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2023 GRCC Great Teachers Seminar!

The Great Teachers Seminar is a three-day retreat for GRCC teachers to exchange ideas around teaching and building community.

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"If properly tapped, the collective wisdom, experience, and creativity of any group of practicing educators far surpass that of any individual expert."

 — David Gottshall, National Great Teachers Movement Founder


Great teachers seminar group discussion

Join us August 1-3, 2023

The Great Teachers Seminar will be hosted in Grand Rapids for 2023.

Seminar Hours:

Tuesday, Aug. 1 & Wednesday  Aug. 2: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 3: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Who can apply?

Any GRCC full-time or adjunct instructor.

Applications will open in March 2023

You must be able to attend the program all three days to apply. 

Some of the comments from those who participated in Great Teachers August, 2021 regarding what they valued about the experience:

  • Collegiality. Also that everyone who shows up is interested in growing as a teacher!
  • I loved the camaraderie! It was great to be able to talk to others who not only commiserated, but also had helpful knowledge to share!
  • The time spent with other teachers of other content areas was so valuable.
  • This was so intellectually stimulating. The diversity among instructors allowed me the opportunity to learn many teaching aides that I hadn't even considered (or known about). 
  • The seminar was well-planned, organized, and incredibly valuable to my professional development. I also liked the opportunity getting to know faculty from other departments. The comradery is great!
  • I enjoyed fellowship with other colleagues in different content areas and with a variety of years of seniority. Also, the food was fabulous.
  • I like a low stress environment to interact and share with colleagues. And perhaps make new friends or get to know people better.
  • EVERYTHING! Connecting with other teachers and brainstorming.

Great teachers seminar participants


City Flats Hotel
83 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • Celebrate and inspire great teaching.
  • Explore new classroom techniques.
  • Stimulate the exchange of information and ideas.
  • Build connections that go beyond disciplines and schools.



If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Deb Vilmont, Professor of Education/Child Development at or (616) 234-4889.