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Bicentennial Summer Institute: Description

The Indiana Bicentennial Institute is planned to incorporate one or more educator from each of Indiana’s 92 counties in a campus-based professional development program sponsored by ten IN based professional education organizations.

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Center for Cultural Resources

Description of Program

Indiana celebrates its 200th, BUT it’s not ALL about the Indiana Bicentennial!   It can also be about Kentucky or any other state—their identities and achievements in a global, national and local settings.  From July 12-16, 2015, the School of Education and Center for Cultural Resources at IU Southeast, New Albany, are partnering with other educational organizations to sponsor a five-day institute designed to assist teachers and youth (age 10 and older) in recognizing identities and achievements of their states globally, nationally, and locally.  Through creating original giant floor maps and timelines, the institute will feature a series of instructionally sound standards-based programs.  All institute experiences will be adaptable for any educators and allow them to earn credits—university, professional and service--applicable for license, programs, renewals and rewards.  For these and questions about admission to IUS graduate programs, e-mail Nicole Owens Wilson,  Read on for “Features of the Summer Institute”:

  • Each student will join a team to learn a design process while creating a plan for an original giant floor map and timeline for a chosen county in the state, along with strategies based on standards, to be circulated as an instructional package.
  • Each student-planned map and timeline, costing $500 through local donations, will be translated by professionals into durable vinyl models for local instruction and exhibits.
  • Educators may bring family and youth to taste campus life while jointly participating in educational training and a working vacation in the heart of Indiana’s birthplace. Family groups may attend and be housed in campus lodges or area motels, or may choose to drive to campus daily.
  • Participants will visit historic sites of significance for teaching state history, geography, economics, and civics with many optional sites chosen for enrichment, all adaptable to to serve as a model for any location.
  • The program will feature outstanding presenters, including current authors of  Indiana and Kentucky materials.
  • Educators and actively-involved youth may earn university, professional development and public service credits, along with certificates of attendance, and form major networks for continuing experiences and resources. Youth will be involved in leader roles throughout the institute.

Descriptions for 3 graduate courses, beginning on Saturday, July 11, 2015, living accommodations, daily institute agenda and youth scholarship application will be found online--IU Southeast@edu by April 1.  SAVE the DATES.

Specific fee schedules will be determined following current fundraising efforts.  The course registration is estimated at $150, including many food events and admissions. Youth, 10 years and older, may be eligible by application for scholarships when accompanied by guardians.  

The institute offers many opportunities that will be fun, educational, tourist-like, useful and family oriented.  For continuing updates on registration and developing details, reply to