Summer Institutes

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Faculty and staff have a long and inspired tradition of convening during the summer to build community, improve our practice, and engage in meaningful conversations about student success at Evergreen. The Learning and Teaching Commons is proud and committed to honoring that tradition.

Evergreen’s summer institutes promote a generative culture of interdisciplinary teaching and learning that is student-centered, equity-minded, inquiry-oriented, and committed to access and excellence. The primary purpose of summer institutes is to offer professional development opportunities that build institutional capacities to advance long-term curricular stability as required by our adopted mission and values. These institutes also provide Evergreen faculty and staff the rare opportunity to convene together as learners in a learning organization.

Each year, the Commons identifies key themes that align with institutional goals to encourage strategic alignment of developmental opportunities with long-term institutional goals. 

There are two types of Summer Institutes:

Sponsored Institutes: The Learning & Teaching Commons (LTC) collaborates with Student & Academic Life (SAL) and Inclusive Excellence & Student Success (IESS) to develop 5-8 institutes of broad relevance to the institution.  

Community-Initiated Institutes: In accordance with article 17.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the United Faculty of Evergreen, the Learning and Teaching Commons solicits proposals aligned with the key themes from the faculty at large.

Equity Training: Many institutes fulfill the requirement for faculty professional development in inclusive excellence, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and cultural competence laid out in the June 2017 MOU.

Important Dates

Convener Orientation Materials