Thought Partner Events

Kindergarten teacher in his classroom.

Educators Institute

Open to: Teachers and Administrators nominated by their schools/districts.

The Jennings Educators Institute aims to energize educators, promote networking opportunities, and enhance classroom instruction.  The Institute focuses on enduring, excellent teaching practices applicable to all teachers. It is open to administrators and teachers in selected areas of Ohio and is limited to 100 participants. The Institute rotates from Northeast Ohio to Central Ohio, Southwest Ohio, and Northwest Ohio. Southeast Ohio teachers typically attend one of the three rotations depending on geographic location.

Sessions are held on three Saturdays in the fall. Those interested must complete an application and commit to attending all three sessions. The fall, 2019, program will be in Central Ohio at Otterbein University.  

2019 Institute Dates

October 19
November 2
November 16



Mathematics Institute

Open to: Math teachers of Grades 4-8, nominated by their superintendent.

Each summer the Jennings Foundation sponsors two Mathematics Institutes designed to re-energize Ohio’s mathematics teachers in grades 4&5 and 6&8. The separate sessions are filled with practical strategies teachers can incorporate immediately in their lessons. Interested teachers must be nominated by their superintendent. The Foundation mails letters to all superintendents each April with details regarding the Institutes to be offered that year.

Math teacher Award recipient with her students and VR viewers.


Educators Retreat

Open to: Superintendents and Educational Leaders who are Head of their Organization across Ohio.

The Jennings Foundation sponsors an end-of-summer retreat each year for Ohio’s educational leaders. Participants invited are considered the Head of their Organization and are known to:

  • think deeply

  • put thoughts into action

  • learn from successes and mistakes

  • continually work to learn, grow and improve

The event provides an opportunity for this group of professionals to step back from their day-to-day responsibilities to focus and engage with core matters of deep learning and excellent teaching.



Jennings Leadership Series

Open to: Groups of 15-20 regional education leaders and executive partner leaders

The Jennings Leadership Series provides a forum for regional educators to think deeply with executive level partners who are passionate about public education. This series is typically in the format of a three-to-four-session book study, requires participants to engage with deep learning and excellent teaching topics while considering leadership perspectives within and outside of the field.

Deep consideration of a topic’s content, value, application and lessons in similar and diverse contexts fosters a deep understanding. Many times conversations lead to different ways of looking at ideas, new partnerships, grant projects, and stronger consideration for how the concepts may contribute towards student and workplace goals.