The Truman Pierce Institute, a research and outreach unit in Auburn University's College of Education, is devoted to the study and improvement of teaching, learning, and leadership. Chartered by the governor and university president in 1982, the institute's work focuses on ways to improve schools and communities by creating partnerships, conducting research, and providing programs to meet the needs of schools and communities.
TPI 2013 Spring and Summer Calendar
January 28, 2013
Event: Presentation for District 7 Elementary School Principals
Location: Northside Elementary School
Details: Dr. Cindy Reed and Dr. Lynne Patrick present on bullying: Laws, policies and prevention.
February 13, 2013
Event: District 4 Secondary Principals Luncheon hosted by TPI
Location: AU Hotel and Conference Center
Details: Dr. Cindy Reed and Larry Lee present on Community Schools - what they are and how they work.
March 19, 2013
Event: Community Schools Workshop
Location: Jeff State Community College-Shelby campus
March 20, 2013
Event: Community Schools Workshop
Location: AUM – Taylor Center
March 25, 2013
Event: Workforce Development Conference hosted by AU Center for Governmental Services
Location: Renaissance Hotel – Montgomery, Alabama
April 2, 2013
Event: School Board Candidate Training
Location: Pike Road, Alabama
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Details: Dr. Reed will offer training for prospective school board members on Professional Development School Models.
April 4, 2013
Event: Ropes Course and Team Building for Bullock County BICS Participants
Location: AU Ropes Course
April 16, 2013
Event: BICS Spring Conference
Location: Opelika Event Center
Details: All BICS Participants
Theme: Making an IMPACT
April 22-23, 2013
Event: Loachapoka Exploring Auburn Days (L.E.A.D.)
Location: Auburn University Student Center
Details: Loachapoka 11th Grade Students
April 24, 2013
Event: “Place-based Education Programs, Approaches, and Outcomes in Scotland, Norway, and the USA”
Location: Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center
Details: PACERS is co-sponsoring the conference, “Place-based Education Programs, Approaches, and Outcomes in Scotland, Norway, and the USA.” The purpose of the project, which is undertaken in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, is to study the impact of the increasing application of community-based/place-based instruction on student learning and personal development, teachers’ instructional approaches and perspectives, and communities’ involvement in their schools and the education of their young people. Project researchers are Dr. Jack Shelton, PACERS Executive Director; Dr. Jennifer Adams, Director of the Journalism Program at Auburn and PACERS; Professor Bronwen J. Cohen, Honorary Professor in Social Policy, School of Social and Political Science at The University of Edinburgh/Scotland and former CEO of Children in Scotland; and Dr. Wenche Rønning., a Senior Researcher at Nordland Research Institute and an Associate Professor at the University of Nordland, Norway. The researchers will visit sites in each of the three countries. In the US interviews will be conducted at five PACERS member schools and communities. Upon completion of visits to all three countries, the researchers will publish their findings for other researchers, education policy makers and administrators, legislators, media, and participating schools/communities.
At the end of visits in each country, seminars will be held to discuss findings. The seminar in the US will be co-sponsored by the Truman Pierce Institute at Auburn University and held on April 24th at the Auburn University Conference Center. Space is limited. Please contact Dr. Reed if you are interested in attending.
PACERS is a non-profit association of small rural Alabama communities and schools. PACERS programs include journalism (student published community newspapers), community documentation through the arts (videography, photography, music, history), and science (passive solar construction, gardening, aquaculture). www.pacersinc.org.
June 9-14, 2013
Event: LEAD Summer Camp
June 9-14, 2013
Event: 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Camps
July 10-12, 2013
Event: Anti-Bullying Summit 2013
Location: Mobile Convention Center
Details: Truman Pierce Institute and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education are hosting Auburn University’s third annual Anti-Bullying Summit in Mobile, Alabama, July 10-12, 2013. Presenters and participants in the Anti-Bullying Summits share information, current thinking, and research about a serious problem facing our schools and communities—bullying. The Summit is designed to create on-going local, state, and national coalitions for Pre K-12 educators, higher education faculty and administrators, student leaders, mental health practitioners, researchers, community leaders, policymakers, and other professionals who are engaged in on-going work to address PreK-20 bullying and cyber-bullying in learning environments. Hero Awards, given to individuals and groups who have taken a strong stance against bullying, are announced at the annual Summit. Hero Awards are sponsored by Auburn University’s College of Education. HERO nomination forms and concurrent session proposals (due April 1, 2013), additional information, and registration procedures are available at www.auburn.edu/antibullying.
Truman Pierce Institute offers the following PLU meeting Alabama State Department of Education’s Leadership Standard 5, “Community and Stakeholder Relationships.”
PLUACLD 151: "BUILD: Bullying Intervention Leadership Development in Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community"
After attending the Anti-Bullying Summit July 10-12, 2013, enrollees will: lead a faculty/staff meeting during which Alabama law and school system policies pertaining to bullying are reviewed; collect data from two bullying surveys (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014) to assess incidence of bullying and effects of intervention initiatives in their schools; organize and guide three faculty/parent/student/community leader meetings during which bullying problems are analyzed and strategies for intervention are developed; plan and implement two school-wide assemblies addressing the issue of bullying; and complete short reading assignments.
People wishing to earn this PLU may enroll on the STI website, https:///pdweb.alsde.edu under course # PLUACLD151. A detailed summary of each activity is available at http://www.leadershipalsde.com by searching under course number 151, then clicking on "View” to see each of the activities that must be completed between July 2013 and April 2014.
Anti-Bullying Summit 2011
Watch video footage from the Anti-Bullying Summit 2011 to learn about past presentation topics!
Fifteen videos from the June 2-3, 2011 Anti-Bullying Summit are posted to Auburn University's iTunes via the following link:
There is a blue "i" next to each video that, when clicked, will display the video's full title and presenter's name(s). Access is free to all of these videos. We hope you will enjoy viewing them and that they will be informative for you, your family, and your colleagues. Please feel free to direct others to this link so they can also download the videos. Note: You will need to have iTunes installed on your computer or portable device to access the Anti-Bullying Summit videos. iTunes can be downloaded for free at the following location: http://www.apple.com/itunes