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  • Attention teachers: Apply for Roanoke College's annual educators' conference

  • 12/01/11
  • Salem, Va. - Calling all teachers interested in improving their classroom skills.

    Roanoke College's Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning, a professional development conference, is accepting applications for its 13th annual three-day residential institute for teachers.

    The theme of next year's institute, to be held June 18-20, is "Understanding by Design: Prioritizing and Targeting Actions to Improve Student Learning." The program will include keynote presentations with speakers, Grant Wiggins and Kay Brimijoin, practice-based workshops, technology sessions and round-table discussions.

    Grant Wiggins works as an international consultant with schools, districts, state and national education departments on a variety of reform matters. He is co-author, with Jay McTighe, of "Understanding by Design," and "Schooling by Design." Wiggins has worked on some of the most influential reform initiatives in the world, including Ted Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools, the International Baccalaureate Program, the Advanced Placement Program, and national reform efforts in China, Singapore and Thailand.

    Kay Brimijoin is an associate professor in the Education department at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She has received awards on her curriculum design, research and evaluation and distinguished dissertation work from the National Association for Gifted Children. She coauthored "Differentiation at Work K-5: Principles, Lessons, and Strategies" in 2010, and "The Differentiated School" in 2008. Brimijoin consults with schools across the country on customized instruction, curriculum design, gifted education and teacher education.

    Admission to the Copenhaver Institute is competitive. Organizers keep the number of participants low so that attendees can collaborate with other teachers and have meaningful conversations with guest speakers.

    Participants are chosen to ensure a varied representation across schools, grade levels and subject areas. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in March.

    The fee to participate in the institute is $120, to be paid upon acceptance. It includes all sessions, breakfasts, lunches and two nights lodging at Roanoke College. Participating educators also will receive the book, "Understanding by Design" (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005).

    The Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning was established through an endowed gift from Helen C. Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C., in honor of her sister, Margaret Sue Copenhaver, a retired public school teacher from Richmond.

    For more information and to apply online for the institute, click here.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

    For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

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