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The Summer Institutes initiative is the state's annual opportunity for districts and charter schools to network and collaborate with each other during the summer before the school year begins. As part of the yearlong planning effort for coordinating summer professional development opportunities, the Summer Institutes connects with the bi-annual support meetings led by the Regional Professional Development Leaders, the annual professional development calendar, and an annual release of online professional development courses developed by the Race to the Top Online Module Development team.

Each NC LEA and participating Charter school sent a designated leadership team to a regional Summer Institutes over the past four years. The leadership teams received training and resources on a variety of topics such as teacher effectiveness standards and data, curriculum standards and assessments, instructional design strategies, and tools to build leadership capacity. Each team is composed of teacher leaders, central office and building administrators, and support staff who lead training efforts in the district or charter.

Over the last four years, the focus of Summer Institutes has progressed from understanding the new standards to focusing on instructional improvements to reflecting on how to improve systemic educational practices to celebrating and sustaining the success of their local practices.

The 2013 Summer Institutes offered a unique opportunity to feature an introduction to the statewide system and kickoff of NC's Home Base system. District/School leaders and lead trainers who would be training and planning their local implementation attended.

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