Professional Development: Institutes

The Center on Education and Work offers a number of opportunities for professional development for career specialists, career counselors, job center staff, educators, and others interested in education and work issues.

Summer Institute

Summer Institute 2018

This annual summer event provides expert training and networking opportunities for career development facilitators, career development facilitator instructors, career specialists, advisors, and virtually anyone involved in career development and workforce readiness. Workshops are held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The 2018 Summer Institute will be held July 12-13, 2018.

This year the Agenda provides ample time for formal and informal networking with instructors and participants. Whether you serve as a K-12 educator, a higher education professional, or as a professional in the community, these Institutes will provide ideas for working with students and clients on a wide variety of issues. In addition, by attending, you can receive professional development hours that will count towards the renewal of your certifications. The Institutes will cover the following topics:

  • Academic and Career Planning (Updates and Implementation Strategies) for Grades Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, (Morning of July 12th)
  • Innovative Job Seeking Strategies that Use Emerging Technologies, (Afternoon of July 12th) and
  • Building on Leadership Strengths Using Appreciative Inquiry. Note that this Institute is designed to improve both your own leadership skills and those of your students/clients. (All day, July 13th)

Institute #1: Academic and Career Planning – Updates and Implementation Strategies (July 12th 9am-Noon)

Attend this session to learn about promising practices and successful strategies for Academic and Career Planning (ACP) implementation. Walk away with new strategies and resources that support students, staff, and counselors to improve outcomes for students' college and career readiness.

In addition, you will learn more about the regional career pathways work that provides an advising tool for students interested in high demand fields. Come prepared to share some of your promising practices with your colleagues!

Institute #2: Using Technology to Improve the Job Search (July 12th 1:00-4:00pm)

As Career Services Providers, it is our responsibility to remain knowledgeable about the tools that can be leveraged to help students and clients reach their career goals. During this Institute, we will spend time discussing and critiquing digital tools and technology applications that can be used during the job search. In addition, we will review the pros and cons of their impact and determine how to integrate them into one’s practice. Examples of topics we will examine include:

  • Coaching students/clients for the Job Search When Working From a Distance
  • Ethical Concerns When Using Technology and Online Resources
  • The latest in Virtual Resources on the Internet
  • “Live Binders” To Brand and Promote Oneself

Institute #3: Building on Your Leadership Strengths Using Appreciative Inquiry (July 13th 9:00am-3:00pm)

This workshop will focus on key concepts and skills related to leadership as viewed through the lens of a Strengths-Based Approach to career development and Appreciative Inquiry processes. Using this approach, four affirming processes emerge – Discovery, Dreaming, Designing, and Delivering. By shifting the focus of the planning process toward a strengths-based whole person, whole life approach, the experience of the entire person is more fully validated and can be actualized.

Participants will have the opportunity to increase personal knowledge around leadership, experience the appreciative interview process focused on uncovering and building strengths, and learn how it can be practically applied in their daily work. This workshop will consist of a mix of interactive activities, train-the-trainer exercises, and lecture focusing on the use of appreciative inquiry in leadership and career development processes.

Registration Form (Word)

Lodging Information

Rooms are at the Lowell Center 
610 Langdon Street Madison, WI  53703
608/256-2621 Ext 1133

Use this URL when booking online:

When calling to make reservations, refer to group code SUMMR.  The room block will be released to the public on June 11th.

Room Rate:
$115/night for either 1 or 2 guests
$127/night if 3 guests share a room