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Copenhaver Institute Accepting Applications

  • Copenhaver Institute Accepting Applications

  • 01/14/11
  • Roanoke College's Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning is currently accepting applications for its 12th annual three-day residential institute for teachers, to be held on June 20-22, 2011. The institute's theme is "Staying the Course: Renewing the Call to Teach." The professional program will include keynote presentations, practice-based workshops, technology sessions and round-table discussions.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nel Noddings, a recognized authority in teacher learning, student learning and school reform. Noddings is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University and a former teacher, administrator, curriculum supervisor and author. She has won numerous education awards and is a past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society and The John Dewey Society. Her work in caring, ethics, global awareness and curriculum has made her a valuable resource to national leaders.

    Admission to the Copenhaver 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 during March 2011.

    The fee to participate in the institute is $120, to be paid upon acceptance, and it includes all sessions, breakfasts, lunches, receptions and two nights' lodging at Roanoke College. Participating educators will also receive the text, The Challenge to Care in Schools: An Alternative Approach to Education, 2nd Edition (Noddings 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 educator 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 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast" and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges" list.

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