Teacher Professional Development Programs

“Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.”
--Leonardo da Vinci
Professional Development Opportunities

The John Adams Academy Board of Directors has generously approved ongoing funding for teachers and staff to attend an array of mission-aligned Professional Development programs. More information on each program and their respective application deadlines can be obtained by clicking on the links. Funding is available for cost of tuition for the event, airfare, and other expenses. Additionally, many of the programs have scholarships available to defray the cost of attendance. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please submit a letter to your Headmaster.
Your request for funding should include:

1. Your Name
2. Campus where you work
3. Grade Level/Department
4. Programs you would like to attend in order of preference
5. What you hope to gain by attending the workshop

Several factors will be used to determine how the PD funds will be distributed. We will take into account what professional development opportunities you have already participated in, how long you have been at John Adams Academy, your role at the Academy, and the overall impact this training will have on the mission of JAA.

Option A - St. John’s College - Summer Classics & Summer Seminar
Summer Classics:
St. John’s College Summer Classics Program Summer Classics at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico is your chance to explore the perplexing, the rousing, and the compelling. Every summer, people from across the country—varying widely in age, academic and professional backgrounds—gather in small
seminars on the Santa Fe campus to read and discuss timeless literary, philosophical, and artistic works. Best suited for upper school teachers. For additional information and registration deadlines please click here.
St. John’s College Summer Teacher Institute:

The St. John’s College Teachers Institute is a week-long program held each summer for educators in Annapolis, Maryland. St. John’s accepts applications from all high school educators for the Teachers Institute. Spaces are limited. If accepted, there is no cost for tuition, books, on-campus housing, or breakfast and lunch. Participants earn a certificate from St. John’s College. During the week-long program, seminars will meet Tuesday through Thursday, with a final seminar on Friday (see schedule sample). Time is also available to explore the historic city of Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay, and nearby Washington, DC. For additional information and registration deadlines please click here.

Option B - Freedoms Foundation Teacher Graduate Programs

Founded in 1949, the Freedoms Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian educational organization. The Freedoms Foundation provides a wide range of educational and awards programs for students, teachers and citizens to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles and responsibilities of a free and democratic society. These programs include: U.S. history, Citizenship & civics, Constitutional rights, Citizen responsibilities, Student entrepreneurship, American political process, Public policy issues, and the Free enterprise system. All education programs are conducted at the Freedoms Foundation’s 85-acre campus in historic Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, located 25 miles from Philadelphia. Open to K-12 teachers. Must apply online. For additional information and registration deadlines please click here.

Option C - Bill of Rights Institute

Established in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society…The Institute envisions a society in which all individuals enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Participants engage in deep discussions on critical issues, interact with scholars and experts, visit places of historical significance, and much more! For additional information and registration deadlines please click here

Option D - Ashbrook Center (Ashland University)

The mission of Ashbrook is to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. To fulfill this mission, Ashbrook offers educational programs for students, teachers, and citizens. Ashbrook's History & Literature seminars aim to encourage the cross-curricular study of key themes in American history by examining both historical documents and literary texts. Open to both social studies and English/language arts teachers at any level, the seminars delve into the history and meaning of America through the words of historical figures great and small, as well as through the prose and verse of the nation’s writers. Each seminar will be taught by a historian or political scientist teamed with a literary scholar. For additional information and registration deadlines please click here.


Option E - Paideia Active Learning

Paideia offers a series of ongoing Socratic Seminar training events designed for public school teachers and principals. For additional information and registration deadlines for their upcoming events please click here.