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West Coast Bootcamp 2024

West Coast Bootcamp is June 24-28, 2024 in Tacoma, WA. Come join the collaboration and fun! West Coast Bootcamp is a time to make invaluable connections with other educators across the country, learn incredible new strategies and grow in your classroom facilitation at your pace. We will spend an entire week together sharing OWL best practices for a proficiency-based and student directed classroom. The OWL Four Values of Equity & Relationships, Proficiency, Engagement and Empowerment are infused into each day. The week focuses on Social and Emotional Learning practices, strategies for high engagement and ways to empower our students. You will leave with individual, regional and national level support, making meaningful connections that will last far beyond the week!

To ensure all participants health and safety during this opportunity, OWL will be following all recommended CDC guidelines. As guidelines change, OWL will keep all participants up to date with safety protocols.

College Credit: There are optional post graduate credits through Southern Oregon University. Teachers can receive up to 3 credits for the week. The cost is $70 per credit, with a one-time $30 processing fee. Teachers will need to pay with a check or money order in person and course requirements will be distributed at the time of Bootcamp. Please contact [email protected] if you would like more information prior to Bootcamp.

Daily Schedule

Morning Session: 9am-12:00pm PST

  • The morning session includes: Whole Teacher Session (Implementation of Adult SEL), Live demos, and a strategies session.

Lunch: 12:00pm-1:30pm PST

  • Lunch will be on your own, an opportunity for networking and further conversations with colleagues.

Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-4:00pm PST

  • The afternoon session will include OWL Strategies sessions at implementation level and a large group share out.

*Wednesday will be an altered schedule running from 9am-3:30pm, with a shortened lunch.

Personalized to your Experience

OWL Bootcamp is personalized and scaffolded to fit goals at various levels. There are level-specific strands, based on participants’ previous experience with proficiency and the methodology.

Green Strand

Designed for teachers new to OWL. Whether proficiency is new to you or you have been teaching with proficiency for many years, this strand allows you to explore and examine your current practice, while diving in to proficiency-based, student-directed OWL strategies. Teachers will leave with new techniques and ideas for high student engagement and the ability to create a positive space for language acquisition.

Blue Strand

This strand is designed for participants who want to develop systems to support proficiency-based learning. Through further exploration of the strategies & techniques introduced in prior OWL training, we go deeper into how to create a space for acquisition.

Orange Strand

Designed for the teacher who is seeking collegiality and support systems, this strand encourages reflection of practice and collaboration of ideas. By discussing the elements of proficiency-based practice, participants utilize effective teacher discourse to move forward in their practice.

To Further Enhance Your Experience

  • Participants may take advantage of half hour one-on-one consultations with a member of the OWL facilitation team at an additional $50 per session. Topics can include: school specific dilemmas and challenges, feedback of a previously recorded classroom session, question and answer, and many more! You register for these below.
  • Participants can purchase additional OWL Resources to further aid in your implementation of a proficiency-based classroom.
  • College Credit: There are optional post graduate credits through Southern Oregon University. $75 fee per unit plus a one time $30 processing fee. Can receive up to 3 credits for the week. (Totals: $105 for 1 credit, $180 for 2 credits, $255 for 3 credits). Teachers pay with a check or money order in person and course requirements will be distributed at the time of Bootcamp. If you would like information prior to Bootcamp, please contact [email protected]

Travel Information 

Venue AddressPLEASE NOTE! Friday is at a different location.

Monday – Thursday: Hunt Middle School – 6501 S 10th St, Tacoma, WA 98465

Friday: Owens Beach Pavilion – 5605 Owen Beach Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407

Airports: SeaTac International Airport. Uber/Lyft are recommended, or you can choose to rent a car.

Lodging: Most hotels will be downtown Tacoma. Below are some possible options, with Hotel Murano being recommended. Many teachers also choose to stay in airbnbs, especially if coming as a team.

Hotel Murano
Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall
Best Western Plus Tacoma Hotel
Hampton Inn and Suites


Things to do: 

  • There are some great parks! Close to Hunt Middle School is Titlow Beach and Chambers Bay! Gorgeous parks on the water! Further up north is Point Defiance Park! Gigantic and so much to explore! Close to there is Point Ruston, a cute spot on the water to walk, shop and eat! Right next to Point Ruston is the rest of the waterfront and just gorgeous to walk and grab a bite at a restaurant.
  • Hunt Middle School is next to University Place! Some places to check out would be Narrows Brewing, Boathouse 19, Thirsty Hound and Nari Sushi! This is also where Chambers Bay is!
  • North Tacoma also has a cool downtown area with Proctor St and 21st at the center! Grab a bit at Cactus, Toast Mi or East West Café.  
  • If staying downtown, then places to check out are Matador, McMenamins, The Forum, 7Seas, Camp Colvos, Wooden City or Over the Moon.  Reservations are recommended for some of them. There are also a lot of breweries you can walk to!

*Please contact [email protected] or call 541-690-8038 with questions on lodging, transportation or any other questions. 

We are excited to have you and want to make your stay as comfortable as possible.


Tier Pricing 

Pricing is based on a per Tier registration. The earlier you register, the lower the price. The dates for each Tier are listed when you register.

Discounts: Teachers are eligible for one of the following discounts.

Group Discount

We offer a 10% discount to groups of 3-5. There is a 15% discount for groups of 6-9 teachers. There is a 20% discount for groups of 10 or more. The training is highly beneficial to groups and departments, as there is both specific strand and whole group time. Teachers of varying experience levels of OWL will all learn and grow individually and together. There are also extended lunch times everyday where groups can choose to network and/or meet together.

Previous Bootcamp Attendee Discount 

Any teacher who has previously attended Bootcamp is eligible for a 10% discount. Please contact us prior to registering to access your discount: [email protected]

Funding Tips & Recommendations 

We suggest checking with your school about Title Funds and monies. Our work falls into many different categories and teachers have received funding assistance (partial or full) from Title money. Please contact us if you need specific information from us in order to apply or request funds: [email protected].

We offer payment plans. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Please let us know if you have found a way to receive financial assistance that may be open to other teachers. We would love to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible to all.


Cancellation Policy

Prior to March 24– 75% back
March 25 – April 28 – 50% back
April 29 – May 26 -25% back
On or After May 27 – No Refund

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  •  June 24, 2024 - June 28, 2024
     9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


6501 S 10th St, Tacoma, WA, 98465