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Winston Baccus
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The Martin Institute Conference

2015 Conference:  Heart and Soul of Teaching

June 9-10

Memphis, TN

More information coming soon

The Martin Institute Conference is an annual two-day professional development experience for educators from around the country.

Conference sessions and speakers represent local and national leaders in the field of education.

The goal of the conference is to not only create inspiration, dialogue, and engagement among educators but to delve deeply into teaching excellence and what that looks like in high-quality classrooms. The wide variety of attendees from public, private, and charter schools is a source of pride and impact for the institute as we seek to perforate barriers and mindsets about how we interact as professionals.

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

Attendees choose from over 30 workshop sessions each day in learning blocks of 1 ½ hours long. Session topics typically include Common Core integration, literacy instruction, assessments, math instruction, differentiation, working with urban populations, fostering higher level thinking for all ages, customized learning, critical and creative thinking, teaching for understanding and developing excellence and grit in students.


New Teacher Network

New Teacher NetworkThe New Teacher Network supports new teachers beyond the typical new teacher orientation that most schools provide. Connecting teachers early in their careers to strong learning habits, reflective teaching practices, and other teachers sets new teachers up for greater success and satisfaction in their work.

Providing new teachers with outstanding professional development early in their career can help to curb the teacher turnover rate. The New Teacher Network offers support, collaboration, and a chance to openly discuss what’s happening in the classroom.

Designed and led by the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, the New Teacher Network is a series of seminars that supports teachers in designing and leading highly effective classrooms.


The New Teacher Network:

  • engages new teachers in problems of practice centered around the classroom
  • develops questioning/inquiry skills to be used in professional reflection as well as classroom instruction
  • develops higher order thinking skills
  • sets outstanding habits/routines of highly effective classrooms
  • discusses case studies
  • provides coaching strategies and sessions for new teachers
  • connects new teachers throughout the city of Memphis in order to form meaningful, professional relationships and learning networks


New Teacher Network seminars are held from 4:00pm to 6:30pm on the campus of Presbyterian Day School, home of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Capacity for these afternoon seminars is 100 teachers.

A light dinner is provided.


New Teacher Network
4:00-6:30 pm
September 30       Routines and Procedures and Mindset
October 28 Teaching Each Child
December 2 Building Relationships for Positive Collaboration
January 27 Data Analysis
March 31 Literacy Development
May 5 Taking Care of You: Time and Stress Management

Learning Seminars



Learning Seminar Dates
Oct 23, 2015 Come On! Let’s Write!
Jan 22, 2016 Math - Design with Data
Feb 19, 2016 Making Thinking Visible
Apr 5, 2016 The Pressured Child with Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

The Learning Seminar series gives teachers the opportunity to examine topics in detail and learn how to implement the ideas in the classroom.

The goal of the learning seminars is to inspire and support teachers in becoming more creative, imaginative, and student-centered as they lead the learning in their classrooms.

The Martin Institute hosts 4 learning seminars each year. Seminars are held on Fridays from 8:30am - 2:00pm.


Martin Institute Learning Seminars:

  • delve deeply into seminar topics
  • discuss, engage, and create
  • understand the importance of topics
  • take time to think of implications for the classroom
  • continue life-long learning
  • make connections with other educators


Register for Seminars



Previous seminar topics:

For more information

Contact Laura Dearman, ldearman@martininstitute.org