The mission of Highroad Professional Development, LLC, is to organize and provide events that promote the ideal of professional excellence. One ideal is that a professional development retreat should be held in a location that inspires deep thought and self reflection. We have held retreats at hotel and conference facilities near such natural wonders as Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion Canyon. Our consulting services are available both nationally and internationally. We have collaborated with institutions and organizations to offer professional development workshops, retreats, and seminars in their selected locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and China.
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Event Leaders' Credentials
Event Coordinator & Director: Tom Cunningham
has a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. He is
currently a Professor of Education at Southern Utah University in
Cedar City. In 2002, he returned to full-time teaching after eight years of
service in the SUU Center for Faculty Excellence and the Sherratt Library. In
his former role as the SUU Faculty Development Director, he met Dr. Parnell
through the Utah Consortium of Faculty Developers. When Dr. Cunningham attended
his first great teaching retreat, directed by Dr. Parnell, he was skeptical
about its value but was soon convinced that "properly facilitated shoptalk"
really is the highest form of professional development. He has learned from his experiences with these events that teachers teaching teachers, sharing their great ideas and collaborating on possible solutions to persistent problems, is very practical AND very powerful.
Advancing the Great Teachers Movement: In 1997, Dr.
Cunningham invited Dr. Parnell to help offer a great teaching retreat in
southern Utah; and since that time, they have continued to collaborate, offering
workshops, retreats, and seminars for higher education faculty, public school
teachers, faculty/staff developers, librarians, and other education
professionals. In 2001, Parnell and Cunningham both participated in the
National Great Teachers Leadership Colloquium (NGTLC) in Texas that was directed
by David Gottshall, who founded the National Great Teachers Movement in 1969. In
2005, Cunningham attended the NGTLC in North Carolina, also directed by
Gottshall, who continues to personally direct seminars across the United States
and Canada although he has retired from full-time teaching.