Project work, curriculum training and exploration for preschool, elementary and middle school teachers.



Institute Divisions: Preschool, Elementary School,

Middle School 

Participants will attend a variety of engaging sessions designed to allow a more comprehensive exploration of interest areas in project work.
Attendees choose from seminars that include topics such as:

  • Finding Math in Project Work

  • Mini Inquiries

  • Developing Essential Questions

  • Creating with Technology

  • Making the Most of Guest Experts

  • Observational Drawing

  • Centering your Projects with Learning Centers

  • Webbing & Questions

  • Documenting Student Work

During the institute, participants will:

  • Observe project work in classrooms 

  • Have Q&A sessions with Duke School faculty and students

Registration includes morning coffee and lunch each day. Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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, Elementary School, or Middle School) that best meets the needs of your school.

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Institute Presenters

Kathy Bartelmay has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and academically gifted teacher in public school and is currently the curriculum director at Duke School. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops regarding reading and writing workshops and The Project Approach. In 2009, Kathy joined the Project Approach Teacher Education Network (PATEN), a group of educators who work alongside Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard to offer consulting, support and workshops to teachers worldwide.

Maureen Costello Dwyer teaches preschool at Duke School. She is a member of the Project Approach Teacher Education Network (PATEN), was trained in The Project Approach by Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard, and has presented on project work in a variety of settings. In addition to teaching preschoolers for more than 20 years, Maureen has taught in early childhood and school-aged self-contained autism programs, served as an LD resource teacher, and has been a preschool program director. Maureen holds an A.B. in early childhood education, and an M.Ed. in special education and literacy studies, and she loves the excitement and synergy that develops among children as they explore project work together.

Jenny Murray has worked in Project Approach classrooms ranging from preschool through seventh grade. In addition to her many years in the classroom, Jenny is an experienced staff developer and administrator. Her training includes work with the Project Approach Institute, The Buck Institute and High Tech High. Jenny is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, and as Duke School’s Middle School director, specializes in middle school curriculum and using project work as a means to help students meet rigorous curriculum standards and goals.

Katie Ree, Duke School's innovation director, is an educator, maker, designer, and artist. She has more than 15 years of experience crafting innovative teaching and learning experiences in elementary and middle schools, including the founding and running of a Makers Club for the last five years. Her experience in educational technology and innovation includes chairing an international board on innovative learning technologies, working in an international school, as well as conference planning and presenting.

Frequently Asked Questions


Payment by credit card or check is accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations e-mailed to us 21 days prior to the institute will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. After that date no refunds are available, but replacement registrants are welcomed.

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