Nationally acclaimed author leads professional learning day for Livingston Parish educators


Thomas Murray presented two sessions to Livingston Parish educators and staff on how to design learning experiences that are personal and authentic. Photo courtesy of Delia Taylor.

Livingston Parish school employees met earlier this month to participate in the parish’s Professional Learning Day, which was led by author Thomas Murray.

“We wanted to remind our employees in a powerful and meaningful way that it’s our job to foster personal and authentic learning experiences for all our students – every day,” Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent Joe Murphy said.

Gray’s Creek Elementary Para-professional Julianne Sadler and Assistant Principal Michelle Denton showcase robotic projects they do with their students as part of their STEM curriculum. The school’s kiosk was one of many in the “gallery walk” at the district’s professional learning day. Photo courtesy of Delia Taylor.

Murray is the director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, and he presented information from his new book, “Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime,” according to Delia Taylor.

Murray shared life experiences and video presentations from mentors, teachers and students who have been positively impacted by school employees, Taylor wrote.

Livingston Parish School Administrators Kelly Jones (left) and Jody Purvis (right) load a t-shirt into an air cannon to launch it out to teachers and staff who participated in the professional learning sessions on Jan. 7. Photo courtesy of Delia Taylor.

“The intent of my presentations is to encourage every school employee to recognize the talents, passions and strengths inside each child,” Murray said. “It’s important that we see them as more than their test scores.”

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