Jennings Educators Institute

About the Jennings Educators Institute

The Jennings Educators Institute provides Ohio teachers the opportunity to refresh and to reimagine teaching and themselves as teacher-learners.

Our communities face complex challenges that influence the missions of our schools. Our youth bring their lived experiences with them to our classrooms every day.  

Time and again, educators are called to lead the efforts to solve these societal challenges. How do we ensure our students have the content knowledge needed for understanding while building the problem-solving capacity to tackle these challenges? How do we foster an environment where creativity and critical thinking are central to the classroom? How do we develop and care for the social and emotional needs of our students while remaining resilient in addressing our own self-care needs?

The 2020 Jennings Educators Institute, hosted by Wright State University, provides educators the opportunity to develop and practice strategies that will address these questions. Through three Saturday workshops in Fall 2020, participants will gain new perspectives on growing a culture where creativity and critical thinking can flourish and where students are empowered to thrive.

The three Saturday workshops will be held from 8 a.m.–noon on Wright State’s campus. Attendance at all three workshops is required to become a Jennings Educators Institute Fellow.

Space is limited for this Institute and we encourage applying early. Acceptance notifications will be sent in late July 2020.

Recommendation Form

Teachers are recommended to attend the Institute by their superintendents, principals, and other school administrators. Recommendations are requested by June 1, 2020. Nominated teachers will be notified via email with a link to an online application form, which will be due from teachers by July 1, 2020.

We encourage school administrators to pass along information about this opportunity to the teachers being recommended, and urge them to visit this website to learn more and apply.

Recommendation Form

Teacher Application Form

Teachers who have been recommended by their superintendent, principal, or other school administrators will be sent an invitation to apply to the Jennings Educators Institute. If you wish to attend, but have not yet received an invitation to apply from the Institute, we still encourage you to apply, but also ask that your administrator complete a recommendation, or send us an email with their acknowledgement of your participation.

The deadline to apply to the 2020 Jennings Educators Institute is July 1, 2020.

Teacher Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Jennings Educators Institute?

    The Jennings Educators Institute, presented by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, is a three-day workshop held over three separate Saturdays in Fall 2020 that is aimed to encourage, support and foster the development of teachers and their work in the classroom. Each ½ day workshop features networking, discussion, and a keynote speaker who is well-respected and well-known among educators in Ohio.

  • Why is it at Wright State University this year?

    While the Jennings Educators Institute is held every year in Ohio, it travels to a different part of the state each year. A well-respected university in the area hosts the event each year, offering continuing education credits for teachers, and the potential for graduate credit through the hosting university. In Fall 2020, the Jennings Educators Institute will come to Southwest Ohio and Wright State University was chosen to host the event.

  • What is the format of the day?

    The day includes breakfast, introductions, keynote presentation, and discussion.

  • Why should I attend?
    • Honor of being recommended by your superintendent, principal, or administrator
    • Become a “Jennings Educators Institute Fellow” upon completion of the Institute
    • No registration fee
    • Possibility of applying for one graduate credit through Wright State University
    • Opportunity for Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
  • How much of a time commitment is this Institute?

    Total commitment from participants is approximately 15-17 hours. This includes time at the three Saturday sessions, as well as the required readings in advance. Individuals interested in obtaining graduate credit through Wright State University for participating in the Institute may have additional requirements to obtain credit.

  • What is the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation?

    martha holden jennings foundation logoThe Martha Holden Jennings Foundation aims to foster the development of individual young people to the maximum possible extent, in secular primary and secondary schools. The Foundation also aims to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of Ohio’s teachers, to encourage creativity in teaching and to bring greater recognition to the teaching profession.

    Since its beginning, through careful stewardship of the assets, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has made grants of $125 million and continues to provide millions of dollars each year to support K-12 public education throughout Ohio. For more information about the Foundation or the grants they offer, please visit their website.

  • What have other previous participants from the Jennings Educators Institute said about the institute?
    • “Wonderful, very motivating and powerful!”
    • “I have been inspired to try more collaborative learning activities in my classroom.”
    • “Great unique concepts, that if you’re in education, you don’t have time to really think a lot about.”
    • “Every topic was relevant.”
    • “Understands where educators are and our frustrations, needs, and goals.”
    • “Engaging, interactive, informative, and applicable to every day.”
    • “Gave me the chance to look at what I am doing and make changes.”
    • “Thank you! It was wonderful! I enjoyed my time with fellow educators!”
    • “I enjoyed collaborating with teachers from other districts.”
    • “The material shared was relevant and vital to all instructors at any grade and ability level.”
    • “Today was stimulating and thought-provoking. I left feeling inspired.”
    • “Provided me with good ideas for reflection within my classroom.”

Contact Information

Tracey Kramer
Jennings Educators Institute 2020 Coordinator

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