The Cambridge Teacher Seminar was designed to give you access to current scholarship and university resources in a variety of fields. Led by distinguished scholars, you will be introduced to innovative approaches to traditional ideas and subjects, to new pedagogical and curricular possibilities, and to a variety of cultural, social, and imaginative experiences, all in one of the intellectual and cultural capitals of the world.
At the heart of the Seminar are Study Groups, each with a different focus, offering detailed discussion and exploration of a special subject. Upon enrollment, you will have the chance to choose from one-of-four Study Group options. Each morning during the seminar, your Study Group will meet individually to discuss a series of topics that are complemented in the afternoons by a plenary program of speakers, workshops, outings, and events.
Using Cambridge’s extraordinary historical resources, this Study Group explores a selection of themes lying at the interstices of history as it is taught in secondary schools, and history as it is researched in universities. Drawing on examples from all periods, sessions address pedagogical questions such as how to incorporate literature, art, and cinema, as well as the social sciences such as anthropology and archaeology, into the syllabus; and how best to convey the value, uses, and abuses of history to the next generation of students. The Study Group also addresses research topics, privileging areas that are all too often excluded from syllabi, such as the long-term historical influence of environment, geography, and disease, as well as how the changing nature of war affected the human experience and transformed political institutions.
Past Study Group Leader: Dr. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe is a Lecturer in Patristics in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge. She is also a Fellow and College Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where she completed her doctorate on the political theology of Ambrosiaster, a late Christian writer of the fourth century. From 2006 to 2016 she taught Roman History at King’s College London as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, before returning to Cambridge and Peterhouse in 2016. She has also held visiting fellowships at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University and at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. Her research interests lie in the history of late antiquity, with a specialization in early Christianity and the history of ideas.
How do we excite today’s students about English Literature? With this question in mind, the Study Group reads and discusses selected texts by major writers, exploring key ideas in literary criticism and how these may be presented in classrooms around the world. While considering texts that can stand on their own or be integrated into thematic courses, the group examines canonical writers from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf, along with others who have a particular connection to Cambridge, such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Lord Tennyson, Rupert Brooke, Sylvia Plath, and Zadie Smith. Participants visit special collections, the colleges of famous authors, and other sites of special literary interest around Cambridge.
Past Study Group Leader: Dr. Ewan Jones. A University Lecturer in the Nineteenth Century at the Faculty of English and a fellow and Director of Studies at Downing, Dr. Jones studied at King's College, Cambridge, and was previously a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall. He is working on a number of projects including tracing the historical development of the notion of rhythm across the nineteenth century, developing new computational resources to uncover and account for the structure and change of concepts over long historical periods, and a project to digitize manuscripts relating to Alfred Lord Tennyson. His publications include Coleridge and the Philosophy of Poetic Form (2014).
This study group addresses the business of choosing, applying to, and being accepted by British universities. Participants discuss the respective merits of different examinations, the intricacies of the UCAS process, the major differences between English, Welsh, and Scottish universities, and indeed the differences in teaching and social life in individual universities in the U.K. Moving beyond the factual, they discuss how best to help students choose a university, prepare their application, their interviews, and, most importantly, ready themselves for the transition to university life far from home.
Past Study Group Leader: Heather Thompson Cavalli. Ms. Thompson Cavalli graduated from Columbia University, Barnard College, in 1990, and earned her Master's in Comparative History at Brandeis University in 1994. She has been a college counselor and teacher of History, IB History, and IB Theory of Knowledge at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz for seven years. Before that she was Director of College Counseling at a boarding school in Connecticut for six years and has been a teacher of history since 1994. She has profound experience of different university systems and has traveled to over 200 American, Dutch, German, Spanish, and British universities to expand her first-hand knowledge and to be able best to advise students.
How can we encourage students to invest time and effort in solving challenging problems in mathematics and in related subjects like computing, engineering, and science? Taking advantage of Cambridge's incredible mathematics and science resources, Study Group participants explore the process of solving problems by engaging with key historic issues in mathematics. The works of seminal thinkers such as Polya and Lakatos on the nature of problem-solving are studied in detail. Participants get to grips with essential questions: What does it mean to solve a problem? What makes a mathematical proof watertight? How does mathematical proof contrast with evidence in science or an “engineering solution”? How can crowded contemporary curricula accommodate problem-solving as a core theme? How can teachers nurture confident problem-solving skills in their students?
Past Study Group Leader: Prof. Christopher Sangwin. Christopher Sangwin is Professor of Technology Enhanced Science Education at the University of Edinburgh. A leading figure in mathematics education in the U.K., he held Senior Lectureships at Birmingham and Loughborough Universities before joining the faculty at Edinburgh. For over a decade, he worked with the U.K. Higher Education Academy to promote the learning and teaching of university mathematics. His research and teaching interests include the automatic assessment of mathematics using computer algebra and the development of the STACK system, as well as problem solving using the Moore Method and similar student-centered approaches. He is the author of several books, including How Round is Your Circle?, which illustrates and investigates the links between mathematics and engineering using physical models.
The Cambridge Teacher Seminar is held at Jesus College. Founded in 1496, Jesus is situated only minutes from the medieval marketplace in the city center. You will have access to the most spacious grounds of any Cambridge college that include an orchard; soccer, rugby, and hockey pitches; tennis courts; and beautiful gardens.
Accommodation is modern and comfortable. A number of bedrooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, and participants have access to the recently refurbished college bar. Jesus College is within easy walking distance of all the major attractions in Cambridge, including King’s College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Teachers, librarians, school leaders, counselors, administrators and, in certain circumstances, trustees, school board, and PTA officers, are eligible. Applications should be in by May 18, 2022; however, if spaces remain after that date, we will continue to accept applications until all the Seminar is full.
The Cambridge Teacher Seminar complies with state requirements for teacher professional development. Oxbridge will help you identify opportunities to earn professional development in your state, assist you in the development of your portfolio, and issue a transcript for up to 35 points/hours of professional development.
The comprehensive fee for the Seminar is $2,500 and includes all tuition and lectures, accommodation, two meals daily, and all activities scheduled as part of the Seminar. The fee does not include airfare, lunch, items of a personal nature, health or travel insurance, or elective activities above and beyond the program.
You are required to make your own travel arrangements. Full information on how to go about making travel plans will be provided to registered Teacher Seminar participants.
Space in the program is extremely limited. Do not miss your chance to enjoy life in a traditional Cambridge college and a meeting of minds with leading academics and educators from the University. Complete your enrollment today. If you have any question or prefer to complete your enrollment over the phone, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (800) 828-8349 and (212) 932-3049.
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