Professional Development

Core Beliefs/Mission


The Waco ISD Office of Professional Development strives to strengthen every educator's knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment to provide the foundation for informed instructional  decision making that maximizes every student's potential for learning.

Services and Responsibilities



  • Coordination of professional development for all faculty, staff and administration
  • Providing assistance for campuses providing professional development
  • Providing opportunities to aspiring Administrators to build leadership skills
  • Providing support for teachers to become highly qualified
  • Promoting a positive school climate to maximize the potential of every child
  • Supporting New Teachers through the Waco ISD SUCCEED Teacher Mentoring Program

Systems and Programs

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Continuing Professional Education (CPE Hours)

All educators are responsible for keeping an official portfolio of their continuing professional education hours.  Records kept and maintained by the district are unofficial records and house only the trainings provided by the district.  Certificates for these trainings can be generated in the eduphoria!workshop application online at All CPE hours can be tracked within the district system at the employees request.  For tracking purposes, every course request must have an attached certificate to be approved by the district.

( excerpt below taken from TEA's website )

Standard certificates were first issued on September 1, 1999, and replaced the lifetime provisional certificates. An educator with a standard certificate in Texas is required to renew his or her standard certificate(s) every five years. A minimum number of CPE hours provided by an approved CPE provider must be obtained in order to renew that certificate in accordance withTexas Education Code (TAC) §232.13. Educators may use a CPE tracking form to document their CPE hours for renewal.

All Continuing Professional Education (CPE) providers must be approved and registered by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency. This registration ensures that activities offered for CPE credit support the professional growth of educators in the knowledge and skills necessary to improve student achievement in Texas public schools. Only those CPE activities from approved registered providers will be recognized for certificate renewal purposes.

The entities or individuals on the List of Registered Providers (PDF, 8.08 MB) have been approved by the Texas Education Agency as of 8/5/10 to offer continuing professional education for Texas Educators.

As per TAC §232.23(a), written documentation of completion of all activities applied toward continuing professional education (CPE) requirements shall be maintained by each educator.Educators may want to use the following worksheets for Classroom Teachers (PDF, 190.19 KB),Principals and Superintendents (PDF, 188.77 KB)Master Teachers, and Student Services (PDF, 190.43 KB) to organize their CPE documentation. (back to top) 

For additional information visit the Texas Education Agency Website at the link listed below:


Patrick Uptmore
Director of Professional Development

Vivian Whatley
Professional Development Specialist

Mari Keller
Instructional Coach
 - Secondary

Jeremy Kidd
Instructional Coach - Secondary

Waco ISD Administration Building

501 Franklin Avenue
P.O. Box 27
Waco, Texas 76703
p 254.755.9473   f 254.745.2296

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