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UnboundEd's Winter 2020 Standards Institute

February 10-14 / Orlando

This winter, join educators from across the country for an intensive and transformative learning experience designed to improve, develop, and sustain instructional excellence. Come with a team from your school, district or network and study how the standards, content and systems can improve the performance of struggling students.

We now offer the next series of learning sessions to deepen understanding of instructional excellence and effective implementation for returning participants. To attend these sessions, you must have attended a prior Institute.

Please watch a short video from a previous Standards Institute to learn more!

What is Standards Institute?



Learning Experience:

  1. What’s the difference between Pathway I and II? Pathway I grounds participants in an understanding of grade-level standards and equitable instruction, while Pathway II, only for returning attendees, dives deeper into strategies to support English Learners and students with unfinished learning and into applying the knowledge. 
  2. Can I skip Pathway I as a first-time participant? If this is your first time attending, it is essential that you attend Pathway I as Pathway II builds on the outcomes from Pathway I. If you would like to learn more about why we suggest this, please email Joyce Macek, Director of Partnerships.
  3. Can I switch learning tracks? Switching learning tracks prior to the Standards Institute will be based on availability. Participants are unable to switch between tracks during the week for a few reasons:
    • The learning builds off the prior day's learning for each course, and the learning is deepened as the week progresses.
    • Each course builds culture and community among the group of learners throughout the week, contributing to our "safe to not know" guiding design principle.
    • Often our courses sell-out and there is not space for participants to move among rooms throughout the week.
  4. When will learning schedules be available? Learning schedules will be available by mid-December. In the meantime, feel free to review some from the past Institutes.
  5. How many days is Institute? What’s required for the certificate of completion? The Standards Institute is 5 days and we ask that participants attend every session and answer the pre- and post-surveys to receive the certificate of completion. 
  6. What is team time? Team time is an optional time each day that usually runs from 4:45-5:30 pm. It’s a popular time for teams to come together to reflect on and synthesize their learning and to an action plan for returning home. We designate space for every team, large or small, to convene and this will be available on the Institute website a few days before Institute begins.
  7. Who are my facilitators? Your facilitators will be listed once the learning schedules are available along with their photos and bios. 
  8. Is there pre-work? Yes. Pre-work is required for the Standards Institute and will be shared at least three weeks before the start date. 
  9. What is the dress-code at SI? The Standards Institute is a business-casual event. We recommend bringing layers as the workshop rooms can sometimes feel too cold or too warm. We also recommend wearing comfortable shoes.


  1. How can I register? What are the rates? Registration opening will be first announced in our bi-weekly newsletter. Add you and your colleagues to the interest list to ensure you’ll be one of the first to know. Current registration rates for Winter 2020 are as follows:
    • Pathways I & II: Early Bird Price: $2,450 (with credit card purchase) or $2,650 (with PO & check) per five-day Standards Institute.
  2. ​What’s included in the price? Registration, lunch, coffee snacks, lunch and learns, etc. Note: Breakfast, dinner, lodging and transportation are not included.
  3. Is there early bird pricing? Yes, early bird pricing is available typically the first few weeks of general registration opening, but is subject is ending prior to the promoted end date depending on session capacity. 
  4. I am a returning participant, do I receive a discount?  At the moment, discounts are not available for returning participants.
  5. I only want to attend one day of the conference, is that possible? To receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend a minimum of 36 hours of sessions throughout the week.
  6. How do I add a "lunch and learn" to my registration? Are they included in conference registration? Lunch and learns are available first-come, first-serve. If an organization requires prior registration, that will be shared via the “Know Before You Go” and daily emails and you will receive confirmation directly from the event hosts. Please add to your safe list to ensure you receive all communications.