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2017 Moonshot Summer Teacher Institute:

An Awfully Big Adventure

July 17 - 21, 2017

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The 2017 Moonshot Summer Teacher Institute inspired educators and taught them new ways to connect with their students and their practice. This unique and powerful professional development was a great way to close the summer and launch into a new school year!


Educators embarked on an adventure with Ollie and Billy to learn what true friendship means, while building the social emotional skills critical for teaching and learning. Anchored in William Joyce’s delightful text, Ollie’s Odyssey, participants learned how to develop engaging, interdisciplinary curriculum along with strategies to build a safe, nurturing classroom environment. This comprehensive approach to curriculum design has the rigor to meet today's standards while building empathy, compassion and the social emotional competencies of both educators and students. Learning the structures, routines and rituals necessary for effective classroom management educators can transform their classrooms.

About the Moonshot Summer Institute:

This annual week-long teacher institute, provided by The Learning Alliance, is designed to provide a meaningful, hands on professional development experience that reinforces the importance of collaborative planning - building units driven by big ideas and powerful essential questions, integrating the arts into learning, and engaging all our students, all while supporting rigorous standards-based instruction. Educators head back into their schools with rich, engaging curriculum. 

The 2017 Moonshot Summer Teacher Institute was held at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. The Learning Alliance is grateful for such an impactful partner!

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