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Summer Teachers Institute

2019 Summer Session

July 29–August 2, 2019: Equality—An American Story

The St. John’s College Teachers Institute is a week-long program held each summer for educators. This year, the Teachers Institute will run from July 29–August 2, 2019 on our campus in Annapolis, Maryland with the theme “Equality—An American Story.” The program features readings from and seminar discussions of the works of Rousseau, Melville, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Zora Neale Hurston, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass, as well as consideration of America’s founding documents and important Supreme Court cases.

St. John’s accepts applications from all high school educators for the Teachers Institute. Spaces are limited. If accepted, there is no cost for tuition, books, on-campus housing, or breakfast and lunch.

During the week-long program, seminars will meet Tuesday through Thursday, with a final seminar on Friday (see schedule sample). Time is also available to explore the historic city of Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay, and nearby Washington, DC.

The Teachers Institute is made possible by the St. John’s Graduate Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH’s support 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. Past Teachers Institute themes have included “Slavery and Hope,” “Equality: An American Story,” “Private and Public Individual and State,” and “Science and Society, Promises and Perils.”

As with all instruction at St. John’s, the Teachers Institute explores readings from original texts with all classes as seminar-style discussions. St. John’s is the preeminent great books college in the United States and has a long history of preparing teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In particular, the Graduate Institute allows educators to complete the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree through classes taken in four consecutive summers. Scholarships are available for educators that can make the Graduate Institute tuition free.


Because space is limited, please submit the application as soon as possible and no later than April 1.


Tuition & Costs

Tuition, books, on-campus housing, and breakfast and lunch is provided free-of-charge. If travel to Annapolis poses a financial hardship, assistance is available.

For further information or questions, please contact annapolis.gradadmissions(at)