Come to the Summit for Concerned Faculty from Around the World:  20th Annual International Best Teachers Institute.  New York City area (Wilshire Grand Hotel, West Orange, NJ).  June 20-22, 2017

A Three-day institute based on Ken Bain's award-winning and best selling book What the Best College Teachers Do* (Harvard University Press, 2004) and James Lang's highly lauded instant classic Small Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2016).  This year's program will also feature ideas from Ken Bain's new book What the Best College Students Do* (Harvard University Press, 2012).

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*Winners of the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for Outstanding Books on Education and Society (2004, 2012)

Over the last twenty years, our highly interactive, lively, and thought-provoking international Summer Institute has become the prime location for faculty members from around the world who wish to spark the highest levels of deep student learning in the sciences, social science, humanities, arts, law, medicine, business, engineering and other fields.  

We will focus on some of the people featured in both Best Teachers and Small Teaching and the revolutionary ideas that are helping them transform student learning,  Participants will create their own Natural Critical Learning Environments that they can begin to implement immediately.  The Summer Institute will emphasize both improving one's teaching and developing ways to share insights with colleagues back home. 

Additional Summer Institute topics include:

  • Eric Mazur's Conceptest and Peer Instruction
  • James Lang's classic study Cheating Lessons (Harvard University Press, 2013) on fostering intellectual honesty.
  • Team-Based Learning
  • Natural Critical Learning Environments
  • Paul Baker's Fostering Creativity
  • Evidence and Research-Based Teaching and Learning
  • MOOC’s, Online, and Hybrid Courses

Faculty for the Institute

The Summer Institute will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and end in the early afternoon on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Enrollment Limited. Apply Early.

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Simply put, this is the best set of workshops I have encountered in more than 30 years as a college professor. Thank you for helping me change my whole approach to teaching and learning and for making me a much better teacher.
— Summer Institute Participant, University of California
What was it that made those 3 days so completely absorbing, rich, and effective? Because of the masterful way in which you modeled all of the essential ingredients for deep learning.
— Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Cornell University

Hotel & Registration Information

All sessions will be held at the world-class conference center at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, NJ.  To receive The Wilshire Grand Hotel group rate of $169 (single or double, per day, plus taxes), call (973)-731-7007 and ask for the Best Teachers group rate. Reservations must be made by May 10, 2017, to receive the group rate. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements and reservations.

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The 2017 Summer Institute registration fee covers tuition, all sessions, course materials, breaks, some meals, and a signed copy of a book by Ken Bain or James Lang.

Early Early Bird Special (applications received by December 1, 2016)
$679 per person. $649/person for groups of 3 or more.

Early Bird Special (applications received by March 1, 2017)
$749 per person.  $719/person for groups of 3 or more.

Normal Registration Fee (applications received after March 1, 2017)
$799 per person. $779/person for groups of 3 or more.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is a luxury hotel located 12 miles west of Manhattan in a beautiful suburban area of West Orange, NJ. A lively local restaurant and theater scene complements the New York theaters, concerts, shopping, restaurants, and museums, which are easily accessible by train and taxi


Full registration payment must accompany application. Notification of acceptance will be mailed no later than early May 2017. Cancellations made prior to May 10, 2017 are subject to a ten percent fee; cancellations made thereafter are subject to the total charge. Make check payable to "Best Teachers LLC," 71 South Orange Avenue #297, South Orange, NJ 07079. For questions, please call (973) 847-9049 or email

Registration fee may be submitted in one of three ways:

  • Personal or Institutional Check (check made out to and mailed to Best Teachers LLC, 71 South Orange Avenue #297, South Orange, NJ 07079) 
  • Institutional Purchase Order (made out to and mailed to Best Teachers LLC, 71 South Orange Avenue #297, South Orange NJ 07079)
  • Personal or Institutional credit card.

Questions?  Call (973) 847-9049

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Here is short video from the 2011 Summer Institute.