Attend the Institute

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It isn’t enough to just “unpack” the standards – UnboundEd's Standards Institute helps teachers and leaders understand what’s next.

February 10-14, 2020

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area


How to register for the Standards Institute

The Standards Institute has three learning pathways to choose from: ELA, Math, and Leadership. Each pathway has two levels. Level I is for new attendees and Level II is for returning attendees. It’s important that if this is your first time attending, that you attend Level I, because Level II builds on the outcomes from Level I. If you are a teacher, coach, or a content specialist, the ELA or math content pathways are right for you. Once you choose either the ELA or math pathway, you will need to select the grade band that you will attend for the week.

If you are an instructional leader, principal, principal supervisor, or work with both ELA and math teachers in your role, the Leadership pathway is right for you. In this pathway you will learn about both ELA and math with a leadership lens. Similar to ELA and math, once you choose the leadership pathway, you will select the grade band that you will attend for the week. If you need any registration support, please email our team at

What’s it like to attend?

Institute participants do not just study the standards, they dissect them. Experienced facilitators guide educators as they explore how best to teach to higher standards and support a bias-free culture of outstanding teaching in their schools.

Participants leave the Institute ready to use new strategies to improve instructional practice, sustain educational excellence, and put in place the equitable practices that accelerate learning for all students. Teachers, coaches, content specialists and school and district leaders select an ELA, math or leadership pathway by grade-band, and engage in a series of sessions to identify, plan, and implement standards-aligned instructional materials and practices.

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Our learning

Our learning is grounded in the intersection of the standards, content, aligned curriculum, and the equitable instructional practices that are essential for closing the opportunity gap caused by systemic bias and racism.

We become change agents for educational equity when we acknowledge that we are part of an educational system that holds policies and practices that are inherently racist and that we have participated in this system. We now commit to ensuring that all students, regardless of how we think they come to us, leave us having grown against grade-level standards and confident in their value and abilities.


How can this improve my practice?

The Standards Institute is created to help deepen educators' understanding of the intersection of educational excellence, equitable instructional practices and effective standards implementation.

Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of standards-based instruction and practical next steps to support and implement standards based teaching and learning, including:

  • What the standards are, and what they are not
  • How to balance students’ current skill gaps against the rigorous demands of grade level standards
  • How to modify and adapt curricula without losing the rigor

The end result is that teachers will be able to provide rigorous and engaging instruction that raises student achievement, and leaders will be able to support them in that process.

Our materials are free and can be used flexibly

As part of our commitment to make high-quality, aligned content available to all educators, our materials are all Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are freely available teaching and learning materials that you may use, reuse, download, edit, and share to better serve your students.

Our Materials

UnboundEd’s curricular resources are derived largely from EngageNY materials which are licensed under the Creative Commons’ Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license. This means others may remix, tweak, and build upon UnboundEd’s work non-commercially, as long as UnboundEd is credited and any new creations are licensed under the same terms. Materials created by other parties on our website are typically also published under the CC BY-NC-SA license.  

Similarly, all materials created by UnboundEd, unless otherwise noted, are provided under the CC BY-NC-SA license. So you will see the following:  “Copyright © 2018 UnboundEd Learning, Inc. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommerical ShareAlike 4.0 International License.”  

In some cases, materials on our site are licensed under the CC-BY license and are noted as such. More information on Creative Commons’ licenses can be found here:

What is provided under the CC BY-NC-SA license?

Except as noted below, the materials that we create are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).  This means you may:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

As long as you follow the license terms:

  • Provide Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests that UnboundEd or any third party creator endorses you or your use.
  • No Commercial Use — You may not use the material for commercial purposes
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • Add no additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

What if Material is not licensed under a Creative Commons license?

There may be instances where UnboundEd has received permission from a third party copyright owner to display or use their materials.  We anticipate this to be a rare occurrence since we are committed to providing OER materials. However, when this occurs, UnboundEd will clearly attribute the copyright owner in the materials.  You would need permission from the copyright owner to modify, display, re-use, or adapt the materials.

Still have questions? Contact us at and someone from our team will get back to you.

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

Become part of a thriving learning community

Since 2015, thousands of educators have attended the Standards Institute and are currently hard at work in classrooms and school buildings across the country applying what they learned to help catalyze student success and accelerate students toward grade level mastery.

Join experts and fellow practitioners from all over the country that will inspire and build your capacity to meet today's higher standards. At the Standards Institute, school teams learn and problem solve together to develop a shared language and vision for instructional practice. Participants work to transfer that vision into a set of practical skills that make student growth, engagement, and success a reality in their school.

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The more you learn, the more your students will learn. Leave the Institute with new strategies to improve instructional practice, sustain educational excellence, and accelerate learning for students performing below grade level.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend!

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Continue to hone your craft.
Reason 9
Challenge yourself.
Reason 8
Immerse yourself in learning about teaching.
Reason 7
See how the standards are connected.
Reason 6
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.
Reason 3
Question your assumptions.
Reason 2
Embrace change.
Reason 1
Better serve your students.