University of the Pacific

2021 Live & Virtual Hybrid National Conference

3 – 4 Credits Available

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Individual Registration:
3 credits
4 Credits
Conference Only (no credits)

Course Information

Date and Time: June 21-25

Option 1: Live Virtual Conference (via Zoom) on Days 1-5

Option 2: Hybrid Conference Live Virtual Days 1-3, Live at Allegretto Resort, Paso Robles, CA on Days 4 & 5

Option 3: Retreat Only Live at Allegretto Resort, Paso Robles, CA on Days 4 & 5

Credits Available: 1 – 4

PBIS, SEL, STEAM, PBE, PLC & Teacher Wellness 5-Day Training | Earn 3-4 Credits

Course Information

  • 3 credits (45 hours) – Passing grade: Attendance & journaling.
    Letter grade: Passing requirements, plus written reports on presenters
  • 4 credits (60 hours) – Passing grade & letter grades same as 3 credits, plus one independent study book reading/report.
  • University of the Pacific (non-profit/WASC approved)
  • Save money with Early Bird registration and Group Rates! (3 or more from the same school)

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The Summer Institutes Difference

Attending a Summer Institutes Conference, whether live or virtual, provides more than just a way to earn additional teaching certification credits, opportunities to earn salary advancement credits, or obtaining professional clock hours. We want to be your partner throughout your continuing education journey. Whether it’s listening to one of our engaging presenters, attending a PBE (Place Based Education) workshop, sharing peer expertise in PLC’s, or participating in a wellness activity or stress reduction class,  we’re committed to providing you with the maximum return on your investment. You’ll leave our conferences feeling refreshed, replenished, and rejuvenated. Bottom line: we care about you!

“In my 25 years of evaluating educator conferences, nobody does it as well as Summer Institutes.”
Dr. Rich McBridge, Superintendent – 2014 National President AESA

Salary Advancement Credits Teaching Certification Credits Wellness Options Stress Reduction Place-Based Education

What Makes Summer Institutes Unique?



Mary Louise Romero

Mary Louise Romero’s Professional Objective:
To explore a new challenge with an organization that places priorities on integrity, initiative and quality practices in the field of prevention, restorative justice, and building healthy communities.

Note from Summer Institutes Founder Coach Scott Ricardo: “At Santa Fe Public Schools, I attended a Restorative Justice Seminar featuring Santa Fe public Schools Director, Mary Louise Romero. Oh my, I was so impressed. SI alumni know that I can spot a 5-Star presenter, so you can imagine how fast I approached and asked Ms. Romero to present at my home area SI site, in Modesto CA! I am so excited to bring her to Modesto because she fits this year’s theme on teaching students to be at their best and learn how to self-manage. Ms. Romero started her career training famous athletes, including many NBA and NFL players, which is right up my alley!  My personal mission is to have her present across the country, along with my presentation on student self-management because I believe this is the first step to reducing our national teacher burnout crisis.”

Summer Institutes Rick Miller

Rick Miller

Founder - Kids at Hope, Presenter

Rick is the founder and CEO of Kids at Hope, an international child, and youth development organization that studies family, school, and community cultures to understand better the dynamics of success and failure. Rick is also a professor of practice and clinical director within Arizona State University’s Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of HOPE the world’s first academic, research and community outreach center committed to the science and practice of HOPE.  Rick has spent 49 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, teacher, public policy expert, and author.

He has published four books including Youth Development from the Trenches and his newest book due out spring of 2019, The Soul, Science and Culture of HOPE. Rick’s research is revolutionizing the understanding of child and youth development and cultures. His work is modeled in 21 states and Canada and has been cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a book it published on youth resiliency. In 2014 the Arizona Supreme Court adopted Kids at Hope to help redefine their juvenile justice system from risk to hope. He has received Arizona State University’s Visionary Award; the City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award; and the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Medal.

Included in his many keynotes, workshops, seminars, and symposiums is a TED Talk.

Coach Jim Walden

Coach Jim Walden

Former WSU Head Coach

Former WSU Head Coach presents:  “Bringing Respect and Manners Back into the Classroom”

Jim Walden played QB for Wyoming and in the Canadian Professional Football League. As a coach, he was a member of Bob Devaney’s University of Nebraska’s National Championships Teams in 1970 and 1971. Later he became the famous and most successful WSU Cougar Head Coach.

A Word From the President

“WSU Head Coach Jim Walden, the Mississippi Gambler, hired me on his Cougar staff in 1978.  Along with Black Tom Parry, working for Jim and his staff was the most enjoyable experience in my career. He taught me that lf a program was to succeed, loyalty must run in both directions.”

Coach Golden Pat Ruel

Coach Golden Pat Ruel

Seattle Seahawks World Champion

Coach Golden Pat Ruel has 37 years of college and National Football League coaching experience.

World Champion Coach Golden Pat Ruel will provide a unique professional growth experience for our SI educators. Participants will learn how to incorporate the Seattle Seahawks system to succeed into their classroom! Pat has been a circuit speaker for SI since its inception in 1987. While you are learning valuable tips on how to coach your students to strive for perfection, you will be entertained with humorous stories about this years Seahawks and other NFL stars!

