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 along with TC graduate students work 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, the team comes together 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 10-14, 2022 will be held virtually and in-person at an affordable price for educators who need to earn PD credits (30 CTLEs or clock hours). Join us! 


A photo of Dr. Bettina Love

Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of disrupting education reform and strengthening public education through abolitionist teaching, Black joy, and anti-racism The aim of her scholarship is twofold: firstly, to advance how the field of education understands and critiques school reform and the systemic and structural racism of public education within the U.S.; and secondly, to advocate for abolitionist approaches in the field of education that seek new possibilities for educational justice. In the pursuit of making her scholarship a reality, she works with activists, communities, youth, families, and school districts to build communal, civically-engaged schools rooted in the aspirations of abolitionist strategies that love and affirm Black and Brown children.

Past Conferences

Resi 2019: In-person

Resi 2020: Virtual


2022 In-Person Logistics

Hotels & Accommodations Near Teachers College

Graduation and Summer Conference Housing TC

517 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027

Reservations will begin April 4 at 2pm EST for TC students in degree programs and April 6 at 2pm EST for all others

Rates starting at $127+ a night

Book here

The Lucerne Hotel

201 West 79th Street

(215) 875-1000

Superior queen - $239
Superior Double/Double - $259
Book with the following link for this RESI discount: Discounted Price Booking  
(the code TEACH has been applied)

Columbia Preferred Hotels

Book here 

**Note that the preferred rates currently listed are a reference to last year’s negotiated rates, updated rates for July 2022 will be available for booking starting the week of June 27** 

Warwick New York

65 West 54th Street

(212) 247-2700 

Aloft Harlem Hotel

2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 125th St

(212) 749-4000

Arthouse Hotel

2178 Broadway at W 77th St

(212) 362-1100

Edge Hotel Washington Heights

514 W. 168TH ST

(212) 543-0005

Other Nearby Hotels

Hotel Belleclaire

2175 Broadway at W 77th St

(212) 362-7700

Hotel Beacon 

2130 Broadway at 75th St

(212) 787-1100

To request disability-related accommodations, please fill out the Accommodations Request Form or contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

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