"The institute was the best I have ever attended. The leadership and conference design have been impeccable. You guys are so attuned to the needs and predilections of teachers."
"I have never been to a conference where educators were treated with such respect and professionalism and compassion."
"Hard to imagine a more meaningful, impactful professional development experience as an educator."
"It was the best PD I’ve ever had. When we left for the airport, I felt like I wanted to change the world. I felt empowered and I appreciated the opportunity to sit and reflect among like-minded educators."
"It is so common for many conferences, workshops, seminars to be based in the cognitive dissemination of information and practices, but SIE really succeeded at underscoring the embodiment of this work and the importance of experiencing it for ourselves first before we bring it back to students and colleagues. I also love the connection that was made to the big questions, and the importance of surfacing our deepest beliefs if we are to change school culture and climate."
"Armed with some powerful tools, I am returning to the teachers, mentors, and administrators I work with more passionate than ever about SEL. Determined to make changes in my organization, I now feel I have the resources and collective community to do this effectively. This has been an honor and I know the experience will have a ripple-effect in my field."
"Attending the Institute both helped me to be deeply grateful for the things my school already does, and to imagine and envision the places we can go in promoting SEL, mindfulness, and character education. Working with students of backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education, these areas are so essential and so often neglected or ignored. It will be so special to bring back to share with my team and students."
"Inspired, heart is full, mind is blown with new insights/resources/information. Heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of the connections and collaboration, the sense that we are now truly a part of something greater than ourselves. I had no idea how rich and fulfilling this experience would be. While I can't wait to enjoy the remainder of summer break, I truly can't wait to get back to work to put my ideas and inspiration into action."
"I highly recommend the SIE the everyone and anyone involved in education, from infancy to adults. They encourage educators to walk the talk as human beings in order to guide others in doing it as well. What an engaging, awe-filled, emotional and inspirational way to spend the week!"
"I am extremely grateful that the GGSC exists. I benefit from the articles regularly and the Summer Institute for Educators has been an absolute dream come true."
"This conference has raised my level of consciousness to understand that by developing one's self, one creates opportunities to lift the lives of others. By learning to value and love one's self, one has an opportunity to create a world for the greater good."