Mar 06
A Personal Invitation to the Great Teacher Seminar

From Teresa Menzies, President and Union Officer, Local 73 and a long-time Instructor!

Last week Amanda and Janine posted about the importance of collaboration with peers as informal professional development.

Are you looking for some formal professional development?

Today, I am pleased to invite you to the 18th annual Prairie Region Great Teacher Seminar. This unique seminar began in Illinois in 1969 and still follows the same unusual format today. The Great Teacher Seminar format supports the strong belief that teachers learn to teach from other teachers through discussion and exploration of teaching strategies, innovations, and problem solving. The goal of GTS is to identify the characteristics of the “Great Teacher".

It has been my joy to be involved with GTS since its inception in the Prairies.

Here's what a few of last year's participants had to say:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the GTS. The focus on allowing and encouraging teachers to help each other solve problems and improve teaching practices was a breath of fresh air in contrast to the typical conference approach.  In other words, GTS provides the time and space and opportunity to learn in the ways we ask our student to learn – from and with each other. Finally, it is professional development that models approaches we should take with our students.
  • It was incredible. I cannot say enough how much I loved this experience. It has given me so much confidence, joy, knowledge, relaxation, new information…the list goes on. I have never felt as much passion at any event like this.
  • “Something from nothing" explains this seminar. What you put in is what you get out.

If you are already great, or genuinely interested in becoming great, this seminar is for you. Applications are due Friday, March 20th. For all the details, visit


I encourage you to apply to...

I encourage you to apply to attend the GTS. It, literally, changed my instructor-life when I attended back in 2010. Those handful of days spent in the company of my peers living, breathing and talking about teaching made me realize that I was -- am -- a teacher, an instructor. There is always more to learn, but my experience at the GTS enabled me to see myself as an instructor. In that safe and supportive environment, I gave myself permission to walk right into the bright light of teaching and learning and believe that I had a right to it. I was not a fraud. I could do it. And I wanted to do it. And I was doing it.
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 3/6/2020 9:08 AM

I was fortunate to be able ...

I was fortunate to be able to participate last year. If you're able to apply, please do! This seminar is a breath of fresh air!
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  • Sherry L Seymour
 on 3/6/2020 10:29 AM