Intellectual Humility in Secondary Education

Date: August 1-5, 2016

In the summer of 2016, Humility and Conviction in Public Life sponsored the first of three Summer Institutes on Intellectual Humility in Secondary Education at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

This summer institute was an inquiry-based professional development program that provided the opportunity for secondary educators to incorporate intellectual humility into their classrooms. The summer institute focused on issues of genocide and human rights education as a means to foster intellectual humility while also addressing complex historical and current issues.

The summer institute ran from August 1-5, 2016, at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, campus. Middle and high-school teachers interested in the themes of the Institute helped to design lesson plans incorporating intellectual humility and other project themes relevant for their classrooms. The content areas covered over the five-day workshop provide a helpful framework for strengthening social and emotional competencies in students, and learning about the importance of upstanders. Professor of philosophy Heather Battaly, a HCPL Advisory Board member and expert on intellectual humility and education was a guest speaker, running one day of the institute.

The summer institute featured also experienced educators on the topics of genocide and human rights, as well as film-makers, and a series of guest presenters.