In the past, this retreat has focused on regional universities, however, it has been extremely well-received over the years and the TLC has now opened it up to a national audience. We will not be offering the Retreat in 2017, but stay tuned for announcements on future dates!
The Teaching Renewal Retreat takes place at the beautiful Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston Salem, NC. Graylyn provides the perfect setting for a deep exploration and reflection upon teaching practices. In addition to structured activities, participants have ample time to enjoy the grounds and amenities and informal opportunities to network and socialize. This unique three-day retreat brings together faculty from a variety of disciplines and universities to explore new paths, both pedagogical and personal, in an effort to reconnect with the excitement that originally led them into teaching careers.
Read here, how past participant, Angela King, was inspired to change how her organic chemistry classes operate by developing a course mastery challenge and borrowing the idea of a House Cup from the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts.
“This was a fantastic retreat! The deep exchanges with colleagues renewed my sense of professional and personal union and gave me a few important tools and new concepts which I can move towards realizing my sense of purpose. The workshops, working groups, coaching sessions, and time for personal reflection provided the perfect framework for renewal.”
“I thought there was a good balance of thinking, listening, sharing, learning, and rest. The setting for the retreat is perfect and the amenities make the whole experience seem like a reward, which is conducive to bringing a playful, happy attitude to the sessions. I cannot think of anything that was missing.”
“I’ve been to several conferences on teaching, and generally came away from each with several good ideas that I can use to tweak my teaching for the better. This is the only conference I’ve been to that renewed my teaching—that gave me a re-energized and transformed vision for what I can be doing as a teacher.”