Bobbie Solley Center of Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Bobbie Solley, former director of education development for Healing Hands International and a retired professor from Middle Tennessee State University, has worked in collaboration with the College of Education to establish the Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching at Freed-Hardeman University. 

Utilizing the mantra, “Reaching Students, Empowering Teachers, Transforming Instruction”, the center’s mission is to develop teacher and school leaders committed to making a positive impact on student learning and fostering high student academic achievement for diverse student populations. 

Professional development activities are always free of charge for attendees and will use a variety of innovative methods, including coaching, mentoring, seminars, workshops, diversity sensitivity training and many others.  Building on partnerships already established with Chester County Schools, Columbia Academy and Middle Tennessee Christian School, the center seeks to develop additional partnerships throughout West Tennessee and eventually in other regions of the state and beyond.

Please click below to see professional development opportunities available for the spring semester. 

 

 

 

January 2022 SESSIONS

 

Successfully Orchestrating Mathematical Discussion in Your Classroom: PART 1 

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie (Holt) Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant 

Peel_Melanie

Motivating Secondary Students

Presented by:

Stephanie Hatch and Andrew Johnson

Classroom Teachers

Chester County High School

FOCUSED FEEDBACK: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES AND EVALUATORS

Presented by: Patrice R. Martin

Education Consultant

Former Director of Southwest CORE, Tennessee Department of Education

 
Patrice R. Martin

CONNECTING AND COMMUNICATING WITH FAMILIES AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey Bailey

2nd Grade Teacher - Columbia Academy; Columbia, Tennessee

Former Public Elementary Administrator

Lindsey Bailey

Bullets are Bad: 25 Ways to Put the Power back into Your Powerpoint Through Refined Presentation Skills, Imagery and Efficiency

Presented by: Jud Davis

Assistant Professor; Freed-Hardeman University

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CONNECTING AND COMMUNICATING WITH FAMILIES AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL

Presented by: Dr. Showen Herring

Assistant Professor of Education

Director of the M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership Programs at Freed-Hardeman University

Former Administrator; Shelby County Schools - Memphis, Tennessee

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LITERACY SKILLS FOR MATHEMATICAL PROFICIENCY: USE MULTIPLE READING STRATEGIES

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant

Peel_Melanie

 

FEBRUARY 2022 SESSIONS

 

WOW THEM WITH WORDS PART I: VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION TO DETERMINE MEANING

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Presnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Cathy Presnell

UNDERSTANDING ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND TRAUMA'S EFFECT ON BEHAVIOR

Presented by: Dr. Nadine McNeal

Director of Social Work

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Freed-Hardeman University

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WOW THEM WITH WORDS PART II: VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION TO BUILD A LEXICON

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Presnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year

 
Cathy Presnell

Successfully Orchestrating Mathematical Discussion in Your Classroom: PART 2

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant

Peel_Melanie

The Painted Essay

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Pressnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year 

 
Cathy Presnell

LITERACY SKILLS FOR MATHEMATICAL PROFICIENCY: UNDERSTAND AND USE CORRECT MATHEMATICAL VOCABULARY

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools

Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant

Peel_Melanie

Juicy Sentences 

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Pressnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year

 
Cathy Presnell

Successfully Orchestrating Mathematical Discussion in Your Classroom: PART 3

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools- Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant 

Peel_Melanie

Visible Thinking in the Math Classroom

Presented by: Sarah Mercer

Assistant Principal, A.L. Lotts Elementary School

Knox County, Tennessee 

Sarah Mercer

LITERACY SKILLS FOR MATHEMATICAL PROFICIENCY: DISCUSS AND ARTICULATE MATHEMATICAL IDEAS

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools

Henderson, Tennessee

 
Peel_Melanie

Successfully Orchestrating Mathematical Discussion in Your Classroom: PART 4

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Peel_Melanie

LITERACY SKILLS FOR MATHEMATICAL PROFICIENCY: WRITE MATHEMATICAL ARGUMENTS

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

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HOOKED!  How to Grab Your Students' Attention in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Presented by: Dr. Matt Cook

Assistant Professor of Bible and Missions

Freed-Hardeman University

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