Five-day Standards Institute

Ready to dive in and engage with other like-minded professionals about educational equity?

The Standards Institute is an immersive and transformative five-day in-person learning experience.

Educators who attend the Standards Institute have conversations about race, examine bias and its role in instruction and learning, and commit to adaptive change within themselves as practitioners while learning practical strategies that can improve instructional practice and leadership in schools and systems.

Who Should Attend?

The Standards Institute is perfect for teachers, coaches, and leaders interested in learning how to incorporate equity-focused, anti-racist, culturally relevant, and responsive instruction into their classrooms. 

What to Expect from the Standards Institute

Participants will engage in an immersive learning experience that includes:

  • Five days of in-person immersive, coherent learning sessions led by our highly trained facilitators
  • Powerful, transformational keynote speakers
  • Courageous conversations and open dialogue about implicit bias and racist structures, with insights and actions to share with colleagues
  • Tools, strategies, and frameworks to enhance instructional practices
  • The opportunity to form strategic relationships with like-minded educators leading the movement towards equitable and anti-racist instruction

Winter 2022 Standards Institute

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How We Organize the Learning

Pathways are designed by content and grade band applicable to teachers, coaches, or leaders:

The English Language Arts (ELA) Pathway provides an interactive, hands-on learning experience that focuses on planning and implementing grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful (GLEAM™) ELA instruction. Throughout the week, UnboundEd grounds participant learning in the intersection of standards, content, aligned curriculum, and equity. Participants learn and practice crafting supports and scaffolds that help address students’ unfinished ELA instruction while maintaining the rigor and demands of the standards and curriculum. Participants explore the commitment, knowledge, and skills necessary to use ELA standards, texts, and tasks to provide all students access to GLEAM™ instruction. Participants leave Standards Institute with a personal action plan for bringing GLEAM™ instruction to life in their ELA classrooms.

The Math Pathway provides an interactive, hands-on learning experience that focuses on planning and implementing grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful (GLEAM™) mathematics instruction. Throughout the week, UnboundEd grounds participant learning in the intersection of standards, content, aligned curriculum, and equity. Participants learn and practice crafting just-in-time supports and scaffolds that help address students’ unfinished mathematics instruction while maintaining the rigor and demands of the standards and curriculum. Participants explore the commitment, knowledge, and skills necessary to use math standards, tasks, and materials to provide all students access to GLEAM™ instruction. Participants leave Standards Institute with a personal action plan for bringing GLEAM™ instruction to life in their math classrooms.

The Leadership Pathway provides an interactive, hands-on learning experience that focuses on structures, policies, and practices essential to the leader's role in creating the conditions for grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful (GLEAM™) instruction. Throughout the week, UnboundEd grounds participant learning in the intersection of standards, content, aligned curriculum, and equity. Leaders in this pathway learn and practice with math and ELA content to develop a deeper understanding of each content area and its considerations for planning, instructional delivery, and coaching that elevate GLEAM™ instruction. Leaders unpack their role in educational equity and leave Standards Institute with a systems-focused action plan to lead GLEAM™ implementation in their schools.

The UnboundEd Planning Process (UPP) Pathway shifts instructional mindsets and practices through a purposeful approach to planning and an understanding of grade-level, engaging, affirming, meaningful (GLEAM™) instruction. Throughout the week, UnboundEd grounds participant learning in the intersection of standards, content, aligned curriculum, and equity. Participants learn a step-by-step process for internalizing and preparing lessons from their high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum and various specific practices for engaging all students in rigorous thinking during every class period. By the end of the week, participants come away with a vision for GLEAM instruction in their classrooms, a prepared set of lessons from their own curriculum, and a set of next steps for continuing to enhance their practice in the weeks and months to come.

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.


Master Teacher

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.

PRINCIPAL

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?'

Instructional Dean

Previous Keynote Speakers

Dr. Christopher Emdin - Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Christopher Emdin
Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University
Paul Gorski - Founder, EdChange
Paul Gorski
Founder, EdChange
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi -  National Book Award-winning Author and Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
National Book Award-winning Author and Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Lacey Robinson - President and Chief Executive Officer
Lacey Robinson
President and Chief Executive Officer, UnboundEd
Sonja Santelises - CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
Sonja Santelises
CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
Tim Shanahan - Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chi­cago
Tim Shanahan
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chi­cago
Luis Versalles - Director of Pre K-12 District Partnership, Pacific Education Group
Luis Versalles
Director of Pre K-12 District Partnerships, Pacific Education Group
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Dr. Aída Walqui
Director, Teacher Professional Development Program, WestEd
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Winter 2022 Standards Institute

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