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An immersive five-day professional development experience designed to build, improve, and sustain equitable instructional excellence in ELA, math, and leadership.

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Inspirational & Immersive Programs

UnboundEd's The Standards Institute is a unique and transformative five-day professional development experience that encourages greater understanding of the research behind the standards, and also delivers the practical, day-to-day strategies that can improve instructional practice and leadership in your school. Learning will be grounded in conversations about the roles that race, bias and prejudice play in our schools and classrooms.

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What Attendees Are Saying

“The Institute is really smart people talking about the way we design and implement curriculum. I started reflecting on all of the classrooms I’ve been in. It made me ask, ‘Do I even know as a leader what should be taught?’”

—Brandy Nelson, Principal, Rocky River High School, NC

“We are equipping students with the tools they need not just to thrive but to flourish in society.”

—Quintin Lewis, Kindergarten Teacher, KIPP DC: Arts & Technology Academy

“Principals might go into a classroom and think they see a standard, but they only see part of it. But they give credit as if the entire standard was taught. And then the data come in, and they try to figure out what’s missing and what went wrong.”

—Marc Etienne, Instructional Leadership Executive Director, Baltimore City Public Schools

"I've been teaching for a while. I'm familiar with the standards. But the focus on the connection between the standards was new. I saw how relating a reading standard and a writing standard could really increase my impact as a teacher."

—Malcolm Andrews, Grade 8 and 9 Teacher, Boston Public Schools

“The Standards Institute is one of the few opportunities for teachers and leaders and support organizations to come together and dig deep into what the standards mean.”

—Ben Jackson, Partner, TNTP

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Past Institutes

Curious about what the Standards Institute covers? Check out detailed agendas of past Institutes.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend!

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Continue to hone your craft.
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Challenge yourself.
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Immerse yourself in learning about teaching.
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See how the standards are connected.
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Take the risks that lead to genuine learning.
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Understand the details to see the whole picture.
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Be a better team.
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Question your assumptions.
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Embrace change.
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Better serve your students.

About UnboundEd

UnboundEd empowers educators with free, standards-aligned resources and the training to effectively implement the standards.

Outstanding Keynote Speakers

Learn from nationally-recognized experts in math, English Language Arts, and school and district leadership.

Kate Gerson

Lacey Robinson

Tim Shanahan

Jeff Zwiers

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What Attendees Are Saying

“The Institute is really smart people talking about the way we design and implement curriculum. I started reflecting on all of the classrooms I’ve been in. It made me ask, ‘Do I even know as a leader what should be taught?’”

—Brandy Nelson, Principal, Rocky River High School, NC

“I learned so much from the Standards Institute. Not only did I gain a deeper understanding of the standards myself, I also learned ways to support and coach teachers on ways to ensure effective instruction based on the standards."

—Rachel Garfield, Principal, Aspire Public Schools, CA

“I’ve learned to keep the standard and task rigorous; however, allow the students as a group to scaffold how they may approach the task as opposed to the teacher breaking down all of the little pieces and giving students the road map.”

—Ron Roux , Master Teacher, Springfield, MA

“The presentation on the last day of Standards Institute on the inequity in schools was eye-opening. I am now focused on my reactions to students and parents. I ask myself, ‘is my treatment fair and equitable to every student? Am I showing bias?’”

—Bill Baysinger, Instructional Dean, Lake County Schools, FL

“We are equipping students with the tools they need not just to thrive but to flourish in society.”

—Quintin Lewis, Kindergarten Teacher, KIPP DC: Arts & Technology Academy