Education program transforms with varied instruction strategies to enhance learning

Each summer, thousands of Lakesiders take part in lectures and additional educational programs at Lakeside. These social, contextual interactions are central to our intellectual wellbeing, and at Lakeside, we want to ensure that you have an opportunity to grow by participating in a variety of educational experiences.

Lakeside’s education program has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. The community has experienced expert speakers in a variety of subject matters within the Chautauqua Lecture Series and participated in hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Furthermore, community groups have expanded their offerings to provide an abundance of learning opportunities for Lakesiders.

“I believe that part of lifelong learning is a continuation of our own identity,” shares Michael Shirtz, Senior Vice President of Programming. “We learn new ideas from lectures, seminars or hands-on experiences that we can apply in our life, family and career. These experiences in the education program are satisfying our natural curiosity and intellectual wellness that enhances the dimensions of our spiritual, social, emotional and even physical wellness. So, it’s imperative that we continually focus on developing our methods and practices of educational programming.”

To evolve educational programming for 2019 and beyond, we asked for your insight at several ‘Engaging in Education’ sessions last summer. Through this process, you confirmed that quality programming, varied learning methods, intentional collaboration across all four Chautauqua pillars, and interaction with community groups were of the utmost importance.

Because of your feedback, Hoover Auditorium will host even more evening speakers this summer, including Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack (June 25); Michael Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic (July 9); Suzi Rapp, Vice President of Animal Programs at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (July 17); and Steve Hartman, “CBS News” correspondent (July 23).

The Chautauqua Lecture Series will be restructured, with lectures held Monday-Thursday mornings from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  With a diversity of themes throughout this summer, including Artificial Intelligence (July 1-3), Guns, Kids & the Media (July 8-9), A Garden Journey (July 15-16) and The Appalachian Trail (Aug. 14-15), you’ll have many opportunities to expand your knowledge.

The afternoon lecture timeslot will now give way to a variety of programming that focuses on varied learning styles and won’t be restricted to the 1:30-3 p.m. timeslot. These programs in the afternoon include author visits, dialogues with speakers, special seminars and documentaries. This change also allows community groups to invite speakers without the conflict of another lecturer.

We’ll also infuse some of the education programs with the other Chautauqua pillars for unique and dynamic experiences this summer. For instance, the education and arts pillars are working to provide more educational programs led by Hoover Auditorium artists and symphony experiences for children. In addition, the religion and education pillars will combine efforts related to spiritual wellness.

“Engaging speakers, multiple learning methods, intentional collaboration across all pillars and partnership with community groups will ensure excellence across the education program,” shares Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming. “As we plan, we’re keeping the learning styles and needs of all Lakesiders at the forefront.”

As this exciting 2019 season approaches, visit to learn more about upcoming educational programs.

2 thoughts on “Education program transforms with varied instruction strategies to enhance learning

  1. Lakeside Chautauqua just keeps getting better and better! All the above lectures sound very good. I want to attend each one.
    Lakeside Chautauqua has excellent, dedicated leadership. It is impressive.

    I would hope that the Board would give its strong support to preserving this fascinating history of this most unique place on Marblehead. The Lakeside Chautauqua presence could be more recognized with a new Archive Building on 163. Let me know what your plans are for this important development.
    Thank you to all who have helped create this fantastic Summer fun family destination!!! 💙💚💜
    I can’t wait to visit again!!!

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