University of the Pacific

Course Title

PDSI  9968 – Creating a Caring Learning Environment in the Classroom

3 Credits Available

Course Information

Date: June 15 – 19, 2020
Time: 8AM – 6PM daily
Lansing Catholic High School
501 Marshall St
Lansing, MI 48912
Credits Available: 3

Summer Institutes presents in:

Lansing, MI (Formerly Okemos)

This rejuvenating conference includes everything you’ve grown to expect from SI and more.

  • Replenish, Rejuvenate & Remember Why You Teach
  • Trauma Informed Strategies
  • Relational Equity Training
  • PLC Collaboration Components, including Teacher Empathy
  • From STEM to STEAM: Place-Based Education Trips
  • Innovative Technology
  • Relevant Standards-Based Presentations
  • Important Wellness Activities
Lansing, Michigan

Course Information

  • 3 Semester University of the Pacific Graduate Level Credits
  • Three-credit class is a forty-five hour week (3 semester units = 4.5 quarter credits).
  • University of the Pacific (non-profit/WASC approved)
  • Save money with Early Bird registration and Group Rates! (3 or more from the same school)

Additional Links & Materials

The Summer Institutes Difference

Attending a Summer Institutes Conference 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?

Featured Presenter:

Tim Wood, Grand Valley State University,
Responsibility Model

Additional Presenters:

Barb (Jeannie) Hanson and “Shelby,” Lockwood Elementary, Therapy Dogs

Jackson Kaguri, Built an Orphanage in Uganda, 2015 Waisalitz Global Citizen Award, Time Magazine, CNN featured, addressed UN Author: Victory for My Village, A School for My Village, Be the Change

Mitch Letzke, Williamson High School, Developing Yourself Outside of Teaching

On Monday, June 15th, Teachers will choose TWO of the following presentations:

  • Margaret Holtschlag, Director/ Founder of the BIG LESSON, Big Lessons
  • Heather Lewis, Discovery Elementary, Mindfulness
  • Jen Harper, Discovery Elementary, Trauma Informed Classroom
  • Becky Durling, Discovery Elementary, Let’s Go Outside – Connecting Classroom to Nature

Dave Brigham, Michigan State University, PBE – GPS Treasure Hunt at Wooded Site

Site Coordinator: Dick Comar

Dick Comar

Dick Comar

Livonia and Okemos, MI

Dick Comar will be facilitating the Lansing SI Conference.

Dick will be covering the follow topics during the summit:

  •     Relationship building based on care, hope & trust
  •     Mindfulness practices to decrease stress
  •     Social & Emotional Wellness
  •     Subject/Grade level PLC Facilitator
  •     Place Based Education
  •     Wellness Education

Conference Fees & Registration

Take advantage of Early Bird prices through April 15, 2020! Space is limited, reserve your seat today!

View the conference rates and available options below. Select the option that works for you and add to cart to continue registration.

Refund Policy: There will be a $100 non refundable deposit and no refunds after June 1st. However, class fees are automatically refunded in full when: the class or workshop is full, the activity is canceled, or SI rejects the enrollment application.  If you drop a class before June 1, your class fee is automatically refunded, less the $100 non refundable deposit. If you drop a class after June 1, no refund will be given.

Class Changes and Cancellations: A class will be closed when it reaches maximum enrollment, so register early. Classes with insufficient enrollment will be canceled, and those registered will be notified of the cancellation by email or phone. To make contacting you easier, provide an email and phone number with your registration.  Refunds will be processed automatically for classes canceled by SI.

SI reserves the right to cancel any class. Class locations, dates, times and instructors are subject to change without notice.



Early Bird Pricing – Register before April 15th and and save $90.00 – $110.00!

The STEAM Education Movement in Schools

STEAM education is gaining popularity in schools across the country. Learn how students are benefitting from educators who have begun adopting this framework.

From STEM…

“Hard at work at Summer Institutes.”
Film provided by Alex Kajitani, California Teacher of the Year and nationally known as “The Rappin’ Mathematician” http://alexkajitani.com


“Taking STEM to the next level with STEAM learning opportunities and activities.”
Film provided by Art Teacher Cassidee Dermond, https://cassideesartgallery.weebly.com.

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Location & Directions

This event will take place at Lansing Catholic High School located at 501 Marshall St, Lansing, MI 48912.

Lansing Catholic High School

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