Institutes and Academies

For more sustained learning and application, we offer more structured and intensive programming. Institutes are multi-session and/or multi-day hands-on learning experiences, on topics of interest to a broad range of educators. Sessions are structured sequentially, and involve both structured learning time and unstructured work time, so that participants can learn from one another, not just from Center staff or facilitators. Academies are year-long or multi-year programs, focused on specific areas of development and on creating cohorts and sustained communities of learners. Below is a description of existing programs.

Most institutes may be customized for specific audiences within an academic department or college (e.g., an Online Teaching & Learning Institute within a specific academic department). New academies may be developed in collaboration with and for offering within academic units (e.g., a New Faculty Academy within a college or school), depending on available resources.


Culturally Responsive Teaching Academy

The Culturally Responsive Teaching Academy (CRTA) is an intensive instructional development experience for SLU faculty and graduate students who teach INTO Pathway courses and other courses with high concentrations of international students enrolled. The CRTA begins with a four-day summer institute in which participants engage in highly interactive sessions and sustained individual work time (click here for a sample schedule). The group reconvenes in mid-August for a half-day workshop and meets regularly throughout the academic year. Participation is limited; participants must be nominated by their department chairs. Instructors receive a stipend or professional development funds for participation; the funding to support this program is provided by the Provost's office. This blog post provides information about the 2015 pilot. An overview of the program can be found here: LINK.

Ignatian Pedagogy Academy

In this multi-year academy, SLU faculty and graduate students interested in deepening their understanding of Jesuit education form a community of practice around topics that will develop their knowledge in Ignatian pedagogy. Participants meet as a community of practice at least once per semester (workshop, facilitated discussion, common reading, or etc.) and they participate in the series of three Ignatian Pedagogy Institutes (see below), offered once per academic year on a three year cycle. Participants who complete all three Ignatian Pedagogy Institutes and engage regularly in the community of practice meetings, are designated as Ignatian Pedagogy Fellows. New cohorts form each fall. For more information about the Ignatian Pedagogy Academy or joining a cohort, please fill out the form linked here [LINK].

Ignatian Pedagogy Institute

The Ignatian Pedagogy Institute is a day-long program in which participants seeking to increase and deepen their knowledge of Ignatian Pedagogy as an extension of Ignatian spirituality and connected to a variety of pedagogical practices. Through multiple interactive sessions, participants engage in mindful strategies focused on critical thinking and deeper learning that may be adapted to a variety of disciplines and pedagogical purposes. The Ignatian Pedagogy Institute is offered each spring on a three year cycle (contemplative pedagogies, social justice frameworks, and discernment practices). Participants are not required to participate in the Ignatian Pedagogy Academy to attend this Institute.

Online Teaching & Learning Institute

The Online Teaching & Learning Institute (OTLI) is an intensive experience for SLU faculty who are preparing to teach online. It is aimed at faculty with little-to-no experience in the online format. OTLI features participant-driven workshops and conversations about creating collaborative learning environments online, online learning theory, and authentic and traditional assessment methods. It also includes periods of dedicated work time, where faculty work on their own courses. The goal is for all participants to leave the experience with their online course planning well underway. The Institute gives participants many opportunities for individualized and group consultations with Reinert Center staff, in addition to giving faculty across the University opportunities to learn how other professors and disciplines approach online teaching and learning. The Online Teaching & Learning Institute is offered annually during the summer and periodically in alternate formats during the academic year.

Winter Institute

This annual event is a full-day series of workshops and presentations (by external presenters and SLU faculty) focused on a specific topic. The Winter Institute has a different focus each year, often tied to the Center's programming theme for a given academic year. The Winter Institute is held each January, on the Thursday before spring classes begin.

Past Winter Institutes have focused on topics such as,Thinking Critically and Creatively about Teaching, Teaching Today's StudentsThe Art and Science of Learning, Engaging All Learners in the 21st Century, Writing to Learn at a Jesuit Institution, and Teaching at a Jesuit Institution.

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