Hi All! I recently noticed a comment on the postcards we all get reminding us that the READ 180 National Summer Institute is in New Orleans this summer. NSI will only occur every other year from here on in - 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, etc. - sort of like a READ 180 Olympics! If your schools have been considering sending you to NSI, this information might be of interest.
If you have considered sending yourself to NSI, but the cost is too much every year, having NSI every other year may make it easier to consider. For those who are considering it, and are wondering about the costs, approximately $1750 covers registration (inc. breakfast & lunch), flight, airport-hotel RT transportation, and hotel. If you share a room, you're looking at $1500, or less if your flight is below my estimated $400. Costs not included: two dinners, possible parking at your home airport, and entertainment beyond the workshop hours.
In addition, you receive a professional development certificate to document your attendance and PD hours. In NJ, teachers must have 20 hours a year totaling 100 hours every five years. My attendance at NSI covers that requirement.
I hope this information is helpful and am looking forward to NSI New Orleans!