Friday, October 27, 2017

The St. Mark’s Teacher Institute was founded in 1991 with a grant from The O’Donnell Foundation to provide professional development opportunities for teachers throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Every other year, more than 100 teachers gather for the Institute, attending classes, hearing special guest speakers, and attending various seminars. Since its inception, more than 700 teachers from Dallas and the surrounding communities have attended the Institute. Notable speakers have included Nikki Giovanni, Horton Foote, Dr. Amy Freeman Lee, Luis Hernandez and Carol Jago. 

Participants will spend the day at St. Mark’s and attend workshops with Master Teachers and other faculty members who will share teaching techniques and proven methods in English and Middle School humanities instruction. In addition, attendees will have the unique opportunity to visit Upper School English and Middle School humanities classes and observe the culture and operation of a lively boys school environment. 

The Institute involves senior St. Mark’s faculty as peer mentors and provides numerous opportunities for teachers to learn from the presenters and from each other. The St. Mark’s Teacher Institute, in many ways, embodies St. Mark’s long-standing commitment to support education in the greater Dallas community.

Schedule for the Day 
7:15 ~ Breakfast and orientation 
8:00 ~ Classes and workshop sessions begin
11:50-12:25 ~ LUNCH
2:15-3:30 ~ Keynote speech by Jim Burke
3:30-4:00 ~ Awarding of certificates and reception in Nearburg Hall

Keynote Speaker: Jim Burke

Jim Burke is the renowned author of numerous bestselling titles, including the English Teacher’s Companion, Fourth Edition and What’s the Big Idea? He always tries to answer the question “How can we teach our students better?” and seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California, where he still teaches after twenty years.
 
As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as “the world’s largest English department” and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education.
 
Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series.

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“This is my favorite training! I love going into the classroom and seeing the things we learn during the workshops put into action with real students.”
–January Rowe
Prosper High School English Teacher

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Dallas, Texas 75230

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About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.