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March Happenings at the Martin Institute

March is a busy month at the Martin Institute.  Check out what's happening with us!

Learning Seminar on March 31

Instructional Design with Data in Mind Learning Seminar

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 31. We have a few spaces available.

Find out more about this wonderful learning opportunity.

New Teacher Network

Literacy Development will be the topic of our next New Teacher Network.

Philip Cummings, a PDS 6th grade teacher, and Lynell Hecht, Director of Academic Support & Learning Specialist at PDS will lead this fantastic seminar.

Martin Institute News

Martin Institute in the news

Congratulations to former Martin Institute Resident, Julia Porter Foxworth, on being named a 2015 Stanford Hollyhock Fellow. Julia teaches English at Power Center Academy. Check out the Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship.

Join us for the 2015 Martin Conference: the Heart and Soul of Teaching

The Heart and Soul of Teaching

June 9-10, 2015 • Memphis, TN

Outstanding keynote speakers and session presenters.

All of the workshop sessions for the conference have been posted! Browse through and save a custom schedule of sessions you want to attend on the conference web app.

Scholarships available.

Go to the Conference App Register Today!

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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