MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s sixth annual College and Career Readiness Summit is scheduled to occur June 12–13 in Murray. This two-day event hosted by the College of Education and Human Services offers free professional development to teachers, counselors, school administrators, superintendents and educators of all kinds. Participants are eligible to receive six hours of professional development or EILA credit each day.

Last year’s event saw a record-breaking number of attendees from at least 310 schools and 78 districts across seven states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Florida.

On June 12, the first day of the two-day summit, nearly 700 educators from across the region will gather in Alexander Hall to attend their choice of 83 unique training sessions. These sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including ways to increase student motivation, tackling student achievement gaps and integrating Google tools and other technologies into classroom learning. Sessions will be presented by local educators to highlight the importance of peers learning from peers. Other featured speakers include: Alice Keeler, co-author of “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom”; Greg Coker, author of “Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose”; and Heather Warrell, digital coach and leader of online, virtual and distance course learning.

On June 13, more than 800 educators will join together in Lovett Auditorium to hear highly anticipated presentations by Adam Welcome, co-founder of “Kids Deserve It,” and Mike Rutherford, creator of numerous award-winning educational programs, including “The Artisan Teacher.”

Kem Cothran, coordinator of the University’s Teacher Quality Institute, plays a leading role in organizing this event each year. In preparing for next week’s event, she reflected on how the summit has evolved over the past six years.

“We have something for everybody, and the quality of our program has definitely improved over the years,” Cothran said. “We’re listening to the school districts in our service area and getting better at meeting their specific needs. That plays a large role in why our attendance continues to increase each year.”

Sponsors of the 2018 College and Career Readiness Summit include Murray State’s College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Quality Institute, Kentucky Academy of Technology Education and Office of Development as well as the Kentucky Middle School Association.

Registration is currently full for day one of the summit but remains open for day two. To learn more and register for day two, visit A full event program is also available at this site. Those interested in being placed on the waitlist for day one may contact Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute at or 270-809-2090.

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