The 2001 New Haven seminar on "Bridges: Human Links and Innovations." (Left to right: seminar leader Martin D. Gehner, and Fellows Liza L. Bowen, Gwendolyn Robinson, and Joseph H. Lewis.)
The process of establishing a Teachers Institute that will participate in the Yale National Initiative and the League of Teachers Institutes requires of those who will engage in the new partnership a detailed acquaintance with, and understanding of, the principles and procedures of such an Institute. It also requires that the Yale National Initiative, the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, and the other members of the League of Teachers Institutes assist with the gaining of that acquaintance and understanding. The new partnership must then apply for and receive permission to participate in the Yale National Initiative and in League activities, and receive League services, during a Planning Phase of at least nine months duration, which will enable it to devote itself to more detailed planning of a new Institute. The proposed Institute must then apply for and receive permission to participate in the Yale National Initiative and become a member of the League of Teachers Institutes during a multi-year Implementation Phase (optimally, a period of three years). During that Phase it will begin its operation and further refine its own processes.
Applications for permission to participate in the Yale National Initiative during the Planning Phase and the Implementation Phase have three purposes. First, the process of preparing such an application will lead the planners of a new Institute in a systematic way through tested procedures that enable the Institute to be workable and sustainable. Second, the application itself will provide assurance that the new Institute is qualified to receive the services of the Yale National Initiative and the League of Teachers Institutes. And third, the application will provide narrative and financial information that can be reshaped by the Institute in applying for funding.