About half of the sixty-three teachers, designated Yale National Fellows, were from six communities that are planning or exploring the establishment of a new Teachers Institute: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; New Castle County, DE; Richmond, VA; and Santa Fe, NM. Half were from Teachers Institutes that are members of the National Initiative League located in Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New Haven.
The twin purposes of the national seminars were to acquaint public school teachers with the Teachers Institute approach to high quality professional development, and to cultivate their leadership either in a League Teachers Institute or in the development of a new Teachers Institute. Each participating teacher wrote a curriculum unit to teach his or her students what they learned, to share with teachers in their school district, and to disseminate to other teachers internationally over the Internet.
The seven seminars led by Yale faculty members, which began in early May and concluded in mid-August, included:
College and university faculty members who have led local Institute seminars and those from institutions that may become partners in establishing a new Teachers Institute observed national seminars. They and directors met about the Teachers Institute approach, faculty roles within an Institute, the institutional partnership between a school district and a college or university, and the Teachers Institute legislation. They met with national seminar leaders about what they observed, and with other experienced seminar leaders about the seminar and curriculum unit writing process, and the purpose and function of a University Advisory Council in a Teachers Institute.
Institute directors met on a range of topics from evaluation and documentation, to finance and fund raising, to dissemination and the national Web site, to League policies and procedures.
Teams from each city that is planning or exploring a Teachers Institute met with the Director of the Yale National Initiative, James R. Vivian, to discuss their potential Teachers Institute. At the conclusion of the Intensive Session Fellows were named their cities' Teacher Representatives, who now have responsibility for planning and implementing Initiative activities locally and nationally. The Representatives and their cities are:
Susan Buckson Greene|
Jeffrey Clay Joyce
Raymond F. Theilacker
Clary W. Carleton
New Castle County, DE
Santa Fe, NM