2003 Conference

Fourth Annual Institute, 2003

Theme: Multiple Intelligences and Differentiating Instruction by Learning Profiles
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard University
Dr. Kay Brimijoin, Sweetbriar College
Author: Dr. Gregory Michie
Technology Consultant: Dr. Gary Whitt, Roanoke College
Dates: June 23-25, 2003

Participants:
The fourth annual Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning was held June 23-25, 2003, on the Roanoke College campus. Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University presented keynote addresses on multiple intelligence theory, and Dr. Kay Brimijoin of Sweetbriar College spoke on differentiating instruction by learning profiles.

Several school divisions and independent schools partnered with Roanoke College to sponsor Dr. Gardner’s events. These included: Botetourt County Schools, Community School, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Division for Schools, Franklin County Schools, Roanoke County Schools, Roanoke Valley Christian Schools, and City of Salem Schools. Forty-seven teachers and administrators represented these sponsoring schools and divisions at the three-day institute as full-time participants. An additional 48 individuals were accepted as full-time institute participants based on application submissions. In total, 95 full-time participants attended.

In addition to full-time participants, more than 100 teachers, administrators and superintendents from sponsoring school divisions attended Dr. Gardner’s keynote addresses on Monday, June 23rd. The institute was also privileged to host Mrs. Helen C. Hanes. Dr. Robert Federwitz, Director of the ELCA Division of Schools, and Ms. Donna Braband, Assistant Director of the ELCA Division of Schools. Many Roanoke College faculty and staff members, including Dr. David Gring, Dr. John Day, Dr. Ed Hamilton, Ms. Judi Nelson, and Dr. Brian Bolt, took part in institute events. Finally, 46 breakout session speakers, small group discussion leaders, and steering committee members were present.

Cumulatively, more than 250 individuals participated in various events of the 2003 Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning.

This year’s institute attendees represented nine states, including Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. From across the state of Virginia, 21 public school divisions were represented (Alleghany County, Arlington County, Botetourt County, Chesterfield County, Fairfax County, Franklin County, Gloucester County, City of Harrisonburg, Henrico County, Lynchburg City, Montgomery County, City of Newport News, Portsmouth City, Prince William County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, City of Salem, City of Virginia Beach, and Town of West Point Schools), as well as three independent schools (Community School, The New School of Northern Virginia, Roanoke Valley Christian Schools) and seven ELCA schools (Ashburn Lutheran School, Ascension Lutheran Elementary School, Faith Lutheran School, Gethsemane Lutheran School, Navajo Lutheran Mission, St. Timothy Lutheran School, and West Park Lutheran School).

The number of applications received for MSCI 2003 demonstrated a slight increase over 2002. The number reported here for 2003 does not include the 47 individuals who represented sponsor schools and divisions as full-time institute participants or the invited guests who attended Dr. Gardner’s June 23 addresses.

2000 2001 2002 2003
Applications 38 51 58 72

Forty-eight of these applicants attended the institute as full-time participants. A waiting list was also maintained, from which three participants were accepted when others were not able to attend.

A 2003 institute initiative was to accept a balanced group of applicants, representing teachers of all grade levels*, as well as administrators (both at the building and central administration level). Acceptance criteria were established for this purpose. The resulting participant group represented the following distribution of educators:

Elementary Middle Secondary Administration
% of Group– 2002 59% 17% 10% 14%
% of Group– 2003 42.5% 16% 17% 24.5%


* The five Roanoke College students who attended as full-time participants are classified within this group based on the grade levels they are pursuing licensure to teach.

Institute Events:
The 2003 institute focused on multiple intelligence theory and differentiating instruction by learning profiles. Both of these focuses are grounded in constructivist theory, furthering the institute’s commitment to offer annual themes that build on a consistent theoretical base.

Building on past successes, the institute continued to offer sessions that have been well received. These included keynote addresses, roundtable discussions with Dr. Gardner, text discussion groups, technology workshops, a variety of breakout sessions, and small group curriculum planning sessions. Breakout sessions focused on areas of continuing interest such as faith and learning, academic standards, and hands-on classroom application of institute themes. Several special events were offered to participants as well, such as Monday evening’s keynote speaker reception and Wednesday’s author luncheon.

Recommendations from 2002 participants and the institute steering committee prompted revised offerings as well. These included a late afternoon “tea” as the format for Tuesday’s social, open time on Tuesday evening for participants to interact on campus and at various local sites, and access to the college’s fitness center and computer labs. Additionally, a 2003 institute initiative was achieved through implementation of a strand of breakout sessions focused on the needs and interests of school administrators.

The 2003 participants received Dr. Gardner’s text, Intelligence Reframed, (Gardner, 1999) approximately six weeks prior to the institute. Each participant was asked to read the text and to prepare a list of questions and discussion points based on their reading to bring to the institute.

Dr. Gary Whitt, of the Roanoke College Education Department, conducted five technology workshops at the institute. Four of the hands-on workshop sessions were designated for teachers of specific grade levels, while the fifth workshop was targeted for administrators.

A special focus of the 2003 institute was to celebrate the life of Margaret Sue Copenhaver. At the institute’s closing luncheon on Wednesday, June 25th, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Smyth were honored as recipients of the first annual Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award. The award recognized the Smyth’s outstanding commitment and work in the field of education. The recipients were selected by the MSCI steering committee through a process that identified persons whose lives echo Margaret Sue’s passion for teaching and learning. Luncheon participants each received a small table favor commemorating Margaret Sue Copenhaver’s contributions to education. A newly designed institute logo was also commissioned this summer. The logo commemorates Margaret Sue’s life and provides a recognizable symbol to promote the continual development of MSCI.

Dr. Gregory Michie, author of Holler if You Hear Me and recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, provided the award luncheon’s address. After lunch, he remained to autograph books for participants.

 
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