For the local program, the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute is currently seeking funds that might be used for seminars in either the humanities or the sciences. Its major long-term need is for an endowment that would provide continuing support for seminars in the sciences. The existing endowment for the Teachers Institute is limited to support for seminars in the humanities, and the teachers' expressed need for seminars in the sciences has increased dramatically in the last few years.
On the national level, the Teachers Institute has developed an ambitious plan for a fourteen-year continuing initiative that will establish as many as 45 additional Teachers Institutes across the nation. This plan includes, for the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute and those new Institutes that wish to continue as part of this initiative, a two-year phase of assessment and preparation, followed by a twelve-year implementation phase. During the two-year preparation phase, funds will be needed to support planning grants that will enable the existing new Institutes to:
Funds will also be needed to enable the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute to:
During the twelve-year implementation phase, funds will be needed to:
Funds will also be needed to provide technological assistance for the national association of Teachers Institutes.
The funding described above might best be provided by a partnership between the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute and one or more major foundations, which would work with us in accomplishing this plan. That funding might be supplemented as necessary by other major grants or lesser grants. The grants might be administered by the partnership, by individual foundations, or by the office of the Director of the national association of Teachers Institutes. The projected cost of the entire initiative is 63.8 million dollars. A detailed break-down of that figure is included in the document prepared by the Institute: "Strengthening Teaching in America's Schools: A Proposal to Replicate Nationally the Successes of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute."