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Save the date for the 20th annual Western Teacher Institute June 3rd-15th, 2024

Teacher Institute

Professional Development for Educators.

We’re excited you’re interested in learning more about Western’s Teacher Institute. The 2024 will be held from June 3-15, and you can email teacherinstitute@western.edu to be added to the mailing list for course and registration updates.

The Teacher Institute offers graduate level credits specifically for the continuing education of K-12 teachers. The Institute provides opportunities for educators to enhance content knowledge, share pedagogy and network with other teachers

Since 2004, The Teacher Institute has offered courses covering a variety of topics including math, science, art, CLD/ELL, foreign language, outdoor education, educational technology, literacy and more in beautiful Gunnison, Colorado at Western Colorado University.  Opportunities include hands-on, individualized activities, instructional enhancements and outdoor classrooms.

Enhance your Teaching Skills and Methods

At the Teacher Institute you’ll be challenged and engaged while growing and advancing as an educator.

Thanks to the Ann Zugelder Endowment fund, credits through the Teacher Institute are offered at a highly discounted rate.  This discount helps to make credits affordable for educators.  All educators who register for courses have an opportunity to receive up to a 40% discount for courses!

Summer 2024 Course Offerings

This summer’s Teacher Institute will take place on Western’s campus in gorgeous Gunnison, CO from June 3-June 15th, 2024. Full course catalog available early March. Registration opens April 1st.

Session I:
M 6/3-W 6/5
Session II:
Th 6/6-Sat 6/8
Session III:
M 6/10-W 6/12
Session IV:
Th 6/13-Sat 6/15
American Sign Language
Karen Immerso
2 credits
Connecting with our Natural Surroundings
Rain Bodine
2 credits
Adventures in CLD Literacy
Karen Hausdoerffer & Rita Merrigan
2 credit
Applying Assets Based Pedagogies in the Classroom
Dr. Casey Richardson
2 credits
Brain, Body Connections
Angie Carroll
2 credits
Executive Function in the Classroom
Heather Trezise
2 credits
Becoming a Climate Change Educator in Every Discipline
Sarah Johnson
2 credits
Building Bridges: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care and ABA Strategies for Positive Student Outcomes
Leia Henaghan
2 credits
Nature-Inspired Pedagogy: Exploring Scandinavian Ukdeskole Teaching Practices
Dr. Jessica Eckhardt
1 credit (Tu/W)
Making Content Comprehensible for Multilingual Learners
Amanda Martinez
2 credits
Meeting the Content, Language, and Socio-Emotional Needs of Migrant Youth
Dr. Casey Richardson
2 credits
How Learning Works: Supporting Your Translation of Learning Science Research to Classroom Instruction
Shawna Angelo & Brittany Kelleher
2 credits
Teaching with a Cultural Lens
Marketa Zubkova
2 credits
Schoolyard Field Trips
Dr. Mandi Leigh
2 credits
Reflective Practices to Reveal the Null Curriculum(s)
Dr. Mandi Leigh
1 credit (Tu/W)
Mini Makerspace Design & Implementation: Budget friendly and specific to classroom goals!
Rain Bodine
2 credits
N/A Trauma-sensitive Teaching for Special and General Education Teachers 
Dr. Tara Mason
2 credits
Spanish Language Learning
Karen Immerso
2 credits
Outdoor Citizenry through Engagement, Skills, & Connection
Molly Murfee
2 credits
N/A N/A Wellness for Self & in the Classroom
Angie Carroll
2 credits
Teaching Exploring Rivers and Water
Sarah Johnson
2 credits

Zugelder Teacher Institute Foundation will once again provide early bird tuition discounts

Discounted price $120/credit
Non-Discounted price $190/credit

Additional Resources

Housing and Experience

Western Colorado University’s Teacher Institute offers courses from a multitude of subject areas so you can hone your teaching skills in your area(s) of specialization.

Learn More

Early Childhood Education Courses

Western is excited to offer fall courses in Early Childhood Education. These courses are designed to equip educators, caregivers, and anyone interested in working with young children with the necessary knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on their development and well-being.

Learn More

Teacher Institute June 2023 Courses

The Western Teacher Institute prides itself in providing engaging, collaborative activities for our attendees – both inside class and out.

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Department Information

Teacher Institute

Director

Jennifer Whitacre, M.S.

Lecturer, Clinical Coach, Director of Summer Teacher Institute

Contact Information

970.943.2120

jawhitacre@western.edu

Campus Location

Crawford Hall 101, 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231

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