Hired to assist the offensive line on September 6, 2010, Ruel begins his 8th season in Seattle. He joined the Seahawks after coaching five seasons (2005-09) at USC in the same capacity.

A Word From the President

I owe my career life and many good times to this man. We worked together in 1978 on Jim Walden’s football staff. Golden taught me the “secret sauce” to coaching offensive line and because of his mentorship; I made a living as a collegiate offensive line coach for 22 years. His advice and presentations at numerous SI events has brought a winning formula to education”

~Scott Ricardo, President/Founder Summer Institutes


Parents of Heisman Trophy Winner Joe Burrow, Principal Robin and Coach Jimmy Burrow

Parents Principal Robin and Coach Jimmy Burrow

“Raising a Heisman” 

From average Joe to #1 Pro:

He was snubbed by the school he wanted. He was benched by the school he got. Instead of lying down and giving up, Joe Burrow took that chip on his shoulder and hauled it along to a national championship, a Heisman trophy, and #1 in the NFL draft. Hear his parents’ story of raising the superstar who got knocked down but keeps getting up, and up, and up. Study Joe’s youth through his parents’ memories and ask yourself why did Joe overcome the fear of failure?

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Casidee Dermond

Art with Cassidee

Growing up in the small town of Oakdale, California, I was introduced to art at a young age. Being a third generation artist made me a creative person and interested me in the fine art of painting. I can thank my family for being such a huge impact on my artwork and me. My paintings show the beauty I see in the world as well as giving the viewer an insight into my life. My intention is to simulate reality by using paint to portray the things I see in the world as beautiful in realistic terms.

Since 2015, Art with Cassidee has conducted sip and paint nights at it’s home studios and other locations. What makes Art with Cassidee special is it’s hands on approach to guiding people to expand their abilities to paint. Art with Cassidee will work with each individual painter to provide proper instruction so painters can walk away feeling as thought they did something they never thought they could do while having a great time doing it!

I earned a degree in Art Education with an emphasis in painting from Chico State. I started teaching High School Art in 2005. My students inspire me and I hope I do the same for them. Everyone learns the world around them differently and I believe art & creating help students think outside the box and appreciate the beauty around them. I love art & I love creating things. Whether it is decorating my house, growing ivy, or painting my interpretation of an image, my mind sees life as beautiful and as art.


Health & Wellness Presenters

Dr. Heather M. Pena, Internal Medicine  (invited)
General internal medicine physicians, or internists, are primary-care doctors who perform physical exams and treat a wide spectrum of common illnesses in adult men and women. One of every four physicians in the U.S. is an internist, many of whom are certified in one of 19 subspecialties, including cardiology, infectious disease, and medical oncology.
Holistic Medicine
Dr. David A. Ramsey, DC, ACN
Natural Therapies for Disorders Due to
Stress, Toxicity, and Deficiencies
Nutrition & Diet
Bobbi Conner, CNC, ACN, MH
Roman Yarema
The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center

Site Coordinator: Scott Ricardo

Scott Ricardo, President/Founder of Summer Institutes

Scott Ricardo


Scott Ricardo will be facilitating the Conference.

Thirty years as President/Founder of Summer Institutes (1987). The original site was located in Montesano, WA. Since then, Summer Institutes have grown to fifteen sites in four states.

While running his company, he also worked for twenty-one years as a University Teacher/ Coach/ Fund Raiser at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, University of California, Berkeley, Washington State University, Central Washington University and Humboldt State University.

At Humboldt State, he founded and directed the “We Believe in Youth” Mentorship Program for At-Risk Youth. The success of the program gained national attention and he was a featured guest speaker on the nationally televised Children’s Miracle Network Show. He also was awarded the Humboldt County Community Service Award for his efforts with at-risk youth. The program started with five college student-athletes mentoring 20 local at-risk youth. Within four years the program grew to twenty mentors serving over a hundred youth.

For ten years he worked as a teacher at Hughson High School. The last three years, he was selected by the graduating senior class and received the “Teacher of Distinction Award.”

For two years, he worked as the athletic director for Port Townsend High School. He developed a theme called “TEAM Port Townsend”. Ricardo promoted that everyone in the close-knit community of Port Townsend should share in the common goal to help Port Townsend’s youth succeed by providing a first-class experience for all students. Athletic teams improved both on and off the field, attendance increased and the community donated over $60,000 to help improve the PTHS athletic program.

In 2014 he returned to coaching by joining the Uppsala 86ers staff in the European American Professional Football League and consulted with the Swedish Sports federation.

Scott lives with his wife of 38 years in Port Townsend, WA. They have three children and three grand children.

Michigan Teacher Inspires Us to Inspire You:

I came expecting to be recharged and inspired – I didn’t expect to be changed! No other education classes than these with Summer Institutes have focused primarily on changing the teacher so that he/she can be unleashed to make the most powerful impact possible in the world and in individual lives! With Sincerity, Angela Schneider 2020

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