Come to Camp Snowball to gain the tools you need to significantly impact student success and help all students develop the skills and capacities they need to succeed and lead in the 21st century.
To thrive in our changing world, students need to think in systems and take action for a healthy future. That’s why we created Camp Snowball — a week-long summer professional development program that brings together educators, youth, parents, business and community leaders — to build everyone’s capacity for learning and leading.
At Camp Snowball, educators learn and practice the skills to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving, administrators develop the capacity to create school cultures where teachers are trusted innovators, students develop critical thinking and communication skills so they can take action for a sustainable future, and community partners become contributors to the health of the larger system using the tools of systems thinking, Education for Sustainability, and organizational learning.
During this highly interactive program, educators, administrators and students work together in small and large workshops, at hands-on activities and on group “learning journeys” to nearby destinations. Team time and personal time for reflection are important parts of the week’s schedule.
Camp Snowball focuses on empowering educators and their students to think deeply and critically, manage complexity, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and achieve academically. Teams work together during Camp Snowball to plan how they will use what they’ve learned back in their communities.
We invite you to join with colleagues from around the country to learn from and with esteemed faculty who have many years of practical school and classroom experience, as well as leading thinkers like Camp Snowball co-host Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.
Camp Snowball Hosts
Additional hosts to be announced.
- Core Modules
- Camp Sunshine
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- Graduate Credits
Who Attends Camp Snowball
Individuals, school- and district-wide teams of all sizes are welcome. There are special discounts for teams of 8 or more. We encourage communities and school systems to put together diverse teams of 2-100 that include:
- K-12 Teachers
- District Administrators at all levels
- School Administrators at all levels
- School Board Members
- Community Members
- Business and Government Leaders
- Staff and Volunteers from Youth-Service Organizations
The Strength of Teams
Teams build critical mass and local capacity by substantially increasing the impact of participation. They improve the likelihood that new approaches will be adopted on a wider basis by the home district or school.
Engaging community organizations and businesses both in underwriting a district’s Camp Snowball participation and also by attending, increases the success of implementing new systemic and classroom approaches developed at Camp Snowball. This kind of on-the-ground support creates additional commitment to this work for the future.
Superintendent Twin Rivers USD, CA
Superintendent Castro Valley USD, CA
Take Advantage of Early Registration Rates & Team Rates!
Your registration fee includes all scheduled activities, materials, and the following meals:
Opening dinner on Monday, July 11, Lunch and breaks from Tuesday-Thursday, Dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
If you are staying at the hotel, breakfast is included in your hotel rate.
Would you like to bring other family members with you? Please email us at email@example.com for details.
Funding & Support Opportunities
Want to come to Camp Snowball, but funds are tight? We encourage you to explore local resources that might support your participation. Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, service clubs and organizations may help. We’ve also compiled a spreadsheet of opportunities that we’re aware of. Take a look and see if there’s something you can apply for. Please note–many of the application dates are early in the year–so don’t delay. If you have other suggestions that we should add to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to apply for a partial scholarship, please complete the scholarship application here. These are intended for individual participants. We will do our best to support teams’ efforts in raising funds for participation.
Purchase orders for registration fees should be made out to the SoL Education Partnership, a project of Ag Innovations Network, 101 Morris Street, Suite 212, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Please EMAIL Purchase Order to email@example.com.
Those paying by credit card will receive an instant confirmation once the charge is approved. Those paying by purchase order will receive final confirmation pending our receipt of payment within one month of your online registration. If we do not receive payment by then, you will have to re-register. You will receive a detailed confirmation in late June.
Cancellation and Substitutions
All cancellations must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The amount paid less a $100 cancellation charge will be refunded as long as notice is received by June 15. After June 15, there is no refund but you may send a substitute in your place.
Terms and Conditions
Speakers are subject to change without notice.
Camp Snowball 2016 Location & Hotel Accommodations Information
California, here we come! This summer, Camp Snowball will take place in Sacramento, CA at the DoubleTree Hotel.
The California State Fair will be underway within walking distance of the hotel during Camp Snowball, and there will be time to visit if you wish, during the week.
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento Hotel
2001 Point W Way Sacramento, CA (916) 929-8855 or (800) 344-4321
Reserve Your Room Early to take advantage of Special Room Rates.
All rates include breakfast:
- Single Occupancy $129.00 plus taxes
- Double Occupancy $129.00 plus taxes
- Triple Occupancy $143.00 plus taxes
- Quadruple Occupancy $158.00 plus taxes
These rates will be available as long as there are rooms left in the block or up until June 16, 2016.
Make your reservations by calling the hotel at 800-344-4321 and identifying yourself as a Camp Snowball attendee OR click here to make your reservations online. The hotel will take both credit cards and purchase orders.
Questions? Please Contact Us
Feel free to contact us for more information or to discuss your specific situation.
We Welcome Back Alumni School Districts!
as of January 13, these districts plan to join Camp Snowball 2016
- Alameda County Office of Education, CA
- Albany Unified School District, CA
- Castro Valley Unified School District, CA
- Elk Grove Unified School District, CA
- Estacada School District, OR
- Hewlett-Woodmere School District, NY
- Milwaukee School District, WI
- Pleasanton Unified School District, CA
- Portland Public Schools, OR
- Sacramento City Unified School District, CA
- Tucson Unified School District, CA
- Twin Rivers Unified School District, CA
We hope you will join us!
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