State of Education Speaker Series

Selected Sessions

The full workshop schedule for LLI Memphis will be published soon, but enjoy some of the early sessions we have accepted for the conference.

When One Teaches Two Learn
Denise Poe & Sharon Hudson
Magnolia Heights Middle School

We will discuss concepts and techniques using projects to facilitate peer to peer learning. Participants will learn skills to create a sample project during this session.

Inquiry-Based Tool For Grammar And Writing
George Rietz
Battle Ground Academy

After a dozen years of classroom testing and dissatisfaction, I set to work creating my own classroom-inspired writing feedback tool. Come play with a current prototype and join me in imagining together how we can teach writing differently.

Teaching with Impact: Student Driven Micro Loans through
Laura Boyles
Episcopal Day School

Teacher Laura Boyles shares her signature project for encouraging a global mindset through integrated language arts and social studies. Students evaluate micro loans for impact and sustainability and ultimately fund one through a sustaining gift.

Using Padlet for Student Collaboration and Active Learning
Brenda Robinette
Lausanne Collegiate School

Participants will learn how to access and use Padlet for student collaboration in an active learning situation where students create and share information in real time.

Transitions at Work
Jamie Schneider
St. Benedict at Auburndale

In today’s world, often students need soft skills to prepare them for a job or college.  After going to sessions on transitioning into higher education, I decided this year to have them apply for their job in projects with paperwork and interviews. The results were surprising and educational to me, as well as the students.

XR in the Classroom and in the Community
Ethan Ferguson
Augseption XR

The incorporation of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) in the classroom might seem like a daunting task but with the right tools and inspiration anything is possible. The session will focus on students creating their own XR experience.

Project Design - Secrets of a Great Project
Robin Pohlman
Lausanne Collegiate School

Come and learn how to develop student-centered thematic units that help build rich and authentic learning experiences for students. The practices in this session will focus on the importance of essential questions, big ideas, and learning goals.

The Power of Object Based Learning in the Classroom
Angela Massengale
Memphis Public Library

This session will present and discuss the opportunities provided based on object and project based learning in elementary education but using a combination of interactive activities, presentation, and discussion.

Engaging All Learners: Advancing the Culture for Innovation
Dr. Leonia Houston
The University of Memphis

This session will focus on learner-centered teaching practices such as entrepreneurship, collaboration, project-based learning, and creativity that help retain students and prepare them for further education, careers, and technological innovation.

Apply Mathematics to Real World Home Building
Robin Trusty
Lausanne Collegiate School

In order to make math exciting you must find a way to involve students so their passions and interested are showcased. What better way to help students learn real-life application than actually building a house of their own from the very beginning.

Building a School Culture of Mindfulness
Greg Graber
Lausanne Collegiate School

In today's accelerated culture, students and teachers need to cultivate social and emotional skills to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. This session will give you the tools to start a successful mindfulness program at your school.

Using Mystery Hangout and Google to Bring the World to Your Classroom
Amber Mullins
St. Edward's School

In this session, teachers will practice a "Mystery Hangout" with another group. The attendees will use Google Maps, Sites, Docs, and Google Earth to help them determine the mystery location of the other group and implement it into their own class.

LLI Memphis Educational Partners

Why LLI Memphis?

Expanding the horizons of learning

LLI Memphis will help teachers understand how to personalize learning with technology and community partnerships, moving beyond note-taking and research into collaborative learning and creative possibilities.

Active learning for all learners

Active learning sessions mean that we practice what we preach. Presenters are asked to limit the Powerpoint time and develop hands-on strategies for session attendees. The gives time to create plans and artifacts with an expert guide instead of leaving the heavy lifting for later. You are guaranteed to have three or four actionable items to use on day one.

Quality learning for all budgets

LLI Memphis brings the quality of a national conference with the value that all schools can appreciate. Featuring hands-on professional development, breakfast and lunch for all attendees, access to top regional thought leaders, and membership in LLI's national network of educators, schools will discover what it really means to engage, empower, and transform.

Locally sourced collaborative learning

LLI Memphis is focused on providing the best student-centered learning strategies from the best teachers in the area. Practical techniques and passionate learning create powerful networks of educators from right down the street, giving you the support you need to help transform schools.


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Individual - $ 375

Group 5+ - $ 300/per

Presenter - $150


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