Copenhaver Institute Call for Applications

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning (MSCI) will begin accepting applications on December 1 for its tenth annual three-day residential institute for teachers, to be held on June 22-24, 2009. The institute's theme is "The Changing Face of Who We Teach."

The fee to participate in the institute is $100 to be paid upon acceptance and includes all sessions, breakfasts, lunches, receptions and two nights lodging at Roanoke College. Participating educators will attend a three-day summer professional development program with keynote presentations, practice-based workshops, technology sessions and round-table discussions.

Six weeks prior to the institute, participants will receive the text Working with English Language Learners: Answers to Teachers' Top Ten Questions (2007). Participants are encouraged to use a reflective journal and read the text before attending the institute as the text will be the basis for keynote and breakout sessions. Participants in this conference will develop curriculum and instructional plans for implementation in their schools. Participants also will be invited to present their implemented projects and/or publish their results.

Admission to the institute is competitive. The number of participants is kept low to encourage individuals to develop learning communities among their peers and to provide opportunities to engage guest speakers in meaningful conversations. Admission decisions are made to ensure a varied representation across schools, grade levels and subject areas. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status in March.

The keynote speakers, Dr. Stephen Cary and Dr. Rita Pierson, are recognized authorities in student diversity. They are skilled in cross cultural communication, teaching English language learners, and working with children who live in cultures of poverty. Their work explores factors that shape culturally diverse classrooms where all students have opportunities to succeed.

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 educator from Richmond.

For additional information or to receive an application, please contact the MSCI online at

Released: October 22, 2008
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