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 one-week summer courses are offered on the beautiful Evanston campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. Choose whether or not to take the classes for graduate credit, or for professional development hours only.


Professional Development

No application process; just register. The fee for Summer 2020 is $1600, paid at the time of registration. Each institute provides 30 PD hours.

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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 22 – June 26

Instructor: Alison Gordon

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

The Science of Social & Emotional Learning 

June 29 – July 2

Instructor: Tim Dohrer

This Institute will explore the science and research behind the five SEL skill areas of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Empathy, Relationship-building, Decision-Making and how to make these skills intentional and explicit in classrooms. Participants will learn directly from Northwestern neuroscientists and researchers, as well as conduct their own research on how to integrate SEL skills into lessons and classroom practices. Note this is a 4-day Institute; it costs only $1300 and provides 24 PD hours instead of 30. Teachers taking this for graduate credit will need to accomplish an additional assignment and will receive the full 2-and-2/3 graduate semester hours.

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Leading for Equity

Leading for Equity

July 6 – July 10

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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Talent Development

Talent Development, Advanced Learners, and Eliminating Excellence Gaps

July 13 – July 17

Instructor: Susan Corwith

How does talent develop? What can educators do to identify and cultivate exceptional potential or talent in their students? Through academic study and opportunities to observe classes at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development, participants learn about talent development, examine characteristics of advanced learners, explore appropriate curricula and instruction that maximizes talent development, and discuss models of service, emphasizing equity and access.

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Leading Professional Learning

Leading Professional Learning

July 13 – July 17

Instructor: Alison Gordon

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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Unsilence Injustice

Unsilence Injustice: Teaching about Hidden Violence and Oppression

July 20 – July 24

Instructor: Danny M. Cohen

In this new five-day institute, we will explore frameworks and pedagogies for teaching about atrocity, human suffering, and resilience. Drawing from hidden narratives of the Holocaust and genocide, the eugenics movement, and contemporary oppression, we will ask essential questions about social justice education and human rights advocacy. Why do some histories of atrocity become marginalized and even erased from our collective memory? How do institutional silencing, cultural silencing, and personal silencing stand in the way of learning, empathy, and collective healing? And how can we use storytelling, the arts, and serious games to support young learners to make meaningful connections between systemic violence and their own lives?

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developing and teaching with ngss storylines

Developing and Teaching with NGSS Storylines

July 27 – July 31

Instructors: Brian J. Reiser & Michael Novak

This five-day 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 analyze examples of video and student work from elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms to develop the strategies necessary for supporting students in three-dimensional learning with NGSS storylines. Participants will work in teams to adapt an existing unit or develop new a unit 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.

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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