Martin Institute Launches Summer Conference

Professional development for teachers.

If you’re a teacher, then you’re likely on the lookout for new ways to engage your students in learning. What skills do they need to grasp new concepts, to be competitive in today’s high-tech world?    

Next month, plan to attend Teaching for Tomorrow, a two-day teaching conference hosted by the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence (MITE). The focus of the conference, which is open to teachers across the Mid-South, emphasizes twenty-first century learning and skills in literacy, math, and science. The event takes place June 15th and 16th, at MITE’s offices at Presbyterian Day School (PDS).

 “We want to make this type teacher training accessible, both cost-wise and availability-wise,” says Clif Mims, executive director of Martin Institute. The mission of the Institute, which opened last year thanks to an endowment by PDS trustee and parent Brad Martin, is to offer world-class educational development for teachers across the Mid-South. Tennessee educators who attend will receive 16 hours of CEU, CO, and TASL credit.

 Two special strands focus on early literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Guest speakers will include Tennessee Governor Bill Haslem and Bill Nye the Science Guy, who kicks off the science segment of the conference.

Interested in attending? Cost is $395, including lunch. To register, go to and click on the events tab.                  

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