YCD is pleased to offer the hard-working teachers of Colorado a new professional development opportunity.

This all-day event provides in-depth training and workshops focused on how teachers can translate their desire to celebrate diversity into actionable plans in the classroom, around the school and throughout the community.  We welcome teachers from both the middle school and high school level to attend the event this year.  The event qualifies for a 1/2 semester credit from the Colorado Department of Education.


We will have two featured speakers, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, as well as a mix of discussion activities and breakout sessions. Our schedule for the Institute, including which speakers will be featured at the event, is still undergoing development. See more details on the schedule here, and stay tuned as we update this website.


This year’s Institute will take place on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver, in the Plaza building rooms M204/206. Directions are available here.

Comments from Prior Participants

This conference is just what I needed. I wish all teachers could get the message we’ve heard today.  Today was emotional – but so powerful.  I am grateful beyond belief that I can take part in such a powerful program.  The speakers have empowered me.  I leave today with a full mind and an overflowing heart.  Thank you!  This program will be a great service for many schools.  Please offer more conferences like this one.

Wonderful! Thanks for a very eye-opening session. You provided me with lots of thoughts and strategies I look forward to implementing.

This day was GREAT! It got me thinking about so many things I could be doing and need to do to improve the school community. I wish that we could make something like this possible for all of my colleagues.

Cost and Donations

The YCD Board of Directors is working hard on fundraising to offset the majority of costs for the Institute.  While participation normally would require $200 per person, we are able to offer this unique event to practicing teachers for just $20—a 90% discount. Please note this attendance fee is waived for teachers who are sponsored by their school or district.

If you are a high school, school district, private corporation or foundation and interested in sponsoring a teacher to attend our Institute, please check out our Donate page, where you can find links to donate online as well as frequently asked questions by donors.  We appreciate donations at the $200 mark to offset the costs for a teacher’s full participation in the Institute.

Spread the Word

We’re eager to have a full house of teachers at our upcoming Institute; please consider sharing this website or the event flyer with your colleagues in your school and community.


If you are ready to sign up for this event, head over the Register page to reserve your spot today.