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.
BATTLING BURNOUT by Becoming Better
Presented by Dr. Aarek Farmer
Academic Director-Bucy Center; FHU
Director of Ed.D. Program; FHU
Thursday, June 17
10:00am - 11:00am CST
Though a lack of motivation and burnout was prevalent among teachers before 2020, the increased virtual format of teaching, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has further impacted teachers across several educational organizations. Now, more so than ever, is the need to strengthen both individual well-being and organizational well-being amidst challenges associated with what seems to be our "new normal." This session will explore ways to combat burnout and preserve the well-being of ourselves and others.
Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency
Presented by Mrs. Melanie Peel
District Math Coach for Chester County Schools
Tuesday, June 22
3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Did you know that we have Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency? How do our students need reading, vocabulary, speaking and listening, and writing in math class? This session will focus on ways communication in mathematics employs literacy skills in reading strategies and writing.
Presented by Mrs. Sarah Hibbett
Director, Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching
Friday, July 2
11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Instructors typically approach course design in a “forward design” manner, meaning lessons and learning activities are planned, assessments are developed around those lessons and activities, then an attempt is made to draw connections to the learning goals of the course. In contrast, the backward design approach is focused primarily on the outputs of the instruction as evidenced in student work that is driven by assessment strategies.
In this session, we will discuss the process of backward planning:
1. identifying desired outcomes of a unit or course
2. creating specific learning goals
3. planning explicit and intentional instruction
All elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators will benefit from this session!
Presented by Dr. Alesha Northcutt
Monday, July 12
Effective questioning can be used to increase student participation, provide formative feedback, and enrich class discussion. In this session, we will discuss strategies for effectively planning and implementing effective questioning in your classroom.
Teaching Number Sense Through Play and Art
Presented by Sarah Mercer
Assistant Principal, A.L. Lotts Elementary, Knoxville, TN
Monday, July 19
Understanding, Supporting, and Leveraging STEM Identity in K-12 Classrooms
Presented by Dr. Katie Wade-Jaimes and Dr. Rachel Askew
Dr. Katie Wade-Jaimes, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas;
Dr. Rachel Askew, Postdoctoral Researcher, Vanderbilt University
Monday, July 26
People of color and women are still grossly underrepresented in STEM fields, despite excelling academically in science and math and having interest in STEM areas. One explanation for this underrepresentation is the fact that they are not supported in developing or sustaining STEM identities. This session will provide participants with a brief background of STEM identity, focusing on both student and teacher identities in K-12 settings. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the impact of their own STEM identities within their classrooms and how to support students’ STEM identities. We will discuss short and long-term actions, including activities for understanding and leveraging your students’ identities. This session is appropriate for teachers of all grades who teach STEM, science, or math.
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