Presenter: Patty Clary, OAGC
Core Area: ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c; Curricular Content Knowledge 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4; Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5; OAGC HOTS
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Universal themes promote higher-level thinking, depth and breadth of learning, and build strong cross-curricular and real-life relationships. In this 2-hour course, Patty Clary, the creator of Entrusted Teacher Consulting, guides teachers through understanding, applying, and evaluating universal themes in the classroom.

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Coordinating universal themes across the curriculum promotes higher-level thinking as well as increasing the depth and breadth of learning. Patty Clary, the creator of Entrusted Teacher Consulting, guides teachers through understanding, applying, and evaluating universal themes in the classroom to maximize universal themes’ effectiveness.

In this 2-hour course teachers will learn: 

  • Why universal themes are important to higher-level thinking, as well as to depth and complexity and real-life experiences
  • The differences between universal themes and other uses of themes
  • How to analyze curricular development choices for depth and complexity when creating curriculum with cross-curricular connections
  • How to formulate and apply ideas for universal-themed cross-curricular curriculum
ODE Competencies: a,b,c
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards: 3, 5

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Patty Clary is a retired classroom teacher, elementary school principal, and gifted intervention specialist. She started her own educational consulting business, Entrusted Teacher Consulting, so she could continue to share her passion and ideas about gifted education with others. Creating materials for gifted learners is also one of her loves. Patty also works with Cleveland State University as an instructor in the CSU Gifted Program. She finds it very rewarding to spend time with schools, administrators, and teachers to improve gifted services, curriculum and practices.

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27 reviews for The Power of Universal Themes

  1. Keith – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    This was very helpful

  2. Dora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  3. Esther – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great! easy steps to develop your own theme,etc/.

  4. Alba – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helps self reflect change.

  5. Teshuvah – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course.

  6. Crystal – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    It was thought provoking.

  7. Julie – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    This course had some good ideas.

  8. Sheila – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  9. Amanda – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  10. Monica – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    It is good.

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