Read what Summercore alums have to say about their experience at Summercore
Marti Weston, Computer Coordinator at Georgetown Day School - Summercore '86
Over the last five years I have concluded that the only practical way to train people is one-on-one. In a pinch, it can be one trainer with a couple of people. The one really successful group training situation that I have been to is run by Steve Bergen and Lynne Schalman who work wonders with almost every person who attends their training, no matter what their background.
Bob Vitalo, Head of School at Berkeley Carroll School - Summercore '91 and '08
Summercore does an incredible job of addressing the different levels of all participants. At my session we had individuals ranging from very reluctant, very occasional users to someone who was the head of IT for a university. At the end of the week each person said it was the best workshop they had ever attended. Of even greater value is to see Steve, Sam and Lynne in action. Yes the week is about technology integration, and you learn tons about that, but you also get to see master teachers at work and everyone sees how to be an even more effective teacher."
Connie Alexandre, Middle School French Teacher at Hockaday School - Summercore '05
Summercore is a state of mind, as well as an unforgetable, hands-on learning experience. It requires embracing the unknown with a willingness to risk, as well as enough endurance to continue on. There is no doubt that my fear of making a mistake has diminished, while my eagerness to try and push myself technically has increased. You will never again fear the computer if you have the opportunity to graduate from a Summercore experience.
Nancy Prendergst, Latin Teacher, Episcopal High School - Summercore '05
This was, perhaps, one ofthe best computer training programs I have ever been to. Having to do assignments forced me to try programs I hadn't used before. This is the first time I have left a computer workshop with the intention to enthusiastically use the skills learned.
Sandra Lipkind, Technology Integrator at UNIS - Summercore '10
Summercore was an amazing experience and I made so many wonderful contacts. It was, by far, the best PD I have ever attended. I am so excited about bringing more web 2.0 to my school.
Douglas Brophy, Academic Dean at The Spence School - Summercore '10
One of the best professional experiences in which I have engaged. All participants are leaving feeling empowered, challenged and excited, and are set to bring these feelings to their own teaching as well as that of their colleagues. Our faculty felt empowered both in their teaching and learning new material, the sharing amplified the group's sense of community, and we are ready to now go forward.
Eva Abbamonte, Middle School History Teacher at the Horace Mann School - Summercore '11
Every Summercore alum that I know told me this would be a great experience but I never suspected how truly awesome it would be. I was exhausted every night but also inspired. I really feel like I moved from being a tech novice to some much higher level. I'm no longer intimidated by technology - I'm confident enough to play with software, make mistakes, correct them, and ask for help.