Intensive Summer Institutes for Educators

Intensive Summer Institutes for Educators

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The teaching profession is rapidly changing, and we need innovative and dynamic educators with cutting-edge skills to guide students in the 21st century. Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy provides teachers with those skills through a sequence of institutes focused on advanced teaching topics such as instructional coaching, next generation science teaching, gifted education, school climate, and social and emotional learning.

The summer institutes will be delivered remotely in 2020. Because of the remote instruction, most of the institutes will run for a full 6 weeks, rather than as 1-week intensives. Choose whether or not to take the classes for graduate credit, or for professional development hours only.


Professional Development

No application process; just register. With the exception of Developing & Teaching with NGSS Storylines, each institute provides 30 PD hours and costs $1600. The NGSS Storylines institute provides 24 PD hours and costs $1300. The fee is paid at the time of registration.

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Graduate Credit

Apply online. You can apply either for a full masters degree in Teacher Leadership, or as a student-at-large for the intensive summer institutes only. You will need to submit official transcripts as part of the application. If admitted to the program, you will register for courses through CAESAR and will be billed the regular MSEd tuition rate for each course ($3,729 for summer 2020). Each course taken for graduate credit is 2-and-2/3 semester hours.

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Summer 2020 Institutes

Instructional Coaching

Instructional Coaching 

June 23 – July 30
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30pm – 3pm

Instructors: Alison Gordon & Sharon Sheehan

This Institute explores a variety of approaches to the coaching of teachers and other educational personnel. Topics include effective communication, new teacher induction, using data and feedback to improve instruction, and questioning strategies to promote reflection and growth. Participants will actively practice observing instruction and utilize tools to engage in coaching conversations that will enhance teacher practice and student learning.

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Science of SEL

Online and Hybrid Learning Design

June 23 – July 30
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30am – 12pm

Instructor: Eric Calvert

How can educators create community in online learning environments? What design principles can schools draw from popular “apps” and online destinations to maximize student motivation and engagement? Topics to be explored in this intensive include leveraging online tools to enhance curriculum differentiation and problem-based learning; strategies for facilitating meaningful peer-to-peer interaction; design principles for supporting equity and accessibility for exceptional students; and best practices for student evaluation and feedback in online environments. Participants will also explore trends and new technologies to envision future possibilities for “digitally native” learning design, mixing and matching the best elements of online and traditional learning in a choice-based application project.

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Leading for Equity

Leading for Equity

June 23 – July 30
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30pm – 6pm

Instructor: Marcus Campbell

This Institute challenges teacher leaders to think deeply about their own identity and those of their students, colleagues, families, and communities. It will explore the ways school leaders must take up issues of equity, social justice, and power to improve schools for all stakeholders. Participants will delve into tools such as data, research, culturally responsive teaching, and professional learning to create an action plan that will bring equity into the forefront of their leadership.

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Leading Professional Learning

Leading Professional Learning

June 22 – July 29
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 6pm

Instructors: Alison Gordon & Ben Collins

This Institute reviews current research and standards for professional development with adult learners. In particular, it examines the knowledge needed for supporting teacher learning through the establishment of collaborative learning communities. Participants will examine strategies and supports for teacher learning at their schools by examining existing structures and practices and designing more effective plans to achieve desired outcomes.

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NGSS Storylines

Developing and Teaching with NGSS Storylines

June 30 – July 23 (4 weeks, 24 PD hours)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1pm – 4pm

Instructors: Brian J. Reiser & Michael Novak

This four-week remote learning institute explores how to develop and teach with storylines for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), in which students see each step in their science work as addressing questions and solving problems they have identified. Participants will analyze classroom examples and instructional materials to explore the design strategies underlying NGSS storylines. The central work of the institute will consist of participants working in teams to adapt an existing unit or develop a new unit of their choice that reflects the storyline approach. The project will result in an NGSS-designed unit for teachers’ own classrooms that can be enacted in the next school year. Participants should attend with one or more colleagues who want to work on the same target unit. The NGSS institute provides 24 PD hours and costs $1300.

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Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu