Summer Educator Institute

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 prepares Minnesota educators to develop meaningful connections with their students and implement practical classroom strategies to bring absent narratives pedagogy into practice. Participants will come away with:

  • Broadened worldviews
  • Strengthened relationships and shared vision among colleagues
  • A network of educators committed to relationship-based educational change
  • A self-designed Action Plan for bringing absent narratives into the classroom

The Opportunity

The third annual Educator Institute took place June 25–30, 2017, at the Humanities Center in St. Paul. This intensive week-long workshop included:

  • Extensive opportunities to learn from and with other educators and community scholars
  • Immersive experiences that connect participants with absent narratives of Minnesota and the communities that call this place home
  • Discussion that challenges assumptions to build stronger relationships for student engagement and achievement
  • A practical introduction to absent narratives strategies, resources, and classroom materials available through the Humanities Center

In the year following the Institute, participants will have access to content and capacity building workshops and webinars, joining the growing network of past Institute cohorts across Minnesota committed to relationship-based educational change.

2016-17 activities included: Go Deeper webinars, participant reunion, Increase Engagement Through Absent NarrativesBdote Field TripHumanities Center eventsAbsent Narratives Resources and resource presentations, personalized support, Why Treaties Matter traveling exhibition, and Facebook group.

The Educator Institute provides…

  • Rigorous, relevant K–12 professional development
  • Access to educators and community scholars
  • A field trip examining Dakota narratives in Minnesota
  • Classroom materials and resources
  • All meals, plus lodging for those outside the Metro area
  • Certificate for 45+ clock hours
  • A $3,100 value for $300.

The Cost

In recognition of the time and energy educators will bring to the Educator Institute, the Humanities Center is pleased to offer a scholarship to all accepted participants. This is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The only cost to participants will be a $300 registration fee. If this cost is a barrier to participation, additional scholarships may be awarded.

Educator Institute and year-round support activities and resources are valued at over $3,100 for the 2017 Institute.

Information Sessions

An information session via webinar was held on March 1, 2017. To listen to the recording, visit

Questions? Contact Eden Bart: