Another year and another great READ 180 National Summer Institute as more than 700 educators and administrators gathered at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, for four days of intensive professional development, peer-networking, and the opportunity to share implementation best practices. District administrators and classroom educators participated in a variety of Workshops with to learn successful strategies for implementing the READ 180 program in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
One attendee reported, "I am so excited to put into practice all the valuable information I have learned." Another attendee had this to say, "It's so great to learn new ways to implement READ 180 into other content areas such as English and Social Studies. I'm just so excited to use the READ 180 program this year!"
The 2012 READ 180 National Summer Institute featured instructional architects, including Dr. Kevin Feldman, Dr. Ted Hasselbring, Dr. Kate Kinsella, Dr. Julie Washington, Laura Goin, and Tanya Ward Singer. Attendees were also joined by inspirational keynote speakers, including LouAnne Johnson, author of Dangerous Minds (originally titled My Posse Don't Do Homework); Byron Pitts, CBS News Chief National Correspondent, 60 Minutes, and author of Step Out On Nothing; Sharon Robinson, author and daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson; and Michelle Shearer, 2011 National Teacher of the Year. "As I listened to Byron's story about overcoming adversity and achieving enormous personal success, my heart was warmed by his endless determination," one attendee reflected. Another attendee tweeted, "OMG! #NSI2012 has been great. The READ 180/System 44 teachers/administrators are phenomenal! @READ180"
Attendees of the 2012 READ 180 Nation Summer Institute were offered brand new Workshops, exclusively designed to meet their professional development needs, including Making Technology Work for You: Using the READ 180 Next Generation Dashboard; Upgrading From Enterprise Edition to Next Generation: What's New and Improved; and CCSS 101: What Teachers Want to Know About the Common Core State Standards. One teacher recounted, "The READ 180 National Summer Institute 2012 was such a wonderful experience. I learned so much to use in my classes this year!"
From all of the Scholastic staff, we would like to thank those who attended the 2012 READ 180 National Summer Institute and for making it such a great success. Your dedication and compassion for teaching is an inspiration to all of us and we appreciate all that you do!