It's time to get serious about teacher burnout.

Welcome to Summer Institutes!

For more than three decades, Summer Institutes has provided relationship-based education for teachers, with a focus on alleviating teacher burnout. From a single site in Washington State in 1987, our conferences today include live workshops throughout the United States, as well as several convenient online options. We’re extremely proud that our holistic approach to education has withstood the test of time as an effective, stress-free, and rejuvenating experience. Join us this year and be part of our 21,000 member alumni. We look forward to serving you!

Coach Scott Ricardo
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The Past, Now & Future

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Summer Institutes partners with the University of the Pacific Benerd College to offer professional development programming where students can earn graduate-level professional development units (PDUs) for successful completion of applicable coursework. Learn more

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!


Where it all started back in 1987. Browse through our locations to find a conference site near you.
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Travel Courses

Take advantage of your domestic and international travels and earn continuing education credits offered through the University of the Pacific.
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Online Courses

Our online courses offer targeted instruction on topics and issues that affect today's teacher in a format that fits into any schedule.
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Independent Studies

Explore techniques and tactical skills within the educational conference of your choice.
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What people are saying about Summer Institutes

“Summer Institutes understands the soul of educators and it has created a learning environment that returns teachers to their roots… It engages, respects, and celebrates education and educators and restores their passion to make a difference in all students lives.”

Rick Miller – Kids at Hope Founder

“I have been to hundreds of conferences, and Summer Institutes sits at the very top of that list. As both a presenter and an alumni of SI, I can unequivocally say that it opens the door to being your very best!”

Coach Golden Pat Ruel – World Champions Seattle Seahawks

I have attended and facilitated Summer Institutes Conferences since 2009. I am  passionate about the vision and direction that SI has for educators. This conference will refuel teachers and have them return to school with enthusiasm, energy and a full teacher tool box!

As an elementary principal I feel strongly about relationships being a key component in my career.

Barbi Riggs – Elementary Principal

“CALSA is interested in recruiting SI trained teachers to become administrators because they understand that the most important ‘R’ in education is Relationships. Administrators who have graduated from these Summer Institutes are more empathetic towards their staff and concentrate on diminishing teacher burnout. Simply put, a happy and healthy teacher will motivate students to succeed.”

Tom Davis – CALSA Director

“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!”

Angela Schneider – Class of 2020

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Combatting Teacher Burnout

News, Events, and Articles

Updates from Summer Institutes Staff, Coordinators, Presenters, and our Alumni.

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