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The 2018 National Summer Institute is returning, and I am ready to board my flight! I'm six months early, but just like a kid preparing for their dream trip, I am counting down the days! 

I reminisce back to my first READ 180 Summer Institute in San Francisco...

I had been teaching seventh and eighth-grade reading and my principal called me into her office to see if I was available to go to the READ 180 Summer Institute in San Francisco, July 25-28, 2007. I checked my summer trips schedule because at the time I was on my quest for the United Million Miles! That summer I was traveling to Hawaii, Minnesota, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Cape Cod. When I saw that I was available I jumped at the chance! I think back on how lucky I was that my travel agent had not scheduled a trip that would have hindered my chances to a career of teaching reading in the best way!! Amazing! I was open those four days! 

How truly lucky I was...the teacher the principal chose for this great opportunity and that I was in town!!

My district was taking a planeload of educators to this event. The teachers that would be attending had either taught reading in elementary, middle, or high school. We were all excited about this new program our district had bought into that year.

Ten teachers in middle school had piloted the READ 180 program the past school year with phenomenal reading results, and now the school board had approved the proposal to have at least one teacher in every school teaching READ 180. (Remember, I teach in the third largest district in the state of Texas and as of this posting there are 115,000 students and 15,000 staff.)

We all met at the airport the morning of the 24th. Many of us had never met and now we were in for a few days together. I am a particular picky traveler so I sat in the Airline lounge until my flight was ready to board. Then I boarded the plane to sit in my first class upgraded seat. As everyone boarded you could feel the excitement in the air. Most educators love to gab so the plane was filled with teacher talk!

After the 4 hour flight, we landed and met up in baggage. On the bus ride to the hotel, we chattered away. The teachers gathered together and started planning the next four days.

When dinner time arrived my good friend Robin and I decided to strike out on our own. From our hotel, we walked up the hill and past many places to eat. We recognized some fellow teachers, from the plane, in a window of a restaurant, and decided to join them. Here is where I met Michelle and Kandace. We talked like old friends throughout dinner. That night the opening READ 180 ceremony was inspirational and motivating! Everyone in the room was ecstatic, thrilled, and proud to be a READ 180 educator! The next morning waiting in the lobby for my new best friends, I met Cindy. When Michelle, Robin, and Kandace arrived the five of us were off to breakfast, learning about READ 180, and attending professional development.

Each morning the five of us met in the lobby and headed off to breakfast. We looked forward to the spread of delicious food and the special gifts waiting for us at the table provided by READ 180. Each morning we were cheered and greeted with enthusiasm from the READ 180 New York-based staff. We attended classes, speaking engagements, and professional development each day.

The five of us, which were nicknamed the Committee, have been friends since San Francisco. We established the HH (Happy Hour) Club and have been together ever since. We collaborated reading strategies, celebrated births and weddings and mourned the loss of a spouse and parents. 

The READ 180 Summer Institute has a way of bonding educators that may never have become acquainted. The friendships that will be formed will last a lifetime and the education learned will last a teaching career. 

Make your reservations and come meet fellow educators that teach the similar student that you do. I can't tell you the excitement you will feel when the people on your right and left know exactly what you are going through in the classroom because they are too! They teach the same student, have similar struggles and successes, and can identify with your feelings. Have that thrill and join us this summer! Collaborate, learn, share, and see all that HMH and READ 180 have to offer. 

Feel the excitement in the air for yourself this summer in Orlando because it is almost unexplainable! It is truly an AMAZING feeling like no other you will feel in education! 

It's a great feeling being all together under one roof, but also give you and your students a chance to be honored by winning the 180 Educators Award or 180 Student Award! 

Complete the online application and come celebrate in Florida!

Don’t miss the chance to honor a student or a fellow educator with a nomination for a 180 Award! Learn more here: 


You will also have a chance to meet the READ 180 Bloggers and share your stories. We always love to hear the successes in your classroom. 

Looking forward to a FANTASTIC time, July 9–13, at the 2018 National Summer Institute in Orlando with you! 

Learn more about National Summer Institute here: events.hmhco.com/nsi2018

Stage C READ 180 Educator

Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

  • The Bloggers are disappointed! We were looking forward to meeting READ 180 educators from across the Nation!

    We were just about to register and saw that the conference has been cancelled! To say we are disappointed is an understatement! Any ideas why this has been cancelled? We were so looking forward to it!

    Cool stuff, thanks a lot)

    Fingers crossed that I can go! Sounds wonderful!

    Fun time at NSI!