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Please note the following updates to the Summer Directors' Institute (SDI). If you have any questions please contact

We are pleased to share the final arrangements: 

  1. The SDI will be held over two days: Wednesday, 7/14 and Thursday, 7/15.
  2. Both days are now for all directors, new and veteran.
  3. The SDI will be held virtually from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day.

The Summer Directors' Institute is designed for adult education program directors and members of their leadership teams they designate to attend.

Important note: We strongly encourage you to attend both days. However, we understand that not everyone may be able to, so to help us with our planning, please be sure to register separately for each day.

Register for Day 1 via this calendar posting, and register for Day 2 here.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All program directors, new and veteran, and members of their leadership teams

The Summer Directors' Institute (SDI) is designed to provide you with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and questions with other directors as you explore and imagine some aspect of your program in a new and innovative way.

All of this year's SDI sessions will connect to how leaders can use a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to cultivate a culture of ownership in which all stakeholders have a voice and are accountable to each other for educator effectiveness and student success. 

Session 1: Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult Education

Presenters Jen Vanek (World Education) and Kathy Harris (Portland State University) will review their research findings on integrating digital literacy in adult education, published in their ProLiteracy Research Brief. You will have ample time in small groups  to discuss what you and colleagues are doing and to consider new ideas you can implement.

Session 2: Integrating Digital Literacy, Part II: “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”  - Action Planning

This session introduces the FY22 Planning Tool. We will provide the opportunity for new and veteran directors alike to network and begin action planning based on the principles introduced in the first part of the workshop. Following an overview of relevant resources and PD from the Program Support PD Center, you will work in small breakout groups to begin using the Planning Tool based on a series of criteria to help identify and prioritize action items. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Network and exchange ideas and questions with other directors and program leaders
  • Explore and imagine some aspect of your program in a new and innovative way
  • Prioritize at least one area that could lead to meaningful change in your program
  • Begin drafting an action plan for engaging staff, students, and other stakeholders to promote that change
PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Program Management and Educational Leadership
Topic Area
Education Leadership / Management