Friday, July 07, 2017

[508] Head of groundbreaking educational campus to kick off conference at MTSU

MURFREESBORO — The executive lead principal of the nation’s first STEAM campus for grades pre-kindergarten through 12 will deliver the keynote address at an education conference at MTSU.

Ryan Jackson, principal of the Mount Pleasant School for the Arts in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, will kick off the Professional Educators of Tennessee’s “Leader U” conference, which is slated for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 30, in the Student Union.

Jackson is the executive lead principal of the Mount Pleasant Arts Innovation Zone, the nation’s first STEAM campus for grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The acronym “STEAM” stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The purpose of the zone is to make sure that all three schools in Mount Pleasant engage their students in those subjects every school day.

With the theme of “Ensuring Equity and Excellence in Education,” the conference as a whole will welcome teachers from across the state for a day of professional development classes on subjects including diversity, autism, hearing loss, poverty and English as a second language.

Two members of the MTSU community will direct classes of their own. Tim Odegard, holder of the Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies and a professor of psychology, will conduct a session on “Dyslexia: Identification, Instruction and Accommodations.”

Amy Elleman, an assistant professor in MTSU’s literary studies doctoral program, will lead a session on “The Power of Persistence: Promoting Motivation, Self-Regulation and Engagement for Struggling Readers.”

Professional Educators of Tennessee is an association that seeks to “advance the profession through tireless advocacy and professional development,” according to

For more information about “Leader U,” call Bethany Bowman at 615-778-0803, extension 107, or send an email to To register for the conference, go to

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