Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-07-05

About 200 teachers and administrators from Alabama elementary, middle and high schools are expected for this year's Samford Summer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SSITE) July 9-11.

The conference is sponsored by Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.

Several sessions will focus on raising teacher morale and motivating students and teachers. Other topics include teaching the Holocaust, creative lesson planning, new teaching strategies, humor in the classroom, the gender gap, and creative classrooms with high standardized test scores.

An exhibit of Holocaust-themed art will be on display.

Speakers are executive coach and consultant Michelle Drake, Holocaust specialists Ann Mollengarden and Randy Hubbard, interior designer/educator Natalie Weinstein, humorist and stress management expert Dave Caperton, new teacher mentors and authors Emma McDonald and Dyan Hershman, personal and professional achievement strategist Thom Lisk, gender bias/sexual harassment author David Sadker and curriculum innovation specialist Kim Bearden.

All events are at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Samford education professor Dr. David Little is SSITE director.

Established in 1987, SSITE is designed to offer Alabama's finest educators an educational growth experience with presenters who address current educational issues. Participants return to their classrooms with new materials, practical ideas and fresh inspiration.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.