Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute 2011 Curriculum Units Published

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
Curriculum Units by 2011 Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows Published Online, Partnership Supports Reform and Teacher Leadership

 Curriculum units that teachers from 16 New Haven public schools developed as Fellows in 2011, the 34th year of Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute seminars, are available here
Superintendent Reginald Mayo said, “The Institute has long made – and continues to make – an enormous contribution to strengthening teaching and learning in the New Haven Public Schools.  Evaluations already have established that the Teachers Institute approach enhances teacher quality in ways known to increase student achievement. Our partnership holds great promise for the future, as the district, with the New Haven Federation of Teachers, is pursuing ambitious reforms. The Federation and the Schools have collaborated on a new system of teacher evaluation. The Institute supports teachers in each of the areas on which they are rated: student performance; teacher planning, preparation and classroom practice; and teacher professional values of collegiality and high expectations for students. These are among the reasons I hope teachers will seize the opportunity of Institute participation, and assist the Institute in planning seminars that respond to their specific needs.”
David Cicarella, NHFT President, said, “The Institute supports the Federation’s membership and the new school reform plans in New Haven on which the Federation has worked closely with the district. The new teacher evaluation system offers even greater opportunities for the Institute to support and assist teachers. Institute participation prepares teachers to be more effective in the classroom and helps them to become better prepared in the subjects they teach. It fosters collegiality among not only us, but with the Yale community as well. Participation also increases the capacity of teachers to assume leadership roles in the Institute, their schools, and the district.”
The new volumes of curricular resources contain units by New Haven teachers, who worked as colleagues with Yale faculty members in the humanities and the sciences who led four concurrent seminars on campus during the spring and summer.  The volumes are:
 * “Writing with Words and Images,” from a seminar led by Janice Carlisle, Professor of English
 * “What History Teaches,” led by John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History
 * “The Sound of Words: An Introduction to Poetry,” led by Langdon L. Hammer, Professor of English
 * “Energy, Environment, and Health,” led by John P. Wargo, Professor of Risk Analysis and Environmental Policy.
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