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The process of establishing a Teachers Institute that will participate in the Yale National Initiative 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 assists 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 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 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 third, the application will provide narrative and financial information that can be reshaped by the Institute in applying for funding.