WCU To Host Gulf South Teaching Pedagogy Conference

Hattiesburg, Miss., September 23, 2013 - The William Carey University School of Education will host the Gulf South Teaching Pedagogy Conference October 4-5 in Thomas Business Building (TBB) on the Hattiesburg Campus. This undergraduate/graduate research methods conference will focus on impacting classrooms by using pedagogy that promotes common core curriculum and learning mastery. The keynote speaker is Dr. Betsy Roberts, National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) in 2003.

The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the 15 major national education organizations. Roberts, a 20-year teaching veteran from Alabama, spent her year as National Teacher traveling the country and talking with educators about her belief that the best way to close the equity gap is to put the strongest teachers in the weakest schools. After finishing her tour, she decided to take her own advice, choosing to work at Brighton Elementary School, the “neediest school” in Jefferson County, Ala.

Sponsored by Pine Belt Phi Delta Kappa International and the Mississippi Association of Teacher Educators, the conference will begin with registration at 4 p.m. on October 4. Dr. Roberts will speak and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. On October 5, participants will meet for coffee and bagels at 8 a.m. Sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. At 12:30 p.m., the conference will conclude with a lunch presentation.

During the closing session of the conference, The Gulf South Teaching Pedagogy Conference Scholarship will be awarded to three of the conference presenters, enabling them to attend a state educational professional conference of their choice. The scholarship covers conference registration, lodging, and travel up to $500.

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and the Mississippi Association of Teacher Educators are professional associations for educators in the state. The Pine Belt chapter of PDK is sponsored by WCU and includes teachers from elementary through university level, as well as undergraduate education majors, graduate education majors, and retirees from all over South Central Mississippi. Dr. Sue Whitcomb, assistant professor of education at WCU, is president of PDK, and Dr. Liesa Weaver, assistant professor of education and chair, department of educational leadership, is the secretary.

CEUs are available at the conference, and attendees can earn up to 0.8 CEUS for full attendance.  The cost of the conference is $50 for undergraduate/graduate students and $100 for public school/college/university faculty members. For more information about the conference or to register, contact Dr. Tammie Brown, dean of the School of Education, at or (601) 318-6603. Registration forms may also be faxed to (601) 318 - 6185.