The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community.

The Sonoma County Office of Education is proud to be hosting our 10th annual Teaching & Learning Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is a multi-day professional development opportunity for Sonoma County teachers, counselors, administrators, and paraprofessionals. It supports educators in learning about, designing, and implementing strategies that prepare young people for the demands of the 21st century.

Over the past nine years, nearly 800 educators from schools and districts throughout Sonoma County have participated in this innovative program. They have been challenged to consider new ideas about education through interactive learning activities and presentations by thought-provoking speakers, including:

•    Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned author and advisor on creativity in education

•    Sugata Mitra, educational researcher and 2013 TED Prize winner

•    Emily Pilloton, educator and founder of  the nonprofit Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage

•    Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO, Maker Media, Inc.
•    Ken Kay, founder and CEO, EdLeader21

•    Ainissa Ramirez, author and noted science evangelist

•    Todd Rose, co-founder and president, Center for Individual Opportunity and Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education​

•    Ted Dintersmith, film producer and author of Most Likely to Succeed and What School Could Be

Given the unprecedented times we have all just experienced, this year’s Summer Institute will take on a new focus—Reconnect, Rejuvenate, Reimagine. Co-designed by SCOE's Educational Support Services and Behavioral Health Services Departments, the Institute will provide opportunities for participants to build their capacity in supporting both the academic and social-emotional needs of students as well as their own mental and emotional well-being.


I encourage you to participate in the 2021 Summer Institute. Tuition is free and participants will have an opportunity to receive a $500 stipend by completing post-Institute work related to their involvement in the Institute. Through initiatives like this, we are working together to improve and enhance education for all of Sonoma County’s students.   


Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D.
Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools

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