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Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat

Thursday-Saturday, February 27-March 1, 2014
Days Inn, Kanab, Utah

Retreat begins with Orientation meeting and light refreshments at 7 p.m. on Thursday; ends with lunch on Saturday.

Travel Information for Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat (click link for travel details)


This retreat is for faculty in higher education. It is based on the philosophy that well facilitated shoptalk is the highest form of professional development. No individual "expert" can match the collective knowledge, wisdom, creativity, expertise, and genius of 30-40 teachers who are actively involved in their profession. The participants themselves are the experts at the retreat! You will meet with other teachers from different disciplines and institutions, engage in highly interactive discussions, share successful strategies and innovations, seek solutions to your own teaching problems and challenges, and much more (see instructions for Prior Preparation about what to bring to the retreat).

The retreat facilitators will provide structure and guidelines to help assure effective use of retreat time, but you and the other participants will decide which issues are most important and relevant to discuss. Together, we will pursue a quest for the ideal of the "great teacher."
The Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat is based on the seminar model of the National Great Teachers Movement,* founded in 1969 by David Gottshall. This movement continues to grow with workshops, retreats, and seminars held across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world. For more information about the movement, follow the web link at the end of this page.

Dr. Gary Parnell (Ephraim Education Center, Utah State University) will serve as Director of the Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat. He has been directing workshops, retreats, and seminars based on the Great Teachers model since 1991. The Retreat Coordinator, Dr. Tom Cunningham (Southern Utah University), has been collaborating on such events with Dr. Parnell since 1997. Both have participated in leadership training directed by movement founder David Gottshall.

At the Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat, we will have great food, great conversation, and even some free time for a little fun in the beautiful red-rock country of southern Utah. You may decide to extend your stay over the weekend so that you can spend more time in the area, perhaps visiting a national park. Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon are nearby.

We hope you will join us for this professionally enriching and rejuvenating experience.

SPACE IS LIMITED, so REGISTER NOW to reserve your place at the retreat; then send a check or money order to secure your registration by
Friday, January 17, 2014.


The Retreat Fee includes the following:

  • 2 nights in a private hotel room at the Kanab Days Inn
  • 5 meals and 4 breaks (light refreshments Thursday through lunch on Saturday)
  • Retreat materials

Fee payment must be postmarked ON or BEFORE Friday, January 17, 2014.

INDIVIDUAL RATE: $400 per person (U.S. Dollars)
GROUP DISCOUNT: $350 per person for SIX or more from the same institution

AFTER Friday, January 17, 2014

LATE REGISTRATION: $450 per person (accepted as space permits)

GROUP DISCOUNTS: Payment must be made with a single check or money order for the total retreat fees of all participants from the same institution.

REFUNDS: If a registered participant must cancel, an alternate from the same institution may attend instead. If no alternate is available, a refund (minus a $75 administrative fee/person) is available upon notification of the Retreat Coordinator by Wednesday, February 19, 2014. NO REFUNDS AFTER THAT DATE.

Make check or money order payable (in U.S. Dollars) to


SEND FEE PAYMENT and all inquiries to

Attention: Tom Cunningham
Retreat Coordinator
Highroad Professional Development, LLC
3941 North Hampshire Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721

E-Mail: HighroadPD@gmail.com
Phone: 435-590-6066 (if no answer, please leave a message)

*Click this link to the National Great Teachers Movement to learn more about it.