2016 Jennings Educators Institute


The Jennings Educators Institute, presented by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, is a three-day workshop held over three separate Saturdays in the fall that is aimed to encourage, support and foster the development of teachers and their work in the classroom.   Each ½ day workshop features networking, discussion, and a keynote speaker who is well-respected and well-known among educators in Ohio. 

Why is it at the University of Cincinnati this year?

While the Jennings Educators Institute is held every year in Ohio, it travels to a different part of the state each year.  A well-respected University in the area hosts the event each year, offering continuing education credits for teachers, and the potential for graduate credit through the hosting University.  In the Fall 2016, the Jennings Educators Institute will come to Southwest Ohio and the University of Cincinnati was chosen to host the event.

When is the Event?

The three Saturday workshops will be held from 8:00am – 12:00pm on the following dates.  Attendance at all three workshops is required to become a Jennings Scholar.

  • September 17, 2016 (Presenter: Tom Lasley)
  • October 15, 2016 (Presenter: Jim Connell)
  • November 12, 2016 (Presenter: Jim Mahoney)

Contact Information

Kaitlyn Bechtol
Associate to the Office for Innovations & Community Partnerships

University of Cincinnati
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
Office for Innovations & Community Partnerships
P.O. Box 210002
Cincinnati, Ohio  45221

(P) 513.556.5745
(F) 513.556.2483
(E) kaitlyn.bechtol@uc.edu

Who is eligible?

Any Ohio Public School teacher is eligible to attended; however, you must be recommended by your Principal or Superintendent before submitting an application. The recommendation form can be found below, as well as the application.

Who are the guest speakers and what are their topics?

  • Jim Connell - Co-Director Education Unit, Ursuline College
    • Title: A Solid Curriculum-A Primary Ingredient for Classroom Effectiveness
    • Description: Common Core Standards design what all student must learn, but not everything that teachers are allowed to teach.  This session will examine key curricular questions:Why does/doesn't curriculum work? What makes curriculum global?  Is there a place for differentiated curriculum?  Do teachers have sufficient curriculum conversations?  Participants will have the opportunity for interactions and discussions on various levels.
  • Thomas Lasley - Professor & Executive Director, EDvention, University of Dayton
    • Title: Effective Instruction: High Leverage Teaching Strategies that Foster Student Learning
    • Description: Researchers have begun to identify teaching strategies that enhance student learning. This session will explore the specific instructional approaches that teachers use to impact student critical thinking and problem solving and to foster student academic growth.
  • Jim Mahoney - Executive Director, Battelle for Kids
    • Title: Highly Effective Practice
    • Description: What separates highly effective educators from others? How can you reflect and improve your practice? This session will focus on the latest research using value added assessment to identify teachers who facilitate extraordinary academic growth with students. Participants will understand the types of student engagement necessary to improve student performance and foster hope. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to assess their own practice and effectiveness using a quality tool. This session is highly interactive and teachers will leave with specific ideas and strategies that improve student performance and student engagement.


Jennings Fellows Program

To be a Jennings Fellow, teachers are required to design and implement lessons incorporating the ideas presented by the Jennings Institute. Additionally, they are required to reflect on the experience and present to their professional peers about how the teaching strategies in the newly developed units impact students and enhance their own personal practice to better engage learners. The presentations rely on a strong reflection component regarding the experience. Some examples of reflective questions include: What were the challenges? What was difficult? What was unexpected? Were there issues with implementation? What did you learn? How did this impact your practice? How will you continue to use these ideas, and perhaps revise more lessons?


  • Attend the three weekend workshops & meet as a group two other times (once for planning and the other for presenting)
  • Design & implement lessons incorporating the ideas presented by the Jennings Institute
  • Reflective paper & presentation about how the teaching strategies in the newly developed units impacted students & enhanced your own personal practice to better engage learners.

Important Dates:

  • Action Research Meeting:  Saturday, December 10 from 9:00am to 11:30am
  • Presentation/Celebration:  Saturday, April 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm


Documents for 2016 Jennings Educator Institute


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format of the day?

The day includes breakfast, introductions, keynote presentation, discussion, & recognition awards.


Why should I attend?

  • Honor of being recommended by your Superintendent, Principal, or Administrator.
  • Upon completion of the Institute, become recognized by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.
  • No application or registration fee for the Institute.
  • Opportunity to apply for 1 graduate credit hours through the University of Cincinnati. Course is provided through UC's School of Education.
  • Opportunity for Continuing Education Unit (CEU)


How much of a time commitment is the Institute?

Total commitment from participants is approximately 15-17 hours.  This include time at the three Saturday sessions, as well as the required readings in advance.  Individuals participating in graduate credit through UC may have additional requirements to obtain credit.


How do I sign up?

Teachers are recommended to attend by their supervisor, principal, or other administrator. Once you have been recommended, teachers are encouraged to apply.


What is the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation?

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation aims to foster the development of individual young people to the maximum possible extent…in secular primary and secondary schools.   The Foundation also aims to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of Ohio’s teachers, to encourage creativity in teaching and to bring greater recognition to the teaching profession. 

Since its beginning, through careful stewardship of the assets, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has made grants of $125 million and continues to provide millions of dollars each year to support K-12 public education throughout Ohio.  For more information about the Foundation or the grants they offer, please visit their website.


What have other previous participants from the Jennings Educator Institute said about the institute?

  • “Wonderful, very motivating and powerful!”
  • “I have been inspired to try more collaborative learning activities in my classroom.”
  • “Great unique concepts, that if you’re in Education, you don’t have time to really think a lot about.”
  • “Every topic was relevant.”
  • “Understands where educators are and our frustrations, needs, and goals.”
  • “Engaging, interactive, informative, and applicable to every day.”
  • “Gave me the chance to look at what I am doing and make changes.”