Summer Institute for Teachers 2016

Each summer Bethel College offers the Summer Institute for Teachers, a three-day learning experience for educators. Participants hear about different topics and can earn up to 18 professional growth points or three graduate credits.

Seminar Topics for Summer Institute for Teachers

June 20-22, 2016

June 20 - EDUC510-1        

Improving Schools: What Works?

This session is geared toward educators who are looking for best practices to use in their classrooms to improve instruction and increase student achievement.  All educators are inundated with “research” from so-called experts telling them what should work.  This session will help you cut through to what is essential and really will work for your classroom.  The strategies you’ll explore will be those with the greatest impact on your students and classroom.  The presenters will focus on interactive strategies to keep you engaged while you discover ways to infuse technology into your classroom, use data and strategic assessments to guide instruction, investigate research-based best instructional practice, and so much more!  By the end of the session, you will be able to answer that question – Improving Schools: What Works?  

June 21 – EDUC510-2       

Brain-Based Strategies for Growing Grit and Academic Achievement

This highly interactive workshop dives into the latest research on Grit and the power of teaching through the lens of the growth mindset.  As highlighted by Grit studies, IQ scores are not the only determinant student success.  Personality traits such as curiosity, conscientiousness, self-control, confidence, creativity, luck, perseverance, resilience, and hardiness, etc., make up 40-60 percent of differences in students’ academic outcomes. So how do students grow in those other factors? In this workshop educators will be equipped with knowledge, skills, resources, and support needed to explore and practice dynamic evidence-based strategies to grow these non-cognitive factors in their classroom.

Key Takeaways: Learn the latest research on teaching practices infused with Grit and the growth mindset. Explore implications of research through highly interactive resources, challenges, and initiatives. Apply evidence-based practices by co-creating a personal classroom management plan.

June 22 – EDUC510-3       

Strength-Based Strategies for Student Engagement & Discipline in the Classroom

This highly interactive workshop invites participants to discover how a deeper awareness of  personality temperament  influences the ability to break through barriers to connect with students. Research shows the power of personality temperament for developing relationships with students characterized by strong emotional attachment that increases motivation for learning. Participants will experience the True Colors©personality assessment with experiential tools to grow relationships in the classroom. Research shared will also show how an educator’s understanding of temperament can be applied to strength-based discipline in the classroom.

Key Takeaways: Discover how deeper understanding of personality temperament strengthens connections with students. Gain practical student engagement resources and tools for strength-based discipline for immediate implementation in the classroom.Apply evidence-based practices by co-creating a personal classroom management plan. 


To register for the seminars for PGPs

To register for the seminars for graduate credit*

*To qualify for Graduate Credit, complete the Admission Application attached below and provide an official, sealed transcript from the institution that awarded your bachelor’s degree.

To register by mail, please download the forms.

If you have any question Please email Keara Ruble at:  or call 574.807.7574.

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