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Whole Child - Whole Educator

2014 National Conference 

Port Townsend

Washington's Victorian Seaport And Arts Community!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Payment costs and options at the bottom of the page! 

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2012 Schedule

First Day Instructions

Grade & Clock Hour Requirements

Challenge Masters First Day Handout


3 - 4 Semester Graduate Level Credits or 50 Professional Clock Hours

   Rejuvenate and Retool

  You gave them 180 days, now take 4 or 5 for yourself!  
(Limited to 100 participants - 50 beds housing/camping)

  While attending Summer Institutes, you will also be able to enjoy
Ft. Worden & Centrum's International Blues Festival! 

 Fort Worden Experiences


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Where: Fort Worden State Conference Center, Port Townsend, WA

Monday, July 30 - Thursday, August 2 (with evening sessions) or 
Monday July 30 - Friday, August 3 (without evening sessions), 2012 

Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm daily (4-6 Wellness Options)
           Evening sessions available in lieu of Friday's session.

Scott Ricardo - 
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209-648-4054 (cell)

Limited Discounted lodging: Contact Carmyn Shute
Officers’ Housing, camping, & dorms  (360) 344-4439

Save Money with Early Bird and Group Rates.

*Group rates (3 or more from same school at same time).

See rate chart at the bottom of the page.

UOP Graduate Course # and Title: PDSI 9416 "Developing Knowledge, Skills, & Attributes"
3 - 4 Semester Graduate Level Continuing Education Credits 

University of the Pacfic is accredited thru WASC
Three credit class is a forty-five hour week (3 semester units = 4.5 quarter credits). 

Four credit class is a 60 hour week (4 semester units = 6 quarter credits)
This option requires working lunch assignments, evening sessions and ten hours of independent work or one extra day.

Clock hours: 50 clock hour participants need to register with Summer Institutes' and pay workshop fee only. You will need to bring your CERT # to the conference. Our staff will guide you through ESD registration at the conference. $2 per clock hour fee is paid on-line, through NCESD's website, AFTER the class is completed.  After the last day of class, the SI site coordinators will go into the ESD system and document total clock hours attended. Once marked, attended participants will get an automatic email from the ESD system. After the ESD notification, participants will have seven days to fill out the evaluation and purchase their clock hours on-line. After seven days, ESD might not award clock hours. Please check with ESD for further information. 

After you’re registered for the conference complete your stay with a packaged Fort Worden accommodation exclusively for SI! Follow this link:
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Special Features: Everything you’ve grown to expect from SI and more! 
  • Relevant Washington Standards Based Presentations
  • Intersting Curriculum Collaboration Component (PLC)
  • Field-based Learning Day Trips
  • Important Wellness Activities
  • Innovative Technology

Subject Specific Breakout Sessions Choices: These sessions will be available based on your registartion date, on a first come - first served basis. Two sessions have a limited capacity, register early! Participants must choose, in order of preference three breakout sessions below email your choices to: Scott Riacrdo at

  • Session I - NEA Professional Learning Community (PLC) Buzz sessions: 
  • Session II - CPR Certification: (pending, limited to thirty students, plus additional small certification fee TBA).
  • Session III - Character Education, Suicide & Substance Abuse Prevention, 
  • Session IV - Advanced Athletic Coaching Strategies
  • Session V - Elementary Education
  • Nutrition
  • Gang Intervention
  • Boomers Be your Best ay Any Age
  • Life Coaching
  • Grant Writing


We are honored to have these presenters address today’s standards:

Dr. Patt Schwab,
Keynote Speaker

Making Work Work for You and Leave a Mark, Not a Stain! — Yeah, right! Funding is cut, respect is undermined, how DO you Make Work Work for You? International speaker and author, Dr. Patt Schwab, provides practical strategies for tackling professional challenges with humor and insight. She follows up with a breakout that shows you how to enhance learning with humor designed to Leave a Mark, Not a Stain on the world around you.

