Attend the Institute

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

Monday, July 9, 2018 to Friday, July 13, 2018

San Diego, CA


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How to Register for Institute

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The Institute is unique. It’s not a traditional conference. It’s a week-long learning experience that follows a thoughtful scope and sequence, where each day of learning builds on the last. Participants spend the week with the same facilitator or facilitators and group of learners from across the country. Selecting the right pathway and grade band is important because once you arrive, you will not be able to switch into another pathway or grade band.

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The Standards Institute has three learning pathways to choose from: ELA, Math, and Leadership. Each pathway has two levels. Level 1 is for new attendees and Level II is for returning attendees. It’s important, if this is your first time registering, 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. If choosing one pathway is a hard decision, we recommend that you talk with your colleagues and leadership team about which pathway is a priority for you and your school or district. Once you choose either the ELA or math pathway, you will need to select the grade band that you will attend for the week. For the Math 1 pathway, you also will choose a specific grade to study for the final 2 days of Institute. 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 course 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 need to 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.

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.

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, over a thousand 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.

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.

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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.