Summer Institute (RESI)


Reimagining Education: Teaching, Learning and Leading for a Racially Just Society Summer Institute

Teachers College, Columbia University has a faculty with more expertise on issues of race and education than many other graduate schools of education, whose work in the field individally and collectively seeks to reimagine education for a more racially just society. The faculty works together under the leadership of their colleague Amy Stuart Wells to co-construct the Reimagining Education Summer Institute (RESI) as an annual four-day professional development institute held in July in New York City and online each year to reserve space for the learning community to explore, make sense of, and provide tangible support to reimagine education for a more racially just society. RESI has grown from 130 participants in 2016 to 1,200 in 2020. Over the years, participants have come from schools in 30 different states and several countries, including Egypt, Brazil, Canada, Spain, and China. The four-day Institute is organized around four themes of Why Reimagine? Racial and Cultural Literacy, Equity Pedagogy, and Culturally Responsive Leadership.

How can you prepare to address the racial and socio-economic educational inequalities and widening opportunity gap worsened by the pandemic?

How can you lead the much-needed shift in our field away from an over-reliance on standardized tests and toward a more student-centered focus on teaching and learning?

Teachers College’s Reimagining Education: Teaching, Learning and Leading for a Racially Just Society Summer Institute provides the knowledge, support and community of professionals you need to become a racially literate, culturally relevant and anti-racist educator. Without these tools, you cannot support your students’ academic, social and emotional well-being or address racial injustice in our educational system and society. The future of our diverse democracy and the inter-cultural understanding needed to sustain it depends on our schools’ ability to do the required race work to educate and integrate.

Back by popular demand, our professional development Summer Institute, July 12-15, 2021 will be held virtually at an affordable price for educators who need to earn PD credits (30 CTLEs or clock hours). Join us! 

2021 Keynote Publications


NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES is a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform.” She is the creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery, for which her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She's also won a Peabody, two George Polk awards, and the National Magazine Awards three times.

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. She co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Past Conferences

Resi 2019: In-person

Resi 2020: Virtual


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