Record number of educators registered for Summer Institute classes

Grand Junction, CO – School is back in session May 30-June 2, 2017, for the 825 teachers and counting that have signed up to take a class during School District 51’s largest-ever Summer Institute! Summer Institute offers teachers a chance to learn, grow, and fine-tune their professional skills. All Summer Institute courses will take place at Grand Junction High School, though teachers from all schools and surrounding districts are invited.

Enrollment in Summer Institute classes has nearly tripled this year – an increase Amy Shepherd-Fowler, D51 Professional Learning Facilitator attributes to most classes being taught by peers and a variety of topics offered.

“We have something for every teacher, there wasn’t a single teaching group left out,” Shepherd-Fowler said.

Courses will include trauma-informed classrooms where teachers seek understanding and the root cause of trauma instead of automatic discipline, building learning communities amongst teachers, reading and writing across subjects, and a HopeWest-led session that will focus on how educators can support students through times of grief. In addition, two nationally-known literacy experts/keynote speakers – Maria Walther and Lester Laminack – will open and close Summer Institute.