‘Summer school’ for teachers offers learning, growth

Higher education and K-12 professionals have the opportunity to study and learn on Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College campus this summer  for a grown-up version of summer school—the Peabody Professional Institutes (PPI). 

Five week-long institutes run June 10-28. Each provides educators and school administrators with a unique, intensive learning experience led by faculty from Peabody College, the top ranked college of education and human development in the United States. 

“Peabody College has long had a commitment to engage with practitioners,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Peabody. “Our summer institutes through PPI offer participants the latest evidence-based knowledge in their fields in a context that fosters networking opportunities and a chance to share real-world experience and practical solutions.” 

This year’s institutes are

Achievement Gap institute, focusing on understanding and developing tools for closing the achievement gap; 

Beginning Teachers in Independent Schools, offering professional development for new or early career teachers; 

Higher Education Management, providing meaningful ways to enrich the participant’s home institution; 

Independent School Leadership, examining resources for the complexities of leading an independent school; and

 Senior Academic and Enrollment Services Professionals, exploring contextualizing enrollment services within internal and external environments. 

“I’m still seeing the benefits of my summer PPI course,” Andrea Denton, seventh grade teacher at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, said. “My teaching techniques are more interesting and my classroom is better managed. I am a better teacher of my subject because after PPI I am more confident in the classroom.” 

Attendees apply and are selected through a competitive application process, which is underway now. Fees include program and instructional materials, most meals and refreshments, housing in a Vanderbilt living-learning lodge and social events.

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm