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REGENTS SUMMER INSTITUTE: July 27-28

This institute exists to address one of the most common frustrations for educators with ambitious ideas for excellent signature programs—how can I make it work?  We strive not to share ideas, discuss possibilities, or inspire a vision.  We know you already have those.  We intend, instead, to help you turn those ideas and vision into a plan that works.  A plan that becomes a sustainable program.  A program that becomes a dynamic, living, growing, maturing distinctive of your school.  We will talk principles and practices, and of course the many pitfalls to success.  And we’ll help you walk away with a plan that is tied to your school’s mission and capacity—a plan you can put into action as soon as you head home.  Whether you have any of these programs yet or are just beginning, we can help you leave with a plan that works.

2017 PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

SENIOR THESIS - Bryce Carlisle
The Senior Thesis Program has been the capstone for our curriculum since it began 17 years ago, and we want to help other schools develop their programs.  For two days, we will work with you and your goals for your thesis program and together we will develop an individualized strategy for a successful program.  This workshop is designed to send you back to your school equipped with a strategy and important tactical plans to be executed in harmony with your school’s mission.  You will leave with a program vision, backwards-designed alignment with your school mission, an annual program calendar, unit plans, and a list of time-tested resources.   

The Regents Summer Institute is for the key stakeholders of your program, including faculty, department chair, and the administrators responsible for and invested in your school’s thesis program.   

We will:

• Go through a creative and refining process to capture your program’s aims and methods

• Define and sequence essential events, instruction, curriculum elements, and capture how these link with the overall aims of your program and school’s mission

• Share stories and learn best practices from colleagues at other schools

• Outline roles of key program personnel

• Define a scope of viable topics

EUROPE TRIP - Joshua Simmons
Regents’ Europe trip is nationally recognized for its innovative approach to safety and mission-based academic travel. At this workshop you will be guided through the process of planning and executing a safe, missional European trip driven by your goals and connected to your curriculum.

This workshop will address all aspects, including curricular alignment, pre-trip planning and communication, working with a tour company, on-site academic goals, and post-trip evaluations. This is a must for leaders looking into either starting a trip for their school or wanting to improve what you already do.

Your takeaways will include:

• Development of a mission-based approach to student travel.

• A year long timeline of tasks covering all aspects of your trip

• Budgeting tools so you can develop your own costs and financial management*

• Insight in how to work with tour operators to ensure they support your mission

• Concrete examples for helping your students get the most out of their trip

• A guide for working with parent chaperones to maximize your trip

* Business office telephone consulting with our CFO on operationalizing costs is included for schools who participate in the workshop.

SERVICE-LEARNING IN MATHEMATICS - Dr. Josh Wilkerson
This workshop will assist you in developing successful service-learning projects in mathematics. Service-learning projects engage students in integrating their conceptual understanding of mathematics with the practical functioning of their local community. Ultimately students gain deeper content knowledge and a deeper appreciation for the role math plays in society.

Several examples of service-learning projects will be presented in detail from geometry and statistics, as well implementable ideas for other math courses. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm and work in conjunction with other educators to analyze the key components of a successful project, engage in discussion assessing the feasibility and logistics of implementing service projects in your own curriculum, critique project evaluation rubrics, and begin the design of your own service-learning project.

You will leave this workshop equipped to:

  • Determine the keys to a rewarding service-learning experience (after hearing personal testimony from students and community partners)

  • Modify and implement sample materials from past Regents projects (including project descriptions, calendars, and grading rubrics)

  • Connect the enduring understandings of your course with a community need

  • Evaluate student learning outcomes in keeping with your curriculum

  • Engage students with meaningful applications of math in the personal context of their local community
     

REGISTRATION

Dates: July 27-28, 2017 

Lunch and dinner are provided the first day and lunch is provided the second day. Cost is $1800 per attendee.

Please direct any questions to summerinstitute@regentsaustin.org

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