RPS teachers attend Yale Teacher Institute
Seven RPS teachers have returned from a week on the campus of Yale University as part of a high-quality professional development program that RPS plans to expand.
Established in 1978, the Yale Teacher Institute is an intensive and sustained collaboration among Yale faculty members and public school teachers. It is a widely recognized model of high-quality teacher professional development.
Teachers institutes focus on the academic preparation of public school teachers and on their application in their own classrooms of what they study in the institute. By linking institutions of higher education with urban or rural school districts, institutes strengthen teaching and learning in public schools and also benefit the institutions whose faculty members serve as seminar leaders. A teacher institute places equal emphasis on teachers increasing their knowledge of a subject and on their developing teaching strategies that will be effective with their students. Successful completion of a seminar requires that the teachers, with guidance from a faculty member, write a curriculum unit to be used in their own classroom and to be shared with others in the same school and other schools through both print and electronic publication.
Creating a local teacher institute would allow about 50 teachers to experience this transformative model for professional development, according to Valerie Schwarz, a 3rd grade teacher at Mary Munford Elementary School, who is supporting RPS efforts to expand the program in partnership with a local university. More to come on this exciting program!
RPS Yale Teacher Institute attendees included (back row l to r) Gilbert Carter, Boushall MS; Yolanda Bezares-Chavez, Fox Elementary; Stevara Clinton, Armstrong HS; Shannon Foster-Williams, Redd Elementary; Eric Rhoades, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Front row (L to R) Irina Alekseeva, Open HS; Valerie Schwarz, Mary Munford Elementary; and Thara Harris, George Wythe HS.