The daughter of teachers, Dr. Schwab received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Her thesis was titled, People Support What They Help Create. After seventeen years as a college administrator and three as a human resources manager, she is currently the president of FUNdamentally Speaking, a keynote and training business that believes in putting the “FUN” before “da mental.” Her focus is on using humor to manage change, manage others, and manage to have more fun! She speaks regularly in Canada and The Netherlands as well as the USA. Patt is one of less than 10% of professional speakers holding the CSP (Certified Professional Speaker) designation, the highest earned designation granted by the National Speakers Association

Author of three books:
Leave a Mark, Not a Stain! What every leader needs to know about workplace humor
The Obscure Holiday Handbook! Outrageously fun reasons for classroom celebrations all year long. 
What's So Funny About Long-Term Care? Tips, ideas, and examples of how patients and caregivers find humor in long-term care


To preview:
Contact Dr. Schwab at: e-mail: 
VOICE: (206) 525-1031


Who is Bruce Brown?
Nationally Known
Keynote Speaker

President, Proactive Coaching

Proactive Coaching works with teachers, administrators, coaches, leaders and teams by providing presentations and published materials designed to make a positive difference and be immediately applicable. Bruce's presentation will assist teachers, PLC teams and scholl districts to intentionally create, change or restore a culture of excellence and reach their full potential in both competence and character within their educational system. 

(Fax) 360.387.5968
Facebook - Proactive Coaching LLC
Twitter - @Proactivecoach

Lori Dixon, Ed.S.
Keynote Speaker

Teach with Substance, Sizzle, Soul…You are in Charge!
Director ABT in Action

Lori Dixon, Ed.S.
Executive Director
ABT in Action. ABT has pioneered the development of Asset-Based Thinking™ (ABT) for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. ABT principles and practices show people how to direct their attention toward what’s strong, best, working, valuable, and possible in themselves, in others, and in every situation. Asset-Based Thinkers are able to focus on the positive side of the ledger to foster top performance in schools and youth leadership organizations.

ABT in Action

Direct Line: 469-855-0287

Ernie Chapin,

Keynote Speaker

Title: PURE Teaching VII “Reengaging the Disengaged Student

This is the 7th installment of P.U.R.E. Teaching. This year’s seminar will focus on the structure, the function, and the results of working with “at risk students”. The structure is our mind set in working with at risk students and how we set up our classroom and our system to effectively work with disengaged students. The function will include lessons on motivation, choice making and goal setting. These lessons are currently being taught by Mr. Chapin to educators in seminars across the United States through Bureau of Education & Research, Rachel’s Challenge, and through Mr. Chapin’s business, Positive Powerful Teaching. He is also teaching these lessons to students of all grades at various school districts and the Juvenile Justice Center. He will also share some of the results he’s had this year using these valuable lessons.

This year’s presentation will include the following:
• Basic strategies for empowering at risk students.
• Basic attitude and behavior lessons for elementary school students.
• Classroom proven strategies for increasing academic performance and establishing mutual respect between you and your students.
• Highly effective methods for improving students’ attitudes about school, life, and learning.
• Practical methods to empower students to accept personal responsibility for what happens to them in school and in life.
• Student friendly ideas that prevent power struggles, apathy, and classroom disruptions.
• Where to find energy in teaching and how to plug the holes that drain that energy.
• Goal setting and problem solving for both the teacher and the student.


We will cover these and many other topics as well as receiving a packet containing some of these lessons and other useful information


Janice Perino, English Teacher, HUS
Keynote Speaker

"Due Monday"

 Janice will facilitate an instructional program for new and seasoned teachers who are interested in learning and teaching a unique technique for critical thinking and expository writing. All  grade level teachers can benefit from Ms Perino’s writing techniques and teaching strategies!

Jordon Chaney,
Keynote Speaker

Teaching Confidence,Life Skills, Public Speaking and Literacy through Poetry!

Jordan Cheney, Poet/Author and Juvenile Justice Instructor. Visit for a schedule of his performances.


Keynote Speaker

Real Skills for Virtual Life


In this session, Lizanne Coker will explore the risks students face online, expose the impact of those risks and teach actionable solutions to them. You’ll find out why most of what you learned about Internet safety isn’t useful. In particular, you’ll learn how students incur risks, expose personal information and damage their computers without realizing it. In closing, Coker will introduce Netskills4Life, a fully sponsored, Internet safety curriculum designed to create respectful, responsible, and safe online citizens. The curriculum will be available online free of charge in September of 2011.

Lizanne Coker is a program consultant for the 
LOOKBOTHWAYS Internet safety foundation. Coker holds a BA in legal studies and MA in Deviant Sociology. She has 15 years experience with community, educational and outreach non-profits. She is currently managing the development of Netskills4Life, an Internet safety curriculum for schools sponsored by Microsoft and funded with a 2010 Department of Education grant.

