Summer Seminar 2018


Summer Seminar 2018


3-Day Professional Learning Groups Facilitator Training

For Teachers & School Leaders

Mon-Wed, July 16-18, 2018, 8:30am-4:00 pm

+ 6 monthly virtual sessions (dates TBD)



A 3-day, immersive professional development experience using the School Reform Initiative model that develops the habits and skills needed to facilitate and coach transformational learning communities in your schools & districts. Seminar will be followed with 6 monthly virtual sessions to guide new facilitators during implementation.

During the seminar, participants will learn to use tools and resources specifically designed to learn from looking at student work, to frame and support challenging conversations, and to guide improvements in teacher practice. By creating our own community of learners, we will practice de-privatizing our practice as we keep students and their work at the center of ours. Through engaging activities that support and enhance adult learning, we will practice the skills of active listening, facilitation, and giving and receiving feedback on our work. Implications for embedding social justice, critical thinking, and differentiated instruction into our work will be explored and analyzed throughout the 3-day agenda.  



The Crefeld School

8836 Crefeld Street

Philadelphia, PA 19038

Crefeld Educators Institute (CEI) is affiliated with the School Reform Initiative and uses the SRI Critical Friendship model for its work with Professional Learning Groups. CEI is committed to advancing teacher practice through the development of collaborative peer groups that are well designed, expertly facilitated, and teacher-directed.

CEI is hosted by The Crefeld School, a progressive, coeducational school for 7th - 12th grade students in the greater Philadelphia region. Founded in 1970, The Crefeld School provides a challenging, individualized, college preparatory program, creating an environment for bright, sensitive, and creative students to thrive.



Seminar facilitated by SRI trainer, Beth I. Graham.

Beth fell in love with SRI critical friendship when she first learned the work 20 years ago.  Since then, she’s used SRI practices and principles to grow her own practice as teacher and school leader, and to develop collaborative and reflective communities of adult learners in schools and other professional settings. Beth chooses to continue to learn about white privilege and how it serves to maintain the status quo of disequity in organizations and institutions. She loves to travel and play near the ocean. Ask her about her dogs, her golf game, and her most recent passion, building homes with Habitat for Humanity.


Program Fees: $845.00

Group Rate (3 or more people from same school): $795.00 per person**

Program fees include breakfast & lunch.

Registration closes on May 31.

** To use Group Rate, add each person one at a time to the cart, so that a separate form is filled out for each participant. During checkout, enter code: SUMMERGROUP3, to receive discounted rates.



Located in the beautiful Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Crefeld's campus is conveniently located just blocks from a picturesque, robust shopping and dining area, as well as two train lines that connect visitors directly to Center City (downtown) Philadelphia.

We recommend out of town guests book accommodations at the Chestnut Hill Hotel, within walking distance of The Crefeld School, or seek out one of the many Airbnb rentals available in the neighborhood. Also, a wide variety of accommodations are available 15-20 minutes from the school.

Chestnut Hill Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn

Best Western

Hampton Inn


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