Center for Teaching Excellence

Montgomery Bell Academy's Center for Teaching Excellence

Great teachers and excellent instruction have been hallmarks of MBA since the school's beginning. From the classroom to the athletic fields to music and the arts, the central importance of excellence in teaching shines through. As a leader in quality teaching and instruction, MBA has established this center for teaching excellence to celebrate the teachers who have made MBA strong and to serve as a resource for those who carry that tradition into the future.

The academic experience at MBA is grounded on the relationship between students and caring, committed, professional teachers. The Center for Teaching Excellence was established in 2004 to encourage and support great teaching at MBA through resources, programs, and services available to all teachers at MBA.
Professional Development
The Center serves as a clearinghouse for information regarding professional development opportunities open to teachers at MBA. In addition to the links from this site, the Center compiles information on its bulletin board and literature racks in Carter Hall. Information about professional development opportunities is updated throughout the year, and teachers are encouraged to visit often.

Davis Foundation Teaching Grants
Montgomery Bell Academy is committed to faculty professional development that ensures strong content qualifications as well as strong skills in the art of teaching. Davis Teaching grants support teacher interaction and development. Drawing on the incredible experience of the teachers at MBA, this grant program facilitates meaningful interaction and planning among several teachers. The program was established in 2005.

Grant Assistance
The Center promotes participation in the Davis Foundation grant programs at MBA. The Davis Foundation provides grants in several categories for projects aimed at improving the instruction and learning experience of students at MBA. In addition, the Center stands eager to assist teachers in applying for a variety of other competitive grants to support classroom instruction.

The center sponsors several events throughout each year to support teaching excellence. In addition, the center maintains a regular blog on which MBA faculty and staff may reflect upon the craft of teaching and share innovative ideas with one another.

CTE Lunches
During the year, the Center sponsors six lunches in the Gibbs Room for the purpose of discussing issues related to teaching. Teachers are encouraged to pick up their lunch in the cafeteria as usual and proceed to the Gibbs Room for informal discussion. Topics for this year’s lunches will be announced at the beginning of the school year and will represent topics of interest to the faculty at large.

Links of Interest

There is a blog for the Center for Teaching Excellence that is open to members only. Please contact the moderator if you wish to join.

Resources for Teachers

Montgomery Bell Academy

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Nashville, TN 37205
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