June 4, 2012
To the Administrator Addressed:
Subject: Intel Teach Elements Courses Available in Project Share
This letter is the seventh in a series of letters to inform districts and open enrollment charter schools of activities in Project Share. Since the launch of Phase II of Project Share in September 2011, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has continued to expand professional development opportunities for educators, provide guidance to educators and their students on appropriate and successful use of 21st century learning tools, and to expand the scope of digital content within Project Share’s online environment. As part of these efforts to augment the collection of online resources available to Texas educators, Project Share will soon expand its offerings to include Intel® Teach Elements online professional development courses.
Texas has been involved in the Intel Teach Program since it began in 2000. Over 60,000 in-service and pre-service teachers in Texas have benefitted from the program, which provides professional development on using 21st century learning tools in K-12 instruction. By offering the Intel Teach Elements courses online in Project Share, these valuable professional development opportunities will be available to an even greater number of Texas educators.
Intel Teach Elements courses examine strategies for educating 21st century learners and provide animated e-learning tutorials, interactive learning exercises, and offline activities to apply concepts. Texas educators and administrators will have the unique opportunity to access Intel Teach professional development materials that are aligned to the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). By completing these courses, educators can earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Beginning this summer, five Intel Teach Elements self-paced courses will be made available in Project Share: 
Collaboration in the Digital Classroom: This course focuses on collaboration skills for the global economy. Participants will learn to plan and manage student collaboration activities.
Project-Based Approaches:This course focuses on designing activities to engage students in self-directed learning. Participants will improve understanding and application of Project-Based Approaches to engage students.
Educational Leadership in the 21st Century: This course explores school leadership in our students’ 21st century world. Participants will learn how education leaders can support teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement.
Thinking Critically with Data: This course prepares students to think critically in an information-rich world. Participants in this course will examine critical thinking with a focus on data analysis.
Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms: This course takes an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century learners. Participants will learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessments.
The TEA will continue to provide information and updates about the Intel Teach Elements courses through the regional ESCs and the Project Share gateway at www.projectsharetexas.org. We hope that you will explore these professional development opportunities, and we welcome your feedback. You can send questions to the Project Share mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Rebecca Freedholm, Project Share Specialist, at (512) 463-9087 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Standards and Programs
 Intel Corporation (2011). About Intel® Teach Elements.