There are three logistical issues critical to the success of a Master Teacher Seminar--program support, a sponsoring organization, and the seminar director.Program Support
There must be one person who coordinates the event. Over the years, our program has had three people who have filled this role. Currently, Joyce Palmer communicates daily with potential participants and works with the facility and the sponsoring organization. The vital duties of the person providing program support include:
The sponsoring organization provides infrastructure in support of the seminar. In our case, College of the Mainland provides the not-for-profit identity, the budget account, the business office services, the computer network, the transportation/vehicles, the media support, and many other "in kind" services. Furthermore, the Great Teaching Roundup is sponsored by the Continuing Education Program at the college. We provide CEUs issued by the Professional Development Academy for the participants. Our event pays its way in direct expenses, but the college provides important infrastructure. If we had to provide these services for ourselves and apply for our own tax status, we would have a much more difficult challenge.
It is desirable to have several co-sponsors. I am reminded that large drama productions with a large casts like musicals, play to larger audiences than do small cast productions. Co-sponsors build communication, enrollment, and support; co-sponsors mean more and healthier participation. Our seminar is co-sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Tarrant County Junior College (Fort Worth), and Angelina College (Lufkin, Texas). The Instructional Dean at Angelina has sent two to four faculty for each of the 24 years and has their pictures on her wall. The Great Teaching Roundup is a line item in their budget.
Role of the Director