ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy 2021 is a two-week online professional development program that will help K-12 educators move from surviving to thriving with the intentional use of technology to meet the new realities of learning. Whether you’re teaching in online, blended or in-person settings, you’ll advance the skills you’ve already built and return to the “classroom” this fall ready to hit the ground running. 

Participants will:

  • Learn how technology can reach and empower every student, particularly those with special needs.
  • Discover how data can help us address the gaps exposed during remote and hybrid learning.
  • Find out how to support flexible methods for helping students drive their own learning.
  • Connect with ISTE U’s expert instructors and educators who are embracing the disruption and innovating like never before!

SLA21 is designed for K-12 teachers, tech coaches and directors, and librarians and media specialists. SLA21 is a great fit for an individual educator or a team participating in back-to-school PD.

Yes – the content in SLA21, including microcourses and live sessions, is all different. SLA21 is a great follow-up for those who participated in SLA 2020.

In 2020, all educators were focused on responding to the crisis of COVID-19 closing in-person schools and shifting to remote learning. The 2020 SLA focused on teaching in online and blended settings. SLA21 will focus on closing the gaps that were introduced over the past year and taking the best of what educators learned forward.

The program will run for 2 weeks from Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13, 2021, but participants will continue to be able to work through and complete through October 31, 2021. After then, participants will have view-only access to content until December 31, 2021 (they will not be able to complete and earn their certificate after October 31).

To access Summer Learning Academy content, please follow these instructions. You may also log in by selecting the blue LOG IN button on the SLA21 homepage.

Once you are logged in, reference this video for tips on how to navigate within the platform.

Program Structure

SLA21 includes access to 3 self-paced microcourses, 6 live webinar sessions from expert instructors, and a virtual learning community, including optional opportunities for live one-on-one networking opportunities with peers through ISTE Loop

  • Microcourses – Three self-paced, 2-hour courses addressing topics such as reaching students with special needs, social and emotional learning, and blended learning models.
  • Webinars – Expert instructors will model and deliver practical strategies during live, interactive workshop sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All webinars are recorded and available for later viewing.
  • Learning Community – 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.

For more detailed information, view the full program syllabus.

The estimated completion time for SLA21 is 15 hours, including all microcourses and webinars. The total amount of time each educator spends on the program may vary depending on how deeply they choose to dive into additional resources and networking opportunities, such as ISTE Loop.

Yes. The microcourses are self-paced and can be completed any time. All live sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing. You may participate in discussions at your own pace as well.

Live webinar sessions will take place according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, August 2: 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT
  • Wednesday, August 4: 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT
  • Friday, August 6: 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT
  • Monday, August 9: 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT
  • Wednesday, August 11: 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT
  • Friday, August 13: 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT

No. You may view the recordings on your own time and still successfully complete the program. All webinar recordings will be available within the online platform the following business day.

You can always view recordings of any live sessions you missed and complete the microcourses at your own pace in order to successfully complete the program. All webinar recordings will be available within the online platform the following business day.

All participants will have access to complete the program through October 31, 2021. Up until that date, you may take the microcourses and finish all other completion requirements. After October 31, participants will have view-only access to the program materials until December 31, 2021. During that time, they will be able to view all content but not complete the course and earn their certificate of completion.

Completion & Credit

To successfully complete the program, you must:

  • Pass the quiz at the end of each microcourse (3 quizzes total) with a score of 80% or higher. You must earn an 80% on each quiz (not averaged across the 3 quizzes).
  • View all 6 webinars (either attend live or view recordings).
  • Submit a final reflection including takeaways from the microcourses and webinars.

Upon successfully meeting all completion requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion issued by ISTE. It is a PDF that indicates the total number of credit hours (15 hours). It can also be shared virtually in the Badgr Backpack.

You will automatically receive your certificate as soon as you meet all completion criteria. As viewing all webinars is required, you will only be able to submit your final reflection on August 13 after the final webinar.

You will need to complete all requirements by October 31, 2021. No extensions will be provided.

In addition to earning a certificate of completion, you will have the option to register for graduate-level credit through ISTE’s accredited partner, Dominican University of California. There is an additional cost of $65, and you will receive one credit (equivalent to 15 hours).

Once the program begins on August 2, you will get access to a link to register with Dominican University of California. You must register within 6 months of completing the program.

No, there are no additional requirements. The same completion requirements apply as for earning your certificate.

Approval for professional learning and determination of credit (continuing education units, professional development points, etc.) toward licensure renewal are based on individual state and/or school district policies. For more information about professional learning requirements, including the number of hours needed and how to apply graduate-level credit toward CEUs or PDPs, contact your local education agency or state education agency for approval and submission requirements.

Registration & Refunds

$35 per person. However, if you are a public school educator in the state of Connecticut, you can attend for FREE thanks to a partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology (CCET). Connecticut public school educators simply need to fill out this form using their official work email address:

Note: Discounts will be offered for large cohort enrollments (1,000+ participants). Please reach out to with inquiries.

There are 2 ways to register yourself:

1.    Directly through the SLA website – Select the “Register Yourself” option on the Confirm Registration page.
2.    Through the ISTELive 21 registration website – Add SLA21 as an a la carte add-on for $25 or as part of the Educator Virtual Journey (includes one registration to ISTELive 21, SLA21, and Creative Constructor Lab Virtual).

Through the SLA website – Select “Register another person or group” on the Confirm Registration page and check out with a quantity of 1. You will receive an email with an access code and instructions within 5 business days, which you can share with the person who will be enrolling.

Through the SLA website – Select “Register another person or group” on the Confirm Registration page and check out with the quantity that you need. You will receive an email with access codes and instructions within 5 business days, which you can share with the participants who will be enrolling.

General participants can register for SLA21 until Monday, August 9 at midnight PDT. However, if you are a public school educator in the U.S. state of Connecticut, you can sign up using this form through August 31.

The course will start on August 2, 2021 and you will get access on that date.

No. Per the ISTE U Terms & Conditions, no refunds will be offered for SLA21.

Yes, up until June 18, 2021. Contact to initiate transferring your registration to another educator. Note that requests made after June 18, 2021 will not be processed before the program start date.