Where will this take place?
We didn’t want this to be a city, state, or regional affair. This isn’t for any subset of teachers, be it rural, urban, or suburban, to the exclusion of the others. We wanted this to be out of most everyone’s home turf so that participants are taken out of their day-to-day routines to focus on reflection and learning. We wanted a place to stay, to eat, to explore. A destination in itself, yet accessible enough by car and/or plane. We also wanted space to gather and also proximity to activities while keeping costs low.
We found a natural partner in the Southwest Center for Educational Support at Keene State College. Keene State, founded in 1909 as a Teacher’s College, and the Southwest Center for Educational Support, are dedicated first and foremost to helping educators succeed to the benefit of their students.
With nearby Mount Monadnock, numerous small hikes, ponds and lakes, and an attractive downtown, we decided to hold year one in Keene, NH. We’ll house participants in the brand-new Living and Learning Commons and utilize campus dining for most, if not all, meals. We think this location lends itself to a nice balance of work and life.