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Summer Academy

PJI Summer Academy

The PJI Summer Academy is a week-long intensive program designed to develop educators, professionals and leaders who support learning environments and community resilience, including community organizations, early learning, K-12, colleges and universities. This immersive cohort-based program supports professionals in reflecting on their lives and current practices with an eye to deepening equity in their hearts, minds, and community. Based on the latest neuroscience and data-informed practices, participants will explore topics such as resilience, reflective practice, trauma responsive practices, empathy, bias, mindfulness, and missing histories while also building relationships and community with others. Connect back with your love for your vocation and share your experience and expertise with others as you move beyond compliance to connection with yourself, others and your community.  

Participants in the PJI Summer Academy will:

  • Employ pedagogical tools and theoretical frameworks to create peaceful, safe, trauma-sensitive and inclusive spaces.
  • Support authentic dialogue, transform conflict and develop positive interdependence through the use of PJI’s Principles for How We Treat Each Other: Our Practice of Respect and Community Building.


PJI Summer Academy Format

PJI Summer Academy is a weeklong, five-day professional development program. The daily schedule is from from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and includes: 

  • Expert facilitation from a diverse team of PJI facilitators and educators.
  • Access to PJI created activities and curriculum. 
  • Printed and online resources and materials, including four foundational texts. 
  • Use of active and experiential learning including mindfulness, reflective practice, and scholarship of the self and shelf.

2025 Summer Academy Schedule

The 2024 Summer Academy was hosted at the Canterbury Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. Nestled on 48 beautifully wooded acres with Lake Gem as its centerpiece, while you’re at Canterbury you might enjoy quiet time on the dock, the mile long nature trail, or a beautiful restful lunch overlooking Lake Gem.

Session I: June 9 – 13, 2025

Session I:
June 9 – 13, 2025

Session II: June 23 – 27, 2025

Session II:
June 23 – 27, 2025

Professional Development Certification

Many school districts and professions award professional development and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants who complete the PJI Summer Academy.  Each graduate will receive a certificate and letter of professional development certification for 40 PD hours.

Further Learning

Once participants have completed the PJI Summer Academy, participants will be provided with: PJI Academy Alumni support and mentorship PJI practices and tools to use in your classroom Further offerings of Development Days and retreats after the summer experience to dive deeper into resilience, self-care, and equity topics.

Who Should Attend This Program? 

The PJI Summer Academy welcomes a diverse range of professionals, including educators, community organizers, social workers and leaders dedicated to fostering resilient learning environments and community well-being. This intensive week-long program is tailored for individuals from various sectors, including community organizations, early learning, K-12 education, colleges, universities and government agencies. If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, contact Lianna McGowan at 

Schools and organizations are encouraged to send groups of three or more participants to the Summer Academy. In their small group, participants will have time to plan strategies to bring the learnings back to the school or organization to create lasting cultural impact. 

Contact Information

Please email Lianna McGowan, director, at

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Public K-12 

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

Avalon Middle School

Boone High School

Canterbury School of Florida

Celebration High School

Gateway High School

Galileo Gifted School

Harmony High School

Hungerford Elementary School

Jones High School

Lake Howell High School

Liberty High School

Markham Woods Middle School

Neptune Middle School 

Newton North High School

Neocity Academy

Osceola High School

Orange County Academy

Orange County Academy-Bithlo

Orlando Science School

Osceola School for the Arts

Orange County Public Schools

Poinciana High School 

Palm Lake Elementary School

Palmetto Elementary School

Princeton Elementary School

Professional and Technical High School (PATHS)

Robinswood Middle School

School District of Hillsborough County

Seminole County Public Schools

St. Cloud High School

Tohopekaliga High School

University High School

Weatherbee Elementary-OCPS

West Side Middle School Kanawha County Schools

Private K-12

Bishop Moore Catholic High School

Good Shepherd Catholic School

Lake Highland Preparatory School

Leaders Preparatory School

Montverde Academy

Park Maitland School

St. Margaret Mary Catholic School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy

St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School

Trinity Preparatory School

Higher Education

Hillsborough Community College

Florida State University: Center for Leadership & Social Change/PeaceJam Southeast

Johnson County Community College

Jumpstart University of Central Florida- College of Community Education & Innovation

Lehman College

Onondaga Community College

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Pima Community College

Polk State College

Rollins College

Stetson University

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida – Public Safety & Police, Victim Services Unit

Valencia College

Community and Faith Based Organizations

Agape Perfecting Praise & Worship Center

Horizons Childcare & Learning Center

Ibrahim & Maryam Youth

Parramore Kidz Zone & Holden Heights

Peace’s of the World

Rosen Preschool

Shalom Orlando

The First Academy

Unity on the Space Coast

Government and Social Service Agencies

City of Orlando – Callahan Neighborhood Center

Children’s Home Society

Eckerd Connects

Early Learning Coalition

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County

Harbor House of Central Florida

Orange Blossom Pediatrics

Orange County Public Schools: Mental Health Services

Parramore Education & Innovation District

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida