Celebration of Great Teaching Retreat

The Celebration of Great Teaching returns to ACC in March! This weekend retreat is an opportunity for full-time and adjunct faculty to examine in depth what calls them to teaching and how to be the best they can be.

Where: Flying L Guest Ranch, Bandera, Texas
When: March 31-April 2nd, 2017
What: An opportunity for 12 hours of Professional Development Credit. Costs are covered by ACC except for transportation, excursions, or personal incidentals.

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 12, 2017

Information Session: Friday, March 3, 2017

Apply online today!

Retreat Info

The Celebration of Great Teaching Philosophy

Austin Community College’s Celebration of Great Teaching is based on the National Great Teaching Seminar, a movement begun in 1969. The time we spend together is like no other professional development you will encounter. Many have said it is the best professional development of their career.

The Celebration is based on the premise that teachers learn teaching best from other teachers and that creativity is enhanced by mixing teachers of diverse teaching fields, experience levels, and interests. The emphasis is on the universals of teaching and on the special nature of those who are and aspire to be great teachers. If properly tapped, the collective wisdom of practicing educators surpasses that of any expert.

How the Retreat is Organized
  • There is no pre-planned agenda: We will assemble our own agenda based on the two papers you are asked to prepare, the topics they help establish, and the interests of the whole group. Facilitators are responsible for listening, identifying topics of interest they hear discussed, and presenting them to the participants, who will then decide which ones to pursue in small group discussions and additional ones to add.
  • There are no hired experts on education, no keynote speakers: Our collective wisdom is the most powerful tool available.
  • There is an agreement at the outset that all behaviors and discussion will be positive and productive: Griping, war stories, scape-goating, and skewering administrators is discouraged. All participants agree to share discussion time equitably, graciously, and honestly.
  • There is significant “free” time: Incorporated in the day’s work of small group discussion and the evening whole-group activities, we provide plenty of unscheduled time for informal follow-up and private reflection. Some of the best time is the in-between time.

Meeting other faculty has certainly inspired me to try and plug in to the professional and social events at ACC, something I haven’t done with regularity in the past. I made connections that I believe will carry over beyond the weekend.

Amy Handy

English Professor

It helped create a sense of family at ACC. People with the same situations coming together, sharing, questioning, learning.

Gerhardt Gast

ESL Professor

The retreat is a place deep in the heart of West Texas where I can safely explore teaching with like-minded souls.

Mark Decker

Psychology Professor

The retreat is held in a gorgeous setting and meeting my peers in that sort of idyllic place helped boost my self-confidence and sense of ease and purpose as an instructor. I remember the experience fondly.

Charles Rand

Foreign Language Professor

The retreat gave me the chance to see our students through some other sets of eyes. It also gave me the chance to see some old friends and to make some new ones.

Michael Hydak

Foreign Language Professor

I was blown away with the positive energy at the Great Teaching Retreat…Being busy with teaching and life in general can make professors distant from one another, which reduces communication and the sharing of best practices. This event gives you the chance to open up, share and learn and I cannot think of any better way to do this!

Scott Goyette

Adjunct Management Professor

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