June 13, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Teacher Institutes available through Roger F. Wicker
Center for Creative Learning
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Local teachers will have an
opportunity to interact with educators from across the
United States through a series of Teacher Institutes
offered by the Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative
Learning located at Mississippi University for Women.
These presentations will be open to all teachers and
administrators free of charge.
Dr. Sara Moore, a veteran teacher of mathematics,
science and social studies, will discuss
“Differentiating Instruction” at the first session on
June 15 and 16. Moore, who is a professor at the
University of Virginia, holds three degrees with a
doctorate in gifted education. She is a published author
of books on designing curriculum for individual needs
and teaching mathematics and science.
“Motivating The At-Risk Learner” will be the June 20
topic. Dr. Susan C. Morris, professional trainer for
Silver Strong/Thoughtful Education Associates will be
the guest speaker. An expert in learning styles and
brain research as well as multiple intelligence
strategies, Morris is a facilitator of strategies that
transform schools into learning communities.
Dr. Crystal Kuykendall, a former elementary and
secondary public school teacher, will talk about
“Improving Achievement of At-Risk Learners” June 21. She
was chosen by Ebony magazine as one of the 50 Leaders of
the Future. Kuykendall is the author of many books
including “You and Yours: Making The Most This School
Year,” “From Rage to Hope: Reclaiming Black and Hispanic
Students” and “Rage To Hope II.” She is an
internationally acclaimed presenter and motivational
The final session will be held June 22 and 23. Lee
Walker, former teacher of English, speech and journalism
in the Hattiesburg Public Schools, will focus on
“Learning to Learn/Thinking and Reasoning.” Walker is
program director for Hands-On Learning and Discovery in
Hattiesburg. He also is a professor in gifted education
at Mississippi State University and the University of
Each morning these professionals will deliver keynote
addresses from 9 a.m. to noon in Poindexter Hall.
The institutes are funded by a congressionally-directed
grant through the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, contact the Wicker Center at (662)