Teacher Residency Academy Summit

September 21 – 23, 2017

Hilton Hotel
1001 West County Line Road
Jackson Mississippi
(601) 979- 1247


Theme: The NSF Demonstration Research for preK-12 STEM STARS Summit will explore how three diverse higher education institutions are utilizing a modified teacher residency strategy to expand the pool of science and mathematics teachers in high-need school districts. The STEM STARS Summit will review how the major components of STEM STARS model are functioning. The STEM STARS Summit will explore how cyberlearning technologies can be used in modern teacher residency initiatives to promote enriched learning environments – including creating a CyberMentor Network (CMN) for pre- and in- service teachers.


Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA)
The University of Arkansasat Pine Bluff
Jackson State University (JSU)
The Mississippi e-Center Foundation (MSE)
The Mississippi Urban Research Center

Thursday, September 21

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Chantill Williams-Smith, Project Coordinator
Summit Chair
Penthouse Room

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Exchange of Ideas: Praxis and Other Topics
Chantill Williams-Smith, Provocateur
Hotel Meeting Room

Friday, September 22

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.


8:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m


8:20 a.m. – 8:45 a.m

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast
Wellingtons Restaurant
Hilton Hotel

Jackson State University’s
Innovation Center

Load Bus to JSU’s Innovation Center

Bus Travel to JSU’s Innovation Center

The JSU Innovation Center

William E. McHenry
PI and Executive Director, MS e-Center
Introductions of the Leadership Team


  • William Torrence
  • Anissa Bucker
  • Mrs. Willie Mae Nesby-Hobbs


  • Renee Ackbar
  • Ahdija Donatto


  • Dennis D. Williams
  • Daniel Watkins

The MS e-Center Foundation

  • William E. McHenry
  • Chantill Williams-Smith
  • Camiel Brown
  • Emorcia Hill – Evaluator
  • George Hammons – Evaluator
  • Jerry Redmond – Consultant

The Mississippi Urban Research Center

  • Melvin Davis


  • Mentors
  • Residents

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

What’s Working (Teacher residency strategies)
Dr. Williams – Lead
PANEL: Ms. Donatto and Mrs. Hobbs

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Clinical/Induction
  • Mentors
  • School-based Leadership
  • The Contract
  •  IPad Distribution-one iPad per STEM STARS Scholar

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Mobile Technologies & The Modern Classroom
Emily Bishop, Facilitator
PANEL: Dr. G. Miller, Dr. D. Bishop-Mclin, and Ms. A. Dunigan
Lead Teacher
Educational Technologist
Jackson Public Schools

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

1:15 – 2:15


Why Teach?
Ms. Williams-Smith, Facilitator
PANEL: Mr. Kendrick Walker, Ms. Laquanda Simes, Ms. Tuwana Liddell, and Mr. Ronald Vigee
The STEM STARS Scholars
Video Recorded Interviews

The Innovations Collaboratory
The MS e-Center 

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Lessons Learned
Ms. Donatto, Facilitator
PANEL: Dr. Williams, Dr. Akbar, and Dr. Torrence

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Establishing a Cyber-Mentoring Network
Marketing Strategies
Jerry Redmond

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

Bus Travel to the Hilton

Leadership, Mentor, and STEM Scholars Dinner
Networking Activities

Saturday, September 23, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast
Wellingtons Restaurant
Hilton Hotel

9:00 a.m. – 10:00a.m

Bridging Theory and Practice
Dr. Davis
PANEL: Leadership Team
Research Structure

Strategies for Meeting STEM STARS Goals

Closing Remarks

11:00 a.m

Leadership Team

Hotel Checkout