social Media Tips & Tricks
1:00pm – 2:00pm Project Management Tools
3:00pm – 4:00pm Collaborating Over the Cloud
11:00am – 12:00pm Atomic Learning
2:00pm – 3:00pm Staff Celebration

We hope to see you soon!

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Summer Institute Save-the-Date

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This year’s CETL SUMMER INSTITUTE, in partnership with
will be held on MAY 19-20. This year’s theme is
and we look forward to seeing you there!

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About the CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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