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The Martin Institute Announces the Martin Fellows

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is proud to name seven outstanding educational thought leaders and K-12 learning practitioners as Fellows of the Martin Institute. Martin Institute Fellows are invited based on their passion for K-12 learning and their willingness to share ideas with others in the service of professional learning. Martin Institute Fellows have full time jobs as teachers, administrators, or educational consultants. They come from public, charter and private schools.They share the beliefs of the institute that learning is a process founded in questioning, sharing and reflection; that all educators can design and lead rigorous and relevant learning; and that everyone benefits from connected discovery and learning.

The seven new Martin Institute Fellows are:

  • Philip Cummings, Teacher, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN
  • Robert Dillon, Director of Technology and Innovation, Afton School District, St. Louis, MO
  • Jill Gough, Director of Teaching and Learning, Trinity School, Atlanta, GA
  • Alice Maund Parker, Teacher, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN
  • Meenoo Rami, Teacher, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chris Thinnes, Head of Upper Elementary and Academic Dean, Curtis School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, MD

The Martin Institute Fellows will play an important role in increasing and diversifying the range of professional development opportunities offered by the institute as these programs dramatically expand access to leading edge educational practice for K-12 teachers and administrators:

  • The annual Martin Institute Conference, which last June drew nearly 800 educators from 21 states.
  • Deep Dives offered the day after the annual conference for experienced educators who are helping to lead transformation at their own schools.
  • Martin Connects, a new series of local satellite collaborations with nationally recognized conferences that will bring the latest professional development into schools and communities around the country in real time.
  • Hybrid online coaching and mentoring collaborations.

The new Martin Institute Fellows join World Peace Game creator John Hunter, Senior Martin Fellow Grant Lichtman, Director of Teacher Development Laura Dearman, and Martin Institute Executive Director Jamie Baker in developing and implementing the programs of the institute. Collectively the Fellows will offer professional development events and opportunities in topics that include:

  • Critical, creative, synergistic and design thinking strategies in the classroom
  • Authentic assessment
  • Digital portfolios
  • Brain research and program applications
  • Institutional identity and change management
  • Student-owned democratic learning
  • Diversity and inclusion in pedagogy and program
  • Permeable schools
  • Bridging technology divides
  • Metacognition
  • Reflective practices
  • Problem-based learning
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Student leadership development
  • Developing growth mindsets

The mission of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is to provide world-class professional learning for K-12 educators. We serve a diverse audience who have a variety of needs and limitations including budget, interest, experience and time. We intend to lead the conversation about what education needs to become in order to truly prepare students for the world they will live in. Through both face-to-face and a new line-up of virtual and hybrid collaborations, the Fellows will help public and private school K-12 teachers and administrators improve their effectiveness as educators and exceptional adult learners.

For more information:

Laura Dearman

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Winston Baccus

Winston Baccus serves as the Director of Communications of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis.

Winston is a native of Sheffield, Alabama. He earned his undergraduate degree in Advertising from The University of Alabama in 1998.

Prior to joining the PDS Advancement department in 2003, he worked as an interactive art director for the Ramey Agency in Ridegland, MS, and as an art director for a non-profit agency in Jackson, MS.

He considers leading a yearly summer camp for high school youth in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church the highlight of his year.

He enjoys keeping up with technology news, college football, and music.

Winston is married to Jamie, and they have a daughter, Anna.

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