Roanoke College

Copenhaver Institute Accepting Applications


SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning (MSCI) will begin accepting applications on December 1 for its ninth annual three-day residential institute for teachers, to be held on June 23-25, 2008. The institute's theme is "The Inclusive Classroom."

The fee to participate in the institute is $100 to be paid upon acceptance, and it 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 The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child (Lavoie, 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 and will be invited to present their implemented projects and/or publish their results.

Admission to the institute is competitive. The number of participants is intentionally 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 2008.

The keynote speakers for this event are Rick Lavoie, Marilyn Friend and Jonathan Mooney. Lavoie and Friend are internationally recognized authorities in special education who are skilled in collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building and shared problem solving. Their work is designed to help leaders use data and standards to build high-achieving schools dedicated to both teacher and student success.

Mooney is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an honors degree in English literature. Jonathan is cofounder of Project Eye-To-Eye, a widely duplicated mentoring program for disabled students. Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in LD/ADHD, disabilities and alternative education.

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 at (540) 375-2470 or online at

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 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." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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