2024 Summer Institute for Authentic Learning and Leadership
"Creating Beautiful Work"
Ron Berger, our 2024 Summer Institute opening keynote speaker, says: “When a student finishes her schooling and goes on to adult life, she will be judged for the rest of her life not by standardized test scores, but by two things . . . by the quality of her character and the quality of her work. Imagine what school would be if the focus of school . . . was creating meaningful, valuable, beautiful, important work. Work that matters in the world.”
Want to create “beautiful work” and help “make learning irresistible”? Bring a team (or just yourself) and join us for two inspiring days filled with hope, creativity, collaboration, and innovation where we:
Reconnect with the joy of teaching!
Empower students to change the world!
This K-12 conference will help you:
Envision authentic learning and leadership;
Be inspired by the work of others;
Experience authentic instructional strategies; and
Commit to next steps.
Most importantly, you’ll find ways to help students connect intellectually and emotionally with their own learning.
Check out all the fun we had last year here!
“Thank you so much for such a wonderful conference. This Institute was SO INSPIRING! And absolutely just what I needed to restore my faith in why I truly love this profession.”
— 2023 SUMMER INSTITUTE ATTENDEE
July 23-24 | Upper Arlington High School | Columbus, OH
“What started as hoping to get closer to Masters +40 turned into feeling inspired and excited about the start of a new school year. This was the most meaningful PD I have been part of! I can’t wait to return next summer!”
– 2023 Summer Institute Attendee
Michelle Sadrena Pledger
Director of Liberation, High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Dr. Michelle Sadrena Pledger is the Director of Liberation and a faculty member at High Tech High's Graduate School of Education, where she serves several significant initiatives, including the San Diego Teacher Residency Program, the Educational Leadership Program, the Center for Love and Justice, Improvement for Equity by Design, and Deeper Learning for Equity. She is a dynamic educator, keynote speaker, author, and changemaker with over twenty years of teaching experience.
Through her work in liberatory PBL and a plethora of authentic learning strategies, Michelle has inspired educators nationally and globally to help students think critically, act empathetically, and create positive change in their schools, communities, and the world. She is back this year by popular demand and will have a new keynote designed just for us!
Senior Advisor, EL Education
Ron Berger is the Senior Advisor at EL Education, a nonprofit school improvement organization that partners with public schools and districts across America, leads professional learning, and creates open educational resources. He is a well-known keynote speaker nationally and internationally on inspiring a commitment to quality, character, and citizenship in students.
Ron is the author of several best-selling education books, including An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality. He is also the co-author of Leaders of Their Own Learning, Transformational Literacy, Management in the Active Classroom, Learning that Lasts, and We Are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture. In addition, Ron taught at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he did his graduate work and founded the website Models of Excellence, which houses the world’s largest collection of high-quality student work.
Additional presenters will be announced soon, so check our website often!
Senior Field Director, The Quaglia Institute
Also joining us will be Dr. Lisa Lande, who serves as Senior Field Director for the Quaglia Institute for School Voice and Aspirations. Lisa has dedicated her professional endeavors to advocating for teachers and students around the globe. It is her aspiration that every classroom in every school is one that she would want her own three children to learn in.
Lisa is a former high school teacher, college professor, and director of several large-scale school reform projects. She is a co-author of Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success, Engagement by Design: Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive, and The Power of Voice in Schools: Listening, Learning, & Leading Together.
Register NOW to get our Early Bird discount of $100 off the two-day conference price! Early bird registration is available until 04/12/2024.
If this is your first Summer Institute for Authentic Learning and Leadership and you do not have an existing Sched account, you must first create a free Sched account. If your school is a Google Workspace district, it is as easy as clicking “Sign in with Google.” Otherwise, you can create a Sched account with your work email address and a password.
If you have attended the Summer Institute in the past or have an existing Sched account from a different conference, simply click “Sign In.”
Once you are signed into Sched, you will be prompted to purchase your registration “ticket.” Because of how Sched works, individuals must have their own Sched account and register for the conference themselves.
Participants have two options for payment at the time of Institute registration:
Credit Cards are processed by Stripe. This includes a non-refundable processing fee.
Purchase orders should be made payable to:
ESC of Central Ohio
2080 Citygate Drive,
Columbus OH 43219
We ask that the creator of the Purchase Order send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org before distributing the PO number to your attendees for registration.
Before April 12, 2024
Early Bird – $350
After April 12, 2024
Individual – $450
Confirmed Breakout Presenters – $350
School/District Teams 15+ – $375
Teams 40+ – $350
Registration and Payment Information
As a part of the 2024 Summer Institute for Authentic Learning and Leadership, July 23-24, 2024, two (2) semester hours of graduate credit through Ashland University are being offered, or participants may receive a certificate for 16 hours of professional learning from the ESCCO.
Earn Graduate or Contact Hour Credit
Join us at the 2024 Summer Institute!
Want to create “beautiful work” and help “make learning irresistible”? Join us for two inspiring days filled with hope, creativity, collaboration, and innovation where we: reimagine education, reconnect with the joy of teaching, and empower students to change the world!