Gulf South Teaching Pedagogy Conference hosted at WCU

Gulf South Teaching Pedagogy Conference hosted at WCU

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from WCU 

The William Carey University School of Education will host the Gulf South Teaching Pedagogy Conference Nov. 11-12. The conference theme is impacting classrooms by using pedagogy that promotes Common Core curriculum and learning mastery.

Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in the Student Conference Center on the WCU campus in Hattiesburg. Dr. Mark Yeager will open the conference with a presentation "Why did teaching choose you?" that will examine why certain people become teachers and why others should not consider teaching as a career.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with greeting and introductions by Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the WCU School of Education. The keynote speaker for the evening is 2016 Mississippi Teacher of the Year Jodi McKenzie. She will talk about inspirations, best practices, success stories and her platform as teacher of the year.

Saturday's sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. with tracks for elementary and secondary teachers and teacher candidates. These sessions are open to the general public at no charge on a first come-first serve basis for seating.

Recipients of the SMART grant for math and science will attend special sessions on "Manipulations in Math" and "Making Meaningful Connections through Integration" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Liesa Weaver and Anna Beth Scott will present "A Snapshot of a Learning Community School" during a luncheon provided by WCU for pre-registered participants. The presentation will address how collaboration, shared leadership and ongoing learning can lead to school improvement and accountability. The presenters will share the key elements of a learning community school, and how one school in the Pine Belt is successfully implementing professional learning communities with all grade levels.

For more information, contact Tina Bond at or call (601) 318-6091. If you would like to attend the Saturday morning sessions, please complete the registration form and return as soon as possible. The registration form is available online at: Forms may be emailed to Tina Bond, hand-delivered to WCU (Fairchild Hall, room 106F) or faxed to 601-318-6185. Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday are for pre-registered participants only.

The conference is sponsored by Pine Belt Phi Delta Kappa International and the Association of Mississippi Teacher Educators.