The Teachers Institute

As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, St. John’s Teacher Institute is now offering its summer seminars for educators online.

About the Teachers Institute

The St. John’s College Teachers Institute provides a place for educators to reinvigorate themselves and return to their classrooms refreshed. 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 Virtual Programs

Plato’s Meno: Rethinking What it Means to Teach and to Learn

Online Saturday Seminar: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Apply: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited.
This event is FULL.

This one-day seminar will explore Plato’s dialogue, Meno. What does one expect to get out of their education? How would you know whether your education is a good one, if the ultimate purpose of your education remains deeply ambiguous? Return to the foundational questions and ideas of your profession, and explore, along with your peers, what it means to teach and to learn.

Teachers joining us for our online Saturday seminar will meet from 2 until 4 p.m. ET on April 10 to discuss the text in a small, interactive class led by St. John’s faculty. The seminar will be followed by a discussion about ways in which what has been learned and discussed might be integrated into your own classrooms. There is no cost.

Reflections on Inequality

Online Seminar Series: July 26–29, 2021
Apply: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited.
This event is FULL.

Sponsored by the Hodson Trust and the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, this program features readings from the works of the American Founders, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, WEB DuBois, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Teachers joining us for the online summer session will meet in July at selected times on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to wrestle with this challenging issue in small, interactive classes led by St. John’s faculty. There is no cost.

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 online classes are led by St. John’s faculty, include fewer than 20 students, and 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 especially designed for teachers. Scholarships are available for educators, which can make the Graduate Institute tuition-free.

How to Apply to the Teachers Institute

St. John’s accepts applications from all high school educators for the teachers Institute. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited.

Our online summer session, Reflections on Inequality (July 26–29), is now full and we are no longer accepting applications.