Registration now open for Evergreen’s 2023 Summer Institutes

The Learning and Teaching Commons is delighted to announce the 2023 Summer Institutes!  

Registration is open until June 12.

Many thanks to the conveners who have developed engaging institutes for our collective growth as a learning organization. 

  • Summer Institute Program

Start by visiting the 2023 Evergreen Summer Institute Program to make your choices. Space is limited, so register soon! To aid your planning and selection, the program includes a convenient Week-by-Week schedule of all the summer institute offerings as well as detailed descriptions of each offering. 

  • Institute Registration

Registration is open April 17- June 12. Complete the online registration form to secure your spot. Please be sure to add your name to the waiting list if an institute is full.  

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  • Sponsored Institutes

In collaboration with campus partners, The Learning and Teaching Commons is offering several Sponsored Institutes. These institutes have broad appeal to the campus community and address topics of emergent importance.

Designing Learning Experiences that Matter (4 days)
(offered in June AND September)

The Designing Learning Experiences that Matter summer institutes provide time for you to plan your fall curriculum. This institute merges the principles of intentional and universal design with the opportunity to customize your experience by attending workshops of interest or spending quality time planning. 

Teaching teams are encouraged to attend! 

This institute is designed to be …

  • boundary spanning – plan across teaching teams, paths, disciplines, and other boundaries.
  • flexible – 1.5 days of guided planning, 1.5 days to choose from workshops or plan with your teaching partners (over the course of a week)
  • productive – you will leave this institute with a draft plan and syllabus for the course or program you are teaching in fall.

Educating Educators on the Neurodiverse-Friendly College (1 day)

Supporting neurodiverse learners is vital to promoting student success and fostering an inclusive community at Evergreen. This institute, inspired by the book Unmasking Autism by Devon Price, a social psychologist, professor, author, and autism rights advocate, will provide participants with valuable insights into the experiences of neurodiverse students. Through guided discussions and practical activities, participants will develop a plan for engaging neurodiverse learners in meaningful ways that promote their autonomy, social belonging, and well-being.

Strategic Planning for Sustained Enrollment Growth (1 day)

This institute brings faculty, staff, and administrators together to learn best practices around strategic planning for sustained enrollment growth. There are already many conversations about potential future directions for growth, but they often take place in “silos.” Enrollment Services leadership will familiarize attendees with the wider landscape of higher education and the importance of using a range of data to develop strategic enrollment plans. Participants will engage in conversations about Evergreen’s growth opportunities, as well as how to shape strategic enrollment planning so as to make the most of them.

Experiential Learning: Resources (2 days)

In this institute we will focus on faculty development in experiential learning and connect faculty with campus and off-campus resources. Experiential learning is very effective at building learning communities and allows students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world settings. We hope to challenge the idea that learning in the field is limited to certain disciplines or faculty expertise by providing a wide variety of place-based and community-informed experiential curriculum at Evergreen. On the first day we will link faculty with staff, resources, and community partners that have facilitated field and place-based learning. On the second day we will work with faculty to use equipment that is essential for some field experiences. We hope to work with a range of faculty – from those that are well experienced with field trips as well as those who have wanted to engage in field activities but have lacked support.

The Six Expectations Assessment of Learning (SEAL) (1 day)

Offered August 21 AND August 28

SEAL is a new Evergreen instrument for assessing the Six Expectations as a direct measure of learning. This institute will provide participants an opportunity to learn more about SEAL, use the instrument and review SEAL data. Why should we assess learning of the Six Expectations? The Six Expectations are what Evergreen graduates should know after college, so they are important to our mission. SEAL is a list of learning outcomes aligned with the Six Expectations and accompanied by a Supplemental Guide that helps describe the learning outcomes. Instructors select an assignment and then use SEAL to assess their students’ learning. For an indirect measure of student learning, students use SEAL to assess themselves on the same learning outcomes. This approach will help students to reflect on their learning of the Six Expectations and track their progress throughout their education.

Infusing Equity Across Evergreen: Taking Action on Equity III (1 day)

This one-day institute invites faculty, staff, and administrators across the college to continue the work of developing area Equity Action Plans, centered on Evergreen’s equity goals of fully supporting students, cultivating and sustaining a campus culture that fosters a strong sense of belonging, engaging in ongoing professional DEI development, and recruiting and retaining diverse, historically underrepresented students, staff and faculty. 

Experiential Learning: Inclusive Field Experiences (3 days)

This institute will engage participants in experiential learning while sharing ideas and learning new practices for providing inclusive outdoor learning for all students. The 3-day institute will consist of a backpacking trip near Mt. Adams led by Biologist Clarissa Dirks and Forest Ecologist, Dylan Fischer. The institute will focus on field learning experiences for supporting underrepresented students in outdoor learning. We will address topics such as observing high elevation ecosystem responses to climate change, natural history, field techniques for measuring biodiversity, navigation and outdoor classroom organization. Seminars will focus on literature about High-Impact Practices and ways in which outdoor experiences can be accessible to all students, including those who have traditionally felt excluded from potentially transformative outdoor experiences. This institute is inclusive and aims to provide an opportunity for those who wish to connect with potential new teaching partners to offer novel, experiential opportunities through new, creatively designed programs.  

  • Summer Institutes will be in Olympia

Unless otherwise noted in the program, summer institutes will be held in-person on the Olympia campus. Should the institute modality change, you will be contacted by email and/or through Canvas. Please keep your eye out for notifications from

  • Participant Guide

The 2023 Evergreen Summer Institute Program includes a participant guide that contains important information that will help you make the most of your summer institute experience including information about staff participation and faculty compensation.

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