Teachers from all types of secondary and postsecondary learning institutions from a variety of disciplines will gather in Prescott, Arizona during May 18 - 22, 2014 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
"My experience at AZMT was truly a gift. Regardless of your academic discipline, or prior teaching experience, every participant is welcomed and appreciated as a teacher. AZMT is a unique learning opportunity for teachers to reflect, revitalize, and restock their toolbox with fresh ideas, and innovative teaching strategies."
- 2013 Participant
Stephen Walker, seminar director, is Professor of History at Southside Virginia Community College. A veteran of national teaching programs, he works closely with Dr. W. Terry Whisnant, executive director and founder of the Virginia Master Teacher Seminar.
Professor Walker currently serves as lead facilitator and presenter for the Master Teacher seminars in Arizona, Florida, and Indiana. He was lead facilitator in the inaugural Master Teacher seminars in Alabama, Georgia, and New Jersey. He has lead or participated in over 50 Master Teacher seminars across the United States. Stephen also founded the Virginia Teachers’ Academy. The program specifically designed for K-12 teachers was modeled after the Master Teacher movement.
Stephen 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 18, 2014. A reception, dinner, and evening program are the first scheduled events. This seminar ends after lunch on Thursday, May 22. Further information on what to bring and what to expect will be included in your participant’s package.
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 Faculty Professional Growth (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 11, 2014, 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 2014, registrations will be accepted from Monday, February 17, 2014 to Friday, March 21, 2014.
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).
Registration link to be posted February 17, 2014