Summer Institute is an intensive six-week summer training program and the beginning of both in-school placements and coursework. The exact start date varies slightly by the city but you can expect to start in mid-June. You will live on the same college campus with your fellow cohort members, teach summer school at one of our summer partner locations during the day, and take graduate coursework in the afternoon.
We understand that most people are relocating to their new city to participate in this program and while we do not cover relocation expenses, we do provide room and board during Summer Institute. Each city has a Resident Experience Coordinator who can assist in finding housing at the end of the Institute. You can also apply for Graduate PLUS loans with Johns Hopkins University School of Education to assist in moving costs.
Lodging/Board during Summer Institute
Lodging is provided during Summer Institute, typically in local dorms. You can opt out of residing at the dorm, but there would be no financial reimbursement for doing so. We do encourage the residents to take their meals with the other residents so you have a greater opportunity to spend time with and grow with your Professional Learning Community (PLC) and make new friends. You cannot bring your pet, children, or significant others and stay in the dorms during Summer Institute. However, you can take advantage of taking your meals for free, but "opt out" of staying overnight in the dorm. You may also want to stay in the dorm during the week and go home on weekends. This way you can spend plenty of time with your colleagues as you study and support each other.
A Typical Day at Summer Institute
The daily schedule typically includes scheduled activities from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday- Friday, with occasional Saturday sessions. Please note that PLC meetings with summer mentors are often held once a week, in the evening. Here is a sample week of Summer Institute:
After Summer Institute
At the end of Summer Institute, you'll move to your own residence. Our Resident Experience Coordinators will have resources to aid in your search for your new home in the community. Depending on your school placement, you may have a break prior to the start of the school year. Please do not plan a vacation during this time as you will be required to attend new teacher orientation, which could have varying dates, depending on in which school you are placed. Once you have received your school placement and attended orientation, you will begin co-teaching in the classroom during the day while attending graduate courses in the afternoons and evenings. Your 1:1 mentoring will also begin and you'll be on your way to developing into a great teacher!