Lizanne Coker 


Nancy Newman and Gil Chappa, Challenge Masters,

Keynote Speaker

Exploring Brain Rules

Nancy Newman & Gil Chapa of Challenge Masters Inc.
 ~ We take play seriously! Come to our adventure workshop ready to play. From author, John Medina, professor and director of the Brain Center at Seattle Pacific University, we will play, learn and employ the points of his book: Brain Rules. Did we mention play? From beginning to end we will nourish our brains with what they crave. We need to move! Our brains require movement and learning throughout our entire lives. We need to play more! This session will give you tools and activities to help you optimize your students’ learning. C’mon Let’s Play!


Miss Washington Brittney Henry,
Keynote Speaker

 Providing Education for the Poor

Miss Washington is competing for Miss America
with the platform, “Promoting Higher Education for Low Income Families.”

Brittney cares deeply about our youth and their educational opportunities. Particpants will truly enjoy hearing her personal story. It is amazing! She also plays the fiddle, maybe we can get her to jam with our Blues neighbors?


Michael Maria,
Keynote Speaker

Reducing Financial Stress
VALIC Northwest Manager

VALIC knows K12! We at Summer Institutes believe that teachers can reduce some of their stress by listening our free financial consultations. VALIC is the company that SI believes in. VALIC is represented as a financial savings option in school districts across the nation. Michael focuses on providing comprehensive retirement planning solutions to clients and assist and develop new group and individual clients who have pension and financial planning needs. VALIC has more than half a century of experience helping Americans plan for and enjoy a secure retirement. VALIC provides real solutions for real lives by consistently offering products and services that are innovative, simple to understand and easy to use. VALIC takes a personal approach to retirement.


Dottie Coven CIM Tech Solutions,,

Keynote Speaker

Tying Together Curriculum and Technology

Being engaged in the classroom is one of the keys to deep learning. Come spend some time to focus on how and why we use technology to enhance delivery and assessment of curriculum. The session will discuss the paradigm shift teachers and districts are making when choosing technology tools to assist in the delivery of content and will also explore how Mobi's and eInstruction Classroom Response Systems can be used to help with classroom management and delivery of curriculum. See examples of how using these tools can help teachers to actively engage all students in classrooms with ever increasing numbers, check student understanding throughout a lesson, provide on-going real-time feedback during lessons, differentiate instruction based on student understanding, and efficiently assess and record student knowledge. See examples of how teachers can use these tools to make learning visible and take learning to a deeper level using quality questioning strategies during instruction.
Dottie Coven - Dottie has a Masters in Teaching and taught elementary school for 13 years. Dottie has worked as a consultant and technology trainer since 1992 and joined CIM Technology Solutions Group as they expanded into the Western Region in 2007.


Dick Comar,
Site Coordinator

Alligator Wrestling and Teaching, How to Survive!

Dick Comar has taught science and math at the middle and high school level and health sciences at the college level. Part of his career has been coaching football at the college and professional level. 

Dick has served as a Summer Institute coordinator since the beginning of Summer Institute in Michigan in June 2002. 


Jim Walden, Spokane Summer Institutes Site Coordinator
Keynote Speaker

Character and Manners Still need to be Taught

Jim Walden, a Southern gentleman from Aberdeen, Mississippi will provide touching and humorous stories about his character development education with his students and players. 

Jim attended college at the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and played football for Coach Bob Devaney. 
After playing professional football for four years in the Canadian League, Jim began his coaching and teaching career at Amory, Mississippi. A call from his mentor, Bob Devaney, took him to the University of Nebraska as a member of the coaching staff that won a National Championship in 1972 . 
Leaving Nebraska, Jim coached a successful four seasons at the University of Miami, Florida before moving to Washington State where he was head coach of the Washington State University Cougars from 1977 – 1986. Jim directed the Cougars to the Holiday Bowl, their first appearance in fifty years. Twice, he was honored as PAC TEN Coach of the Year! Jim moved once more to take over the helm of a struggling Iowa State football program in 1987. After eight years of steady improvement, he retired in 1994.

Jim served eight years on the Board of Directors of the American Football Coaches Association. Presently, he serves on the Player Selection Committee of the East-West Shrine All Star Game, and is on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Chapter of the National Football Association and the College Football Hall of Fame.

