Danielson Summer Institute 2018

Price Qty
Mentoring (4 Days) REGULAR PRICEshow details + $1,199.00 (USD)  
Mentoring (4 days) GROUP DISCOUNT (3 or more)show details + $1,099.00 (USD)  
Intro to the FFT (1 Day)show details + $329.00 (USD)  
Observation Skills + Learning Focused Conversations (3 Days)show details + $719.00 (USD)  
Intro + Observation + Conversations (4 days)show details + $939.00 (USD)  

  • NIU, IL 2018 Summer Institute
    July 31, 2018 - August 3, 2018
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Framework for Teaching Summer Learning Institute

July 31 – August 3, 2018
Northern Illinois University (NIU) Conference Center

1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563

The Danielson Framework for Teaching provides opportunities for intensive, shared, professional skill building. Our summer institute in Naperville, Illinois, will allow you to engage with Danielson Group Consultants and fellow educators in active, hands-on learning. Three workshops are available to enhance your professional practices

Workshop 1: Mentoring for Teaching Effectiveness (July 31-August 3)

The Danielson Mentoring for Teaching Effectiveness Program begins with four rigorous, day-long sessions in Naperville. The program also includes two follow-up e-learning sessions to further learn, network, and address problems of practice. A virtual Colloquium will be held later in the year.* Through this program, mentors will increase their knowledge and skills, and learn about strategies and resources. The program is aligned to effective teaching practices as defined by Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, and provides a systematic approach to creating and sustaining a culture for continuous improvement of teaching practice. It addresses the classroom research that emphasizes the importance of every student having access to effective teaching.
*E-learning Sessions
Session 1: 4:00 p.m. Eastern on September 24, 2018
Session 2: 4:00 p.m. Eastern on November 5, 2018
Colloquium via webinar: date TBD

Cost: $1199*
*Teams of 3 or more registering from the same school/district will receive a $100/person discount when registered together. Group discounts are not available for the other workshops.
Registration is for four full days at our summer institute, two virtual e-learning sessions during the fall, and a cohort colloquium.
Registration includes breakfast and lunch at the institute, a resource book, and a certificate of attendance. 

Workshop 2: Introduction to the Framework for Teaching (July 31)

The Introduction to the Framework for Teaching workshop is a one-day session that provides an understanding of the structure, architecture, and vocabulary of the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Participants develop awareness of the different levels of performance and how to use the rubrics to analyze teaching practice. Special emphasis is placed on component 3c: Engaging Students in Learning.

Cost: $329
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of attendance.

Workshop 3: Collaborative Observations & Professional Conversations (August 1-3)

This series is a combination our Observation Skills and Learning Focused Conversations workshops. The three-day training builds on participants’ knowledge of the Framework and applies it to developing skills around a collaborative observation process. Observation skills sessions focus on understanding the issue of bias, collecting low-inference evidence during an observation, interpreting evidence against the levels of performance, and differentiated coaching conversations to support teaching growth. On the third day, participants will learn how to use additional structures and tools to conduct conversations to analyze professional practice and determine areas and directions for growth. The Learning-Focused Conversations model developed by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman links these conversation skills to the components of the Framework for Teaching.

Prerequisite: Introduction to the Framework for Teaching
Cost: $719
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, a resource book, and a certificate of attendance

Introduction to the Framework for Teaching AND Collaborative Observations & Professional Conversations (July 31-August 3)

Register for both workshops together at a discounted price.
Cost: $939
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, a resource book, and a certificate of attendance

Daily Schedule

7:30-8:30 Registration and continental breakfast
8:30-10:00 Workshop
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:45 Workshops continue
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:15 Workshops continue
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Workshops continue


Payment by credit card must be made at time of registration. All payments (credit card, check, or purchase order) must be received by July 17, 2018. Unpaid registrations after July 17, 2018 will be cancelled.

It is important that you pay for the conference or send a Purchase Order (PO) as soon as possible after registering. Registration alone will not reserve your place at the Institute. Spaces are only held once we have received your payment or a valid PO.  If paid attendees reach capacity before we receive your payment/PO, your registration will be cancelled, regardless of the date of your initial registration.


The Danielson Group reserves the right to cancel the conference. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, you will be notified and will receive a full refund of your registration fee. The Danielson Group is not responsible for any other expenses you may incur for a cancelled event.

