Teacher Institute

Join us for Western's 16th Teacher Institute- Now Virtual

All Courses Open Online June 8

(through August 7th; with flexible offerings at the discretion of the participant and instructor)

Western’s Teacher Institute is proud to have provided educators with a platform to share knowledge, create networking connections and enhance their teaching skills for the past 15 years. We are excited to offer these same opportunities to educators despite the circumstances regarding COVID-19 and Western’s response to this crisis by offering courses online. We understand that this differs significantly from our standard Teacher Institute structure, but we are confident that we can deliver the same, high-quality content that we’ve shared with hundreds of educators for over a decade. We thank you for your understanding regarding our decisions in light of these circumstances, and we hope you join us for a unique, education-filled 2020 Teacher Institute.

The Teacher Institute provides opportunities for educators to enhance content knowledge, share pedagogy and network with educators from throughout Colorado and beyond.

The Teacher Institute offers a variety of content courses designed specifically for K-12 educators who want to enrich their existing curricula. Intensive seminars with qualified instructors will immerse participants in their subjects. Opportunities include hands-on, individualized activities, instructional enhancements and outdoor classrooms.

The Teacher Institute is made possible through funds provided by the Ann Zugelder Endowment. This allows us to offer a discount of 20% for districts with 2 teachers, and a discount of 50% for districts of 3 or more. New this year: Any past participant of the Teacher Institute can be an Ambassador for TI to earn free credits.  If you refer 5 teachers to register for a class you get one free class.  If you refer 10 teachers to register for a class you get two free classes.  You simply will need to tell friends/teachers to refer you when they complete their registrations. 

We are happy again to announce that this year we will be offering courses that meet CDE’s English Language Learner PD Requirements in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training.  These requirements are 3 credits in CLD education for K-12 educators in elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts.  Look for courses marked with a ★, these courses will provide you with the ELL matrix CDE requires and will serve as supporting documents for fulfilling the 3-credit requirement.  If you have further questions about courses or the requirement, please contact Jenny Whitacre (TI Director).

New this year! Early Childhood Education courses that meet Colorado’s state requirements for licensure and professional development will be offered both weeks of the Teacher Institute.

Please also join us for the inaugural DisAbility Film Festival (June 13 & 14). The DisAbility Film Festival will be a two-day event; Saturday evening will include a screening and keynote of a feature film along with a reception. Following Saturday's reception, we will have one two-hour block of screenings of winning films. On Sunday, we will have three two-hour blocks of screenings throughout the day. Participants can attend the festival and earn graduate credit. Please see course description below for details.

Registration is closed

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2020 Summer Teacher Institute! 2020 registration is now closed, but we would love to see you in 2021. Please visit this page next spring to find a list of course offerings and registration information.



Extended Studies reserves the right to cancel courses based on low enrollments. Early registration is encouraged in order to accurately evaluate enrollments. Extended Studies will begin cancelling courses due to low enrollments (typically less than 5 students) the week of May 25. Participants enrolled in courses that are cancelled will be contacted and issued full refunds for the canceled course(s). We encourage participants to select a different class. No refunds will be given after May 29, 2020.