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March 26, 2013

Martin Institute 2013 Conference

From Monday’s inbox…

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2013 Conference

Monday, 25 March 2013

Registration is open!

register 62x14Conference: June 12 – 13, 2013
Presbyterian Day School
4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111


Timeline Cost
Early Bird Registration January 28 – March 31 $95.00
Registration April 1 – June 1 $150.00
Late Registration June 1 and later $195.00

Theme: Transformative Learning

The 2013 Martin Institute Conference is a transformative learning experience. Our invited presenters are a diverse group of teachers, school leaders and educational visionaries from across the country who value the importance of engaging students and creating a sense of relevance that lies at the core of learning.

Attendees will learn how to embed skills like creativity, questioning, reflection, design thinking, leadership and collaboration into the curriculum both within and beyond the Common Core standards.


In honor of summer, the 2013 Martin Institute Conference is slowing down! We are building around what we consider to be the 3 R’s that are essential to leading and designing transformative student learning: renewal, reflection, and risk. In summer we renew our minds and bodies. We can also renew our understandings and underlying beliefs about teaching and learning. We can renew personal and professional connections. In summer we have time to reflect. Both renewal and reflection can lead one to have the courage and inspiration to risk implementing new ideas and new approaches in teaching.

Each conference day will begin with a keynote address and end with a plenary session. In between, conference attendees will participate in two extended learning blocks. We consider these learning blocks to be like sandboxes. In a sandbox, children dig, play, explore, build, collaborate, create, and imagine. Our learning sessions are designing to inspire and support the same sandbox activities for adults, giving both time and content for teachers and schools leaders to dig into, play with, explore and imagine back at their school. We want everyone to dig deep, learn collaboratively, and imagine the transformative difference we can make in the lives of our students.

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Who Should Attend

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists
  • Technology Facilitators
  • Library and Media Specialists
  • Administrators

Tennessee educators can receive 16 hours of CEU, CO, and TASL professional development credit.


  • Attend world-class professional development in Memphis
  • To network with and learn from educational colleagues throughout the country
  • Learn about innovative practices that are being effectively implemented in classrooms

Pam MoranKeynote Speakers: Pam Moran

Pam Moran is the the Superintendent of the Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia. She has worked in every level of K-12 education, teaching science in high school and middle school, serving as a secondary assistant principal and an elementary principal, and as adjunct faculty for the University of Virginia. She has led curricular and professional development, and now supports a 13,000 student school division covering 726 square miles.

Pam’s Blog

Pam MoranKeynote Speakers: Will Richardson

Will Richardson is a former public school educator of 22 years and co-founded Powerful Learning Practice, a unique professional development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the last three years. He considers himself an evangelist for the use of internet technologies in support of learning and connecting for students, teachers, and school leaders. Richardson is also a prolific author. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms sold over 75,000 copies and has impacted classroom practices around the world. He has since published the following titles: Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, Learning on the Blog, and most recently, Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere.
Richardson currently serves on the national advisory board member for the George Lucas Education Foundation.

Will’s Blog

Other Speakers

Find bios and a list of workshop speakers on our conference website.

register 62x14Schedule

The schedule for the two-day event is now online.

Browse through a listing of the workshop sessions to get a feel for the depth of workshops offered at this year’s conference.

Lunch on both days of the conference is included in the registration.

Looking forward to learning with you in June!

Jamie Baker
Executive Director

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