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Summer Institutes return to Sunnyside next week

The Sunnyside High School library will again be the site next week of the Summer Institutes, a week-long series of workshops for educators.

Building on the theme "unlock your teaching potential," workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Monday, June 21, to Friday, June 25.

The keynote speaker will be international consultant and motivator Peter Scott.

Other workshop presenters will be English educator Janice Perino leading a class on critical thinking and expository writing.

The Summer Institutes in Sunnyside will also feature presentations by some familiar names.

Sun Valley Elementary School Principal Heidi Hellner-Gomez will speak on cross-cultural communication, while Grandview Schools Superintendent Kevin Chase will present a class on classroom instruction.

In addition, Tim Bardell and Steve Martin of B7 Engineering in Sunnyside will demonstrate how principles found in classroom experiments can be used in the "real world."

Other workshops will include topics such as building community and effective teams, led by Marah Jean Traub, and the recovering landscape at Mount St. Helens, led by WSU researcher Bob Stevens.

The Summer Institutes isn't just about the classroom, though, as participants will have opportunities for field trips around the Lower Valley, including sites as diverse as Natural Selection Farms, Dairy Fair, mini golf and rock climbing.

In addition, fitness will be a focus of the workshop, not only for educators but in presenting ideas for including fitness in the classroom for children.

Participants at the Summer Institutes can earn 4.5 or six quarter professional development credits through Pacific Lutheran University or 50 clock hours of continuing education.

There is still time to register for Summer Institutes at www.summerinstitutes.com or by calling Eroll Miles at 840-9737 or Mark Marro at 840-9051.

Rates for the workshop and accompanying university credits range from $270 to $570.

Registration at the door is welcome and will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 21, at the Sunnyside High School library.

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