All corps members must attend a training institute in full before they begin teaching. Corps members must attend the institute to which their region is assigned. 

Atlanta National Institute (May 31-July 3)

Participating Regions:

  • Alabama
  • Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta*
  • Metro Atlanta
  • Northeast Ohio - Cleveland
  • South Carolina
  • Southwest Ohio

Mississippi Delta National Institute (June 7-July 11)

Participating Regions:

  • Appalachia
  • Arkansas
  • Eastern North Carolina
  • Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta*
  • Mississippi
  • South Louisiana

Houston National Institute (June 7-July 11)

Participating Regions:

  • Houston
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami-Dade
  • Rio Grande Valley
  • San Antonio

Tulsa National Institute (June 7-July 11)

Participating Regions:

  • Charlotte
  • Colorado
  • Detroit
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Milwaukee
  • North Carolina Piedmont Triad
  • Washington

Philadelphia National Institute (June 21-July 25)

Participating Regions:

  • Baltimore
  • Buffalo
  • Connecticut
  • D.C. Region
  • Delaware
  • Greater New Jersey
  • Greater Philadelphia
  • New York City
  • Rhode Island
  • Sacramento

Phoenix National Institute (June 7-July 11)

Participating Regions:

  • Bay Area*
  • Hawai'i
  • Las Vegas Valley
  • Los Angeles
  • New Mexico
  • Phoenix
  • San Diego
  • South Dakota

Bay Area Regional Institute (June 15-July 24)

Participating Regions:

  • Bay Area*

Chicago Regional Institute (June 9-July 24)

Participating Regions:

  • Chicago

Dallas Fort-Worth Regional Institute (June 9-July 24)

Participating Regions:

  • Dallas Fort-Worth

Massachusetts Regional Institute (June 15-July 31)

Participating Regions:

  • Massachusetts

Memphis Regional Institute (May 31-July 18)

Participating Regions:

  • Memphis

Greater Nashville Regional Institute (May 31-July 10)

Participating Regions:

  • Greater Nashville

Oklahoma Regional Institute (June 1-July 18)

Participating Regions:

  • Oklahoma

St. Louis Regional Institute (May 26-July 11)

Participating Regions:

  • St. Louis

Twin Cities Regional Institute (June 1-July 24)

Participating Regions:

  • Twin Cities

If you have additional questions regarding the summer training institutes, please contact us.

*These regions corps members will be split over multiple institutes. Corps members will be contacted individually as to which institute they will be attending. 


Sample Institute Daily Schedule

6:00-6:30 AM: Breakfast

6:30-7:30 AM: Travel to school

7:30-8:00 AM: Classroom set-up and assist with student arrival

8:00-9:00 AM: Teach a small group of students during the Math-Literacy Hour (all collaborative members)

9:00-10:15 AM: Lead teach

10:15 AM -1:00 PM:  When not lead teaching, corps members may:

  • Participate in a differentiated curriculum session, focused on specific curriculum objectives where the corps member needs support
  • Conduct a focused peer observation of another corps member and complete a written reflection on it
  • Meet with a faculty advisor/summer mentor teacher to debrief their classroom observation
  • Reflect and self-evaluate using the Teaching As Leadership rubric
  • Plan for or rehearse future lessons
  • Prioritize time strategically through the use of a personal action plan, calendar, etc.

1:00-1:30 PM: Supervise student lunch; eat lunch; supervise student dismissal

1:30-2:45 PM: Participate in a core curriculum session, focused on specific course objectives

2:45-4:00 PM: Participate in a corps member advisor group session, reflecting on progress and challenges, and engaging in a discussion of issues within the curriculum

4:00-5:00 PM: Travel back to the university site

5:00-6:00 PM: Free time (workout, nap, dinner, relax, etc.)

6:00-9:30 PM: Finalize and rehearse tomorrow's lesson plan, grade student work, or do one or more of the following:

  • Attend a workshop
  • Participate in a regional meeting
  • Attend an institute learning team meeting

9:30-10:30 PM: Individual/Group activities:

  • Write lesson plans for the following week, utilizing the resource room as necessary
  • Meet with collaborative members to plan and discuss student progress and analyze student work
  • Meet with corps member advisor for co-investigation conversation


“Institute really prepared me for the kind of life I would lead as a corps member.”
—Michelle Navarro, Detroit 2010

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