Renewal Week is a unique summer Conference especially designed for and administered by full-time and limited full-time DCCCD faculty, staff, and administrators. This year, it will be held on the campus of Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. The multiple purposes the conference seeks to achieve are:
All DCCCD faculty, administrators, and professional support staff who have completed 9 months of continuous employment prior to July 1, 2012 are eligible to apply as a participant. Additionally, professional support staff and administrators are eligible for professional leave for four days of the conference.
Renewal Week 2012 Applications must be submitted along with the following to your Location Representative:
Note: The altitude is approximately 7,400 feet. If you have a health condition affected by high altitude, such as high blood pressure, the committee recommends that you consult with your physician before you make application.
The cost for room/board, t-shirt and use of conference facilities is $425. A $125 deposit is required with the application. The remaining balance may be paid in multiple installments. Scheduled payment dates are March 30, 2012 in time for the April meeting; April 27, in time for the May meeting. 100% refund is possible up to May meeting & May 31 in time for the June 1, 2012 meeting, which is the last date for 50% refund. Although, professional leave is given, all costs must be covered by the participant. Participants, whose programs are approved by the Steering Committee, will be eligible to receive a refund/credit of $25.
Other costs to be considered by applicants include: participant’s expense of transportation to and from the conference, cash to cover some field trips during the conference (i.e., transportation, entrance fees, meals), supply fees for certain presentations, and money to cover incidental personal expenses.
Renewal Week runs from 3:30 p.m., Sunday, through 9:00 a.m. the following Saturday morning. Participants are to arrange their transportation around this schedule. Any emergency requiring a participant to arrive late or depart early from the conference must be reported to the Location Representative as soon as possible.
The Renewal Week program has a rich heritage that began in 1984. Part of that heritage relates to the emphasis the program has on the history of the area, risk taking and professional development or renewal, international education, and our roles as world and DCCCD citizens. The program objectives are accomplished through presenters designing educational activities such as short courses, field trips, workshops, seminars, discussion groups, nature studies, enriching book reviews, arts and crafts, and recreational activities. Programs provided during the week will range from indoor to outdoor, passive to active, large group to small group to individual, educational to recreational, and cultural to social.
Presenters may utilize traditional or innovative instructional approaches as long as the content is educational or professionally “renewing” to the participants. Presenters are encouraged to share their special talents or interests with other participants – this makes Renewal memories that are cherished for years to come. Presentations should be of approximately one to two hours and may be team taught, or designed by presenters to build upon the sessions conducted by others, i.e., a hike coupled with rock collecting and photography. Consideration should be given to the fact that the altitude is 7,400 feet. Based on the nature of the topic, participants may also be requested to supply their own materials or pay a nominal fee to cover the cost of session supplies. As a reminder: Presenters are responsible for program materials and special equipment needs.
Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to location representatives or to the program coordinator Diane Graifemberg x6980. Those interested in submitting a program proposal are asked to also complete the presenter section of the application for the consideration of the Renewal Committee due BEFORE March 30, 2012 to their location Rep. The Renewal Committee will review all program proposals at the April meeting. Participants whose program proposals are accepted for inclusion in the program may be asked to submit additional information as needed to assist the program coordinator in planning. All individuals whose program proposals are accepted can expect to be contacted after April 30, 2012.