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College and Career Readiness Summit
The College and Career Readiness Summit is a two-day professional development event held each summer at Murray State University. During June 13-14, 2017, Murray State University's College of Education and Human Services held its fifth annual event. A record-breaking number of attendees hailed from at least 310 schools from 78 districts across 7 states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. This two-day event offered free professional development for teachers, counselors, school administrators, and superintendents. Participants were eligible to receive 6 hours of PD or EILA credit each day.
The event's first day was held in Alexander Hall and included more than 650 educators attending 126 available information sessions. Topics included innovative classrooms, strategies for better student engagement, personalized learning techniques, and new technologies for improved learning and increased efficiency. Sessions were taught by Murray State faculty and staff, K-12 educators from across the region, and prominent figures in education including Debbie Silver and Sharon Faber.
Day two of the Summit, held in Lovett Auditorium, saw nearly 1,300 attendees and began with an inspirational presentation by New York Times best selling author Ron Clark. For educators struggling to get their students excited to learn, Clark recommended finding innovative ways to spark enjoyment. Clark's presentation was followed by a book signing in Pogue Library, where he strove to make a personal connection with each attendee.
Sponsors of the 2017 College and Career Readiness Summit included Murray State's College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education and Office of Development as well as the Kentucky Middle School Association.
Elementary Science Professional Development
On February 23rd, 2017, Teacher Quality Institute hosted a Science workshop for Elementary Teachers. The workshop was led by 6 Master STEM teachers, and offered registrants 3 free credit hours of professional development. During the workshop teachers were able to collaborate with other professionals in their field and gain insight into implementing science into everyday learning for students.
Teachers were also provided with resources, activities, and information about Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Through Course testing (TCTs). There were 57 local teachers and administrators in attendance, ranging from Kindergarten through 6th grade, along with Special Education and Resource Teachers.
More opportunities like this will be available, stay tuned. Keep checking in with us for your chance to attend a Professional Development Workshop!
Chemistry Professional Development
On March 9th, 2017, Teacher Quality Institute held a Professional development workshop for local high school chemistry teachers. The workshop was led by Marshall County High School's Lisa Devillez, with collaborations by University of Louisville's Thomas Tretter.
During the workshop teachers:
- Reviewed a Through-Course Testing (TCT)
- Experienced the process of developing Course Embedded Assessments (CEA)
- Collaborated with each other and leaders in the field to generate CEAs
- Received feedback on CEA development
The workshop was attended by 15 local teachers and was free to those who registered. Stay tuned for future opportunities like this one!