Summit Details

Golden Jubilee - 50 Years of the Great Teachers Movement
Celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Great Teachers Movement... where it was born!

The very first Great Teachers Seminar was held at the lodge in Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, not far from St. Louis, Missouri. The same lodge will be our venue for the 2019 International Great Teachers Leadership Summit, Tuesday-Friday, May 28-31, 2019It will be a significant historical and metaphorical experience, simultaneously looking back to our past and forward to our future from the viewpoint of a literal and figurative confluence.

The 2019 Summit will be a "working" celebration!

The best way to honor this special occasion is to apply the time-tested principles and best practices of the Great Teachers Movement (GTM) to our own continuing development as teacher-leaders, faculty coaches, professional developers, and others who support professional learning, in the same way we utilize the GTM model to help teachers improve their practice. We will also continue our conversation from the 2017 Summit (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin) about carrying the movement forward, sharing its power to innovate, and collaborating to envision the next iteration of the GTM.

River View at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois
The GTM model is based on the philosophy that well facilitated shoptalk is one of the highest forms of professional development. No individual "expert" can match the collective knowledge, wisdom, creativity, expertise, and genius of any group of practicing professionals who are actively involved in their work. The participants themselves are the experts at the Summit!

The Summit will begin with a Welcome Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, and will end with a Grab-and-Go Lunch on Friday, May 31.

You will meet with other professionals from different organizations and geographical locations, engage in highly interactive discussions, share successful professional learning strategies and innovations, seek solutions to your own professional learning problems and challenges, and much more (see instructions for Prior Preparation about what to bring to the Summit).

Pere Marquette Lodge Interior View
Facilitators will provide structure and guidelines to help assure effective use of our time together, 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-leader and professional developer."

David Gottshall, founder of the 
National Great Teachers Movement, was enthusiastically planning to attend this Golden Jubilee celebration. Unfortunately, due to health concerns, he will not be able to join us. Nevertheless, we are working on a way to involve him and to thank him!

At the International Great Teachers Leadership Summit, we will have great food, great conversation, and even a little free time for some fun around Pere Marquette State Park. You may decide to come early or extend your stay so you can spend more time in the area.

We hope you will join us for this professionally enriching and energizing experience!

SPACE IS LIMITED, so REGISTER NOW to reserve your place at the Summit; then send a check, money order, or pay with a credit card, to secure your registration by Wednesday, April 17, 2019.


The Summit Fee includes the following:
  • 3 nights/4 days in a private hotel room at the Lodge inside Pere Marquette State Park
  • 9 meals and 5 coffee/tea breaks (dinner Tuesday through lunch on Friday)
  • Day and evening Summit sessions
  • Summit supplies and support materials

Fee payment must be received ON or BEFORE Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

B. REGULAR REGISTRATION: $1195 per person

AFTER Wednesday, April 17, 2019, accepted as space permits.


A refund (minus a $150 administrative fee per person) is available upon notification of Summit Coordinator by Friday, May 10, 2019. NO REFUNDS AFTER THAT DATE.


Secure Payments by Wave
Within 48 hours of registering, you should receive an electronic invoice via email from Highroad Professional Development, LLC. The invoice includes options to pay by credit card through the Wave Accounting secure online payment system, OR you can send a check/money order by mail.

If you send a check or money order, make it payable (in U.S. Dollars)
to Highroad Professional Development, LLC
. Then mail it as follows:

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

NOTE about SPAM FILTERS: Summit invoices are normally sent via the secure Wave Accounting system within 48 hours of registering online. However, some spam filters may treat such emails as junk mail and block their delivery. Check the spam/junk mail folders of your email account; then if you have not received an electronic invoice within 2 business days after registering, please contact the Summit Coordinator by email or phone.

Phone: 435-590-6066 (if no answer, please leave a message)