In collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum, the National Center sponsors an annual educator institute exploring the connections between diversity and democracy. Learning standards and multidisciplinary methodology are interwoven to ensure that the experiences and contributions of diverse people in the United States are integrated into classrooms across the nation.
Top educators from across the United States come together in an intensive, year-long program. In each Institute, K-12 teachers, administrators, and community members engage in a collaborative process that broadens each participant's understanding of the role that diversity plays in American democracy.
Californian participants, advisors, and staff at the 2004 Institute (Photograph by Rick Washam)
Middle school participants and advisors from Arkansas, Hawai'i, and California at the 2005 Institute (Photograph by Thomas Kamei)
Group Quilt Project culminates the 2005 Institute (Photograph by Rick Washam)
2004-2005 Participants, Advisors, and Staff (Photograph by Kenny Kimura)
At the beginning of the year-long program, Institute participants convene in Los Angeles for four days of intensive workshops to deepen content knowledge, begin to create innovative unit plans, and cultivate a community of educators. Returning to the classrooms, participants refine and pilot their unit plans, share them with colleagues at national workshops, and work to maintain and strengthen the community established in Los Angeles. At the conclusion of the program, participants reconvene to gain added content knowledge, to share their completed unit plans with each other, and determine the next steps for their established community of educators.
In addition to transportation to Los Angeles, lodging, and per diem, successful participants receive a modest honorarium. Applications for the next round of this competitive program will be available in Spring 2006. If you would like to learn more about the program or receive an application for the 2006-2007 Institute, please e-mail email@example.com.