Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12



Summer Institute for Educators

Friday, June 16, 2017

The seventh annual Summer Institute for Educators will examine best practices for promoting and assessing student understanding. Our keynote speaker, Denise Wilbur, will lead a morning session for all participants. Afternoon breakout sessions will include a roundtable discussion, and a hands-on opportunity.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote address and all-participants activity:
Promoting and Assessing Student Understanding
Denise Wilbur, President, Authentic Education

12:00–1:00 p.m.

1:00–3:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion Groups: Reflections on best practices in assessing student understanding (1:00–2:00 p.m.)

Share and Repair: Revising assessments based on reflections (2:30–3:30 p.m.)

*Participants in the afternoon session will be assigned to groups on the day of the event.


Cost for the day's events: $150. To register, please click here.


The Pennington School Summer Institute for Educators is committed to providing professional development opportunities to faculty who work with middle and high school students with a focus on a “best practices” model for meeting the needs of a diverse community of learners.

Denise Wilbur is the president of Authentic Education, a research, consulting and curriculum design group that she cofounded with Grant Wiggins in 2002. An experienced teacher and administrator, in recent years Wilbur has designed and directed large-scale professional-development and curriculum-­design projects, mostly based in the Understanding by Design® framework. She has also led smaller-­scale workshops for educators on UbD, inquiry-­driven learning, authentic assessment and authentic learning, and related topics.

Before becoming a consultant and researcher, Wilbur combined several years teaching in social studies, English, and ESL at the middle school, high school, college, and adult education levels with positions in curriculum design, school administration, and academic support. She completed undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University (CT) and graduate work in history at Trinity College (CT).

Wilbur designs and leads long-­term projects with schools and districts, and professional development events with educators. In her work with schools, districts, and teachers, the aim is to develop and implement inquiry-­driven curriculum that:

asks probing questions that engage students and push them to dive deeply into learning;
emphasizes learning for transfer, or the ability of students to draw upon the full range of their knowledge, skill, understanding, and empathy to address new and complex challenges;
aligns learning goals, powerful assessments, and effective and engaging learning activities
empowers students to be thoughtful, compassionate, and productive members of their communities; and
connects classroom learning to real-­‐life contexts outside of school.