When and Where?
- Our workshop will begin on Monday, June 19th at 9am at the Hilton Anaheim in Huntington B & C, located on the 4th floor. Breakfast will be available for you starting at 7:30am.
What is a Great Teachers Seminar?
The National Great Teachers Movement, founded in the 1960s by David Gottshall, has provided inspirational, faculty-centered professional development experiences for thousands of educators. Rather than an event that brings "great teachers" together, Great Teachers Seminars (GTSs) offer faculty the opportunity to search for the great teacher within. Each GTS embraces the idea that no expert can match the collective wisdom of a group of educators. Unlike a traditional conference, participants actively develop the topics discussed at the event, providing an organic and grassroots approach to faculty development.
GTS events occur throughout North America each year and many have been in existence for decades. Many events emerge through grassroots efforts and may not be trackable. However, this does not mean they are any less important or valuable. Below is a list of some of the annual Great Teachers Seminars that have been around the longest. This list is offered to ensure conversations and planning of GOTS events occur within the broader GTS narrative. For more information about the history of NGTM, contact Steve Smith or click here.
- Santa Barbara Great Teachers Seminar -- est. 1979, coordinated by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACC) Education Institute
- Pacific Northwest Great Teaching Seminar - est. c. 1979, coordinated by Umpqua Community College
- National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Rockies -- est. 1984, coordinated by MacEwan University
- Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar -- est. 1988, coordinated by Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaii
- Annual GTSs are also held in North Carolina, Utah, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, Texas, Alberta, and Nova Scotia
- Click here to view video reflections from past participants.
- Click here for additional information about the history of NGTM and upcoming GTSs.
Why a Great Online Teachers Seminar (GOTS)?
Teaching online is unique from teaching in a classroom. While Twitter and blogs provide powerful opportunities for faculty to share and connect, many online instructors in higher education are not engaged in these conversations. Establishing a series of Great Online Teachers Seminars will create a space for diverse groups of faculty across institutions to connect, share, learn from one another and develop a community of practice.
Learn more here about Michelle Pacansky-Brock, the facilitator of GOTS.