OnRamps provides yearlong professional learning and development, virtually and in-person, for teachers to transform the quality of their instruction and boost student engagement.
In each academic year, new OnRamps teachers receive over 80 hours of in-person professional learning. Returning teachers accrue over 35 hours of advanced professional learning, and students benefit through higher academic performance
Summer Professional Learning Institute
OnRamps high school teachers join college instructors of record and campus staff at our annual Summer Professional Learning Institue (PLI), held on UT Austin's campus, to cultivate a community of practice; develop skills to implement college-aligned pedagogy; collaborate on effective postsecondary transitions; and further impact their students and schools.
Held in the fall and spring at multiple locations across the state of Texas, OnRamps high school teachers attend day-long institutes to experience in-depth learning about the next phases of implementing OnRamps courses with fidelity and ease. Teachers deepen their understanding of how to implement the courses and advance their pedagogical impact.
OnRamps staff and The University of Texas at Austin Faculty provide yearlong support and just-in-time guidance to high school teachers through virtual and in-person collaboration. In addition to working on instructional planning and classroom needs, they provide weekly communications with the latest resources and news.
Each OnRamps course is overseen by a lead faculty member at the university with a doctorate in the related course discipline. The lead faculty helps develop and enhance the course curriculum, teaches professional development seminars, and assists OnRamps college instructors of record with teacher support.
OnRamps staff includes a faculty or instructional support member approved by the associated academic department for each course. The college instructor of record maintains the curriculum, co-teaches professional development seminars, and provides ongoing training and one-on-one support to ensure effective implementation of the curriculum.