Mark your calendars for the Learning Summit!
June 8-11, 2014
The Learning Summit is a working retreat for college teams to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges related to learning. Participants examine effective practices in five topic areas that are the focus of the program:
- Student Learning Outcomes
- Student Engagement
- Faculty and Staff Engagement
- Organizational Culture
- Quality, Inquiry, and Accountability
Summit Format. After an opening plenary session on the first evening, the program devotes a half-day to each topic over the next two-and-a-half days. An interactive Symposium kicks off each half-day session, followed by a set of concurrent Forums led by community college educators and scholars. Summit participants are engaged as full partners in the Summit since plenary and concurrent sessions are designed to be interactive.
The half-day session ends with Conversations about Learning, time designated for college teams to meet and discuss what they have learned and how it may apply to their institutions. Individual participants who are not with a college team are invited to join a facilitated conversation during this time. For those who wish to use it, a conversation guide is provided in the Summit binder, which also includes the program and other resources related to the topic areas. Each registered participant receives a Learning Summit binder.
Evaluation ratings and comments indicate that participants appreciate the Summit format and content. One Summit participant wrote, “Please keep the format as is for future Summits. Our team thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share and reflect on each session.” A veteran participant commented that, “The opportunity to work with our team was truly invaluable. This is always a productive experience.” One participant described the Summit as “intense and thought-provoking,” while another wrote, “I learned a lot. I was inspired.” Still another said, “I look forward to making this my standing annual event.”
Summit Setting. The League has arranged for a special room rate of $129 per night (plus taxes) for Summit participants at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, located 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the Gila River Indian Community. The resort was designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community’s heritage and culture. The architecture, design, art, and legends of the Pima (Akimel O’otham) and Maricopa (Pee Posh) tribes are celebrated in every detail imaginable, indoors and out. See Travel Info for additional travel information.
Summit Registration. Summit registration includes all Summit sessions, the opening reception, three continental breakfasts, two luncheons, and the Learning Summit binder. After a full day of learning, Summit participants can take advantage of the complimentary evening shuttle to explore dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the Gila River Indian Community area.