We provide customized training and conferences at HCDE or at your location for teachers, administrators and support staff through the Teaching and Learning Center.

Our content area specialists for science are experienced educators who give teachers the training and professional development needed to support academic achievement.​



Professional Development Offerings:

  • GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science)
  • STAAR Academy for Science: Essential Tools for RTI (grades 5, 8, and EOC)
  • Online courses: Teaching Chemistry with Children’s Literature and Teaching Physics with Children’s Literature
  • STEM workshops with IEEE (Houston Science Educators’ Leadership Association; Differentiation Strategies for Science; Argumentation Strategies in Science)
  • Inquiry-based Instruction for all grade levels
  • Workstation Make-and-Take for grades K-3 Science
  • Student Misconceptions in Science
  • Customized Science Educator Professional Development

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Contact Us

Lisa Felske, Curriculum Director
Phone: 713-696-1306

Lisa Felske is the curriculum director for science at the Teaching and Learning Center at HCDE. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Rice University and master's degree in teaching, also from Rice University. Before joining HCDE in 2006, Felske was the science department chair at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston ISD. Her achievements include being awarded a Leadership in Education award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and being named Houston ISD's Outstanding Young Educator in 1996-1997.