National Great Teachers Seminar- CANCELLED for 2020

Due to travel restrictions and precautions relating to reducing the spread of COVID-19 we have cancelled this event. We hope to reschedule for July 18-22, 2021. Check back next winter/spring for updates.

All current registrations will be fully refunded in the coming weeks.

Join us at the spectacular Sun Peaks Resort for a worthwhile retreat designed for post-secondary educators.

The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Mountains is a five-day retreat designed for post-secondary educators who care deeply about effective teaching and enhancing student learning. Whether you are a veteran teacher or new to the profession, the National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Mountains will give you a unique and powerful opportunity to reflect on what great teaching is all about.

Since its creation by Dr. David Gottschall in 1969, the Great Teachers Seminar has been attended by thousands of post-secondary faculty from around the world. The model, rooted in reflection and collaborative problem-solving in an informal environment, offers participants the opportunity to celebrate great teaching and to learn from colleagues from a broad range of institutions, disciplines, and years of experience. It is a unique and deeply transformative professional development experience not to be missed.

Hosted for the first time by Thompson Rivers University’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Mountains is the 35th annual event. The seminar will be led by a team of experienced faculty who shall stay true to the model of the Great Teachers Seminars as developed by David Gottshall.

Registration fee includes the seminar costs, meals, and a private room at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre. [Registration is currently closed].


What participants say

I thought the Great Teachers Seminar was great. I am one who (jokingly) tells others that my basis for selecting conferences, seminars, and workshops is location, location, location. It is really wonderful when one finds not only a great location, but also a great seminar. There is nothing like spending a week with truly great teachers talking about what it means to be a TEACHER, I came away with many new strategies to try in my class, but just as important, I received affirmation that I am a good teacher. Working alone in the trenches, it is easy to lose sight of who we are and the success we do have. Great Teachers was an opportunity to meet teachers from all disciplines, a rarity in our increasingly specialized world, and to see that teachers are not defined by what or where they teach, but rather by what they do when they enter the classroom.
Bob Ford
Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland

Great Teachers has been, for me, a wonderful personal and professional development experience. It helped me focus on crucial teaching issues in a supportive and uplifting atmosphere. Its infectious energy will give you an emotional recharge that is sure to enhance your effectiveness as an educator.
Denis Laplante
Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario
The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Rockies was the most dynamic, inspiring, and valuable professional development activity that I have ever had the privilege of attending. I wish all teachers had the opportunity to attend.
Kim Richter
Kwantlen University College, Surrey, B.C.
This was a first-class seminar. I believe it should be a must for teachers old and new. I left with many new teaching skills, strategies, and friends.
Jari Sundholm
Lethbridge Community College, Lethbridge, Alberta