Summer break is a glorious and needed time to unwind. There are days when it feels so good to not think about school at all. However, for many of us those days are few and far between. Reflection on the past year, both the positives and the negatives, is so valuable. Regardless of how the year went, I can't help but think about how I can make the next year even better.
Often I have heard co-workers complain about summer workshops or professional development. I can understand, having attended some not very engaging and/or very helpful workshops myself. The key is to find something that is going to renew your enthusiasm, encourage and inspire you, and give you a whole new set of tools to try out. By far, the most beneficial professional development I have attended is the National Summer Institute (NSI). It has been on hiatus for a couple of years, but in 2018 IT'S BACK!!!
This year's NSI is July 10-13, with a pre-institute available on the 9th and 10th. As far as settings go, you would be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable location than Orlando, FL at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This will be a priceless opportunity to invest in not only your classroom, but potentially your whole building.
We know that enthusiasm is contagious! So, when you experience the excitement of the speakers and educators around you, you will radiate enthusiasm when the new school year starts. From instructional routines to the concept of grit, I have been able to share what I learned at NSI to help teachers in all areas of my building.
Day in and day out, during the school year, we work with struggling students. Some are just needing more intense instruction than the regular classroom can offer, but some are dealing with severe disabilities, tough home lives, and countless other difficult situations. At NSI you will hear about the success of students from all walks of life. When you think about your most difficult students, there will be success stories that will inspire you to keep believing in those students because you can lead them to accomplish more than either of you ever thought possible.
I have expressed this as often as I have the chance, there are SO MANY RESOURCES offered with System 44 and READ 180. When we had our initial training we learned so much in such a short time that it is overwhelming... in a good way. After successfully implementing READ 180 in my classroom, I was eager to begin using more resources, but I needed more guidance on what to use and when to use it. NSI has given me a refresher on the variety of differentiated resources, stretch texts, routines, and so much more. I want to continue to improve and grow because I know that will mean I will have more success reaching every student that walks into my classroom.
Ultimately, I can't choose one most beneficial reason to attend NSI because it's the whole package that makes this conference so valuable. If you are looking for summer professional development that is targeted for you to fill your tool kit for the READ 180 and/or System 44 classroom, this is the conference for you!