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Teacher Summer Institute

Recognizing teachers’ importance for students’ learning, the Sherman Center offers an annual Teacher Summer Institute to provide early childhood educators with information, resources, and collaborative planning time to enhance their professional practice. Sherman Center staff, campus advisory committee members, and partner-teachers work together to plan this annual professional development opportunity and follow-up activities.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pamela Brillante – Supporting Young Children with Disabilities in the Classroom

Professional Development Facilitators: Kristina Robertson and Amy Faust Fraser – Planning for Language-based Lessons with English Learners in Mind


Keynote Speaker: Derrick Barnes – (Author of The King of Kindergarten and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut) The Relevance of Diverse Books for Early Learners

Professional Development Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Mata-McMahon – Translanguaging in the Early Childhood Classroom

PD Facilitator, Dr. Mata-McMahon, with teachers from Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School

Teacher participants representing Lakeland, Bay Brook, Curtis Bay, and Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle Schools

Teachers from Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School

Joshua Michael, Dr. Kindel Nash, and Olivia Grimes, Teacher Summer Institute guest speakers