Teaching Cleveland institute

The Teaching Cleveland Institute (TCI) is a professional development program for any k-12 educators interested in connecting their students to Cleveland history, economics, and public policy. Every TCI also ends with ways to engage the youth in issues that matter to them.

Educators learn from area leaders of organizations, experts in history and public policy, and activists changing people’s lives.  Teachers will develop classroom-ready curricula for immediate use and earn graduate credit or CEUs if interested.

If you are a teacher, and you love Cleveland, join us!  You’ll be glad you did.

What educators need to know:

  • Graduate credits are available through Ashland University and CEUs are available through the Educational Services Center of Cuyahoga County

  • Aligns with Ohio Common Core Standards (social studies)

  • Cost is $250 per person

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Please email teachcleveland@gmail.com to see if space is available for the summer TCI.

Questions: Email teachcleveland@gmail.com

summer TCI Information

the history of race and ethnicity in cleveland

The Teaching Cleveland Institute will meet Monday, July 29 through Wednesday, July 31 from 8am to 4pm.

Ever wonder how the racial landscape of the Greater Cleveland community came to be?  Where the ethnic enclaves were in Cleveland? Are you an educator or an education professional who wants to explore race and identity, the history of race and ethnicity in Cleveland, and the legacies of structural racism? Then join us for the 2019 Teaching Cleveland Institute (TCI)!

You will investigate bridging the racial divide in Cleveland by learning about the region's history and its impact on where we find ourselves today.

The first day will focus on race and identity.  Participants will explore their identity through a racial lens and discuss their personal experiences through a series of activities, media, and presentations.

The second day will concentrate on Cleveland's history through the lens of immigration, the Great Migration, and suburbanization, all of which led to conflict and violence in the 1960s during the Hough Riots and the Glenville Shootout.  Past TCI participants will present their lessons and activities about these topics as well.

The third day will explore the legacies of structural racism in Greater Cleveland today.  Community leaders will share their work, as those who have done so have included Cleveland State University professor Ronnie Dunn and the Social Justice Institute's Rhonda Williams.

Our growing network includes teachers from:

Beachwood High School
Birchwood School
Citizens Leadership Academy
Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, John Hay High School
Communion of Saints School
Design Lab High School, John Adams High School
Early College, John Hay High School
Euclid High School
Financial Services Academy, John Adams High School
Garfield Heights High School
Gilmour Academy
Hathaway Brown School
Horizon Science Academy
Hawken School
Lakewood High School
Laurel School
Max Hayes High School
Montessori High School
Magnificat High School
Mayfield High School
North Olmsted High School
North Royalton High School
Notre Dame College
Parmadale School
Rocky River High School
St. Edward High School
St. Ignatius High School
St. Joseph Academy
St. Martin de Porres High School
Shaker Heights High School
University School
Village Prep Academy
Warner School for Girls
Western Reserve Academy


"It's extremely important that the young people in our region understand the rich history of Greater Cleveland so that they can someday carry the torch with zeal . . . we are proud to be affiliated with such an important and exciting program.” Randell McShepard, RPM International