One summer of professional learning, two amazing events
It’s summer, and ‘tis the season for professional learning! Nothing gets us more excited than empowering educators with the tools, training, and support to bring their dream classrooms to life. That's why we make sure that The National Institute is unlike any other professional learning event out there.
Hundreds of educators helped make Carnegie Learning history at the 2022 LONG + LIVE + MATH and LITERACY FOR ALL National Institutes. Here’s a look back at an epic summer!
LONG + LIVE + MATH
What do you get when you combine 437 math educators and leaders, representing 21 states, engaged in 57 workshop sessions, distributed across 4 days?
The biggest LONG + LIVE + MATH event to date!
LONG + LIVE + MATHers from across the United States broke the record by gathering in Orlando, Florida, for a fantastic and unique professional learning event that got educators sharing ideas and dance moves.
Highlights from these invigorating four days include:
Sandy Finocchi, our Chief Math Officer, kicked off the week with a stirring Power Talk titled “Perseverance Is Power.” It didn’t take long to get to hands-on learning—she involved math educators in demonstrating how to teach fractions with a human number line! By the end, she had everyone on our feet, clapping on the beat and excited about math.
Dr. Bernard Frost, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Spartanburg School District 7 in South Carolina, re-ignited our fire with “Don’t Let a Variable Steal Your Joy in Teaching.” He got educators showing off their dance moves! It illustrated that learning is fun even when it’s hard, whether it’s a line dance or a new mathematical principle.
Breakout sessions transcended the sit-and-get model and were truly engaging and collaborative. Some of the popular session titles included “Maximizing Differentiation with Station Rotations,” “Let’s Think (K-5) Math!” and “The Collaborative Classroom: Strategies and Beyond.”
For the first time, we facilitated a massive networking session where guests learned from educators teaching the same grade from all over the country. We learn best when we learn from each other—and that’s true for both teachers and students.
John Antonetti closed the Institute with a powerful message that moved the crowd to laughs and tears. After hearing “The Power of Student Engagement,” we won’t forget that engagement might look different than we’ve traditionally thought. And it might even look like insubordination.
LITERACY FOR ALL
Math is no longer alone!
After thirteen years of our popular LONG + LIVE + MATH event, we launched its sister National Institute for literacy educators this July. LITERACY FOR ALL was the theme of our inaugural literacy National Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the energy was palpable.
Our favorite memories from this week include:
Dr. Barrie Olson, our Chief Literacy Officer, set the tone for the week with a rousing Power Talk titled “The Power of Why: (Re)Framing Literacy in a Complex World.” Dr. Olson got the conference room on their feet dancing the Standards Macarena and concluded her remarks with the powerful statement, “We don’t just want literacy for all. We demand it.”
An exquisite welcome reception provided a beautiful view, delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow educators from across the country–or, in the case of our West Virginia guests, a district just down the road they had never had a chance to collaborate with before.
Super Bowl Champ, founder of literacy non-profit Share the Magic Foundation, and children’s book author Malcolm Mitchell inspired attendees with his personal literacy journey in his Power Talk, “How Literacy Changes Lives.” On the day before his birthday, no less!
Breakout sessions engaged educators in small group discussions, anchor chart work, and even some acting. Session titles ranged from “Not Your Grandmother’s Graphic Organizers” to “The Science of Reading: How Teachers Change Brains Through Literacy Instruction” to “Let the Drama Begin: Using Acting Techniques to Engage Students in Studying Drama.”
John Antonetti made just as much of an impact on our literacy educators as he did on our LONG + LIVE + MATHers. He opened our eyes to the most important type of engagement: cognitive engagement, where students—and no one else—make meaning. His beautiful version of “Over the Rainbow” will be in our hearts forever!
We can’t wait to see you next summer at The National Institutes in Scottsdale, Arizona, to make more history! LONG + LIVE + MATH: The National Institute will take place July 10-13, 2023, and LITERACY FOR ALL: The National Institute on July 17-20, 2023. Have a great school year!
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