What is the Educator Institute?
The Minnesota Humanities Center’s 2018 Educator Institute builds upon the Humanities Center’s 40 plus years of working with educators in Minnesota and a ten-year-long partnership with Omaha Public Schools. Used alone or interwoven with other strategies, our strategy has proven to be a powerful way of engaging young people in learning, deepening and strengthening relationships, and engaging the community as a critical partner and resource – all of which leads to better student achievement.
The Educator Institute immerses participants in the Humanities Center’s proven approach to increase student engagement through absent narratives — those voices often left out or marginalized. This experience, led by community scholars, prepares Minnesota educators to develop meaningful connections with their students and implement practical classroom strategies to bring absent narratives pedagogy into practice.
We invite you to apply to be a part of the 2018 Educator Institute!
“MN Humanities Center is feeding whole teacher spirit. It models how we need to feed the whole student.” –Amy Lyga, Roseville Area Schools, 2017 participant
Why a humanities-based approach?
The Humanities Center is building an education strategy, based in the humanities, founded on the fact that schools are human communities. This strategy changes the narrative around education –from success defined by a limited range of tests and subject areas to building strong relationships that positively impact student engagement and, ultimately, achievement.
The fourth annual Educator Institute will take place on June 17-22, 2018 at the Humanities Center in St. Paul. Follow-up activities and ongoing support will take place in summer 2018 and during the 2018-19 school year.
Participants will experience the transformative power of the Humanities Center’s four core values through discussion and immersive experiences that build stronger relationships for student engagement and achievement.
Participants will come away with:
- • Expanded capacities to relate across worldviews and ways of knowing
- • Strengthened relationships and shared vision among colleagues
- • Strategies, resources, and classroom materials to implement in daily practice
- • A network of educators across Minnesota committed to relationship-based educational change
- • A self-designed Action Plan for bringing absent narratives into the classroom
- • Deep connection with place
- • Narrative strategies
- • Master narratives and erasure
- • Ways of knowing and being
- • Difference, power and privilege
- • Deconstructing curriculum
The Educator Institute includes:
- • A field trip examining Dakota narratives in Minnesota
- • All meals, plus lodging for those outside the Metro area
- • Certificate for 45+ clock hours
- • A $2,000 value for $500*
“It was a great opportunity to learn from and work with educators from around Minnesota who were all working toward the same goal: committing ourselves to doing right by the students we serve.” – Jessica Stewart, Osseo Senior High School, 2016 participant
Participants in previous Humanities Center offerings have identified personal characteristics
that helped them engage deeply with the work such as:
- understanding change is a journey and that “all of the answers” will not emerge during the weeklong workshop
- openness to personal growth, pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone
- commitment to the process by attending all cohort sessions and reflecting on their learning
- championing the change, inviting others to participate and expanding their network of support
Does this describe you? We hope you’ll apply to participate in the 2018 Educator Institute and join us in transforming education in Minnesota!
Application Instructions (PDF)
Application Questions (PDF)
Learn more about the 2018 Educator Institute and application process in this 20 minute information session.
* The Cost
In recognition of the time and energy educators will bring to the Educator Institute, due to generous funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Humanities Center is pleased to cover the majority of the cost for all participants. Those accepted into the Educator Institute will be responsible for a $500 fee. If this cost is a barrier to participation, additional scholarships may be awarded.
The Educator Institute and year-round support activities and resources are valued at over $2,000 for the 2018 Institute.