Q: Am I supposed to be present for Institute meetings and proceedings?
A: Yes. You are expected to attend every class meeting of the Institute. Exceptions will be made only in cases of illness or other major events.
Q: Are the field trips mandatory?
A: All Summer Scholars must attend the field trips unless they’re noted as optional. Exceptions will be made only in cases of illness or other major events
Q: Can I receive my full stipend even if I am absent and non-participatory without completing the e-portfolio (lesson plan with components)?
A: No. Stipend payments will be based on attendance in the Institute, participation during the Institute, and completion of the e-portfolio.
The stipend will be paid in two to three installments.
One of these partial payments will be at the beginning of the Institute and by July 22nd, 2017, pending receipt and processing of payroll documents. Plan to have access to spending funds of your own. Payroll delays may occur due to documents missing or in process.
Q: What happens if I can’t make it to class?
A: You are expected to attend every class. Exceptions will be made only in cases of illness or other major events. Plan ahead.
Q: What does an Institute day look like?
A: Each class day will be guided by an essential question that will be answered by the Summer Scholars, faculty, and lecturers through the readings, artifacts, and field site visits (field trips).
We will do journaling on a daily basis and begin the session with an insight and review of the previous day.
Collaborative learning is our goal and practice. Your own understanding will be complemented by the faculty and lecturers’ expertise.
Summer Scholars will be in learning pods of up to three to four educators. Although all Summer Scholars are responsible for completing the readings, specific themes to present will be assigned to each pod. We expect to have about 6 to 7 pods.
Summer Scholars will work collaboratively and will launch the conversation based on the readings at the beginning of either the morning or afternoon sessions.
Next, the faculty and lecturers will continue the conversation on the theme and concepts toward answering the essential question of the day.
This format works well with the ownership of concepts and interpretation of the readings with expertise from scholars (faculty and lecturers) who are active researchers and educators in the discipline.