Teaching Cleveland institute

The Teaching Cleveland Institute (TCI) is a professional development program for any K-12 educators interested in teaching about Cleveland in their classrooms.  The TCI focuses on Cleveland history, economics, public policy, and youth engagement.  Educators learn from area leaders and experts, engage in various activities and visit interesting sites around Cleveland, and develop classroom-ready curricula for immediate use.

What educators need to know:

  • Graduate credits are available through Ashland University
  • Aligns with Ohio Common Core Standards (social studies)
  • Cost is $150 per person
  • Click here to reserve your spot today
Questions:  Email teachcleveland@gmail.com

Summer TCI Information

Tuesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 15
8 am - 4 pm
Cleveland Public Library

This summer's Teaching Cleveland Institute will address bridging the racial divide in Cleveland by exploring the region's history and its impact on where we find ourselves today, ultimately focusing on our local communities and schools.  

Day 1

First, educators will discuss the idea of identity and will be offered opportunities to offer their personal experiences through a series of activities, media, and presentations--most notably from Facing History and Ourselves.

Day 2

The second day will involve an exploration of 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 over these topics.

Day 3

On the final day, we will host Cleveland State University professor Ronnie Dunn and the Social Justice Institute's Rhonda Williams, for presentations on the legacies of structural racism in Cleveland today.  College credit will be available to those that are interested, and educators will work with Olivia Hoge of the Cleveland Public Library's History Department on a final assignment that they can bring back to their home districts.


Our growing network includes teachers from:

Beachwood High School
Birchwood School
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
Financial Services Academy, John Adams High School
Garfield Heights High School
Hathaway Brown School
Horizon Science Academy
Hawken School
Max Hayes High School
Montessori High School
North Royalton High School
Parmadale School
St. Ignatius High School
St. Joseph Academy
Shaker Heights High School
University School
Village Prep Academy
Western Reserve Academy

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"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