The Educators Institute at Duke School

Duke School is an independent preschool (3-years-old) through eighth grade project-based school.

Duke School Educators Institute: Duke School's bi-annual Educators Institutes bring educators from across the world to Duke School for onsite project work, curriculum training and exploration. We welcome preschool, elementary and middle school teachers, curriculum specialists, team leaders and school administrators. Please read more below about our two-day programs - Preparing Problem Solvers and Innovators - An Intro to Project Work, and Seminars in Project Work - A Deeper Dive Institute. 

Project Work Tours at Duke School: Unable to attend one of our Educators Institutes? Join us on campus for hour or half-a-day tours! Visit Duke School's Touring & Exploring offerings for more information.

Duke School has worked with Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard, founders of The Project Approach, for more than 20 years, and is designated as an official Project Approach School.

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Project-in-a-Week: Must Love Dogs

 July 15-19, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Institute Divisions: Lower School (elementary)

Join us this summer for an exciting NEW Educators Institute—"Must Love Dogs: Project-in-a-Week!"

This five-day Project-in-a-Week camp will provide educators the opportunity to participate in all three phases of a Duke School project with elementary school-age children.

During this institute, participants will:
  •  Learn how to kick off a project, web and wonder, represent stories and learning, conduct research, interview experts, manage field experiences, and plan and host a culmination. 
  • Observe student collaboration, effective communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and self-directed learning.
  • Have a dialogue, debriefing, and Q&A sessions with Duke School Project Staff Developers.
Cost $650:
  • Register online by May 17, 2019, for $600 per person. Registration includes morning coffee and lunch each day. Space is extremely limited.

This institute is not ideal for people with dog allergies. 

Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Preparing Problem Solvers & Innovators: An Intro to Project Work

November 11-12, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Institute Divisions: Preschool, Lower School, Middle School 

Duke School has developed a curriculum for project work that allows students to conduct in-depth investigations of important topics while developing the fundamental skills and strategies they will need as 21st century learners.

Institute Goals:
  • Develop an awareness of why project work is important
  • Understand the structure of project work
  • Learn how project work compliments and extends content area standards
  • Use tools to develop, manage and assess a project designed for your classroom
During the institute, participants will:
  • Observe classrooms to see teachers and students in action
  • Work with institute leaders to plan their own project
Cost $450:
  • Register online by October 7, 2019, for $400 per person
  • Discounts available for students and groups of 2+

Resources provided will be for children three-years-old through eighth grade only. Kindergarten and fifth grade are transitional years which can be placed in multiple divisions. When registering, please choose the institute division (Preschool, Lower School/Elementary, or Middle School) that best meets the needs of your school.

Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
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