As an SI Coordinator, Jim is reacquainting with some of the students he taught in Pullman and looks forward to seeing many of you at the workshops in Spokane.

Annette Hansen,
Break Out Speaker

"Boomers: Be Your Best at Any Age!"

Annette Hansen is an active member of the Aging Well Consortium, and has over thirty years experience as a professional image consultant, corporate trainer, and teacher. Her workshops focus on how members of the Baby Boom generation can better navigate the aging process, and remain vital and independant for as long as possible."



Jodi McCrain,
Keynote Speaker


Jody McCrain CPC ACC works as an Intentional Transformation Coach. Whether you’re at an intersection in your career/life or because you are feeling stuck, Jody will help you see choices of which you were unaware, dissolve the barriers and create a course of action to make the change you desire. Jody’s skill as a professional life coach will empower you to make substantial, sustainable change personally and professionally.

Principal Mark Decker,

Keynote Speaker

Please join Miller Junior High Principal Mark Decker for a 45 minute session on how Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen, Washington placed iPads into the hands of every 7th and 8th grader in our school on February 1, 2012. We are the first junior high in the state of WA to go to a 1:1 iPad program for every student and staff member in our school. We funded this project with a variety of one time funding sources including some District Title 1 carry over earmarked to assist schools in restructuring and improvement. Together our District Office, Technology Department, Miller Junior High worked together to take this "leap" into the 21st Century for the purpose of improving student learning. We know it will help our students and it changed us as educators. Please join us in our journey with Apple Inc. to promote learning by developing responsible Internet citizens!



Experience Fort Worden!

Experiential Learning Trip

Indulge in a special dose of “Experience” (e.g. energize in a movement class, get outdoors with a kayak or bike tour, creatively let the chips-fly in a Wood school class, feed our ears and eyes with a concert performance, etc.) Why Wait? Wellness Package, Body, Mind, Soul – we’ve got the tonic for putting just the right adjust in the soon-to-be new YOU!

Body – Choose from: movement session, Bike, Kayak or Group Run, and refuel with our Sunday Brunch buffet; 
Mind – Good read – Signed Copper Canyon Press book, or Centrum tickets or Centrum or get Crafty at PT Woodschool; 
Soul – With Madrona MindBody Institute, plug in your MP3 on a Destination hikes of Memories Vault, the Cemetery, Lighthouse or Chinese Garden’s, or give back with Volunteer work opportunities. 
The Fort Worden “Experience’s” are nearly endless. 

Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Professional Learning Community

How often do you get to share and absorb successful teaching practices, in specific subjects, with your peers through Professional Learning Communities (PLC)?...Now you can! SI has facilitated popular PLC's since 1987! PLC Peer group horizontal and vertical sessions will be included in the weekly schedule.



Note: Speakers and Topics subject to change without notice

Wellness Activities,


 Why Wellness Options are Relevant:

  • National Health Epidemic
  • NEA Magazine claims the leading health issue for women teachers is heart disease – stress
  • Teachers operate at top performance levels when they are healthy & content
  • Teachers modeling wellness for our next generation
  • School Districts save money with healthy teachers

Wellness Options:

• Free membership to Port Townsend Athletic Club
• Beautiful Forest and Waterfront Hiking Trails
• Free Golf and Tennis lessons
• Team Scramble Golf Tournament
• Downtown and Uptown Shop Walking

Daily Wellness Options What to Bring:
Casual attire, comfortable walking shoes AND a good attitude for learning, improving your wellness and building relationships! We’ll provide everything else! 

Facilitated and Self guided activities available:

  • Weight Training
  • Nature Walks
  • Golf
  • Yoga 
  • Stess Reducing Meditation Class
  • Tennis
  • Sea Kayaking

    Get Refreshed and Retooled!

    • Free individual Life Coaching Sessions
    • Free Nutrition Consultants
    • Free VALIC Retirement Consulting
    • Free VALIC Sponsored Opening Ceremonies BBQ and Blues Concert!
    • Experience Fort Worden
    • Scheduled Reflection Times
    • Free Northwest Maritime Center Tour
    • Relevant Keynotes that Address Standards
    • Relationship Building with Students

    Optional Experiences Menu
    (additional fees – see websites for details and reservations)

    Orca Whale Watching, Friday, August 4! Limited Reservations—
    10% SI Discount code NEC 2012 (
    Sea Kayaking! SI discounts will be available on site.
    Maritime Museum!
    Guided Downtown Historical Tours!


