The Collegiate Summer Teaching Institute is an intensive two week program designed for relatively new teachers of color in the independent school world. Below is a picture of the participants and mentor teachers.
I attended this program during June 2008. At the institute, we focused on creating and perfecting lesson plans, reflected on what it means to teach in an independent school, talked about important issues of diversity, and were introduced to a behind-the-scenes look at how independent schools operate.
We did a good amount of reading and writing, including a book Review of Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer, The Students are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999). You can read the review here.
I was lucky to have my former department head from Packer Collegiate Institute also act as my mentor teacher. He wrote me a letter of recommendation at the end [PDF].