When Yale and New Haven established the Institute in 1978, their plans were based on ten years of successful experience with a program in History education. Thus, the Teachers Institute exemplifies a 25-year tradition of teachers at Yale working collaboratively with their counterparts who teach in New Haven schools. In approach, the Institute is designed to respond to the needs and interests that New Haven teachers themselves identify. It stresses that teachers from Yale and from New Haven are professional colleagues with a strong common interest in the teaching of their subjects in the humanities and the sciences.
From the outset, teachers have played leadership roles in planning and conducting the Institute; they have insisted that its program be demanding, and effective in strengthening teaching and learning in New Haven schools. The theme of the Institute is therefore to increase the preparation of teachers and to assist them in developing new materials for school courses.
To assist and encourage this fund raising, the DeWitt Wallace- Reader's Digest Fund awarded a seminal, $2 million endowment challenge grant, which must be matched dollar for dollar. In addition, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $750,000 challenge grant toward the Institute s endowment, which requires that by July 1995 four dollars be raised to secure each dollar of their offer. Overall, the Institute is seeking a $5 million endowment for its work in the humanities, and $2 million to provide its work in the sciences a similar financial stability.
Gifts for endowment or cash reserves qualify as matching for these challenges. Opportunities exist for named gifts to be made within this initiative. For example, the Mary B. Griswold Endowment Fund for the Institute honors her service to Yale, New Haven, and education.
Studies have shown that the Institute has increased teachers' preparation in the subjects they teach, raised their morale, and encouraged them to remain in teaching in the local, urban school district. Teachers report how, through the Institute, they have become more effective with their students, and how student learning has been enhanced.
Nationally: The Institute has been recognized as a pioneering and successful model of university-school partnership by the Rockefeller Commission on the Humanities, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the College Board, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association for Higher Education, the U. S. Department of Education, and the Business-Higher Education Forum, among other organizations.
-Gordon M. Ambach
Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
-Ernest L. Boyer
President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
-Theodore R. Sizer
Chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools
-Donald M. Stewart
President, The College Board
James R. Vivian, Director
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
P. O. Box 3563 Yale Station
New Haven, Connecticut 06520