Summer Institutes - Modesto, CA
University of the Pacific

Course Title

PDSI Empowering (At-Hope) Students to Self-Manage

3 – 4 Credits Available

Course Information

Date: June 15 – 19, 2020
Time: 8AM – 6PM daily
Del Rio Country Club
801 Stewart Road
Modesto, CA
Credits Available: 3 – 4

Summer Institutes presents

Modesto, CA

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

  • Relational Equity
  • Relevant Standards-Based Presentations
  • Interesting PLC Collaboration Component
  • Place Based Education Day Trips
  • Effective Implementation of the Common Core
  • Important Wellness Activities
  • Innovative Technology
  • Replenish, Rejuvenate & Remember Why You Teach.
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PBIS, SEL, STEAM, PBE, PLC & Teacher Wellness 5-Day Training | Earn 3-4 Credits

NEW! One Day Mini-Recharge with Ingrid Ricks!

Attend the one-day Recharge with Ingrid Ricks for just $98!

Ingrid RicksFor the first time ever, after the success of our Modesto One-Day Recharge, we’re including a mini-recharge event with the Modesto Conference. Special guest Ingrid Ricks, New York Times Best Selling Author, will give 2 presentations on June 19th, day one of the conference starting at just [email protected]!  Don’t miss the opportunity to see one Summer Institutes’ best presenters! If you’re registering for the full conference, your seat is already reserved!

As an added bonus, enroll in the Online Course PDSI 9977 Unleashing The Power of Personal Narrative with Ingrid Ricks for additional credits and personal one-on-one instruction with Ingrid!

(see below for conference registration details)

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 & letters grades same as 3 credits, plus one PBE Day or 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 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!

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

What Makes Summer Institutes Unique?

Featured Presenter: Mary Asgill

Spend a day with SCOE Teacher of the Year, Mary Asgill.

Summer Institutes – Mary Asgill

Mary Asgill

SCOE Teacher of the Year

Title: Mindfulness Practices for Teacher Sustainability

Mary Asgill, the 2016 Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year, has been a secondary school English Language Arts teacher and consultant with the Great Valley Writing Project for over 20 years. Part of her work with teachers is designed to ensure that they practice resilience strategies to maintain the focus, creativity, and contentment needed to teach their content without feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Teachers will leave this workshop with research-based strategies to support themselves and their students as they navigate the stressful challenges of teaching, learning, and life.

Featured Presenter: Ingrid Ricks

Spend a day with New York Times Best Selling Author, Ingrid Ricks.

Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks

Online Course 9977

Title: Harnessing Adversity
Title: Unleashing the Healing Power of Personal Storytelling

Ingrid Ricks is an author, book coach, narrative writing instructor and founder of Write it Out Loud, a program that fosters healing and empowerment through personal narrative. Her memoirs include The New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa.  She has also ghostwritten several memoirs.

Along with writing, Ingrid is passionate about leveraging narrative writing and the new world of publishing to give both teens and adults a voice.  She has helped more than 1,500 students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing their stories, and has produced seven teen anthologies in partnership with high schools in both Utah and Washington.  She has presented her narrative writing workshops through Summer Institutes, Hugo House, Schools Out Washington, GenPride, and other organizations, as well as numerous middle schools and high schools.  In 2017, she served as the writer in residence for Young Artists Institute at Southern Oregon University. For more information, visit www.ingridricks.com or www.writeitoutloud.org.

You’ll learn: 

  • How to Foster Healing, Empowerment and Connections Through Personal Narrative
  • Suicide prevention
  • How to Structure Your Story
  • How to Create Story Openings that Grab
  • How to Develop Your Characters
  • How to Bring Emotions to Life
  • The Secrets to Effective Dialogue
  • How to Show vs. Tell Your Story
  • Do’s and Don’ts For Bringing This Program to Your Classroom

Featured Presenter: Luke Hibbard

Spend a day with Ross Middle School Principal Luke Hibbard.

Luke Hibbard

Luke Hibbard

Ross Junior High Principal

Title: Taking on Discipline

PBIS  Learn how a middle school is leveraging Positive Behavior Implementation and Supports to reduce the amount of discipline on campus.

Title: Technology and the 21st Century Classroom

A look into the SAMR model of technology integration.  participants will learn about tools to engage and encourage students to be active participants rather than passive listeners.

Additional Presenters

Additional Presenters coming soon.

Site Coordinator: Scott Ricardo

Scott Ricardo, President/Founder of Summer Institutes

Scott Ricardo


Scott Ricardo will be facilitating the Modesto SI Conference.

Scott 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

STEM Place-Based Education Day

STEM Place-Based Education Day trip to the William R. Luebke Planetarium.

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!

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Location & Directions

This event will take place at Del Rio Country Club located at 801 Stewart Road, Modesto, CA.

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