Professional Development

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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 14-15, 2016, this annual event was attended by over 600 regional educators from 41 school systems and districts throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois.  The more than 100 presenters and co-presenters included Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, The New York Times best-selling author Dave Burgess, University faculty and staff, and many other educators from across the area.

The nearly 150 training sessions offered during this Summit addressed topics such as creating an empowering classroom culture, thinking outside of the box in terms of teaching techniques, inspiring creativity among students, and implementing new technology for increased efficiency and improved learning.  Participants could receive up to six PD/EILA credit hours per day.  Though admittance for many events of this nature would cost upwards of $300 per person, several organizations collaborated to make the summit free of charge, resulting in nearly $181,000 in savings to participants.

This year's sponsors included: Murray State Univeristy’s College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education, Murray State’s Offices of Development and Regional Outreach, Kentucky Middle School Association, and the Fund for Transforming Education.

For more information about the 2017 Summit follow this link to our page!

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 avaliable, stay tuned. Keep checking in with us for your chance to attend a Professional Development Workshop!

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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 Lousiville'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! 

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