Over the past 5 years, SCOE and its partner organizations have invested significant time, energy, and resources into gathering community voices and perspectives on educational needs and experiences of local students. These efforts have resulted in the Sonoma County Portrait of a Graduate, a community-wide vision of our aspirations for all students, and the YouthTruth Survey, an unprecedented data set that includes input from over 60,000 students, staff, and family members on a broad array of topics including engagement, relationships, culture, belonging, college and career readiness, and mental health.


Having engaged community voices and perspectives, it is now critical that those of us in the education system take action in response to what we have heard and what we have learned. Much of the information revealed in the YouthTruth data paints a sobering picture of the experiences that large percentages of students are having in our local systems. We must act boldly in confronting the challenges being faced by our students, examine our systems and our individual and collective role in contributing to these challenges, and begin the essential work of building more responsive and more human systems.


During the Institute, participants will explore these and other questions:

  • Who am I as an educator in this new time and place?

  • How do I want to show up when I return to school in the 2022-23 school year?

  • What will my students need from me now and in the future? How will I interact with them in different ways?

  • What new habits, mindsets, and skill sets will I need to develop to meet these new times and moments?

  • How can I stay curious and engaged with my work and the humans I work with?

  • How can I lead with optimism – even when I might feel depleted? What do I need to consciously do to restore during the year?

  • How do I build a restorative culture for my school?

  • What needs to be rebuilt? What needs to be creatively destroyed or dismantled? In my school and district? In my teaching? In my leadership?

  • What new rituals and traditions might we begin that meet a new age?

Featured Speaker...


Announcement Coming Soon!

Tuesday, August 2 | 3:30-5:30pm

Daily Schedule...

Tuesday, August 2 | 3:30-5:30pm
Kickoff Reception & Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, August 3 | 9:00am-3:00pm
Context setting; student panel; breakout sessions; team-time; aim-setting

Thursday, August 4 | 9:00am-1:00pm
Team-time; implementation planning/project-tuning protocol; empathy interviews, tuning, and feedback w/students of varying grade levels


A stipend of $700.00 will be paid to Sonoma County teachers, counselors, and paraprofessionals who attend all three days of the Summer Institute (August 2-4). The stipend will be paid by SCOE to the district that employs the educator. Districts will then pay the stipend to employees through payroll.