Delaware Teachers Institute, a local affiliate of the Yale National Initiative®, partners with Appoquinimink, Christina, Colonial, NCCVT and Red Clay School Districts to offer content based professional development seminars for teachers. These seminars are led by UD faculty and attended by a cross grade level, cross curricular, cross district group of teachers. Together, these Fellows and their Seminar Leader, research and explore a set of topics relevant to content standards and then teachers design and write a unit for use in their classrooms. These units are also published by DTI.
This year's Annual Curriculum Showcase celebrated ten years of local teacher participation in DTI Seminars. Current and former Fellows joined University and District leaders to recognize the hundreds of teachers who have participated in local Institute seminars since 2010. As Mr. Dorsey, a New Castle County Vo-Tech teacher said, "DTI is one of the best programs I've ever participated in as a teacher...". This is a common sentiment among Teachers Institute Fellows. This year's keynote speaker National Teacher of the Year and three time Yale National Initiative® Fellow, Rodney Robinson shared his experience as a Fellow and how beneficial it was to him and his students. He recalled the benefits of collaboration with like minded teachers, learning up to date content from expert faculty and writing relevant, student focused curriculum. When asked about how he integrates DTI units into his district curriculum, DTI Fellow Joe Parrett said, "when the relevance is high in the classroom, the teacher can take the rigor even higher." Each year, DTI Fellows report overwhelmingly positive experiences that lead to strengthened teaching and learning in their classrooms.
Applications for the 2020 Fellowships are available now and due by March 2nd. If you are a full time teacher in one of our partner districts, apply today. You will earn a $1,250 stipend, 50 clock hours of professional development, credit for the statewide mentoring programming (if applicable), become a published author and content expert and gain support from a host of new colleagues.
The full descriptions of the 2020 Seminars and the Fellow applications can be found under the local participation menu on our website or by clicking HERE. Join us to learn more about Geography, Trauma and Identity in Literature, Contemporary Issues in American Politics, Native Americans past, present and future, and Photographic Participatory Science through the lens of the Lenape Indians.