On July 8, seventy-five public school teachers from seventeen school districts in nine states will converge on New Haven for the Yale National Initiative’s two-week Intensive Session. Each teacher will participate in one of seven seminars led by Yale faculty and design a new curriculum unit to be used in his or her classroom in the coming year. Jill Campbell will lead one of these seminars, on the topic of “Storytelling: Fictional Narratives, Imaginary People, and the Reader’s Real Life.”
The Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools promotes the establishment of new Teachers Institutes that adopt the approach to professional development modeled by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. Established in 1978, the YNHTI is an intensive and sustained collaboration among Yale faculty members and public school teachers. The English department has regularly contributed to the work of both the national and local initiatives through seminars led by department members, including Janice Carlisle, Paul Fry, Langdon Hammer, Pericles Lewis, and Joseph Roach. More information may be found at teachers.yale.edu/ and www.yale.edu/ynhti/.