APRIL 14, 2021 >> New Teachers (Grades PreK-4)

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Welcome and Logistics

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Cory Murphy

Cory Murphy

Cory M. Murphy, Ph.D., is a native of Canton, Mississippi. A community servant and educator, Dr. Murphy presently serves as Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Leading at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). Prior to returning to the MDE, he served as Director of Client Relations for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Teacher Licensure and Certification Division where he worked primarily with the Southeastern Praxis client states of the Princeton, New Jersey based company. Dr. Murphy has also served as Coordinator of the Office of Educator Assessment at the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Bureau Director of the Office of Educator Licensure, Education Specialist, Sr. & Regional Service Officer in the Office of School Improvement at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). He has taught middle grades Special Education for Clayton County Public Schools in the state of Georgia and Jackson Public School District in Mississippi.

Dr. Murphy is a graduate of Canton High School who has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi Valley State University, Master of Arts in Education degree from Central Michigan University, Specialist in Education degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from Jackson State University. Dr. Murphy believes that “Every individual can be reached if you, the Educator, are not afraid to touch.”

Welcome and Logistics

Keynote will immediately follow the Welcome and Logistics in the same Zoom session above.

Keynote

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Jeremy Anderson

Next Level Teaching

Next Level Teaching

The art of capturing the hearts and minds of your students, while taking care of yourself.
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Years ago, Jeremy experienced many challenges such as drug and alcohol abuse and constant failure in school. He was able to transition from that to now being a powerful speaker who inspires and instructs students, teachers, and leaders on how to take their lives to the next level! Jeremy is a walking testimony of Next Level Living. He went on to receive his high school diploma as well as obtain his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Today, Jeremy owns several successful businesses, and he has authored 7 books thus far!

Jeremy Anderson is a leading expert, author, and one of the premier motivational speakers in the educational arena. Jeremy has made it his life's work to help students and teachers become the best version of themselves.

Classroom Culture and Motivation

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Amy Pinkerton

Amy Pinkerton

Amy Pinkerton currently serves as the Professional Development Coordinator for elementary mathematics for the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. Her area of expertise is mathematics, and she specializes in creating engaging project- and problem-based learning experiences. When she isn’t working, she’s reading all things historical fiction, TRYING to garden, or binge-watching “Monk.”
Power of a Positive Classroom

Power of a Positive Classroom

This session will encourage teachers to foster a positive classroom culture by maintaining a positive mindset and building meaningful relationships with students.

Social Emotional Learning

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Pat Ward

Pat Ward

Pat Ward (P-LPC) is a Counselor with a practice in Oxford and online. He loves helping people of all ages overcome struggles in their lives and their relationships. He has seen his practice help leaders grow, adapt, and heal in ways that have benefited their organizations and the people who work alongside them. Pat draws on his experience with over 400 clients and his 15 years of experience as a pastor and leader. Pat and his wife Sarah have 3 kids and have lived in Oxford since 2006.
Staying Mentally Fit

Staying Mentally Fit

Pat Ward will share helpful insights for staying mentally clear and emotionally healthy during the last sprint to the end of the school year and beyond. Drawing on his counseling experience with clients, leaders, and families, he will also use part of the session to help attendees process through the last chapter before starting a new one and give guidance for how you can help your students do the same in age-appropriate ways.

Classroom Engagement

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Tanjanikia McKinney

Tanjanikia McKinney

Tanjanikia McKinney currently serves as the K-12 science professional development coordinator for the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. She has served as a classroom teacher, magnet resource coach, and adjunct professor throughout her 17 years in education. Tanjanikia is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.
Active Engagement: Strategies for Success

Active Engagement: Strategies for Success

What does an actively engaged classroom look and sound like? Join us in this session, as we share strategies you can use to keep students actively engaged in your classroom.

High-Quality Instruction

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Sandra Elliott & LeighAnne Cheeseman

Sandra Elliott & LeighAnne Cheeseman

Sandra Elliott has served as a classroom teacher for over 25 years for grades 2 through middle school in Ohio and in Mississippi. She has also served as an educational program facilitator and a building interventionist. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to meeting the needs of English learners and struggling students. She is currently the English Learner Intervention Support Specialist for the Mississippi Department of Education (Pre-K -12). In this role, she provides professional development and technical support to teachers and administrators throughout the state on best practices, instructional guidelines, intervention strategies and instructional strategies to support English learner students.

