2007 Conference

Eighth Annual Institute, 2007

Theme : Education Leadership
Speakers : Dr. Lorraine Monroe, Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute, New York, and Dr. Richard Sagor, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon
Award Recipient : Mr. William Robertson
Award Luncheon Speaker : Ms. Esmé Codell, author and teacher
Sponsoring Divisions : Botetourt County Schools, City of Salem Schools, Charlottesville City Schools, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Division for Vocation and Education, Roanoke City Schools and Waynesboro City Schools
Date : June 25-27, 2007

Participants

 The eighth annual Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning was held June 25-27, 2007, on the Roanoke College campus. Dr. Lorraine Monroe, of the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute in New York, and Dr. Richard Sagor, of the Educational Leadership Program at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, presented keynote addresses focused on the Institute's 2007 theme, Educational Leadership: A Task for Teachers and Administrators .

Five public school divisions and one independent school organization partnered with Roanoke College to sponsor the 2007 Institute. The partners were Botetourt County Schools, City of Salem Schools, Charlottesville City Schools, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Division for Vocation and Education, Roanoke City Schools and Waynesboro City Schools. Fifty-five teachers and administrators represented these sponsoring schools and divisions at the three-day institute as full-time participants. An additional 64 individuals were accepted as full-time Institute participants based on application submissions, steering committee membership, or service as a breakout speaker. In total, 119 full-time participants attended.

The Institute was privileged to host a number of special guests, including Mr. William Robertson, recipient of the fifth annual Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award. Ms. Esmé Codell, an author and teacher, gave the closing presentation at the Award Luncheon. We were also honored to host Mrs. Helen Hanes, Mr. Doug Lewis, of the Hanes Foundation, and Mrs. Lewis. Returning guests included Ms. Donna Braband, ELCA Director for Schools and Early Childhood Education, and Ms. Mary Zimmerman-Bayer, Principal at Grafenwoehr Elementary, a U.S. Department of Defense Dependents School. A team of individuals from Barry University in Miami, Florida, also returned to the Institute as part of a continuing collaborative research partnership with Roanoke College. The Barry team included a university faculty member, the Dean of Education, the Assistant to the Dean of Teacher Education, and three graduate students. Dr. Tim Thomas, Assistant Professor of Education at James Madison University, returned to the Institute and with a grant brought five preservice teachers from the University's undergraduate program. Roanoke College alumni and local educational leaders participated in several proceedings. Roanoke College faculty and staff also contributed to various Institute events. These guests included President Michael Maxey, Dr. John Day, Mr. Robert J. Mollenhauer , Dr. Ali Nazemi, Dr. Lisa Earp, Dr. Gary Whitt, Professor Lisa Updike, and Ms. Aimee Brenner.

This year's Institute attendees represented eight states: Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. From across the state of Virginia, 15 public school divisions were represented: Bedford County, Botetourt County, Charlottesville City, Franklin County, Henrico County, Henry County, King and Queen County, Newport News, Norfolk City, Pulaski County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem City, Virginia Beach City and Waynesboro City Schools. A teacher from the Charter Schools of Delaware attended. Participants also represented U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany and four independent schools: Charlotte Lutheran School, Redeemer Lutheran School, St. Stephen's Lutheran School and West Park Lutheran School. Presenters included educational leaders from Virginia Beach, King and Queen County, Roanoke City, Botetourt County, Henrico County, The Art Museum of Western Virginia, James Madison University, Barry University, and Roanoke College.

The number of 2007 full-time participants is listed below, reflecting an increase from 2006. The increase could be accredited to the additional divisional partnerships the Institute experienced. In 2006, there were 3 sponsoring divisions with only 21 individuals in this group. For 2007, six sponsoring schools added 55 participants to the Institute.

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Full-Time Participants

37

50

48

95

98

123

90

119

In addition to the full-time participants in attendance at the Institute, a number of invited guests attended one or more events across the course of the three days. These individuals included Roanoke College faculty, administration, and alumni, partner school principals, session leaders, and area educational leaders and colleagues. The table below reflects the annual total number of invited guests. This figure has remained relatively stable across the course of the Institute's offerings, with the exception of 2003, when the Institute's keynote events were open to the public.

