Apply by July 16 for the 2019 Rida Institute!


People in Education is excited to announce that the application for the 2019-2020 Rida Institute is now open!

The Rida Institute is a year-long training that prepares educators to facilitate humanizing classrooms.  For PIE, this means classrooms that respect the full humanity of both students and teachers, and that nurture authentic youth voice and leadership.

summer intensive july 30 - august 1

The Institute kicks off with a three-day summer retreat where compassionate and engaged educators gather in a beautiful Detroit space to connect, reflect and create. Participants are invited to return to their purpose for becoming educators and celebrate each other for their work and passion. We step outside to move around and break the ice and then step inside build lasting relationships one-on-one and as a whole. We hear from a dynamic line-up of guest presenters: young people, social justice thought leaders and educators past and present.

“The Rida summer institute was truly inspiring, empowering, and rejuvenating.  Even though I have done this institute for several years now, each experience is different, and each helps me to grow and recenter my purpose as an educator.”
— 2018 Rida Participant

Check out our recap of the 2018 Rida Summer Intensive.

school year meet-ups

The summer retreat -- July 30 to August 1 -- is a launch pad for the continued support and development participants nurture with one another throughout the school year. This takes the form of monthly meet-ups and networking events such as book clubs, local and national conferences and lesson planning parties.

We believe that in order to transform our educational system, educators must begin by transforming their own practices and design classrooms that are relevant to their lives and the lives of their students. Rida is PIE’s opportunity to share our tools and best practices, and it’s also a place to gather and build a community of educators interested in socially just education.

“It was pure joy to be in a room with a group of folks who simply understood.”
— Rida 2018 Participant
Rida 2018 Cohort Meet-up

Rida 2018 Cohort Meet-up

This could be you, starting this summer! Apply for the 2018 Rida Institute. The deadline is July 16.


The cost for the year-long Institute for individuals is a sliding scale, from $50 to $500. We do not want cost to be an obstacle for anyone; we are happy to work with you to make the Institute affordable. The cost to participate as a representative of an institution is $500. Please indicate on the application which amount you decide upon.

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