JFNT Presenter Series: Dr. Audrey Murph-Brown



I am a veteran school social worker having worked in urban education for 24-years.  Currently, I provide services to academic at-risk students in a K-5 setting and have worked at the middle and high school level. As a clinician, I have worked with traumatized and adjudicated youth each population sharing similar disruptive school behaviors. I have worked with substance abusers, adult survivors both male and female of child sexual abuse, schizophrenics, and parents of abused children. As a college instructor providing human service, child development, and cross cultural studies for adult, I am experienced with the adult learning model creating an interactive academic community.  I have an extensive background in community engagement and family services and bring this skill-set to my role as a school counselor improving the livelihoods of students, families, and communities.

Brief employment background:

–  School Social Worker, Springfield Public Schools 1992-present

–  Adjunct Professor, Cambridge College & Springfield College, respectively 1990-present

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- N. Mandela


Impressed by Dr. Murph-Brown’s experience? Don’t miss her workshop “Difficult Students: Stay Calm and Know What to Do” at the Just for New Teacher’s Conference!


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JFNT Presenter Series: Liz Bettencourt


Find Ways to Reach ALL Your Students!

Hi there, new teachers! Shameless plug alert: I’d love you to attend my workshop at the Just For New Teachers conference on 11/19…..

When you think about differentiating instruction, do you get overwhelmed? Feel like it’s way too challenging? Not even know where to start?!

Well, I’m here to provide you with some really practical, easy-to-manage tools and strategies for differentiating your instruction. We’ll get into how important it is to truly reach all of your students where they’re at, and we’ll explore some specific ways to do so that won’t have you (or your students) tearing your hair out. We’ll delve into providing choice for students based on their interests and learning styles; and we’ll also think about how to assess where students are in terms of skill and content readiness – AND how to use those assessments to inform some differentiated instruction. I promise – we’ll work on some great stuff that you can take right into your classroom with you the very next week to try out!

So, join me! I’m Liz Bettencourt and my workshop is during Session 2 in the afternoon, from 1:25 – 3:25 p.m. and is called Reaching All Students: The Differentiated Classroom. I’ll see you then!


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