Monday, May 20, 2013

[492] MTSU College of Ed hosts training for K-12 principals

MURFREESBORO — MTSU’s College of Education continued training recently to help area public school administrators meet the state’s First to the Top goals.

The May 10 professional development training session brought in about 30 principals from 11 southern Midstate public school districts to help them establish or improve their own systems’ Professional Learning Communities.

Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, focus on student learning and results by creating better collaboration and more accountability for teachers and administrators.

Under the direction of President Sidney A. McPhee and Dean Lana Seivers, the MTSU College of Education has been partnering with surrounding school districts on a number of school improvement initiatives, including PLCs.

Dr. Bob Eaker, a professor in the university’s Womack Family Educational Leadership Department, conducted the recent training session at the College of Education building. It followed a similar session in late March comprised of directors and central office staff from area districts.

Both sessions were recorded by the Center for Educational Media and will be available for other school districts’ training on the center's website,

MTSU collaborated with education consultant Battelle for Kids, whose services are provided through First to the Top funds. Battelle’s services are directed by the state Department of Education’s eight Centers for Regional Excellence (CORE).

The recent training targeted the south central CORE district, which includes Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry and Wayne counties and city systems in Manchester, Tullahoma and Fayetteville.

For more information about the MTSU Center for Educational Media, visit; for more on the Womack Family Educational Leadership Department, visit

About MTSU

Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training, MTSU is now the oldest and largest public university in Middle Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 25,000 students, MTSU is the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee.

MTSU remains committed to providing individualized service in an exciting and nurturing atmosphere where student success is the top priority. With a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, MTSU takes pride in educating the best and the brightest students from Tennessee and around the world.


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