Peabody College hosts ‘summer school’ for educators

Peabody Lawn
(Vanderbilt University)

Higher education and K-12 professionals will converge on Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College campus again this summer for the annual Peabody Professional Institutes, five sessions led by the nation’s top education leaders.

Five one-week-long institutes will run June 9-27, 2014. Each provides an intensive learning experience led by faculty from Peabody College of education and human development, one of U.S. News and World Report’s top-ranked education colleges in the United States, and guest speakers.

Enrollment is on a competitive, first-come, first-served basis, with the stipulation that each participant has the support of their home institution. Space is limited, but applications are still being accepted. There is an early bird rate offered until April 11. Fees include program and instructional materials, most meals and refreshments, housing in a Vanderbilt living-learning lodge and social events. Financial aid is offered.

“Professional education has been an emphasis at Peabody for more than a century,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development. “Through the Peabody Professional Institutes, we hope to elevate the expertise of participants while transferring knowledge from classrooms directly to organizations.”

The 2014 Peabody Professional Institutes are:

Achievement Gap Institute, June 17-21
For educators and administrators

This institute will probe the multifaceted roadblocks to achievement as well as generate solutions. Institute faculty are nationally recognized scholars and researchers in the areas of giftedness and special education, diversity and multiculturalism, educational policy, access and equity, health and society, and teaching and learning.

Beginning Teachers in Independent Schools, June 23-27
For new or early career teachers

Participants are provided with opportunities to formulate or refine a vision for teaching while gaining classroom management knowledge and skills, strengthening content-specific instructional effectiveness, and increasing knowledge about the context of independent schools. It will offer practical insights to assist participants as they begin building a foundation for a successful career in independent schools.

Higher Education Management, June 9-13
For administrators in search of new tools and ideas

Participants will be equipped with a deeper understanding of how to be an effective leader, which requires a broad knowledge of the entire organization, from governance and management to admissions and student affairs, from academic planning and budgeting, to state and federal higher education politics and policymaking.

Independent School Leadership, June 23-27
For individuals and teams who lead or aspire to lead independent schools

Participants will enhance their ability to make choices for their schools grounded in theory and supported by data. Topics to be included, among others, include: Social Media Tools, Innovative Faculty Compensation, Service Learning, and Leadership and Strategic Thinking.

Senior Academic & Enrollment Services Professionals, June 22-27
For professionals with at least five years experience at a senior level

This institute is a collaboration between Peabody and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The curriculum focuses on contextualizing academic and enrollment services within their internal and external environments.

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