The Copenhaver Institute

MSCI 2015

Putting the Pieces Together:
Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
June 22-24, 2015

Keynote Speakers:
John Almarode, Ph.D. Eric Jensen, Ph.D.

Building on the work of Drs Jensen and Almarode, MSCI will focus on:

  • Poverty's impact on learning
  • Student engagement 
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Classroom environments that promote learning
  • Neuroscience and instructional design
  • Effective instruction that promotes students' understanding, interest, and excellence
  • Instructional leadership skills and dispositions
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Scaffolds to help students organize information in meaningful ways
  • Instructional and management practices that recognize and address students' academic and socio-economic needs

The Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning provides quality professional development opportunities for PreK-12 teachers and administrators and for Roanoke College students. The Institute's emphases include:

  1. Consideration of cutting-edge perspectives relevant to the teaching profession;
  2. Determination of personal and practical ways to engage students as lifelong learners; and
  3. Examination of a variety of multimedia and instructional technology strategies and tools for enhancing students' growth as learners.

The Institute gives PreK-12 teachers the opportunity to develop and practice strategies for effective instruction in cooperation with the nation's leading educational scholars.


Comments from Participants

"After 30 years of conferences, conventions, workshops and post-graduate studies, I finally found a 3-day that met my need, kept me focused and wanting to attend again."

"Highly trained, motivated, impassioned keynote speakers/educators that "shepherd" others through the ongoing growth process of becoming exceptional educators with each child's success in mind."

"Where else could we be treated so well but at Roanoke?!"

"I had a wonderful time meeting and interacting with teachers from all over the state. It gave me the opportunity to network and share joys/concerns with my fellow teachers."

"It's a wonderful professional development opportunity that provides restoration, revitalization and renewal. Thank you!"

"Loved it! I reconnected with people I'd met in other places and I made new friends."

"I really appreciate the space the keynote speakers created in my thinking about teaching and learning. I have been frustrated of late with students and their interest in learning - and now I have a new approach (well, several, actually!). The Institute is invaluable."

"Providing teachers with opportunities to feel important and encourage each other and giving time to relax and enjoy...."