What to expect at a Great Expectations®Institute

Fun, learning, friendship, networking, motivation, and inspiration are all yours for the taking at the Great Expectations® Summer Institute, our core training experience. GE sessions are taught by teachers who successfully implement the GE practices in their own classrooms during the school year. Each class features practical strategies you can take back to your classroom to use next year. Your instructors will model the kinds of learning strategies and community building activities with your class that they teach to their students, so you will experience GE at work. 

GE Institute has gone Virtual!

In response to the global Covid-19 crisis we have been hard at work converting our GE Methodology for online learning. We now have three classes ready for beginning and returning GE educators.

Methodology – 1st Time Participants

Great Expectations (GE) Methodology is grounded in six basic tenets- All Children Can Learn, Building Self Esteem, Climate of Mutual Respect, High Expectations, Teacher Attitude and Responsibility, and Teacher Knowledge and Skill.  In the four-day training session participants are immersed in the research-based 17 Classroom Practices to be an effective teacher.  Each of the 17 practices is examined through the lens of developing a Culture of Respect and promoting Academic Excellence.  Classroom management is anchored in the GE 8 Expectations. The 36 Life Principles promote students of character. Participants are provided with a GE Manual of instructional materials and a wealth of resources, research, and structures to use in his/her own learning environment.  GE Methodology provides a blue print to be an exemplary educator.  With full implementation of Great Expectations Methodology, academic performance and attendance go up and discipline referrals go down. 

Grade Levels to choose from:

  • Lower Elementary Methodology PK-2
  • Upper Elementary Methodology 3-5
  • Middle School Methodology 6-8
  • High School Methodology 9-12

Methodology 2 – Returning Participants

This class offers a fresh look at all 17 practices and how to “put the puzzle together” in deeper implementation. The class will include more structures to easily implement into your instruction to improve not only your implementation of GE, but also enhance your overall instruction. This class covers grades PK-12.

Methodology 3 - Returning Participants

An energetic and inspirational advanced course for educators who have previously attended both GE Methodology I and II. A one-day course, this class provides GE educators with a plethora of new structures, ideas, and activities to incorporate immediately in the classroom/building. It is a time to Review and Revisit the 17 practices as well as Reconnect with colleagues and Rejuvenate your passion for both teaching and learning.

September 2020

September 11-12, 18-19 
Virtual Methodology

October 2020

 October 2-3, 9-10
Virtual Methodology

January 2021

January 15-16, 22-23
Virtual Methodology

February 2021

February 19-20, 26-27
Virtual Methodology