Registered But Can't Attend?

If you have a paid registration but are unable to attend, contact us by email to request a refund (see refund policy below) or to transfer your registration to a substitute attendee. Registration transfers to substitute attendees for a complete workshop require written authorization in an email from you. Registrations for a complete workshop may not be shared by multiple attendees. The Danielson Group will keep the fee from the original registrant as payment for the substitute. You and your substitute are responsible for any financial arrangements regarding the transfer. If you require additional information or have issues with the registration process, please email: contact@danielsongroup.org.

Our refund policy for paid registrations is as follows:

Cancellation by July 3, 2018:
50% refund, less $50 cancellation processing fee; or registration can be transferred to a substitute attendee with no penalty

Cancellation after July 3, 2018:
No refund, but registration may be transferred to a substitute attendee with no penalty


Venue Website:

1120 E Diehl Rd., Naperville, Illinois, 60563, United States

Northern Illinois University's Conference Center in Naperville, IL  is an IACC-Certified space designed for learning. Their modern, sun-lit meeting rooms and advanced technology enhance all types of events. NIU first opened its doors in the Fall of 1899 to prepare college-educated teachers. The College of Education (COE) offers six undergraduate majors, 16 master’s programs, six doctoral programs, and 38 certificates and endorsements. The COE consists of six departments: Counseling, Adult and Higher Education; Educational Technology, Research and Assessment; Kinesiology and Physical Education; Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations; Literacy and Elementary Education; Special and Early Education.

"Danielson’s Framework for Teaching has been a revelation to me; the best analogy I can offer is that the Framework is like having voice-guided GPS to direct you to a destination, when before you might have only had a destination name and an outdated road map."

Pre-Service Teacher, May 2016

“[The consultant] gave the best PD I have seen in 15 years of teaching, and was the first to explain [the] Danielson [Framework] in a human way. Bravo.”

A teacher, June 2015

“I am so impressed with the Danielson Group consultants. They are all so real. Your trainers helped make [proficient] teaching stronger and steered [basic teaching] toward increasing effectiveness.” 

A principal, June 2015

"Due to your consultant's seamless and meaningful transitions, knowledge of content, and rapport with the audience, the room was alive with energy and it made us all feel ready to begin the year off with success."

"Never before have I seen a group of seasoned educators like your consultants master the art of communicating with an audience with varied levels of expertise and interests. The two days that I spent with your team, I walked away with a desire to use the rubric to truly enhance my own practice."

"I left with a renewed look at the rubric, thinking that the rubric is the Great Equalizer! We can ALL enhance our practice by using it as a tool and a roadmap to produce students who think and are ready for college and careers. THANK YOU!"

"Your consultants' presence and organization of the day will not only impact the new teachers that attended, but will make the year alive for a vast number of students this year."

"Our workshop focused on calibration and inter-rater agreement training, so it was directly aligned to our individual and collective work with teacher performance evaluation.  With new administrators on the team, this type of training is critical."

"We were highly impressed with our Danielson Group consultant and the workshop. We have nothing but positive things to share. Staff have been emailing us, thanking us. This is the most worthwhile presentation we've been to in a while."

"The workshop you provided was hands-on, interesting, practical, and respectful of time limits. I heard more positive feedback about this workshop from staff than I have about any other."

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the flexibility and professionalism that your consultant provided in our unique context. It helped us to keep on track with our schedule at a critical time. For that we are truly grateful."

"Your consultant presented a perfectly differentiated learning experience for all our principals. They were highly engaged, as demonstrated by on-topic conversations using academic language, completion of tasks requiring evidence identification, and note taking and 'grading' during classroom videos of teaching."

"Our school principals said the Framework observation training was the best training they had ever had, including the training provided when earning their Master’s degrees."

"I have a principal who was so excited about the breakthrough work with her staff in special education. I am already getting my money back!"

"My concern about the extra time it would take to implement the Framework successfully was not accurate. It took about the same amount of time as our prior evaluation system, and the benefits in professional growth and increased student achievement were more than worth it."

"I want to truly thank you for the brilliant job that you did with our training. I got such positive feedback from the team. They feel re-energized and like they have a direction and new tools to do the job."