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The Educators Institute

Project Work, Innovation, and Agency

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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, 2022

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 15, 2023, for the early bird discount of $450.

Participants will earn Continuing Education (CEUs).

Attendees must be Covid vaccinated.


Registration Closed

Seminars in Project Work:
A Deeper Dive


Preschool Division:

February 8-9, 2024

Elementary and Middle School Divisions: 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:


  • Finding Math in Project Work

  • ​Mini-Inquiries

  • Developing Essential Questions

  • Creating with Technology

  • Making the Most of Guest Experts

  • Choosing a Topic

  • Centering your Projects with Learning Centers

  • Incorporating Equity into Project Work

  • Meeting the needs of gifted learners through projects

  • Observational Drawings

  • Innovation in Project Work

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


Register by January 12, 2024, for the early bird discount of $450.


​Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Attendees must be Covid vaccinated.


Registration Closed

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


Fantastic Fish: 2 Camps

Preschool and Elementary Division

June 26-30, 2023   9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Playground Adventure:

Elementary School Division

July 17-21, 2023  9:00 AM-3:30 PM

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 5, 2023, for the early bird rate of $650 per attendee.


Participants will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Attendees must be Covid vaccinated.


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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