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 multi-day virtual summer institutes. Check out the complete summer lineup below.
Below you will find a timeline of events for the summer of 2022. For more information, please visit each institute’s page on our event calendar by clicking the appropriate button below.
Designing a More Equitable and Effective Advisory System
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 three-day 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. This session has been designed for school or district-based teams, 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 12-14; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Introduction to Creating and Facilitating Professional Learning Groups
Recent events have amplified the need for focused and powerful student-centered teacher collaboration that addresses inequities in our schools and supports meaningful change for all students. By utilizing professional learning groups (PLGs) educators can collaborate effectively and ensure their meetings, whether in-person or virtual, are meaningful, efficient, and focused on student outcomes.
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, strong facilitation, and thoughtful support for implementation.
Our three-day virtual training session introduces participants to facilitation skills and strategies, 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.
This online training is not a presentational webinar, but rather an interactive opportunity for participants to engage with each other through a lively series of discussions and activities. Participants will need a computer with audio and video, as well as a stable internet connection. All participants will receive a physical Professional Learning Groups Facilitator Manual, a certificate of professional development hours, and access to digital versions of all materials used in the session.
When: July 19-21; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Pursuing Racial Equity in Education
Have you already begun to have 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.
Regardless of the demographics of your school community, true educational equity will never be achieved in the absence of racial equity. Racial equity can’t be achieved without a commitment to embracing anti-racist policies and practices. This is an ongoing journey that requires full engagement in a series of intertwined and compulsory actions such as ongoing self-reflection, acknowledging white supremacy, recognizing the complexities of the various levels of racism, having crucial conversations with friends, family, and colleagues, and building the moral courage to lead to be an anti-racist leader and educator.
When: July 26-28; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Grading for Educational Equity
In order to be effective and equitable, a grading system must communicate clear information to students, educators, and families about the skills a student has mastered and the areas where they need support or more practice. However, discussions about grading systems can be highly contentious, emotionally charged, and blurred by our own educational experiences.
In this session, we will outline central tenets that should guide schools’ efforts to examine their grading systems at the classroom, school, and district level. We will also explore sample policies and grading guidelines from schools that have used these tenets to successfully re-design the systems they use to score student work and report student grades in an effort to lead to more equitable outcomes. Over the three days, participants will have time to learn together, independently and through guided facilitation to create a theory of action to use as an anchor going into this next school year.
When: August 2-4; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Don’t take our word for it. Participants from past summer 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.