Earn Multiple Credits! 
ONE ADDITIONAL WEEK = 4 or 3 semester units (6.5 quarter or 4.5 quarter)


Earn Multiple Credits! Other Summer Institutes in your area:

  • Montesano, June TBA

Each venue offers unique geographic opportunities: Check website for more info…Check with your school district and local union for salary advancement.

Note: Staff development funds may be used for these classes (check with your school district). Also, Treasury Regulation Schedule I-162 permits income tax deduction. Be sure to save your receipt. There will be a $100 non refundable deposit and no refunds after June 1. 

Class sizes are limited-based on facility capacity.

Registration and Payment Instructions:

College Credit
• The course fee includes Summer Institutes’ workshop fee
• Team rate discount is for three or more teachers from same school

Washington Clock Hours: Need to bring your CERT #

• You must register with Summer Institutes by clicking workshop fee only
• Your $2 clock hour fee ($100, 50 hours) is paid directly to ESD after the conference
• Registration online with ESD must be completed by the last day of the course. 
• $2 per clock hour payment fee is paid online to ESD after the course is completed and the instructor has submitted your total hours of attendance. Participants have seven days to pay ESD fees. After seven days of unpaid fees, participants could lose their clock hours. Contact ESD for a delayed payment option.



“The SI program at Fort Worden was way beyond my expectations! The speakers were of the highest caliber and their knowledge of the subjects they covered was unbelievably amazing! I’ve never attended a better run, more relevant professional development class or institute. Scott did a fine job of coordinating an event that was intellectually, physically, and spiritually fulfilling. I will be back next year with several friends in tow!”
Anna Lee, Sequim


 “Summer Institutes at Port Townsend was a retreat for me. The beauty of the ocean and the inspiration of the speakers fed my soul. What a boost to my teaching!”
Patty Torba, Moses Lake

 “Scott Ricardo and Summer Institutes never disappoint! The most celebrated experts in the field consistently present the most current topics and training. Scott meets the highest expectations and exceeds them. Thank you Scott – see you next summer.”
Gail Kite, Port Angeles

"There are two words to describe Summer Institutes: vibrant and alive! SI has taken professional development to a new level. An experienced workshop atmosphere where everyone (speakers included) contributed to exceed the mark. The passion, excitement and commitment were vibrating from every wall in the room. Thank you, Scott for your hard work, generosity and compassion. You and your staff have made my first SI experience a yearly “must do.”
Susan Bruggeman, Redmond, OR


“Fort Worden and Port Townsend was an excellent site since the facilities were great (plenty of free parking), the area offered great recreation and cultural options and the natural beauty is outstanding. Speakers were great and very relevant with good pacing. Nice job of working in breaks!”
Greg Parrott, Poulsbo Middle School


“Summer Institutes fully met my needs and expectations. The week was filled with great speakers, information and strategies to use in my classroom and the opportunity to meet other teachers and network to help make me a better teacher. Thank you for the opportunity! Great Week!”
Marlene Cinkovich, Rainier Elementary


 “The speakers alone were worth every penny our district spent!”
Colleen Bourgault, Hood Canal School

 “SI was a joy to attend. Relevant speakers, no, much more than relevant, the speakers were proof that I am doing the right thing being a Special Ed teacher. Teachers who want or need to reaffirm or confirm their relevance and position in life as a public school teacher should participate in Summer Institutes.”
Peter Walchenbach, Sequim School District, 4-5 Special Ed


“Wonderful keynote speakers – very intelligent and knowledgeable. They related well to their audience. Everyone walked away feeling good. Summer Institutes are fun, rejuvenating and useful for everyone involved. Come make new friends, and be prepared to be revalidated as teachers!”
Louise Chitwood, Greywolf Elementary, Sequim, WA


“This workshop is super sensitive to providing a stress-free environment where top-notch speakers can share relevant information for success in the classroom!”
John Wonderly, Cape Flattery School District

 “Great classes, fun location, excellent way to get 50 clock hours.”
Janis Martin, Hood Canal School

 Get rejuvinated and retooled . Register now for the Third Annual Summer Institutes at Fort Worden!



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