Summer Teacher Academy

As a model teaching and learning community, Hattiesburg Public School District is proud to offer our first Summer Teacher Academy during summer 2019. Sessions provided in the Summer Teacher Academy are developed to ensure teachers are equipped with an extensive range of knowledge using effective classroom practices. Professional development opportunities for the Summer Teacher Academy will include varying topics related to content and curriculum (ELA, mathematics, and science); multi-tiered systems for support; appropriate utilization of technology in the classroom; co-teaching models; and building a positive culture and climate.



  1. Provide an extensive range of learning experiences necessary to become effective educators
  2. Offer a variety of educational tools for educators to develop the knowledge and skills expected to address students’ academic needs
  3. Improve the quality of teaching and learning for educators to continue to strengthen their professional craft while impacting students’ academic success



Summer Teacher Academy


All sessions will be held every Wednesday during the month of July 2019. There will be two sessions provided during the available dates.  Specific dates for sessions are included below.

      July 3, 2019

      July 10, 2019

      July 17, 2019

      July 24, 2019

Session Times

Two sessions will be provided during the available dates. Participants must attend both sessions during the same day.  Possible session times are:

      Session 1- 7:30-11:30 am (4 hours)

      Registration 7:30-8:00 am

      Lunch-11:30 am -12:30 pm (1 hour)

      Session 2-12:30-4:30 pm (4 hours)

      Evaluation 4:00-4:30 pm

Summary of Potential Session Content Topics Centered Around Three Main Training Themes of Content Areas-ELA, Math, & Science, Technology, and Classroom Learning Environment

      ELA 101: Best Practices with Standards-Based Instruction

      Mathematics 101: Best Practices with Standards-Based Instruction

      Science 101: Best Practices with Standards-Based Instruction

      Purposeful Planning for Success

      HPSD is READY! Ready/i-Ready Curriculum

      Hands-On with Mathematics

      Writing Across the Curriculum

      Culturally Captivating Classrooms

      Technology Enhanced Classrooms

      Teaching with Technology to 21st Century Learners

      Co-Teaching Classroom Models

      Multi-Tiered Student Supports

      Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

      Fostering Student Achievement in a Professional Learning Community

HPSD Summer Teacher Academy Daily Session Rotations

Rotation 1: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 (40 participants)

8AM Session 1: Math 101

Facilitator: Nashicka Mark


12:30PM Session 2: Culturally Captivating Classrooms-Student Engagement

Facilitators: Tonsa Vaughn & Nashicka Mark

Rotation 2: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (40 participants)

8AM Session 1: Technology Enhanced Classrooms

Facilitator: Dr. Will Deyamport


12:30PM Session 2: Differentiation & Multi-Tiered Academic Student Supports

Facilitator: Michelle Johnson

Rotation 3: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (40 participants)

8AM Session 1: ELA 101

Facilitator: Tonsa Vaughn


12:30PM Session 2: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Attendance & Discipline Supports

Facilitator: Lashonda Short & Christopher Mark

Rotation 4: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 (40 participants)

8AM Session 1: Science 101

Facilitator: Tangela Rayborn


12:30PM Session 2: Teaching with Technology to 21st Century Learners

Facilitator: Dr. Will Deyamport

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