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The 2015 Martin Institute Conference: Call for Proposals!

"Heart and Soul of Teaching"

June 9-10

Click here to submit a proposal!

The theme of the 2015 Martin Institute Conference is "Heart and Soul of Teaching." This annual event will be held on June 9th and 10th at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis. At its very core, the conference will be aimed at sparking inspiration, dialogue, and engagement among educators. Even more, keynote speakers and sessions alike will empower attendees to delve deeply into the very heart and soul of teaching and to leave the event with a practical idea of what that looks like in the classroom.   

Please complete our online proposal submission form.  Proposals and edits will be accepted until January 10, 2015 after which you will need to contact the Martin Institute office at 901-842-4601 and ask for Laura Dearman.

Requirements for Sessions

Presenting at the Martin Institute Conference requires interactive learning sessions where participants have to question, grapple, reflect, discuss, explore, create around the topic being presented. Our conference model is active learning not passive “sit and get” listening.

  • Sessions are 75 minutes long.
  • Expect 25 to 35 attendees people in each session.
  • The standard room set up includes LCD projector, screen, speaker, wireless internet, chairs, large chart paper, marker.
  • Some sessions will be presented back-to-back.
  • Martin Institute gives preference to presentations unique to, or first delivered at Martin Institute conferences.
  • If proposing more than one session, please submit each proposal separately.
  • Only two speakers per proposal will be accepted.
  • Session speakers will receive complimentary conference registration. Only two speakers allowed per session.
  • Speakers are responsible for their own expenses, hotel accommodations and travel.


Each presentation room will be equipped with an LCD projector and screen. Computers will not be provided. Speakers must provide their own laptop and dongle/video adapter. Technology support during the conference is limited. Speakers must know how to use their computer, as well as any software utilized during the presentation.
A generous wireless network is available
Workshops will be set with tables and chairs.


Your proposal must be submitted online by January 10, 2015 in order to be considered by the Conference Planning Committee.



Complete the information on Speaker 1. Speaker 1 will be the primary contact with the Martin Institute for the presentation and is responsible for distributing information from Martin Institute to Speaker 2.
Complete the information on Speaker 2. Speaker 1 is responsible for obtaining the consent of all other presenters BEFORE submitting the proposal. All speakers will be registered by the Martin Institute staff.


Proposals must be complete to be considered by the Committee. Speaker 1 will receive an acknowledgement of proposal receipt from the Martin Institute and will be notified no later than January 30, 2015 as to the decision of the committee.


The Conference Planning Committee will review all proposals according to the following criteria: overall quality of proposal, relevance of topic, practical application of information, potential to attract and engage conference attendees, and speaking experience of presenters. Proposals which promote a product, service, or company will not be accepted.
We cannot accommodate every proposal we receive.


 Submit a proposal!


About User
Laura Dearman

Laura Dearman has over 20 years experience teaching in early childhood classrooms. Most recently, Dearman taught early childhood art, reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop at Presbyterian Day School.

As Director of Teacher Development, Dearman leads the Martin Institute Residents program, having built it from an idea into a highly sought after source of exceptional teacher development. Dearman also serves as director of the Institute's annual conference, held each June.

An expert in developing early literacy skills, Dearman has presented at various conferences, including TAIS, TAEYC, MAEYC, Shelby County Schools In-Service, and the Martin Institute Conference. Her popular workshops include “Come On! Let’s Write”, “Literacy Development and Little Explorers” and “Literacy Development in Kindergarten.” Dearman earned her bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss and her Master’s degree from The University of Memphis.

Dearman is passionate about developing teachers as leaders, and giving back to the city of Memphis. As Director of Teacher Development, she plays a key role in continuing to design, expand, and cultivate programs and networks that advance the work of The Martin Institute. The particular emphasis of the Institute’s teacher development program is to provide resources and support to increase Memphis area teachers’ abilities to design and lead transformative learning in the classroom.

Laura and her husband, Buddy, have two children and one crazy dog.

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