Each August, the IDEAL Consortium hosts a multi-day institute for representatives from member states. Participants have an opportunity to share information and learn from one another, attend seminars, plan for the coming year's distance education efforts, and participate in professional development. At the institute, participants:

  • Review their own and other states' data on student performance
  • Set new goals for the coming year
  • Share information on innovative practices
  • Receive training on new tools and techniques for teacher professional development
  • Receive help preparing a report that summarizes the previous year's accomplishments

This year's Institute will take place August 22-23, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. If you are interested in joining IDEAL or attending the next IDEAL Summer Institute, please contact Leah Peterson at