National Great Teachers Seminar, June 7 to June 11, 2015

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The 2015 National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Rockies will be held at the Banff Centre, Banff,  Alberta, June 7 to June 11, 2015.
Enrollment is limited. Registration and payment deadline is May 8, 2015.

The National Great Teachers Seminar is a four-day, intensive retreat for post-secondary educators representing a wide range of subject areas and teaching experience. Rooted in the philosophy that one of the most powerful forms of professional development occurs when faculty learn from one another, this seminar offers an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a teacher and learner.

Seminar participants engage in a learning process of shared information and experiences, self-reflection, and action planning as they explore together a variety of teaching strategies, innovations, instructional challenges, and solutions. The format of the seminar is minimally structured and evolves throughout the week based on ongoing assessments of the participants’ needs.

The theme underlying all seminar activities is the quest to identify the nature of the “The Great Teacher.” As in any quest, those on the journey learn much about themselves along the way. This seminar is not meant to be a “reward” for accomplished teachers, nor is it limited to the already “great.” It is designed especially for those teachers striving to be great.

Goals of the Seminar

  • to CELEBRATE good teaching.
  • to INSPIRE faculty to venture beyond the limits of our own specializations and environments in search of the universals of teaching
  • to DISCOVER effective and innovative approaches to teaching and learning
  • to STIMULATE the exchange of information and ideas between faculty and post-secondary institutions by bringing them together
  • to REFLECT deeply on our own attitudes, methods, and behaviour as teachers in a supportive and engaging environment
  • to RENEW our commitment to student learning and to our profession


Register online.

The inclusive registration fee covers the seminar registration, four nights’ accommodation, all meals, all gratuities, all taxes, and all seminar materials. Additional costs to participants will be travel to and from Banff and personal spending money.

Accommodation is normally a shared room (2 participants to a room); a limited number of single rooms are available at additional cost, on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for 2015 with a shared room is $1,495.00 CDN per person and the fee with single room accommodation is $1,995.00 CDN.

Payment of the total fee guarantees your spot. If your application is received after the maximum number of registrations has been reached, it will be returned with your fees. If you are accepted, you will receive a full package of instructions to assist you in your planning.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your plans by May 8, 2015, your tuition will be refunded, except for a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel after May 8, 2015, a refund will not be issued unless we can fill your spot.

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