Great Teachers Seminar

Join the 2019 Great Teachers Seminar

The Midwest Great Teachers Seminar is a four-day retreat dedicated to post-secondary educators from a wide range of subject areas and teaching experience. Participants engage in a learning process of shared experiences, self-reflection, and action planning. Together, they explore a variety of teaching innovations, challenges, and solutions.

The 2019 Midwest Great Teachers Seminar (May 19-23, 2019) is sponsored by Marquette University’s Center for Teaching and Learning and is facilitated by an international team of educational development specialists. The seminar takes place at Wingspread Retreat & Conference Center, a 45 minute drive from either O’Hare Chicago or General Mitchell Milwaukee airports. Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the retreat center is nestled on 36 acres of lush, natural landscape. The original iconic building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and known simply as Wingspread, is the heart of this unique complex.

Wingspread Fireplace Wingspread Lobby Wingspread Conference Room Wingspread Patio

What is the Great Teacher Movement?

Started in 1970, the Great Teachers movement has touched thousands of educators. The heart of the seminar is listed below and continues to this day.

Every Great Teacher Seminar gathers to:

  1. Celebrate good teaching.
  2. Encourage educators to venture outside of their disciplinary specialization and environment in order to search for transferable ideas about teaching.
  3. Promote attitudes of introspection and self-appraisal in an informal environment wherein participants can seriously review and contemplate their attitude, methods, and behavior as teachers.
  4. Practice rational analysis of instructional problems and develop realistic, creative approaches to their solution.
  5. Stimulate the exchange of ideas and information by building a network to communication among teachers in higher education.