Past STI Schedules

Take a look at past Summer Teacher Institute schedules below!

Summer Teacher Institute brings K-12 and post-secondary educators along with arts education specialists, historians, community educators, curriculum designers, and performers to learn how to effectively use rock and roll to teach across the disciplines.  Educators learn how to connect popular music to their own classroom curricula – from the history of hip-hop to the science of sound – by creating new and exciting learning environments that can help meet the needs of all students, no matter their level or learning style.

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Go behind the scenes and connect the artistry, people, messages, and business of popular music to learning across the K-12 disciplines. 

 

  • Explorations of museum exhibits
  • Behind-the-scenes highlights with Rock Hall curators
  • Spotlights on the development of Rock Hall educational materials
  • Introductions to the Museum’s on-site programs, e-resources, and distance learning classes for K-12 students

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Learn from award-winning educators, authors, historians, and artists.


  • Overviews of the dynamic history of rock and roll by decades, from the roots to its many branches 
  • Breakout sessions where experienced K -12 educators share successful rock-inspired lessons and guide participants in developing appropriate lessons for their own classrooms 
  • Case studies describing goals, methods, and outcomes of successful programs for students in both traditional and non-traditional instructional settings 
  • Evening events such as the opening reception, Wednesday evening program featuring a special guest, and other opportunities to extend conversation about popular music and network with colleagues.

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Participants receive:

 

  • Resource Guide with all materials required for the week: sample lessons and activities, Museum learning guides, recommended readings, online resources, and a brief discography of recordings by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.
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  • Certificates of Participation are distributed at the close of STI documenting professional development hours (32 hours).
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    Explore the different events, classes, panels, performances, and more that participants have engaged in over the years.

    2013

    Teachers who attended Summer Teacher Institute 2013 explored the exhibition, Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction and watched a special screening of Crossfire Hurricane. Participants (coming from over a dozen states as well as from Australia, Canada and the Sudan) learned about connecting music with physical activity in a breakout session with Punk Rope, explored music that their students are listening to today, and undertook archival and research projects for their classrooms at the Library and Archives.
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    2012

    Summer Teacher Institute 2012 included a screening of Thunder Soul, the moving documentary about the Kashmere Stage band and its director, Mr. Conrad "Prof" Johnson. Members of the band and Prof's son joined STI teachers to talk about their experiences. Participants also spent time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives where they discovered countless resources for their classrooms. Teachers from around the world convened and discussed pedagogical approaches and curricula design.
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    2011

    Summer Teacher Institute 2011 coincided with the groundbreaking Museum exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power and the week was filled with events to highlight the exhibit. Girls Rock Camp Alliance directors were on hand to lead breakout sessions about women in popular music, building self-esteem among young people and lyric analysis while legendary producer and musician Genya Ravan (Goldie and the Gingerbreads; producer for Ronnie Spector and the Dead Boys) shared highlights of her career. Teachers from around the country and around the world (including from Australia) shared their pedagogical practices using popular music in their classrooms.

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    2010

    2010 STI hosted an evening with rocker Joe Grushecky and a Hall of Fame Series event featuring Bobby Massey [inducted 2005], founding member of the O'Jays.  Grushecky discussed both his career as a singer-songwriter and his experiences as a high-school special education teacher, while Massey discussed his own career with the O'Jays and his work with local public schools.  This year also spotlighted distance learning through videoconferencing.

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    2009

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Darryl McDaniels (of Run-D.M.C.) shared with STI participants about some of his education initiatives in Queens, New York in a Hall of Fame series session.  

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    Rock on STI: The most energizing workshop I have every attended. The most innovative and inspirational staff around. A must attend for any educator. An awesome experience.
    - Bob Shirley, High School History Teacher, Marion, Ohio (STI Class of 2011)
    Great week of learning. By Monday evening I was already making plans to come back in 2012 and who else I would bring with me. I felt all week that I was treated as an equal professional in comparison to presenters, staff, and other campers.
    - Nicki Barragy, Music Educator, Clear Lake, Iowa (STI Class of 2011)
    This week will have a lasting impact on my teaching and students! I can bring diverse music to my students and explain background info on it as well as make connections to other subjects. I want to use music to teach my students.
    - Anonymous; STI 2011 Participant
    This is a program that must be taken again and again by teachers! It is by its nature full of layers that need to be explored and re-explored. I’ll be back!
    - Amy Sumor, 7th Grade English/Language Arts, Laurel, MD (STI Class of 2011)
    New ideas were exploding within my head on a continual basis for lesson plans as I listened and learned. I feel very well equipped to start my new English electives course: Language and the Contemporary Song Lyric as a result of attending the Institute. The exhibits were bridged with topics effectively and events were VERY well prepared.
    - Shane Larratt, High School English Teacher, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (STI Class of 2011)