LeighAnne Cheeseman currently serves as an Assistant State Literacy and English Learner Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Education. Her experience is in supporting teachers in mastering literacy best practices and ensuring equitable education for all students. She has two precocious children and drinks way too much coffee.
EL Supports

EL Supports

Strengthening Supports for English Learners – in this interactive session, teachers will be provided with both background knowledge about English learners (EL) and strategies for supporting EL students in content areas and in English language development.

Supporting Struggling Students

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Rossie King & Ann Morgan Graham

Rossie King & Ann Morgan Graham

Rossie King is a Coordinator of Professional Development for Barksdale Reading Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree from Belhaven University. She has 35 years of teaching experience in which she served as a K-8 teacher, an interventionist, and an instructional coach. She is LETRS certified and NSRF Critical Coaching certified.

Dr. Ann Morgan Graham is a Coordinator of Professional Development for Barksdale Reading Institute. Prior to working in this role, Ann Morgan has 10 years of elementary teaching experience working for both the Oxford and North Panola School Districts. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor and University Supervisor to Student Teachers in the University of Mississippi’s School of Education. Ann Morgan holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Literacy Instruction from the University of Mississippi. She also holds a doctorate degree in Professional Studies/Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from Delta State University. Ann Morgan is a National Board Certified teacher, LETRS certified, and NSRF Critical Coaching certified.
Evidence Based Reading Intervention Strategies for Struggling Decoders

Evidence Based Reading Intervention Strategies for Struggling Decoders

Though teaching reading has been referred to as “rocket science” because of its complexity, ample research has elevated effective strategies and practices that have proven effective with the most struggling students. In this session, participants will learn about and practice these strategies that can be used in both instruction and interventions to help drastically improve students’ decoding skills.

Social Emotional Learning

12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Bonnie Owen & Lisa White

Bonnie Owen & Lisa White

Bonnie Owen is a retired as a teacher but not as an educator, Bonnie Owen, has worked in public education for 30 years. She worked in several positions such as a teacher-both general education and special education, assistant principal, principal, Special Education Director, and Federal Programs Director. She has worked with the Mississippi Department Education as a Special Education contract monitor and is currently working with North MS Education Consortium as an educational specialist.

Dr. Lisa White, with almost 26 years of experience in education, has worked in public education in Mississippi as a special education teacher, high school math teacher, district-level administrator (wearing many “hats”, including Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Director, Federal Programs Director, District Test Coordinator, Curriculum Director, and Personnel Director), and Educator in Residence at the Mississippi Department of Education. She currently serves as an educational specialist for the North MS Education Consortium and actively works with the Mississippi Department of Education and the CEEDAR Center to promote inclusive leadership and inclusive educational practices to meet the needs of EACH and EVERY learner.
Trauma-Informed Practices to Support All Learners

Trauma-Informed Practices to Support All Learners

Many of our students experience unimaginable events in their lives that may impact their access to educational opportunities at school. In this session, participants will explore the potential impact of trauma and learn trauma-informed strategies and practices that can help students to develop resilience.

Classroom Engagement

12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Kristina Livingston

Kristina Livingston

Dr. Kristina Livingston currently serves as the lead professional development coordinator at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi Department of Education. Her area of expertise is literacy, and she has worked with students from kindergarten all the way to the university level for the past 12 years. She has three amazing kids and is a sucker for Food Network.
Make It Stick!

Make It Stick!

Dive into the science of learning and discover simple, low-prep strategies for helping students truly learn and remember all the valuable information you have been teaching!

High-Quality Instruction

12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Melanie Watkins

Melanie Watkins

Melanie Watkins currently serves as the elementary ELA Professional Development Coordinator for both the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. Her love is writing and providing teachers with strategies that will impact classroom instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, shopping for antiques, and spending time with her family.
The Writing Revolution

The Writing Revolution

Learn how The Hochman Method provides a clear method of teaching writing using intentional strategies that can be broken into manageable chunks for any subject area!

