June educators' conference accepting applications

Salem - Each year, a summer conference hosted by Roanoke College gives teachers information on ways to employ the latest techniques in education.

This program, the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning, now is accepting applications for its 15th conference, to be held June 23-25 at Roanoke. To apply for the Institute, click here.

The theme of this year's conference is "Putting the Pieces Together: Revealing Student Growth and Instructional Excellence." During the three days that teachers will be on Roanoke's campus, they will join practice-based workshops, roundtable discussions and technology sessions.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop curriculum and instructional plans for implementation at their respective schools. Presentations during this professional development program will be given by two keynote speakers, Dr. Anthony Frontier and Dr. Raymond Jones.

Frontier formerly was a public school teacher in Milwaukee, and currently he is director of the teacher education program at Cardinal Stritch University. He is a co-author of "Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching." His newest book is "Five Levers to Improve Learning."

Jones, a former middle and high school teacher in North Carolina, is a master trainer for Project CRISS, which stands for Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies. He also is the developer and webmaster for ReadingQuest.org, a teaching resource website with strategies that support comprehension based teaching.

Admission to the Copenhaver Institute is competitive. The number of participants is intentionally kept low in order to create an academic community among educators and to facilitate meaningful communication.

Applicants will be notified in March of their acceptance status. Participants pay a registration fee of $130 that includes all sessions, breakfasts, lunches and two nights lodging at Roanoke College.

Six weeks before the Institute participants will receive a copy of Frontier's "Five Levers to Improve Learning." The book will be used during the Institute.

The Institute 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.

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.

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Released: January 3, 2014
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu