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 see below for upcoming professional development opportunities.
Upon completion of each session, a personalized certificate is emailed to you with number of professional development hours noted.
Presented by: Dr. Hank Staggs
Director, Accelerating Character Education Development
NIET (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching)
Friday, June 3, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am CST
INCREASING INTRINSIC MOTIVATION TO DRIVE STUDENT OWNERSHIP OF LEARNING
Teachers are looking for ways to motivate students and often find that traditional strategies either fall short or offer only temporary results. Lasting motivation is only found within, and teachers can learn strategies that not only foster intrinsic, lasting motivation, but also align with what we already know are best practices found in the NIET Teaching and Learning Standards and the TEAM rubric. This session will explore intrinsic motivation, emphasize student ownership of learning, and leverage rubric best practices. The session is Intended for teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders at all levels.
Dr. Aundrea McFall
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Director of MAT in Special Education
Waterloo High School
Thursday, June 9, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Co-Teaching - What We've Learned
This session focuses on co-teaching, an instructional strategy that special education and general education teachers can implement when teaching students with disabilities. The presenters will discuss the six approaches to co-teaching and offer practical tips to improve co-teaching in the classroom.
Intended audience: general education teachers; special education teachers
Presented by: Dr. Cathy Presnell
Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6
Murfreesboro City Schools
2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year
June 13, 2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am CST
WOW THEM WITH WORDS PART I: VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION TO DETERMINE MEANING
In this session, you’ll take a deep dive into the vocabulary standards, learn how classroom discussion can fuel students’ ability to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words, and take away some solid strategies to make it work in your classroom. Ideal for teachers in grades 2 and up.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
WOW THEM WITH WORDS PART II: VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION TO BUILD A LEXICON
In this session, you’ll take a deep dive into the vocabulary standards, understand the difference between a vocabulary and a lexicon, and take away some solid strategies for explicit vocabulary instruction in your classroom. Ideal for teachers in grades 2 and up.
Presented by: Dr. Cathy Pressnell
2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
THE PAINTED ESSAY
Writing is hard, and teaching students to write is even harder. This session will introduce you to The Painted Essay, a writing approach that helps students synthesize better, write with cleaner structure, and maintain focus throughout an essay. Ideal for teachers in grades 2 and up.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Sentence-level comprehension is a powerful tool to unlocking the meaning of a text, and juicy sentences help students do just that. The juicy sentence is a strategy developed by Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore especially for the needs of ELLs and accessing complex text, and it's a tool that helps all students learn to deconstruct and reconstruct sentences, understand how different language features contribute to meaning, and practice complex sentence structures in their own writing. Join this session to learn how to squeeze every drop of goodness out of a rich, complex, juicy sentence with your students!
Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel
District Math Coach
Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee
Monday, June 13, 2022
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Please reserve your seat by emailing
IN-PERSON SESSION AT FREED-HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY
Presented by: James Cook
Thursday, June 30, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST
Please reserve your seat by emailing email@example.com
THIS SESSION IS LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS. You will receive an email to confirm your registration, OR to inform you of your placement on a waiting list.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE SERVED
ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
This course is valued at $170. Thanks to a generous donation from Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching at Freed-Hardeman University, learners may attend for $18.95 which will cover the cost of the course manual. Please bring cash for your manual on the day of the training.
Health First Aid is an early intervention public education program. It teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non-judgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2000 by Betty Kitchener, an educator and mental health consumer, and Professor Tony Jorm, a mental health researcher. In 2008, the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health brought Mental Health First Aid to the United States.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Describe the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and the role of the Mental Health First Aider.
Identify the impact of mental health challenges on the well-being of adults in the U.S.
Explain that recovery from a mental health challenge is possible.
Describe the principles of safety and privacy for both the Mental Health First Aider and the person receiving first aid.
Explain the 5 steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE).
Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges that may impact adults.
Evaluate the impact of early intervention on mental health challenges.
Apply the appropriate steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) when a person shows early signs of a mental health challenge.
Apply the appropriate steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) when a person shows worsening signs of a mental health challenge.
Apply the appropriate steps of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) to crisis situations.
Choose appropriate methods for self-care following the application of Mental Health First Aid in a crisis or non-crisis situation.
Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel
Thursday, July 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
This is the second session of a three part series on Engaging with the CRA (Concrete, Representational, and Abstract) Approach to Mathematics. CRA is a gradual systematic approach where each stage builds on the previous stage. This approach can be found in all grade levels.
Session #2: This session continues working with the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) instructional approach. The second step is called the representational stage. It is known as the "seeing" stage involves using images, such as graphs, number lines, and models, to represent objects to solve a math problem.
Dr. Rachel Askew
Assistant Professor of Education
Former middle school science teacher
Science/STEM PD provider
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
BOXED LUNCHES WILL BE SERVED AT THE END OF THE SESSION.
West TN SCIENCE Share-a-Thon
Do you currently teach science in a K-12 setting? Do you want to teach science in your classroom? Come join local K-12 science teachers as we dig into the Tennessee K-12 science standards and Ambitious Science Teaching practices! This session will be the first of 5 for the 2022-2023 school year as we build a community of local science teachers working to support all students in science. Throughout the year we will come together to share practices from our classrooms, lesson plans, and ideas based on your needs. Lunch and chances to win door prizes for your classroom will be provided.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Engagement Strategies for Your Middle School Math Classroom
Instructional Coach, Greenbrier Middle School
Robertson County, Tennessee
Monday, July 25, 2022
“When are we EVER going to use this again?!” If you teach Middle School Math, you are more than familiar with this question. What if the answer to this infamous student question is also the answer to the overwhelmed teacher’s question, “How can I get my students to engage in middle school math?”
Join us as we look at how we can use the Instructional Focus Document, along with hands-on activities, to plan meaningful lessons for our math classes.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
YOU HAVE THEIR ATTENTION…NOW WHAT?
TEACHING MATH FOR CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Join us as we look at how to approach teaching math for conceptual understanding and critical thinking.
Presented by: Dr. Patrice R. Martin
Jackson-Madison County Schools
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
As a former TEAM trainer, Dr. Martin will offer valuable insight on how to provide strong academic feedback that matters and moves students toward their learning goals.
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