2019 Summer Institute

Please plan to join us this June for St. Johns' third annual Summer Institute! Get free professional development credits while learning some amazing strategies, tips, and ideas that you will put into practice in your classroom each and every day you teach. 

When:   June 10-14, 2019
Where:  Heinrich Learning Resource Center
               St. Johns Country Day School
               3100 Doctors Lake Drive
               Orange Park, FL 32073

Click here to register today! 

Program Agenda

Monday: Tech Day (All Grade Levels)

Monday, June 10, 2019: Tech Day

Morning Sessions:

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  3D Modeling in the Classroom
The basics on how 3D printers work and how to use them, including a crash course on 3D design.  We will explore 3D printing lesson plans to integrate the technology into the classroom, bringing STEM and project based learning to a variety of subjects and grades. Lastly, we will highlight next steps for building your own lesson plans and going further with prints. 

9:30am-10:15am The Great Google
Join this session to learn tips and tricks about the Great Google. We will learn how the Google apps can enhance a teacher’s productivity as well as enhance the learning experience for our students. We will explore everything from Google Slides to the best Chrome apps and extensions.

10:30 a.m. - Noon  Digital Tools for the Classroom 
We share digital tools that will excite everyone from the Tech Novice to the Tech Expert. This will be fast-paced and action-packed.

Afternoon Session:

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. St. Johns’ Tech Subscriptions Revisited
We will explore our St. Johns’ tech subscriptions: Turnitin, Nearpod, and Listenwise, exploring what these programs can do and how best to use them in your classroom. This will be a hands-on session. At the end of the session everyone will have created lessons and presentations to use with students.

Tuesday: Brain Food! (Pre-K3 through Grade 5)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

Brain Food and Eye Candy: Strategies for Young Struggling Learners

Peggy Campbell-Rush 

Success for Struggling Learners: Ideas to use immediately in the classroom for kids who struggle to learn, behave, and pay attention.

  • Learn ways to adapt your instruction when working with children who learn in different ways and at different rates
  • How to identify a struggling learner
  • Practical ideas and strategies to help all learners succeed
  • Enhancing what you are already doing to target the struggling learner
  • Developing insights into the struggling learner’s capabilities and needs
  • How to help even without a diagnosis or IEP

The Best of the Best: Ideas for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom

  • Hear the best ideas from Peggy’s seven books for teachers
  • Get idea after idea to use immediately in your classroom
  • Find ways to jazz up your classroom and routines to help you and your students
  • Get research-based strategies to help all learners succeed


Wednesday: Pre-AP Workshop (Middle and Upper School)

Wednesday, June 12 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pre-AP Workshop: Texts Take Center Stage

Texts take center stage in the Pre-AP classroom, inspiring and preparing all students for close, critical reading. This workshop addresses the three key areas of focus:

  1. Reading deeply,
  2. Valuing evidence, and
  3. Noticing language choice.

Through engagement with close reading protocol, participants explore how these areas of focus let the reader observe small details within a text to reach a deeper understanding of the whole. Teachers will sample instructional materials that focus on reading deeply and valuing evidence and plan a lesson that facilitates deep observation and analysis of text using the Pre-AP close reading protocol and shared instructional principles.


Thursday: Pre-AP Workshop, Part II (Middle and Upper School)

Thursday, June 13 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pre-AP Workshop: Developing Mathematical Mindsets through a Learner-Centered Classroom

In this workshop, participants examine an effective, collaborative mathematics classroom through the Pre-AP Algebra Framework, areas of focus, and shared instructional principles. Teachers build models that let students access critical content through close observation, and analysis, higher-order questioning, evidence-based writing, academic conversation, and mathematical argumentation. Participants learn how to plan for and implement observation and analysis, collaborative group structures, and higher-order questions that promote academic conversations in their daily instruction. Teachers will explore connections between a safe, collaborative, inquiry-focused mathematics classroom and Pre-AP content areas of focus and shared instructional principles and develop a plan that implements Pre-AP shared instructional principles to foster mathematical mindsets.

Friday: Effective Communication & Crafting Assessments (All Grade Levels)

Friday, June 14 9:00 a.m. to Noon
What Actors Can Teach Us About Communication

with Kimberly Cadley-Mach

Explore improvisational theatre techniques to solve common communication problems and develop ways to speak more vividly and expressively in the classroom in this fun-filled, interactive workshop.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Crafting Assessments-Beyond Tests and Quizzes

with Anna Reynolds-Patterson

Learn how to capture what happens in the classroom, and support student growth, through the use of “outside the box” assessments such as anchor charts, process and performance assessments, and teacher logs for student journals.