Summer Institute

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Preparing the Next Generation of Educators

7-9 June 2018  • University of North Carolina Asheville • Registration $400

Engage with peers from across COPLAC campuses to address common challenges, identify program successes, share resources, and build strategies for improving teacher education on our campuses. Using an interactive format, faculty will explore topics related to teacher preparation in a liberal arts context. The results of these discussions will form a valuable resource for the COPLAC community as well as a springboard for further collaboration among programs.

Connect with colleagues: the relaxing mountain environment of Western North Carolina is an ideal setting for your professional development and collaboration with people from other public liberal arts universities. Enjoy informal conversations, collaborative possibilities, events, and excursions with new friends. The Institute concludes with a collective effort to identify best practices in our education programs; to form a plan of action for departments to reach aspirations; and to draft recommendations to administrators. These 3 efforts will be presented to the COPLAC Board of Directors.

Thanks to support from COPLAC’s Board of Directors, a $400 registration fee covers single dormitory room (with shared bath), meals, facilities charges, airport shuttle service, and transportation to special events and excursions. Just get yourself to Asheville -- we’ll take care of the rest!

You create the Institute's final program by indicating areas of interest on the registration form as well as by suggesting additional topics. Select topics you believe will be valuable to discuss with COPLAC peers and indicate which discussions you'd like to lead.

Please register and indicate topic preferences by 15 March 2018.

Potential Institute Topics:

  • Distinctive elements of teacher education at public liberal arts colleges
  • Graduating & mentoring underrepresented groups in teaching
  • Preparing educators of special populations
  • Bringing together teacher training & technology
  • Communicating the value of a liberal arts education for teachers
  • Researching the liberal arts & teacher preparation
  • Shared courses about different cultures to meet certification requirements
  • Fostering shared curricular resources that enhance our education programs
  • Identifying regional/consortial coordination of internship placements, supervision, or add-on certificates



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