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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.
Learning Forward, The 2014 Martin Institute Conference brought together over 755 educators from 17 states across the country for a two-day outstanding professional development experience.
This year’s attendees included public and private school teachers representing over 160 schools from pre-kindergarten to college. The topics offered in this year’s workshops included leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), literacy, assessments, tech integration, common core and more. View the offerings that were available on the conference website.
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What does “making thinking visible” mean? How do you know if students understand the material? What routines can you use in your classroom to show the thinking of students? Join us as we discuss how making thinking visible promotes thinking and student understanding, and how visible thinking helps the teacher assess understanding.