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The Educators Institute

Project Work, Innovation, and Agency


An Introduction to Project Work: Preparing Problem Solvers and Innovators

Elementary and Middle School Divisions: October 12-13, 2023

8:30 AM 3:30 PM

Preschool Division:

November 9-10, 2023

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

In these 2-day on-campus Institutes, participants will learn to create inquiry-based projects for their classrooms. There are two institutes, one for elementary and middle school, and one for Preschool educators.


Participants will learn:

  • Why project work is important

  • How to enhance student problem-solving, research, collaboration, and communication skills

  • How project work helps address content area standards

Participants will also:

  • Visit classrooms engaged in project work

  • Receive tools to help with all aspects of project planning and evaluation

  • Work with Institute leaders to plan their own project


Register by September 22, 2023, for the early bird discount of $450 per attendee.

Participants will earn Continuing Education (CEUs).


Registration Closed

Seminars in Project Work:
A Deeper Dive



Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School

March 7-8, 2024

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Participants will attend a variety of engaging sessions designed to allow a more comprehensive exploration of interest areas in project work.


Participants choose from seminars on topics such as:

  • Middle School Student-Chosen Inquiries

  • Launching Project Workshop with Mini-Lessons

  • Research Skills that Help Create 21st-Century Problem-Solvers

  • Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings

  • Pre-Planning Nuts & Bolts

  • Centering your Projects with Learning Centers

  • Incorporating Equity into Project

  • Telling the Story of Your Project: The Importance of Documentation

Participants will be able to take part in a Q&A with a Duke School Project Staff Developer.


Register by February 9, 2024, for the early bird discount of $450 per attendee.


​Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).



Project-in-a-Week Summer Camps: 3 available


June 24-28, 2024 - Fantastic Fish

Preschool and Elementary Divisions

July 8-12, 2024 - Sports-a-palooza

Preschool and Elementary Divisions

These five-day Project-in-a-Week Camps allow educators to participate in all three phases of a Duke School Project with elementary and Preschool-age children.


As participants, you 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. You will observe student collaboration, effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-directed learning.


There will be time each day for dialogue, debriefing, and questions with Duke School Project Staff Developers.

Space is limited and capped at 10 participants per session.

Registration includes morning coffee and lunch each day.


Register by May 31, 2024, for the early bird rate of $650 per attendee.


Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).



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Frequently Asked Questions

Payment by credit card or check is accepted. 

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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Questions about group discounts, payment methods, or registration? E-mail us or call (919) 595-8405.

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