Masters Harkness Institute
Creating Meaning and Making Connections in a Constructivist Classroom
Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2017
Registration Deadline: April 1 (rolling admission)
The Harkness Institute at The Masters School (MHI) is an immersive five-day workshop in constructivist teaching methods for high school educators.
The program is structured to allow teachers to engage with colleagues both within and outside their disciplines. For the first half of the day, teachers attend seminars or labs with colleagues in related fields and learn hands-on techniques for facilitating student-centered learning. The remainder of the day is devoted to collaborative design that applies across disciplines.
As part of the MHI program, participants will also spend a day and evening in New York City, using the exceptional resources there as a classroom for experiential learning opportunities.
The Masters School is an accredited institution through the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). We can provide participating teachers with a professional development letter for 40 hours earned: respectively, 32 hours of coursework and eight hours of homework.
In this program, you will:
- LEARN a range of techniques for guiding students to listen, collaborate, explore, and apply key concepts so they construct questions and understandings;
- DESIGN constructivist teaching methods to promote student-centered learning through a range of activities within and across disciplines for grades 9-12;
- COLLABORATE with educators on core subjects to design lesson plans that target key skills to facilitate deep learning through essential concepts and questions;
- ENGAGE with fellow educators to share, discuss and workshop principles and activities that encourage student engagement and promote self-directed learning;
- CONNECT ideas across domains to promote similar thinking among students for life-worthy learning;
- EXPLORE NEW YORK CITY as both an experiential learning classroom and for a night out on the town.