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. 

 

 

fall 2021 Sessions

All sessions are FREE, ONE-HOUR and VIRTUAL

 

September Sessions

 

Learning Disability or Trauma?

Presented by: Dr. Aundrea McFall

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Director, MAT Special Education Program

Freed-Hardeman University 


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Teaching Number Sense Through Play and Art

Presented by: Miss Sarah Mercer

Assistant Principal, A.L. Lotts Elementary

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Sarah Mercer

The Impact of Residential Environmental Factors on Student Behavior in the Classroom 

Presented by: Mr. Roy Malecha

Assistant Professor of Social Work and as Director of Field Education for the Social Work Program at Freed-Hardeman University

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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

Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency: Use Multiple Reading Strategies

Presented by: Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee 

 

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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

 

OCTOBER SESSIONS

 

 

COLLABORATION IN THE COLLEGE CLASSROOM

Co-presenters:

Dr. Lee Hibbett

Professor of Marketing

Freed-Hardeman University

      and 

Mrs. Sarah Hibbett

Director, Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching 

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THE PAINTED ESSAY

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Presnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year 

 

Cathy Presnell

DIFFERENTIATION IN THE CLASSROOM 

Presented by: Dr. Aundrea McFall

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Director, MAT Special Education Program

Freed-Hardeman University 

 
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Effective Questioning

Presented by: Dr. Alesha Northcutt

Director of M.A.T. and M.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Education

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Freed-Hardeman University 

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Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency: Understand and Use Correct Mathematical Vocabulary

Presented by: Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools

Henderson, Tennessee

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MOTIVATING SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY SCIENCE STUDENTS

Co-presenters:

Stephanie Hatch

          and

Andrew Johnson

Science Educators

Chester County High School

Henderson, Tennessee 

Andrew Johnson

 

 

NOVEMBER SESSIONS

 

 

Anchor Charts

Co-presenters:

Becky Welch; 2nd grade teacher, East Chester Elementary School

Sarah Hibbett; Director, Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching

Becky Welch headshot

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Co-Teaching in the Secondary Setting 

Presented by:

Dr. Aundrea McFall

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Director, MAT Special Education Program

Freed-Hardeman University

         and

Tana Robertson

Secondary English Teacher

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Thinking Routines

Presented by: Sarah Hibbett

Director, Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching

Freed-Hardeman University

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Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency: Discuss and Articulate Mathematical Ideas

Presented by: Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools

Henderson, Tennessee

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DECEMBER SESSIONS

 

 

Engagement Strategies for Middle School Math

Presented by: Rebecca Throneberry

Academic Coach

Greenbrier Middle School

Robertson County, Tennessee 

Rebecca Throneberry

The Impact of Scripted Reading Programs on Student and Teacher Outcomes

 

Presented by: Patrice R. Martin

Education Consultant
Former Director of Southwest CORE, Tennessee Department of Education

Patrice R. Martin

Literacy Skills for Mathematical Proficiency: Write Mathematical Arguments

Presented by: Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools

Henderson, Tennessee 

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