Annual educators' conference to focus on multimedia teaching skills

Salem, Va. - Great educators understand the importance of continuing education. Roanoke College offers an annual summer program for teachers who wish to improve their teaching methods.

The Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning now is accepting applications for its 14th annual conference held at Roanoke.

The theme of this year's residential conference, to be held June 17-19, is "Engaging the Net Generation as Learners." During the three days that teachers will be on Roanoke's campus, they will join practice-based workshops, round-table 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 the two keynote speakers, Dr. Ronald Berk and Dr. Greg Sherman.

Berk is the former assistant dean for teaching at Johns Hopkins University and has received several teaching awards. Berk, a fellow in the Oxford Society of Scholars, has presented more than 400 keynotes and workshops on humor and multimedia in teaching, stress management and faculty evaluation.

Sherman is currently an associate professor of education at Radford University. He is sought after by organizations, such as the National Science Teachers Association, for his knowledge and experience in instructional design, evaluation and media development.

Admission to the Institute is competitive. The number of participants is intentionally kept low in order to encourage individuals to create an academic community among their peers and to facilitate meaningful communication between participants and guest speakers.

Applicants will be notified in March of their acceptance status. Upon acceptance, participants pay a registration fee of $125 that includes all sessions, breakfasts, lunches and two nights lodging at Roanoke.

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.

To apply 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.

Released: December 4, 2012
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