At FFPER, I am in a working group that is supposed to make plans for a Physics Education Research summer school. Three overall models have been proposed and are being discussed.
The first would be somewhat like a peer-review workshop, where researchers would be invited to bring their work to be presented, examined, and critiqued.
The second would be more like a formal PER school setting, where classes would be held to learn a particular research methodology (e.g., video analysis, item response theory).
The third is a research institute, where a different institution of education research would invite a dozen or so persons to come each summer for an intensive immersion in research on the local educational context.
Curious to see where this goes. Our goals are to make some decisions and make progress of funding plan.