The Teachers Institute

About the Teachers Institute

The St. John’s College Teachers Institute provides a convenient way for educators to continue to learn and grow. Every year, our Teachers Institute provides opportunities for educators to read great books, experience the collaborative discussion-based learning at St. John’s, and exchange ideas with a network of educators who value the life of the mind as much as you.

Both our on-campus and online programs are made possible by the St. John’s Graduate Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The support from the National Endowment for the Humanities comes in the form of their We the People program, which is designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles.

Upcoming Events

The Analects of Confucius (selection)

Join fellow educators for an afternoon of conversation and reflection on a selection from The Analects of Confucius. The Analects, a collection of teachings thought to be compiled by students of Confucius shortly after his death, raises fundamental questions about virtue and political life. Sometimes cryptic and enigmatic, the Analects are always challenging and provide a springboard for great conversations.

Teachers joining us for our online Saturday seminar will meet 3–5 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 29, 2023, to discuss the text in a small, interactive class led by St. John’s faculty. We will follow the seminar with a discussion about ways in which what has been learned and discussed might be integrated into your classrooms.

Our Method

As with all instruction at St. John’s, the Teachers Institute explores readings from original texts with all classes as seminar-style discussions. Our esteemed St. John’s faculty leads our classes, all of which have fewer than 20 students and all of which are interactive conversations.

The Teachers Institute is part of St. John’s Graduate Institute, which has a long history of preparing teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In particular, the Graduate Institute offers the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, the Master of Arts in Eastern Classics, and the Liberal Arts Education Certificate, which is specifically designed for teachers. In addition, generous scholarships are available for educators.

Past Events