A mini-conference which focused on professional development was held August 13-14 at Hempstead Hall on the campus of UACCH.
Bobby Hart, Hope Public Schools Superintendent, gave opening remarks and the learning began.
“What is amazing about this mini-conference is all but two of the speakers and facilitators are folks from our district,” Linda Honea, curriculum coordinator for the school system, said. “Our local teachers are instructing the workshops and they know what it is to teach in the Hope Public Schools.”
Those presenting included Edie Greenwood, R. N. BSN, who facilitated a session on “Child Mistreatment;” Mandy Lafferty and Jodi Willis, Clinton Primary School teachers, facilitated a session on “Daily 5, K-6,” and Shannon Hawthorne and Kelly Cornelius, also CPS teachers gave the workshop on Whole Brain—K-6.
Debbi Propps, SWAEC Math Specialist, gave a talk on “Brain Research/8 Mps—K-12.”
The Hope Public School staff also presented a workshop entitled “Insight 360—K-4;” Tisha Hunter, HHS Literacy IF, and Terry Kirchhoff, CPS Literacy IF, who spoke about Data Analysis and the SCC,” and Math IFs Sonja Flemons, Sherri Hollis, Sally Short, and Virginia Moore, who hosted a workshop about “How to Use Your MP8—K-12.”
Bill and Terry Hoglund, both HHS teachers, spoke on “LDC-You Can Do It;” Glenda Clark, HHS Math IF and Donna Lawrence, YMS IF spoke on “Secondary Level MP8—Math 7-12.”
The HPS Tech Team presented “Insight 360—9-12.”
On Wednesday, presenters included Angela Murphy, SWAEC Math Specialist, presented a workshop entitled “Math Lesson—K-12;” Janice Russell, YMS Literacy IF, and Angela Williamson, YMS SS teacher spoke on “Literacy Across the Curriculum, Part 1,” and Christy Hart and Sherri Bingham, CPS Library-Media Specialists gave a presentation on “MyOn/STAR/AR—K-4.”
Robin Townsend, BHE Literacy IF and Julie Lively, CPS Literacy IF spoke about “Close Reading and Text Complexity.”
Two presenters were not local, but are world renowned educators. Robert Little, CSP, shared insights into what inspires students to advance their own achievement. His keynote address was entitled, “DreamPower.”
The other presenter who was not local was Karen E. Broadnax, Ed.D. Broadnax presented a program entitled “ELLs and CCCS-K-4.”
“We've been planning on this for awhile, but we expanded the experience to two and a half days,” Honea said.
I think this can be counted as success because we came up with so many people who were qualified to give presentations.”