Athlos Summer Institute

The 2017 Summer Institute has passed. Stay tuned for the 2018 Summer Institute dates.

Taking place in Boise, Idaho, Athlos Summer Institute is an immersion into the Athlos model designed for Athlos teachers, leaders, and partners. Participants will gain powerful insights connected to the implementation of the innovative Athlos approach. In addition to networking with experts in the field, participants will benefit from strategies to support and impact quality teaching and governing. All participants will walk away with new professional learning and tools to build stronger, more dynamic school communities. Athlos Summer Institute is a free event.


Part I: Leadership Team Workshops

(Athlos Academy of St. Cloud and Athlos Academy of Utah leadership teams only)

Monday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 27

Part II: Athlos Summer Institute 

Breakouts, Keynote, and Q&A with the Founders of Athlos Academies

Tuesday, June 27, 5 p.m. – Thursday, June 29 (plus optional Friday activity)


Participants are responsible for reserving their own accommodations during their visit. We have reserved a block of rooms at the newly built Hyatt, less than one block from the event.


Athlos Summer Institute is broken out into two parts. The first session, June 26–27, is for leadership teams at Athlos Academy of St. Cloud and Athlos Academy of Utah. The second session, beginning with a welcome reception at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, is for all Athlos teachers, leaders, board members, and partners.

View a printable agenda-at-a-glance.

Session highlights include:

  • Classroom management strategies
  • Mindful leadership
  • Introduction to a new level of Athlos athletic curriculum
  • Math practices
  • Student-centered coaching
  • Restorative practices

For a full description of workshops and breakout sessions, click on the button below.

Distinguished Athlos Educators

Distinguished Athlos Educator Award

Nominate an Excellent Educator Today
Nominations are now open for this year’s distinguished Athlos educators! The Distinguished Athlos Educator award is given annually to three individuals who exemplify quality performance in the Athlos program. Award winners demonstrate excellence in their classroom, on the turf, or within their community.

Recognize an Administrator, Teacher, Coach, or Staff Member From Your School
Anyone may nominate a deserving administrator, teacher, instructional coach, athletic performance coach, or other school staff member by filling out a short nomination form that explains how the nominee models a commitment to and understanding of the Athlos Pillars of Performance and contributes to the success of students. Nominations are due by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Make a nomination.

Award Recognition
Awardees will be notified in early June and recognized at the Summer Institute welcome reception on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. Recipients’ travel and lodging during the institute will be covered.

Keynote Speaker

A Story of Grit and Optimism

We’re excited to announce our keynote speaker for Athlos Summer Institute 2017. Derek Clark, an internationally renowned speaker, author of seven books, and internet sensation, will join us on Thursday, June 29 to share his story of perseverance and optimism, as well as speak to how teachers greatly impacted his life.

Derek Clark survived an upbringing plagued with child abuse, rejection, and abandonment. Spending 13 years in the foster care system, Derek honed in on grit to persevere through the hard times, and optimism to guide him to overcome and succeed. Aside from his own character, Derek credits his success and ability to overcome to the support of his foster parents, who were both teachers.

Learn more about Derek Clark.

zip idaho

Friday Social Activity

Explore Idaho

Are you ready for an exhilarating outdoor Idaho experience? We’re going to wrap up Athlos Summer Institute 2017 on the side of an Idaho mountain, on a world-class zip line adventure!

Join us on Friday, June 30 for an optional, culminating Summer Institute event. We will drive from Boise to Horseshoe Bend (approx. 45 minutes) where Zip Idaho tour guides will then drive us 2000 vertical feet into the cool Idaho mountain wilderness, to an elevation of 5000 feet.

The three-hour zip line experience will start out slow, and then will progress to speeds of 50 mph with zip lines of up to 2030 feet! This will be an exciting opportunity to get active and network with your fellow Athlos team members while soaking in amazing views of the Boise National Forest and Payette River Valley. Zip Idaho offers a world-class zip tour that you will remember for a lifetime.

Deadline for sign-up: Friday, June 16 at Noon

Learn more about Zip Idaho.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Opportunity

Join us for Athlos Summer Institute on Wednesday and Thursday (June 28–29, 2017) and earn two Boise State University credits that can be used to fulfill teacher continuing education/professional development credits or toward a master’s degree.

Cost $120


  • Two-day professional development conference in Boise, Idaho
  • Self-paced learning activity to be completed by end of summer via online learning portal
  • Two Boise State University credits

Sign up below for Summer Institute to begin the registration process. On Wednesday morning, Jennifer Weddel, BSU extended learning coordinator, will help participants complete the registration process. Payment will be due at time of sign-in on Wednesday morning.

*Please check your state continuing education standards to make sure these credits meet eligibility.

Great conference. I have loved the model since I learned about it three years ago.  It was great to get a glimpse into the bigger picture and see how everything is connected. Great job on giving introductions to what Athlos is all about and getting me/us excited to implement this model in our own schools. Changing education one school at a time.

Mandy Kirkham King
Mandy Kirkham KingLead Athletic Performance Coach, Athlos Academy of Utah

I really enjoyed my time at the institute. I enjoyed hearing from other schools about their experiences with the Athlos model. I liked experiencing the athletic curriculum. I learned a lot from listening to various sessions such as the Growth Mindset class with Sarah Ross. Additionally, listening to Giselle Isbell talk about the Prepared Mind pillar was also interesting. Her enthusiasm and passion is contagious.

Anonymous2016 Summer Institute Attendee

Best conference I have ever been too! So appreciative and empowered to bring the Athlos model to St. Cloud, MN!

Carrie Cremers
Carrie CremersSocial Worker, Athlos Academy of St. Cloud

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