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 see below for upcoming professional development opportunities.

Please see all Summer SESSIONS listed below along with links to register.

June & July 2022

Upon completion of each session, a personalized certificate is emailed to you with number of professional development hours noted. 

Increasing Intrinsic Motivation to Drive Student Ownership of Learning

Presented by: Dr. Hank Staggs

Director, Accelerating Character Education Development

NIET (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching)

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Co-Teaching - What We've Learned

Presented by:

Dr. Aundrea McFall

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Director of MAT in Special Education

Freed-Hardeman University 

 

Tana Robertson

English Teacher 

Waterloo High School

Waterloo, Alabama

 

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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

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

 
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THE PAINTED ESSAY

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Pressnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year 

 
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JUICY SENTENCES 

Presented by: Dr. Cathy Pressnell

Reading Coordinator, Grades 3-6

Murfreesboro City Schools

2016 Tennessee Teacher of the Year

 
Cathy Presnell

 

ENGAGING WITH THE

C-R-A 

APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS

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part #1: Concrete stage

IN-PERSON SESSION at freed-hardeman university

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant

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ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

IN-PERSON SESSION AT FREED-HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY

Presented by: James Cook

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 ENGAGING WITH THE

C-R-A

APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS

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PART #2: REPRESENTATIONAL STAGE

VIRTUAL SESSION

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant
 
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West TN SCIENCE Share-a-Thon

IN-PERSON SESSION

presented by:

Dr. Rachel Askew

Assistant Professor of Education

Freed-Hardeman University

Former middle school science teacher 

Science/STEM PD provider

 

 
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ENGAGING WITH THE CRA APPROACH TO MATHEMATICS 

(Concrete-Representational-Abstract)

PART #3: ABSTRACT STAGE

VIRTUAL SESSION

Presented by: Mrs. Melanie Peel

District Math Coach

Chester County Schools; Henderson, Tennessee

Former Southwest Regional Math Consultant
 
 
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Engagement Strategies for Your Middle School Math Classroom

 

Presented by:

Rebecca Throneberry

Instructional Coach, Greenbrier Middle School

Robertson County, Tennessee

 
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You Have Their Attention…NOW What? Teaching Math for Conceptual Understanding in Middle School

presented by:

Rebecca Throneberry

Instructional Coach, Greenbrier Middle School

Robertson County, Tennessee

Rebecca Throneberry

ACADEMIC FEEDBACK

Presented by: Dr. Patrice R. Martin

Director of Priority Schools

Jackson-Madison County Schools

Patrice R. Martin