Join Us for a Summer of Learning

Summer is the perfect opportunity to slow down and ask questions. How can we continuously improve our district, our school, our classroom practices? How can we ensure equitable outcomes for all students? As educators, how can we challenge and support each other throughout the academic year?

We invite you to explore and seek answers to questions such as these by registering for one (or more!) of our our multi-day virtual summer institutes. Check out the complete summer lineup below.

Yes, ESSER funds can be used by a district or school to send individual educators or teams of educators to our virtual summer institutes. 

For more information on what ESSER is and how the funds can be used, please visit our page dedicated to this topic: Understanding ESSER and ARP.


Below you will find a timeline of events for the summer of 2021. For more information, please visit each institute’s page on our event calendar by clicking the appropriate button below. 

Designing Instruction to Foster Student Engagement

Teachers have spent a year learning new technologies, adapting their instructional practices to accommodate virtual learners, and piecing together strategies to connect students who are in the classroom with students at home. While the fundamentals of good instruction have not changed, remote and hybrid learning have highlighted the educational inequities that effective instruction is intended to address.

In this virtual institute, educators will reflect on their learning from the past year, consider their strengths and needs in relation to the framework of the Elements of Effective Instruction, and explore resources and strategies that lead to increased student engagement in schools and classrooms.

When: June 29 & 30; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, ET
Where: Virtual
Cost: $325

Learn More June 29-30, 2021

Introduction to Creating and Facilitating Professional Learning Groups

Professional learning groups (PLGs) provide dedicated and supported time to evaluate student work, tune assessments and plans, and engage in constructive dialogue with colleagues. Developing PLGs that nurture a community devoted to continuous improvement and educational equity requires shared vision, key skills, and thoughtful implementation.

This virtual institute introduces participants to strategies and considerations, provides opportunities for active engagement and practice, and offers a framework for effective implementation of PLGs in any context. In the true spirit of PLGs, we encourage participants to register as teams with varied roles, including administrators, in order to effectively process and apply the learning to your school community.

When: July 13-15; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, ET
Where: Virtual
Cost: $425

Learn More July 13-15, 2021

Designing a Better Advisory System: Building Relationships and Working Toward Educational Equity

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that strong relationships between students and school staff members are critically important. Advisory systems are one important way that schools and districts ensure every student has a strong and supportive relationship with at least one staff member.

During this virtual institute, participants will learn how advisory systems can improve outcomes for all students. Participants will also examine effective middle and high school advisory structures in order to build or refine their school’s or district’s own advisory system. We encourage school- or district-based design teams to attend, as a portion of our time will be spent building a vision for an advisory system and action planning toward making that vision a reality in the 2021-2022 school year. 

When: July 20-22; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, ET
Where: Virtual
Cost: $425

Learn More July 20-22, 2021

The Role of Anti-Racism: Learning, Leaning, and Leading for Racial Equity

Have you already begun to have bold conversations and want to lean into the discomfort as you learn how the ideology of white supremacy upholds the existence and persistence of racial disparities in the United States? Are you looking for a brave space to push your thinking about the ‘head, heart, and hands’ work needed to achieve racial equity? Then join us for our summer racial equity institute. It’s time to ensure just outcomes for all students, raise marginalized voices, and challenge the imbalance of power and privilege.

When: August 3-5; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, ET
Where: Virtual
Cost: $425

Learn More August 3-5, 2021

Don’t take our word for it. Participants from last summer’s sessions had a lot to say about their experiences.