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Invited Guests

28

30

37

155

49

38

33

38

A continuing Institute initiative during 2007 was to accept a balanced group of applicants, representing teachers at all grade levels, as well as administrators (both at the building and central administration level). Established acceptance criteria were used for this purpose. Attendance across these groups is reflected in the table below. The numbers demonstrate a need to focus greater attention on recruiting participants from middle and high schools. We believed that the percentage of administrators increased this year because of the topic. Also, two sponsoring divisions sent only administrators. It should also be noted that for the first time the Institute achieved and passed its original intent to have 10% of its participants to be preservice teachers. The goal was achieved by two means. First, Dr. Thomas gained a grant to sponsor the preservice participants from JMU. Second, Roanoke College provided its preservice teachers scholarships to attend the Institute. In 2008, we are asking Roanoke College to continue providing this support for its students to participate in a national conference held on the RC campus.

Sub Groups

Elementary

(K-5)

Middle

(6-8)

Secondary

(9-12)

PK-12 Administration

College and University

Preservice

Teachers

% Group: 2002

59%

17%

10%

14%

**

**

% Group: 2003

42.5%

16%

17%

24.5%

**

**

% Group: 2004

34.5%

20%

14.5%

13.5%

8.5%

9%

% Group:

2005

40%

15%

12.5%

20%

6.5%

6%

% Group: 2006

41%

18%

11%

7%

14%

9%

% Group:

2007

36%

13%

6%

26%

8%

11%

**In years prior to 2004, college and university faculty representing teacher preparation programs and preservice teachers were classified within the elementary, middle and secondary categories based upon grade level emphases of their courses. Because these groups have grown significantly over the course of time, they are now reported as separate classifications.

Institute Events

This year's Institute focused on educational leadership. Grounded in constructivist theory, this emphasis furthered the Institute's commitment to offer annual themes that build on a consistent theoretical base. The 2007 theme was intended to help teachers and administrators identify ways to build effective schools through data-based methods and through caring environments.

Recommendations from 2006 participants and the Institute steering committee prompted both continuing and newly structured event offerings. The Institute continued to offer sessions that have been well received in the past, such as keynote addresses, question and answer sessions with keynote speakers, technology workshops, curriculum planning sessions designated by grade level range and a variety of breakout sessions.

Breakout sessions focused on areas of continuing interest such as faith and learning, academic standards, and hands-on classroom application of Institute themes. Dr. Phyllis Superfisky, Barry University, returned at participant requests and received a hardy and warm welcome. Some of Dr. Tim Thomas's students assisted him in a presentation.

The Monday afternoon "tea," Tuesday afternoon wine and cheese reception, and closing awards luncheon were continued as special events.

On Monday, the College's Resource Development Office hosted Mrs. Hanes and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Lewis for lunch. Drs. Reynolds and Murrill gave a presentation on the history and future of the Institute. President Maxey joined the lunch.

On Wednesday morning, a breakfast for veterans was offered and data collected from them on ways they are implementing their learning from the Institute. In the evenings during open time, participants were invited to interact on campus and at various local sites, and were provided access to the College's fitness center and a computer lab.

Two vendors, The Learning Source and Gallopade, provided displays from which participants could purchase literature and teaching materials. The College's bookstore also offered resources for participant purchase.

2007 participants received a copy of Dr. Monroe's book, Nothing's Impossible: Leadership Lessons from Inside and Outside the Classroom (Monroe, 1997), 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. The text was also distributed to breakout session speakers, each of whom was asked to read the text and frame his or her session in relation to the ideas and issues presented in the reading. Speakers for breakout sessions and discussion groups were selected from a pool of proposals submitted to the Institute faculty. This year's 20 presenters represented a wide range of experience and expertise; they included college and university faculty and administrators, K-12 teachers and administrators, and an education director from the local art museum. Dr. Gary Whitt, of the Roanoke College Education Department, conducted four 75-minute technology workshops at the Institute. The hands-on workshop sessions were designated for teachers and administrators at specific building levels.

At the Institute's closing luncheon on Wednesday, June 27, Mr. William Robertson was honored as recipient of the fifth annual Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award. The award recognized his outstanding leadership in education as a teacher, an administrator, and as public servant to a Virginia governor and three United States Presidents. Ms. Esmé Codell, a literature specialist and self-proclaimed "readiologist," provided an inspirational address at the award luncheon.


 
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