Special Populations

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

Our content area specialists for Social Emotional Learning, Bilingual/ESL and Special Education are experienced educators who give teachers the training and professional development needed to support academic achievement.​


Social and Emotional Learning

Professional Development Offerings:

  • Behavior Management Educator Professional Development
  • Cultural Conflict
  • Bullying
  • Teaching Emotionally Explosive Students
  • Differentiated Behavior Management
  • Aggression in Young Children
  • The Behavior Side of RTI
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA
  • Good Behavior Game (in cooperation with AIR)


Bilingual / ESL

Professional Development Offerings:

  • Bilingual/ESL Educator PD
  • Bilingual/Dual Language PD
  • Gifted and Talented for linguistically and culturally diverse populations
  • Sheltered Instruction
  • Dual Language Instructional strategies
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Literacy and biliteracy methodologies and strategies
  • LPAC training
  • ELPS training
  • Spanish Literacy PK-5

Upcoming Workshops

August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019

August 2018

September 2018


DBQ Workshop for Literature and Social Studies
September 17, 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

June 2019

July 2019

Special Education / 504 / Rtl

Professional Development Offerings:

  • Response to Intervention training
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Co-teaching
  • SPED/504/RtI trainings
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher Team Training
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Contact Us

Brenda Arteaga, Ed.D., Director of Special Populations
Phone: 713-696-1315
Email: barteaga@hcde-texas.org

Brenda Arteaga is the curriculum director for special populations at HCDE. Arteaga is a 25-year veteran educator who most recently served as superintendent of schools and assistant superintendent for academics and operations at Southwest Schools in Houston. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Houston Central with specialties in interdisciplinary studies and an emphasis in reading and Spanish. She also holds certifications in bilingual/ESL and self-contained classrooms. She gained her master’s degree from St. Thomas University and a doctorate in professional learning from University of Houston.