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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t take our word for it. Participants from last summer’s sessions had a lot to say about their experiences.
This [session] helped me build confidence; moreover, it allowed my team to work on actualizing the learning that we were doing, which is so important. I'm leaving feeling inspired, rather than fearful, for the upcoming year(s) and all the work that must be done.
I always look forward to GSP workshops and trainings because I find them to be well-planned, responsive, and structured. These elements allow me to feel safe when I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone to take risks.
It was really a wonderful opportunity to get to connect with educators from other districts but also to dig into work with our own district! My only regret is that we didn't have even more time! I left feeling humbled, impressed, and empowered.
I was not expecting this to be SO effective and productive via Zoom; you have taught us a lot! I really appreciated how carefully and thoughtfully you structured this experience.
I am deeply grateful for this experience and the knowledge of how many student lives it will impact. Thank you.