January Learning Seminar: STEM Lessons that Engage and Excite
Creating curriculum that meets standards while providing deep learning, engagement, and meaning is a challenge. Kate Ayers of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will share a comprehensive approach to designing lessons that meet this challenge. In addition she will demonstrate examples of lessons featuring science in an interdisciplinary fashion.
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2015 Martin Institute Conference: Heart and Soul of Teaching
Submit a proposal for a 75 minute workshop.
The theme of the 2015 Martin Institute Conference is “Heart and Soul of Teaching.”
Our annual conference will be held on June 9–10, 2015 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.
- Sessions are 75 minutes long.
- Some sessions will be presented back-to-back.
- Expect 25 to 35 attendees in each session.
- Session speakers will receive complimentary conference registration.
- Only two speakers allowed per session.
Your proposal must be submitted online by January 10, 2015 in order to be considered by the Conference Planning Committee.
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.