Q: At my current school, I work collaborative with several teachers and administrators. Would this be possible in our Institute?
A: Yes, collaboration is essential. We are stronger in our teaching, research, and leadership through collaboration and cooperation.
We will model cooperative and collaborative learning each day. We will work together to build more bridges of communication for teaching, learning, and fun.
Q: I get along with everybody, until somebody presses my buttons. What can I do to plan ahead?
A: Before and during the Institute, be mindful and maintain awareness as an educator, learner, listener, and presenter in the presence of our colleagues who will be Summer Scholars, faculty, lecturers, and Institute administrators and supporters.
A central part of the Institute experience is participation and the exchange of ideas. However, disagreements will arise, for which a high degree of respect for the ideas of others is expected from everyone.
Remain mindful and also compassionate and respectful with courteous treatment and regard for fellow scholars, university personnel, and community members. The concepts, themes, and topics under study can become debatable and political regardless of political affiliation or interests.
Each of us is responsible for following and upstanding the Principles of Civility for NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops.
Following the Principles will allow for a significant learning experience where diverse interests, ideas, and experiences will expand the scope and sum of knowledge. Some of the topics of discussion will be of a sensitive nature (politics, politics, sexuality, etc.) and may invoke individual experiences.
We will also visit sites with varying interpretations about the chronicled history. We will meet people who may have opposing political views. We are a community of scholars and as such we are expected to distinguish opinion from argument.
Thus, we will be nudged to think differently and to challenge ourselves and others about specific concepts, ideas, and perspectives we may hold that can directly influence our students’ thinking and lives in the secondary-level schools where we work and civic communities where we live.
Q: Will we establish Institute expectations as Summer Scholars, so we are in mutual agreement about our responsibilities?
A: Yes. Plan on this to occur our first day of the Institute.
Q: I’d like to some personal conversations and maybe some autographs. Will we have one-on-one time with the faculty and lecturers?
A: Yes. We have scheduled time to engage with the faculty and lecturers for your own growth and interests.
Q: Will we have a chance to give feedback on the Institute after a few days of experiencing it?
A: Yes. We will conduct a brief survey. Based on feedback, count on the directors to:
(1) make any adjustment where possible,
(2) change course as needed, and
(3) inform you if policies have our hands tied as directors.