LeaderU Event Schedule Announced in Tennessee

Professional Educators of Tennessee have announced the schedule for their 22nd annual LeaderU convention on Saturday, June 23rd in Franklin, TN.

For over two decades, LeaderU has been offering professional development opportunities to educators of many stripes, from teaching staff, to the school and district administrators. Those attending the conference can participate in a selection of workshops where they will meet and interact with both their peers and the state's academic leaders.

To kick off the festivities, the conference organizers arranged a music performance by Reggie Hamm. The Grammy winner will open the event and will be followed by a speech by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman. Huffman will serve as the convention's keynote speaker.

Workshop presenters throughout the day will include Dr. Sharon Roberts, Chief Operating Officer of SCORE, presenting "Data Driven Instruction"; PET General Counsel Mike Sheppard and Perry Craft, with Bill Gemmill, PET's Director of Membership, will present "Law Talk"; Steve Gill and Noelle Federico of Gill Media are presenting "The Marketing Shift, Branding Your Success"; Presenters for "Postsecondary Awareness with Success (PAWS): An Elementary College Access Program" are Sandy Cole and Jillian Pennyman from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Jeff Strickland, PET Attorney, and Chuck Cagle, General Counsel for the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), will be presenting the very timely "Collaborative Conferencing workshop; Tim Childers, Bradley County Schools Technology Coach, will be presenting two classes, "Writing a 5 Lesson Plan in 45 minutes or Less", and "Somersaulting the Classroom: For Those Afraid To Do A Total Flip"; Cathy Kolb, PET state president and Montgomery County teacher, will present "Being a Change Agent"; and from the Institute for School Innovation in Tallahassee, Florida, "Project Child" will be presented by Winky Jenkins-Rice, Vice-President for Ed Programs.

The conference organizers have worked with school districts across the state to design the program that would meet the requirements for professional development credits. Those who participate will be able to satisfy the requirement and will be presented with a certificate verifying their attendance. LeaderU is not limited to the members of the Professional Educators of Tennessee and is open to anyone interested in participating. Registration is now open and can be done via the convention website or by contacting Bill Gemmill the Director of Media and Membership for the PET.

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