The Power of Universal Themes


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

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43 reviews for The Power of Universal Themes

  1. Leticia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great way to ask students questions before, during and after a lesson that will help students think critically.

  2. Mabi – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    Great course!

  3. Ed – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

    there were some audio issues

  4. Maximo – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

    good course

  5. Teri – FAYETTEVILLE-PERRY LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was very informative.

  6. Anabel – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    good overview of universal themes

  7. Ronald – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Very thoughtful. I would need more training to implement this effectively in the classroom.

  8. Melissa – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    It’s fine.

  9. Cecilia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course!

  10. Christina – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  11. Jordan – MIAMI TRACE LOCAL (verified owner)


  12. Lynne – Ashtabula Area City Schools (verified owner)

    It was okay, but no new information was presented to me.

  13. Vicki – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Interesting -informative

  14. Wendy – NORTHRIDGE LOCAL (verified owner)

    I liked thinking about unit and essential questions.

  15. Ann – NORTHRIDGE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Wonder if overall themes could be a bit narrower.

  16. Bryce – SOUTH POINT LOCAL (verified owner)


  17. Jill – HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    it got the job done

  18. Irvin – PRESIDIO ISD (verified owner)

    It’s excellent to plan cross-curricular assignments.

  19. Leroy – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  20. Reyna – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    Good information about universal themes.

  21. Amy – VIDOR ISD (verified owner)

    Module 1 much more interesting than Module 2

  22. Amanda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was interesting.

  23. Sarah – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    Good course!

  24. Joanna – HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    The universal topic of change seems so broad that it’s overwhelming for me as a beginner.

  25. FERNANDO – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    This was an awesome workshop, very informational and useful.

  26. Dulce – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked because I think this is what we need to incorporate in all schools.

  27. Kurt – IRONTON CITY (verified owner)

    Loved it!

  28. Chris – IRONTON CITY (verified owner)

    Great perspective on cross-curricular units.

  29. Andrea – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

  30. Sandra – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    thank you

  31. Maria Elena – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great Staff Development

  32. Alicia E. – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It provided great explanation of Universal Themes and provided examples to follow.

  33. Laree – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    The course would be great face to face but there were several times when I really wanted to ask the presenter to clarify information but was unable to because this was online. The information presented contains multi faceted nuances for creating the lessons and I fell that this is better suited for a face to face interaction.

  34. Monica – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    It is good.

  35. Amanda – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  36. Sheila – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  37. Julie – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    This course had some good ideas.

  38. Crystal – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    It was thought provoking.

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

    I enjoyed this course.

  40. Alba – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helps self reflect change.

  41. Esther – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

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

  42. Dora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  43. Keith – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    This was very helpful

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