Summer Institute

Summer Institute at Mercersburg Academy

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​August 15-19


This year's Summer Institute will bring educators together in person with leading thinkers about the future of education. The five-day institute will include keynotes and workshops delivered or facilitated by Mercersburg faculty and guest presenters.

Registration opens soon.  


Schedule of Events

AUGUST

15

Retrofitting School: The Principles of Design

John David Bennett and Jennifer Smith

Mercersburg Academy has selected seven principles of design for infusing its academics with meaning and mastery. Day one of the Institute will further define and clarify what they are and play with ways to use them in the most successful settings for learning.

AUGUST

16

Meaning and Purpose

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and Dr. Christina Kundrak

In a New York Times interview, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang emphasized that, “emotion is where learning begins, or, as is often the case, where it ends. Put simply, ‘It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about.’” She and Dr. Kundrak will provide the scientific evidence that supports this paradigm-shattering claim and practical pathways for creating emotional connections when teaching and learning.

AUGUST

17 & 18

The Tools of Learning and Mastery

Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal

Two days with Pooja Agarwal will significantly enhance how we and our students learn. Using leading research about how the brain acquires, retains, and applies knowledge, Dr. Agarwal will surprise us with strategies and techniques we can use each day to make our students better learners with enhanced abilities to remember and apply new and enduring knowledge.

AUGUST

19

Transfer: Answers for “How?”

John David Bennett and Jennifer Smith

The week will close with a one-day design workshop where we’ll apply the week’s best and most resonant ideas and techniques.



Speakers

Pooja Agarwal

Dr. Pooja K. Agarwa

John David Bennett

John David Bennett

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Dr. Christina Kundrak

Dr. Christina Kundrak

Jennifer Miller Smith

Jennifer Miller Smith