Prairie Region Great Teacher Seminar

Dates: May 15 - 18, 2017

RRC will host the 16th Annual Great Teacher Seminar in Riding Mountain National Park (Elkhorn Resort Spa and Conference Centre).

The Prairie Region Great Teacher seminar is a 3 day intensive seminar that provides an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the challenges faced by educators in a range of professional environments. Participants come from colleges, high schools, public and private training environments but all share the common goal effective classroom performance. Participants will learn from each other through discussion and exploration of teaching strategies, innovations, problems and solutions. The theme underlying all seminar activities is the perpetual challenge to identify the characteristics of the "Great Teacher". This seminar is not limited to the already great; rather, it is designed to attract those who have a desire to be great educators. This is one of the most unique professional development opportunities.

Pre-conference assignments are required. You will be asked to write a one-page paper drawn from your experience in your teaching environment. Full participation in all the workshops is expected. If you cannot commit fully to the entire seminar, we suggest you attend another year.

Prairie Region Great Teacher Seminar 2017 Brochure

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Application Information for Red River College Faculty

Red River College Faculty may apply to attend:

  • To register: Complete a college Staff Development Form and a Registration Form
  • RRC registration deadline: Submit both documents to your Chair by the deadline (TBA).
  • Registrations are limited: School Deans will determine eligibility for participation.
  • You will be notified by email by the end of March if your application is approved.

For more information about the application process please contact Monique Pishak, Teacher Education at mlpishak@rrc.ca or 204-632-2300.

Frequently Asked Questions  

  1. What is the GTS?
    The Great Teacher Seminar (GTS) is a three-day, intensive seminar that provides an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the challenges faced by educators in vocational environments. The seminar is loads of fun and you will learn a great deal about classroom practice. These events are held by colleges across North America, Pacific Rim countries, Qatar and other places around the world. They are always billed as “once in a lifetime opportunities.” Check out the National Great Teacher Seminar Movement website at http://ngtm.net.
  2. Who should attend the GTS?
    Faculty who are genuinely interested in continuously improving their classroom performance should attend this seminar. This seminar is designed to attract those who are striving to be great educators. Faculty members from all programs are encouraged to take advantage of this unique professional development opportunity.
  3. Where is the Prairie Region GTS?
    The Prairie Region GTS is held at the Elkhorn Resort Spa and Conference Centre adjacent to Riding Mountain National Park located one hour north of Brandon, Manitoba. It is held annually the second week in May.
  4. What is the cost to faculty?
    Your department will cover the tuition cost if you are approved to attend. The total cost for each participant includes seminar registration, three nights’ accommodation, all meals and all seminar materials, and travel to and from Riding Mountain National Park.
  5. How do I apply to attend the GTS?
    Red River College is allotted 15 seats divided across all academic departments. Faculty members are selected via Senior Academic Council based on the number of applications from each academic division. There are application instructions above, on this web page.
  6. At the seminar, will I have any free time?
    The Great Teacher Seminar is a very intensive seminar that meets morning, afternoon and evening. Your full participation in the entire event is expected if you are chosen to attend. You will have some free time each day from 3:00 pm until 5:30 and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 5:30. Some extra-curricular activities and adventures are available.
  7. Can I take my own vehicle rather than ride in the college van with other participants?
    You may take your own vehicle at your own expense. Just let us know that you will not be travelling in the college vans.
  8. What are the arrival and departure times of the van travelling to the seminar?
    The college vans will depart from the bus loop at Notre Dame Campus at 12PM on Monday, May 9th and arrive at the Elkhorn Resort approximately 4 PM. On your return trip, you will depart from the Elkhorn Resort at 1PM on Thursday, May 12 and return to the Notre Dame Campus at 5PM.
  9. Can I bring my family members or spouse?
    No. This seminar is not the time to share the Elkhorn Resort with your family. The seminar is busy and your full participation is expected in the all activities. Meals are shared with other seminar participants and the seminar includes evening sessions.
  10. What should I bring with me?
    You will be provided with a list of materials and things to bring to the seminar once you have been selected to attend.

For More Information

For more information contact:  

Monique Pishak, Teacher Education
Red River College
C312 – 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9

Phone: (204) 632-2300
Email: mlpishak@rrc.ca