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School-Connect Institutes

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SAVE THE DATE - S-C Institutes 2020

(NOTE: All Institutes sold out last year. Register early to reserve your spot)

This year's School-Connect Institutes will be in:

- Austin, TX:       June 16 - 19, 2020 (last day is optional additional training on Module 4)

- Oxnard, CA:     June 22 - 24, 2020

- Zoom Online:   July 14 - 16, 2020 (NEW! Online Summer Institute)

- Reno, NV:         July 28 - 31, 2020 (last day is optional additional training on Module 4)

In-Person Institute Overview (Austin, Oxnard & Reno):

Day 1: Evening reception 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Day 2: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Building a successful SEL program and class climate
- Facilitating student engagement strategies
- Module 1 overview and lessons
- Student panel with School-Connect alumni
- Breakfast pastries and delicious full lunch included

Day 3: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Modules 2 & 3 content and strategies
- Implementation planning & S-C teacher panel
- Breakfast pastries and another delicious full lunch included

Optional Day 4 (in Austin June 19th and Reno July 31st only): 8:30 am - 12 noon
- Module 4: Preparing for College and the Workforce overview and implementation
- Breakfast pastries included

The School-Connect Institute directly prepares participants to implement School-Connect in their classrooms and provide staff training in their school or district. *This year's institutes will include training on the new SEL Integration Guide.*

This engaging training provides an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL); curriculum concepts, strategies and implementation options; practice in facilitating student-driven discussions and engagement strategies; and links to academic motivation and skills. Participants consistently rate this interactive training highly and say it increases their confidence, enthusiasm, and commitment to SEL and academic success for their students. School-Connect recommends that school teams attend to better facilitate implementation in their school or district.

Online Institute Overview:

Our online Summer Institute offers much of the same information and interaction as our in- person Institutes. Facilitator Keeth Matheny has been leading online trainings frequently since COVID-19 school closures. Keeth has a great way of bringing online trainings to life with interactive discussions, breakout groups and time for self-reflection and application. Online Institutes have the advantage of being accessible to all communities and less expensive than an in-person Institute.

Institute Facilitator

Facilitator R. Keeth Matheny, M.S., is a national award-winning teacher and School-Connect co-author. He was the 2015 recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center's Crystal Star Award for Excellence in supporting student success. He taught an innovative course, MAPS (Methods for Academic and Personal Success), which helped reduce freshman failures by 41% and discipline referrals by 71% at Austin High School over a four-year period.

Keeth is a frequent public speaker and keynote on social and emotional learning (SEL), student engagement, and relationship supports for educators. He has presented at two U.S. Capitol Hill briefings in Washington DC and more than a dozen national education conferences. His work has been featured in national webinars, magazine articles, and journals of best practices. As a member of the Aspen Institute's Council of Distinguished Educators, he is directly connected with SEL leaders and practitioners, current research, and best practices in the field. In the past four years, Keeth has helped launch SEL programs at over 250 schools.


In-person Summer Institute: The "Early Bird" special for the S-C Institutes is $495 per person for teams of four or more, or $545 for individuals. Add $80 to attend a third, half-day for Module 4 training at the Austin Institute on June 19 and the Reno Institute on July 31, 2020. Thirty days before each institute the price goes up to $545 for group members or $595 for individuals plus $90 for the optional Module 4 training. If coming from out of town (more than a 90-minute commute), plan on arranging lodging for at least two nights including the night of the reception. Hotel reservation information and prices are available through the reservations link for each institute in the boxes to the right.
*Attendees should purchase beforehand the School-Connect: Modules 1-3 curriculum.*

Online Summer Institute: The three-day online Summer Institute is $250 per person. Participants need access to and a computer with audio and video capacities.

What participants say about School-Connect trainings...

  • "Thank you! This was the most useful PD I've had in my 20 year career. I can't wait to implement these lessons into my classroom."
  • "Thank you! Amazing stuff! I wish I had this education as a kid! "
  • "I have never been so moved and knowing that kids need emotional ties will make me work harder to teach them!"
  • "The training was well organized and extremely interactive! The materials were presented well and organized with numerous examples and activities."
  • "I wanted again to express to you how much I enjoyed your presentation, your style is captivating and the material was fantastic!"

School-Connect freshman seminar class School-Connect freshman seminar class

Tues., June 16, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Weds., June 17, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thurs., June 18, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, June 19, 8:30 am - 12 noon (OPTIONAL Module 4 Training)

Where? Holiday Inn - Town Lake
20 N. I-H 35, Austin, TX 78701

January 30, 2020

School-Connect freshman seminar class

School-Connect freshman seminar class

Monday, June 22, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tues., June 23, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Weds, June 24, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where? Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, California, 93035, USA

January 30, 2020

School-Connect freshman seminar class

Online  Summer Institute

Tues., July 14, 10:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Weds., July 15, 10:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Thurs., July 16, 10:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Join us from your home computer for a 3-day interactive and inspiring Summer Institute. Once registered, you will be emailed a confirmation with a link to the Institute sign in page on Zoom.

January 30, 2020

School-Connect freshman seminar class

School-Connect freshman seminar class

Tues., July 28, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Weds., July 29, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thurs., July 30, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, July 31, 8:30 am - 12 noon (OPTIONAL Module 4 Training)

Where? Peppermill Resort,
2707 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

January 30, 2020

School-Connect freshman seminar class