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The Must-Have Skills You Need for 2021 and Beyond!

Ready-to-implement back-to-school PD for only $35

Over the past year, you’ve stretched your abilities and increased your confidence as you’ve tried new tools, new models and new ways of teaching. ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy 2021 will provide guidance on the topics you and your students need right now as you prepare to return to familiar learning environments in a pandemic-transformed world. 

Designed for teachers, tech coaches and directors, and librarians and media specialists, the flexible format allows you to join live or watch later. Learn alongside other educators during this two-week event, or learn at your own pace through October 31. Learn at SLA21 this summer and get the tools you need for an amazing school year!



What is ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy 2021?

This two-week, 15-hour online PD program will help K-12 educators move from surviving to thriving with the intentional use of technology to meet the new realities of learning.

Watch one-hour live webinars on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT or view the recordings and complete self-paced coursework later on your own schedule! Participants may complete sessions for credit through October 31, 2021 and will have view-only access through December 31, 2021.

Three self-paced, 2-hour courses addressing topics such as reaching students with disabilities, social and emotional learning, and blended learning models.

Expert instructors will model and deliver practical strategies during live, interactive workshop sessions. All webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Engage with other educators — during the course and after it’s over — to share resources, seek advice and build knowledge on the topics that matter most to you.

Microcourse Topics


Designing for Inclusion

Discover strategies to understand where your students are and tailor instruction to meet their needs. Key topics include:

  • Barriers and opportunities for inclusion
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Reaching students with disabilities
  • Formative assessments

Supporting Student Well-Being

Learn how to open channels of communication with students and families to form meaningful relationships and support student wellbeing. Key topics include:

  • Social and emotional learning
  • Student collaboration
  • Empathy and self-awareness
  • Connecting with peers and professional learning communities

Accelerating Student-Driven Learning

This course helps educators take the best of online and blended teaching forward to cultivate increasingly flexible and engaging student learning. Key topics include:

  • Learner autonomy
  • Project-based learning
  • Blended and flipped learning models
  • Growth mindset and adaptability
  • The Summer Learning Academy was a rare professional development opportunity that allowed me to walk away with various tools that I could put into action immediately at my school. I was able to meet leaders in technology education that inspired me to be more creative and intentional with lessons. Each day, I walked away … with a call to action in my education practices.

  • This has been the most meaningful and motivating PD I have had in a long time! I can't wait to apply what has been shared!

  • I have to say, ISTE is like the Wonka Factory, churning out magical solutions that address spot-on the needs of districts, leaders and teachers! Seriously, this is exactly what our teachers need, and I see many well-intentioned state and national groups trying to do the same thing but with far less coherence and with nowhere near the capacity and expertise ISTE brings to the table.

  • I love and recommend the Summer Learning Academy for all the teaching strategies provided. I started using these strategies right away in my online classes.

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