Teachers from all types of secondary and postsecondary learning institutions from a variety of disciplines will gather in Prescott, Arizona during May 19 - 23, 2013 for an exchange of learning, teaching, and philosophy. The focus of discussion and activities for the entire week will be on innovations and problems of instruction in education.
The seminar is an assembly of dedicated educators. Each participant will be asked to submit ideas to the seminar for discussion. The focus of ideas and teaching strategies will be innovation and excellence in classroom teaching. Seminar staff will lead focus sessions around special interests.
The sole aim of the seminar is the practical exploration of ways to improve teaching. Garrison founded the seminar on the beliefs that:
- excellent teaching takes place in American education,
- teachers who are striving toward mastery of their craft have much to share with others, and
- bringing teachers together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere to share their successes and their experiences will enhance the skills of all.
"To join a community of educators who are passionate, creative and diverse was invigorating! Every academic institution would benefit by creating a space, like AZMT, where teaching is cultivated and people thrive. The effects of being immersed in such a positive environment will last a lifetime and affect individuals beyond the ripple of a classroom. AZMT is an experience that must be experienced!"
-- 2011 Participant
"This was an amazing experience for me. It was exactly what I needed at this time in my teaching career. It helped rekindle my passion and love for teaching and reminded me why I went into teaching in the first place. It also gave me time to reflect on my future goals and what I'd like to become as a teacher. The best part of this seminar were the friendships I forged and the deep feelings of joy I experienced. One day I might forget the words I heard there but I'll never forget the way it made me feel."
- 2012 Participant
The seminar will be conducted by Horizon Seminars. Dr. W. Terry Whisnant, Executive Director of the seminar, is Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Southside Virginia Community College (SsVCC). A veteran of both national and international teaching programs, he and John Cavan, SsVCC President, founded the Virginia Master Teacher Seminar in 1991.
Dr. Whisnant is also Director of Master Teacher seminars in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Indiana. In addition to those states, he founded Master Teacher programs in New Jersey and at Georgia’s Perimeter College.
Terry was selected by the American Association of Community College Trustees as the southern regional Faculty-of-the-Year in 2001 and was the finalist for the national Faculty-of-the-Year in 2002. Terry will be joined by a staff of experienced faculty facilitators.
Daily seminar sessions will be conducted with ample opportunity for exploration, recreation and relaxation. Participant check-in and room assignment begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2012. A reception, dinner, and evening program are the first scheduled events. This seminar ends after lunch on Thursday, May 24. Further information on what to bring and what to expect will be included in your participant’s package.
The Arizona Master Teacher Seminar will be held on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) located in Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle is an independent, non-profit, four-year private university with a history dating back to the early days of aviation. The University serves culturally diverse students pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace. Residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona provide education in a traditional setting, while extensive networks of educational centers throughout the United States and abroad serve civilian and military working adults. ERAU is the world’s largest university specializing in Aviation/Aeronautical Science and Aerospace Engineering.
Prescott is located 100 miles north of Phoenix. Prescott, “Everybody’s hometown” is a summer paradise. With spectacular scenery, lakes, and the surrounding Prescott National Forest, recreation opportunities are abundant. The mile high climate offers comfortable sunny days and cool summer nights. Summer is highlighted with activities such as arts and crafts fairs, art shows, galleries, musical events, and a lively theater community. Many of these events are held right in the courthouse square. The Sharlot Hall Museum showcases Prescott’s history as a territorial capitol, and the Phippen Museum of Western Art houses an extensive permanent collection of Western art.
- $350.00 for the faculty of Maricopa Community Colleges
- $650.00 for non-Maricopa participants
Maricopa Community Colleges residential faculty may apply for FPG funding to support their attendance. Please note that attendance at Arizona Master Teacher will not qualify residential faculty for non-academic salary advancement.
Payments must be received by Friday, April 19, 2013, to secure your space. If not received by the deadline, your space will be given to the next individual on the wait list.
Registering to Attend AZMT
For AZMT 2013, registrations will be accepted from Friday, February 8, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013
Maricopa faculty (Residential, Adjunct, One-Year-Only, & One-Semester-Only) and non-Maricopa faculty are encouraged to attend. Please note preference will be given to first-time attendees (faculty who have not previously attended AZMT).