Supporting Struggling Students

12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Brian Buckhalter

Brian Buckhalter

Brian “Dr. Buck” Buckhalter brings almost 15 years of experience in the world of K-12 education as a classroom teacher, district mathematics coach, and professional development facilitator. As a former Graduate Research Fellow for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) at The University of Mississippi, he helped establish professional learning communities across several school districts in North Mississippi. He has also developed and/or facilitated professional learning opportunities and materials for the Mississippi Department of Education and the North Mississippi Education Consortium. In 2017, he founded Buck Wild About Math, LLC to continue providing quality professional development and consulting for schools and school districts. Under his leadership as a mathematics coach, the Oxford School District’s three elementary schools ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the state for mathematics growth for the 2017-2018 school year. Most recently, he was invited to deliver the keynote address to more than 700 attendees at the 2019 MECA Annual Conference in Jackson, MS. He has presented at numerous conferences on local, state, and national levels, covering a wide range of topics such as advice for beginning coaches, best practices with formative assessment, and addressing student misconceptions. He remains active in several professional organizations, such as the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), where he serves as both the Regional Team Leader for Mississippi and the Journal Editor, and the Mississippi Mathematics Specialist Network (MSMSN) where he currently serves as president. Some of Dr. Buck’s accolades include Oxford Middle School Teacher of the Year (2010), Oxford School District Teacher of the Year (2010), T.P. Vinson Educator Award (2011), Inspirational Teacher Award (2013), University of Mississippi School of Education Student of the Month (2013), NCSM Spotlight Member (2018), and the Griffin Family Education IMPACT Award (2019).

Dr. Buck received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and both his masters and doctoral degrees in Teacher Education from the University of Mississippi.
Supports for Struggling Math Students in Grades K-4

Supports for Struggling Math Students in Grades K-4

How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm not good at math"? Many people struggled with the way they were expected to learn math. This session will provide ways to offer a better educational experience for all students, and especially struggling math students, in grades K-4. Participants will actively discuss and engage as learners with strategies shown to be effective for struggling math students.

Classroom Culture and Motivation

1:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Rosalynn Jones

Rosalynn Jones

Rosalynn Jones currently serves as a Professional Development Coordinator for special education for the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. Her area of expertise includes behavioral support and interventions.
Addressing Challenging Behaviors

Addressing Challenging Behaviors

This session will provide teachers with a foundation of knowledge and research based behavioral strategies to minimize challenging behaviors in the classroom setting.

Classroom Engagement

1:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tanjanikia McKinney

Tanjanikia McKinney

Tanjanikia McKinney currently serves as the K-12 science professional development coordinator for the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. She has served as a classroom teacher, magnet resource coach, and adjunct professor throughout her 17 years in education. Tanjanikia is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.
Anchor Charts

Anchor Charts

This training provides an overview of the three types of anchor charts and how using anchor charts as a scaffolded support can benefit students. Participants will practice using Google Slides to create anchor charts in a digital classroom.

High-Quality Instruction

1:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Amy Pinkerton

Amy Pinkerton

Amy Pinkerton currently serves as the Professional Development Coordinator for elementary mathematics for the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. Her area of expertise is mathematics, and she specializes in creating engaging project- and problem-based learning experiences. When she isn’t working, she’s reading all things historical fiction, TRYING to garden, or binge-watching “Monk.”
Rigor in the Math Class

Rigor in the Math Class

This training is designed to provide math teachers with an in-depth understanding of the 3 types of rigor found in the MS CCRS through defining, identifying, and applying the appropriate rigor throughout math instruction.

Supporting Struggling Students

1:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Melanie Watkins

Melanie Watkins

Melanie Watkins currently serves as the elementary ELA Professional Development Coordinator for both the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education. Her love is writing and providing teachers with strategies that will impact classroom instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, shopping for antiques, and spending time with her family.
The Struggle Is Real: Supporting Struggling Readers

The Struggle Is Real: Supporting Struggling Readers

Examine why adolescents struggle with reading, explore the Simple View of Reading, and identify and engage in specific strategies to build decoding skills to help struggling students read grade-level texts and experience success in the classroom.

Closing Session

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lindsay Brett (Gladys)

Explanation of CEUs
Final Words from Teacher
Drawing for Door Prizes

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