As a part of the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Education Strategy in Minnesota, we are hosting an intensive week-long professional learning opportunity for K-12 educators. The Summer Educators’ Institute: Transforming Education Through Absent Narratives offers educators a chance to go deeper with some of the Humanities Center’s most popular offerings while preparing them to increase student engagement.
The Educators’ Institute is firmly grounded in the Absent Narratives approach—the idea that incorporating stories and voices that have traditionally been left out or marginalized in curricula and classrooms leads to stronger relationships and increased engagement at school. Participants will come away from the Institute equipped with resources, tools, and strategies grounded in this approach, as well as a rich network of connections with other educators committed to relationship-based educational change throughout Minnesota.
"I'm very touched by the breadth and depth of perspectives, both in the materials and with the participants." - past participantHumanities Center professional learning opportunities are designed to work well with teams of educators from a variety of student-facing roles in schools (including, but not limited to, classroom teachers, building administrators, learning specialists, food service workers, and guidance counselors), encouraging them to collaborate and support one another in creating more inclusive experiences at school for students and families. Please visit our webpage to learn more about what makes for a successful team, and to connect with us about bringing a team from your school or community to the Educators’ Institute.
"The event today has opened my mind to thinking differently about how to deal with different situations." - past participantBest of all, the only cost to attend this week-long, immersive experience (valued at $2,800) is a $150 registration fee, with a 10% discount for teams of three or more, thanks to the support of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. In return you will receive 45+ clock hours, all meals, and lodging if you are coming from outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Optional graduate credit is available for an additional cost through Metropolitan State University’s Urban Education Program.