Summer Institutes

Summer Institutes

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The summer institutes will be delivered remotely in 2021. Because of the remote instruction, most of the institutes will run for a full 6 weeks, rather than as 1-week intensives. Choose whether to take the classes for graduate credit, or for professional development hours only.


Professional Development

No application process; just register. Each institute provides 30 PD hours and costs $1,500. The fee is paid at the time of registration.

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Graduate Credit

Apply online. You can apply either for a full master's 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, you will register for courses through CAESAR and will be billed the regular MSEd tuition rate for each course ($3,804 for summer 2021). Each course taken for graduate credit is 2-and-2/3 semester hours.

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Summer 2021 Institutes

Instructional Coaching

Foundations of Instructional Coaching 

June 21 – July 28
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

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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Online and Hybrid Learning Design

Online and Hybrid Learning Design

June 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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 explores 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 for Teachers

June 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

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 looking at existing structures and practices and designing more effective plans to achieve desired outcomes.

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Science of SEL

The Science of Social & Emotional Learning

June 21 – July 28
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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.

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Teacher Advocacy

Teacher Advocacy: Local, State, and National Impact

June 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Instructor: Scott Bramley

Educational policy is one of the most influential forces impacting education today. Teacher leadership and advocacy are calls to action for educators to use their individual and collective voices to shape education through policy and practice. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn as they identify an opportunity/challenge from their lived experiences and propose a policy-based solution and advocacy plan to address it. If you are passionate about improving education and providing equitable access to education for all students, this summer institute is for you.

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Practices that Promote Talent Development

Practices that Promote Talent Development

June 21 – July 28
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Corwith

How does talent develop? With students spending much of their time in school, what are ways educators can identify and cultivate students’ potential or talent? Through academic study and observations of classes at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development, participants explore current research, discuss gifted education program models from a talent development perspective, and investigate curriculum and instructional practices that encourage talent development, using an equity and inclusion lens.

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Post-COVID Classroom

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Inquiry and Assessment in a Post-COVID Classroom

June 21 – July 28
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Instructors: Jennifer Ban & Meg Knapik

As a result of the global pandemic, educators must take the lessons learned and reconsider their teaching practices to maximize student engagement, ensure equity, and make learning truly impactful. This institute provides educators the opportunity to examine inquiry-based learning and consider how, when coupled with content area standards and dynamic assessment, students can have more engaging learning experiences, whether they are in person or online. As teacher leaders, participants will dive into the research that supports these practices before revising or creating an inquiry-based unit of study to be implemented in the upcoming school year.

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Peace Education

Peace Education: Theory and Practice of Nonviolence

June 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Liz Shulman

This institute examines the theory and context of peace education as an interdisciplinary field. In this institute, participants will discuss what movements and structures contribute to–or take away from–a just peace. Participants will study historical figures whose work demonstrates that nonviolence is an active rather than passive form of engagement. How can we broaden our imaginations and find creative ways to develop ourselves when in conflict? How can we apply these skills to classroom environments where students carry a multitude of life experiences with them? Participants will study different kinds of structural and systemic movements for peace, nonviolence, and equity in local and global contexts, and will apply the material to their specific content area. Participants will also examine their personal role in nonviolent modes of expression in order to build a more cohesive culture and community in their classrooms throughout the school year.

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Uncovering Unconscious Bias

Uncovering Unconscious Bias: Opening the Door to Understanding Each Other

June 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Instructor: Corrie Wallace

This series of workshops is designed to develop understanding and self-awareness of bias and its role in our relationships with others, especially those different from us. Participants will examine bias with respect to the intersectional social identities we all hold. Starting with foundational terminology participants will explore culture, religious discrimination, race and LGBTQIA+ related issues. In order to build a community of trust in which participants can be open and honest in expressing themselves, participants must attend all workshops.

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning with an Equity Lens - Addressing Opportunity Gaps

June 22 – July 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Paul Goren

Over the past several decades approaches to school reform have driven school and district practices especially with regard to ambitious instruction aligned to standards, human resources and human capital, family and community engagement, and ensuring that schools are safe and engaging for students and educators alike. This institute will be a hands-on course where we will examine various approaches to school reform, and then use these perspectives to design strategic plans for districts and schools in current context, recognizing fiscal constraints while emphasizing equity and recovery after the pandemic.

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Phone: 847/467-1458

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