Summer Institutes Modesto, CA
University of the Pacific

Course Title

PDSI 9970 – Are You At Your Best? 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 in:

Modesto, CA

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
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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 & letters grades same as 3 credits, plus one independent study book reading/report.
    Link to buy book:
  • 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!

“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?

Presenter: 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.”

Summary of Qualifications:
A highly motivated, ambitious, self-starter, versatile and committed as a educator and facilitator. Trained or certified in the following; Why Try Facilitation, Life Skills Facilitation, Second-Step, Restorative Justice, Mediation and Peer Mediation train the trainer instruction, experiential learning and team leader, coach and support group facilitation, skilled in a variety of multicultural settings, ready to create and support positive changes in our community.  Seasoned in developing a positive rapport with the community. A gregarious, dynamic, enthusiastic, dedicated, loyal, team player, looking to be the change we are trying to create. Trilingual– Spanish, American Sign Language and English.

Participants will learn –

√ Discipline- What is working?  What isn’t?

√ How to update our responses to mis-behavior adopting a Restorative Justice approach.

√ Language around creating a “Culture of Care” adopting the Restorative Justice model.

√ Recognizing triggers.

√ Hands on activities to use in the classroom.

Additional Presenters:

Scott Ricardo, President/Founder of Summer Institutes

Scott Ricardo


Empowering (At-Hope) Students to Self-Manage…the First Step to Reducing Teacher Burnout!

Do you as a teacher experience the following student behavior: Cussing, laughing, bullying teachers, being rude, looking at their phones, walking out in the hall way, throwing things and even getting physical with you?

Coach Ricardo uses his university coaching experience, style and motivational techniques to inspire (At-Hope) youth to learn how to succeed in the classroom and future career settings.

Join this SI RECHARGE and find out how to empower your students to self-manage!

Teachers will learn:

  • Mindfulness techniques
  • “Top 10 List” most common student mistake self-assessment tool
  • Student time management & work ethic
  • Which students get hired, which don’t? Why?
  • Student self-awareness and how to change the formula.
  • Peer Empathy and Collaboration PLC
  • Student Behavior/Teacher Response Scenarios

 Summer Institutes Founder (1987) Coach Scott Ricardo’s most successful accomplishments include:

  • Founder of Humboldt State University’sWe Believe in Youth Mentorship Program

The WBY program was so successful that Mr. Ricardo was asked by AFCA Executive Director Coach Grant Teaff to be a keynote presenter for the American Football Coaches Association’s College National Convention and was also featured on the Children’s Miracle Network nationalized TV program. The WBY program’s number one focus was to reduce male violence, especially against women.

  • College and European Professional Football Coach (22 years); Athletic Director; Fundraiser; College Wrestling Coach; College & K-12 PE teacher (35 years) (Voted Three-Time High School Teacher of Distinction by senior class at previous district)
  • President/Founder/University Instructor, Summer Institutes (33 years), a national company that provides graduate level professional development courses for educators, coaches, and the general public across the nation. This program features an expertise with classroom management, reducing teacher burnout, and increasing teacher performance.
  • Educational and Sports Consultant, https://summerinstitutes.com/consulting/
Coach Golden Pat Ruel

Coach Golden Pat Ruel

Seattle Seahawks World Champion

“Capturing Effort”

Coach Golden Pat Ruel has 38 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 with classroom management and performance! 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!

* A system to capture student effort

* Believing in yourself, why not you?

* Its all about the finish

* learn the magic of whispering

*Creating leaders in a team success concept

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

Pat has been a circuit speaker for SI since its inception in 1987. 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  and because of his mentorship; I made a living as a collegiate offensive line coach for 22 years and also how to motivate teachers through Summer Institutes. His advice and presentations at numerous SI events has brought a winning formula to education.”

~Scott Ricardo, President/Founder Summer Institutes

Day 1
Title:  Resilience Can Be Taught: 10 Strategies Proven to Motivate Any Student


Inspire your staff by introducing them to the principles The Resilience Breakthrough.  Discover the power of resilience. Explore how to increase your personal resilience by tapping into the 4 sources.

We’ll give you practical strategies you can put into place right away to deal with personal challenges and adversity.

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Day 2
Title:  WhyTry Level 1 Training


Our WhyTry Level 1 training is energizing. It will remind you why you pursued a career in education. The level 1 training will give you a general overview of the program and a brief introduction to some of the skills that a facilitator will need to begin using the curriculum.

This training also includes a general discussion of implementation that covers several possible models for rolling out the program. We’ll help you start where you are, and begin using the program immediately as a toolkit.  From there, you can build a plan for expanded implementation following our implementation and fidelity checklists.



Why Try has identified four sources of resilience that help every person in a school – students, teachers, and staff – identify where resilience is found and how to access it.  Taken from WhyTry Founder Christian Moore’s renowned book The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action, the strategies in this engaging new program will transform the way you and your students view life’s challenges.

The idea is straightforward: Teach social and emotional principles to youth in a way they can understand and remember. WhyTry is based on sound empirical principles, including solution-focused brief therapy, social and emotional intelligence, and multisensory learning.

The WhyTry curriculum utilizes a series of ten visual analogies that teach important life skills (e.g., decisions have consequences; dealing with with peer pressure; obeying laws and rules; plugging in to support systems).

The visual analogies are reinforced through the creative use of customized hip-hop music, video, over 150 learning activities, journal activities that help students reflect on program concepts, and other multimedia. The WhyTry curriculum engages all major learning styles (visual, auditory, and body-kinesthetic). WhyTry is often used for RTI and PBiS.

The WhyTry Program is currently at work in over 20,000 organizations in all 50 of the United States, as well as Canada, the UK, and Australia.

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
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

STEM Place-Based Education Day at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Free bus transportation provided!


Luncheon provided by Valic.

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!

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 Del Rio Country Club located at 801 Stewart Road, Modesto, CA.

Del Rio Country Club

Del Rio Country Club, founded in 1946, is a private club located seven miles north of Modesto, California. Del Rio Country Club is a member of the United States Golf Association, the Northern California Golf Association and the Northern California Tennis Association. Enjoy tennis, golf, bocce ball, health wellness, and much more!

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