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SAVE THE DATE - Summer Institutes 2019

This year's School-Connect Summer Institutes will be in:

- Austin, TX - June 25 - 28, 2019 - SOLD OUT

- Reno, NV - July 24 - 26, 2019 - SOLD OUT

SPACE IS LIMITED - Register in Early January to Reserve Your Spot

Institute Overview:

Day 1: Evening reception 5:00 - 7:00 pm
- Kick-off and introductory session

Day 2: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Building a successful SEL program and class climate
- Facilitating student engagement strategies
- Module 1 overview and lessons
- Student panel with School-Connect alumni
- Breakfast pastries and delicious full lunch included

Day 3: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Modules 2 & 3 content and strategies
- Implementation planning & S-C teacher panel
- Breakfast pastries and another delicious full lunch included

Optional Day 4 (in Austin only): 8:30 am - 12 noon
- Module 4: Preparing for College and the Workforce overview and implementation
- Breakfast pastries included

The School-Connect Institute directly prepares participants to implement School-Connect in their classrooms and provide staff training in their school or district. *This year's institutes will include training on the new SEL Integration Guide.*

This engaging training provides an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL); curriculum concepts, strategies and implementation options; practice in facilitating student-driven discussions and engagement strategies; and links to academic motivation and skills. Participants consistently rate this interactive training highly and say it increases their confidence, enthusiasm, and commitment to SEL and academic success for their students. School-Connect recommends that school teams attend to better facilitate implementation in their school or district.

Institute Facilitator

Facilitator R. Keeth Matheny, M.S., is a national award-winning teacher and School-Connect co-author. He was the 2015 recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center's Crystal Star Award for Excellence in supporting student success. He teaches an innovative course, MAPS (Methods for Academic and Personal Success), which has helped reduce freshman failures by 41% and discipline referrals by 71% at Austin High School over a four-year period.

Keeth is a frequent public speaker and keynote on social and emotional learning (SEL), student engagement, and relationship supports for educators. He has presented at two U.S. Capitol Hill briefings in Washington DC and more than a dozen national education conferences. His work has been featured in national webinars, magazine articles, and journals of best practices. As a member of the Aspen Institute's Council of Distinguished Educators, he is directly connected with national leadership, current research, and best practices in the field. In the past four years, Keeth has helped launch SEL programs at over 150 schools.


The "Early Bird" special for the two-day Summer Institute is $425 per person for teams of four or more, or $475 for individuals. Add $70 to attend a third, half-day for Module 4 training at the Austin Summer Institute. Thirty days before each institute the price goes up to $475 for group members or $525 for individuals plus $70 for the optional Module 4 training. If coming from out of town (more than a 90-minute commute), plan on arranging lodging for at least two nights. Hotel reservation information and prices are available through the reservations link for each institute in the boxes to the right.
*Attendees should purchase beforehand the School-Connect: Modules 1-3 curriculum.*

School-Connect freshman seminar

School-Connect freshman seminar class

Reduced hotel room rate: $144 per night while rooms are still available

School-Connect freshman seminar

School-Connect freshman seminar class

Reduced hotel room rate: $84 per night while rooms are still available

What participants say about School-Connect trainings...

  • "Thank you! This was the most useful PD I've had in my 20 year career. I can't wait to implement these lessons into my classroom."
  • "Thank you! Amazing stuff! I wish I had this education as a kid! "
  • "I have never been so moved and knowing that kids need emotional ties will make me work harder to teach them!"
  • "The training was well organized and extremely interactive! The materials were presented well and organized with numerous examples and activities."
  • "I wanted again to express to you how much I enjoyed your presentation, your style is captivating and the material was fantastic!"

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