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How to Apply to the Teacher Institute

Applications are due March 15, 2013, and must be submitted via the online form.

Educators may apply as individuals or as teams of two. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose (#5 on the application) explaining why they would like to attend the Institute. The statement should include ways the applicant(s) will incorporate the subject matter in their classroom studies. Applicants will also submit a plan for how they intend to share the Institute experience with their students and colleagues upon completion of the program (#6 on the application). K–12 educators of all subjects and grades are eligible.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance by April 27, 2013. If accepted, applicants will have until May 11, 2013, to confirm their participation.

Selection Criteria
Participants will be selected based on the individual's or the team's statement of purpose. Administrators (principals, supervisors, or curriculum specialists) will be given special consideration. To encourage national and diverse representation, efforts will be made to enroll candidates from each of the following five regions:

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  1. Northwest and Alaska
  2. Southwest and Hawaii
  3. Midwest
  4. Northeast
  5. Southeast


Program Fees and Resources
The fee is $200 per person and covers the cost of instruction, books, and other program resources.

Credit Option
The University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers one semester hour of graduate credit for successful completion of the summer program’s curriculum project. Virginia residents pay a credit fee of $252; out-of-state participants pay $542. A letter grade based on the curriculum project will be registered with the university.

Transportation and Housing 
Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and housing. A list of housing options will be provided upon admission, but participants should feel free to explore alternatives.


Fellowship opportunities for teachers (K–12, all subjects) are listed below. All fellowships offer stipends of $2,000 and fee-waived enrollment. The stipend is intended to contribute to travel and program-related expenses. Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the program, identify the funding sources for which they wish to be considered (#7 on the application), and briefly explain the classroom outcomes they anticipate. Selection of fellows will be based on merit rather than financial need. Consideration will focus on the individual's or the team's statement of purpose, the topic's connection to curriculum and/or students' needs, and anticipated teaching outcomes.

Educators of any discipline who are currently employed within a public, private, or parochial school system, K–12, are eligible for funding.

  • Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship: Open to all K–12 educators who teach in the United States or its territories.
  • Sara Shallenberger Brown Fund: Open to all K–12 educators who teach in Kentucky.

Successful fellowship candidates will be paid upon completion of the program and submission of a two-page report summarizing how they will apply their experience at the Institute to daily teaching or administrative work.


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