All Harper College faculty are cordially invited to attend the Faculty Retreat 2023: “Toward Community Responsiveness and a Shared Vision.”


  • Date(s): Friday, April 14 – Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • Location: Eaglewood Resort, Itasca
  • CEUs: 0.4 (Friday) and 0.7 (Friday & Saturday)
  • Registration Required. Space is limited; all registrations must be submitted by March 15, 2023. Registration for the full retreat with an overnight stay requires a commitment to attend Friday and Saturday programming.
  • Note: Registration for the Faculty Retreat is now closed. If you would like to be notified if a space becomes available, please submit the form above. The Academy will contact you to confirm availability.
Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade

The 2023 Faculty Retreat: “Toward Community Responsiveness and a Shared Vision” explores creating meaningful educational experiences for all students, particularly for low-income students of color and immigrant students, who have gained relatively fewer benefits from decades of equality-focused education reform. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade draws on research from across a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, social epidemiology, public health, and social work. These examples of community-responsive pedagogy demonstrate how equitable classroom practices can enrich student engagement, enhance trauma responsiveness, and improve educational outcomes. Each segment of the retreat builds-upon these themes, culminating in continued work on identifying our common conceptions and creating a shared vision together as Harper faculty.


Friday, April 14

  • 12 – 1 p.m. Check-in and Light Lunch
  • 1 – 5 p.m. Toward a Model of Community Responsive Practices and Wellbeing
    • 1 – 2:15 p.m. Keynote, Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, San Francisco State University
    • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
    • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Discussion: A Deeper Dive-Moving Theory to Practice
    • 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
    • 3:45 – 5 p.m. That Thing You Do: Faculty Share Signature Learning Moves
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. Social Time (luggage check-in if needed)
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m. Moth Story Hour: “Breaking”
  • 9 – 10:30 p.m. Team Trivia: Outside the Text
  • Optional overnight stay (requires a commitment to attend Friday and Saturday programming)

Saturday, April 15

  • 8 – 9 a.m. Light Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Equity and Pedagogy Dialogue Part II: Creating a Shared Vision

Sign Up to Share One of Your Signature Teaching & Learning Moves

Some themes from the retreat keynote will be building relationships, making instruction relevant, and taking responsibility for making sure students have what they need to be successful. If you would like to share one of your signature teaching and learning moves, please email Stephanie Whalen ( to discuss how we can connect your strategy to the retreat themes.

Sign Up to Share a Story During “The Moth Storytelling Hour”

At this year’s retreat we will be hosting our very first “The Moth Storytelling Hour” for Harper faculty to share their favorite personal stories. The theme is “BREAKING.” In a 5-10 minutes, tell us any true story from your life—personal or professional—that catches the spirit of the theme, “breaking.” Do you have a story about breaking the ice? Breaking the mold? Breaking habits? Or Breaking through? Maybe you did all of those. Tell us about it! Together we will laugh, cry, and relate as we listen to your lived truths! Learn more about “The Moth Story Hour” here. For questions and sign up please contact Maham Khan (

Registration Required

All Harper faculty (full-time and adjunct) are invited. Please invite and remind your colleagues to register. This year’s retreat is in-person only, but related materials and media will be shared in the retreat recap in the Academy News.

  • Register Now for the Faculty Retreat
  • Please consider your availability and registration for the retreat carefully, as the Academy must pay the venue for all registered guests. If your schedule changes, please notify us as soon as possible.
  • Note: Registration for the Faculty Retreat is now closed. If you would like to be notified if a space becomes available, please submit the form above. The Academy will contact you to confirm availability.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,