2022 Jennings Educators Institute

Deep Learning, Purposeful Teaching, Thinking that Matters

What does deep learning look like, and how do we get more of it? How can we be more intentional in advancing the capacities young people need for a highly ambiguous, rapidly changing world?  How do we nurture deep learning with a focus on the whole child—and with attention to the whole-adults in our buildings?  The 2022 Jennings Educators Institute, hosted at Kent State University, explores these questions and more. Through participatory sessions, educators will acquire strategies to cultivate creativity, critical thinking, trauma-informed approaches, and targeted capacities of thinking.

The three Saturday workshops will be held from 8 a.m. – noon on the dates listed below on Kent State’s campus.  Attendance at all three workshops is required to become a Jennings Educators Institute Fellow.

Session 1: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022

Session 2: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022

Session 3: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Jennings Educators Institute?

The Jennings Educator Institute, presented by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, is a three-day workshop held over three separate Saturdays in the fall that is aimed to encourage, support and foster the development of teachers and their work in the classroom. Each ½ day workshop features networking, discussion, and a keynote speaker who is well-respected and well-known among educators in Ohio.

Why is it at Kent State University this year?

While the Jennings Educator’s Institute is held every year in Ohio, it travels to different part of the state each year. A well-respected University in the area hosts the event each year, offering continuing education credits for teachers, and the potential for graduate credit through the hosting University. In the Fall 2022, the Jennings Educator Institute will come to Northeast Ohio and Kent State University was chosen to host the event.

What is the format of the day?

The day includes breakfast, introductions, keynote presentation, and discussion.

Why should I attend?
  • Honor of being recommended by your Superintendent, Principal, or Administrator
  • Become a “Jennings Educators Institute Fellow” upon completion of the Institute
  • No registration fee
  • Possibility of applying for one graduate credit through Kent State University
  • Opportunity for Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
How much of a time commitment is this Institute?

Total commitment from participants is approximately 15-17 hours. This includes time at the three Saturday sessions, as well as the required readings in advance. Individuals interested in obtaining graduate credit through Kent State University for participating in the Institute will have an additional requirement to obtain credit.

How do I sign up for the Institute?

Please use the Online Application.

Can I obtain Graduate Credit from Kent State University for participation?

Yes!  Kent State offers one graduate credit hour for participation in the Jennings Educators Institute in the Fall 2022 semester. One additional credit hour in the Spring 2023 for enrollment in the Jennings Actions Research Fellows program, a continuation course where you put what you’ve learned from the Educators Institute into practice in your classroom.

Additional discussion, reflection from your learning in the sessions or other conditions may be required to obtain credit (Fall 2022: approximately 3-9 additional hours beyond participation in the Institute; Spring 2023: a mostly online collaboration with one on-campus Saturday session in March or April to present your work).

Participation in the Jennings Educators Institute remains at no cost to individuals.  The graduate credit options, however, do require a tuition fee of $150.00 (per credit).  Interest in this graduate credit option will not alter your acceptance to the Jennings Educators Institute.

If you are interested in learning more about the graduate credit option or enrolling – please contact pd@kent.edu. Individuals in this graduate credit option will receive further details on payment due date, requirements to apply, and course information at a later date.

What is the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation?

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation aims to foster the development of individual young people to the maximum possible extent, in secular primary and secondary schools. The Foundation also aims to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of Ohio’s teachers, to encourage creativity in teaching and to bring greater recognition to the teaching profession.

Since its beginning, through careful stewardship of the assets, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has made grants of $125 million and continues to provide millions of dollars each year to support K-12 public education throughout Ohio. For more information about the Foundation or the grants they offer, please visit their website.

What have other previous participants from the Jennings Educator Institute said about the institute?

“Wonderful, very motivating and powerful!”

“I have been inspired to try more collaborative learning activities in my classroom.”

 “Great unique concepts, that if you’re in Education, you don’t have time to really think a lot about.”

“Every topic was relevant.”

“Understands where educators are and our frustrations, needs, and goals.”

“Engaging, interactive, informative, and applicable to every day.”

“Gave me the chance to look at what I am doing and make changes.”

“Thank you! It was wonderful! I enjoyed my time with fellow educators!”

“I enjoyed collaborating with teachers from other districts.”

“The material shared was relevant and vital to all instructors at any grade and ability level.”

“Today was stimulating and thought-provoking. I left feeling inspired.”

“Provided me with good ideas for reflection within my classroom.”