Summer Institute Teacher Recruitment
The Summer Institute enrolled 24 teachers in Year One (2011), followed by 32 teachers in Year Two (2012), and 42 teachers in Year Three (2013), for a total of 98 participants, which is 92% of our original goal of 105 teachers. Also, the program sought to reach all corners of Vermont by reaching 75% of Vermont’s 59 supervisory unions. By enrolling teachers from 46 of the 59 of these supervisory unions, the program attained 105% of this goal.
The Summer Institute incorporated enhancements well beyond a regular class at the college to attract teachers to attend, including:
- Free Room and Board: Rooms in conference style dorms and meals in the cafeteria for teachers who live more than 40 miles from campus.
- Financial Literacy Resource ToolKit: Each participant received a “ToolKit” of personal finance resources valued at about $400 to take back to their school and classroom.
- Scholarships: Many schools covered the $1,200 tuition as part of Professional Development, but some did not. Over three years scholarships valued at just over $35,000 were awarded.
- Personal Connection: Biographies and pictures of enrollees and of instructors were compiled and shared prior to the class. This effort to build familiarity helped create class cohesion and enabled a quick start and effective collaboration.