Summer Institute

The 27th Annual Paideia Institute will be held July 25-29, 2016. The theme of this year’s institute is “Truth is…?” and explores the great idea of Truth.

The Augsburg Paideia Institute offers educators hands-on experience with seminars. Sessions are designed for participants to feel the excitement of learning through discussion and to gain expertise and ideas for implementing Paideia in their classroom.

In Paideia seminars, the new roles taken on by students and teachers promote learning through deepened insights and enlarged understanding of ideas. Students enjoy acquiring skills for discussion, agreement, and disagreement that carry over to other aspects of their lives.

In this Institute, we emphasize selections that help us to understand timeless ideas, think critically, listen carefully, question thoughtfully, and make education work.

The Augsburg Paideia Institute is the only affiliated teacher training program sanctioned by the Paideia Group, Inc. (PGI), the national nonprofit organization that works with Mortimer Adler’s Paideia program for educators.

What are the key elements in the training?

The Paideia Institute focuses on the big picture of teaching and learning:

  • Didactic teaching for the retention of facts and information
  • Coaching for skill development
  • Socratic seminars for enhancement and understanding of ideas

In a five-day, concentrated schedule, the Institute offers experience and practice for new and veteran Paideia teachers at all grade levels through seminars, debriefings, small group sessions, coaching, curriculum development, and writing.

What are the results?

Teachers give Paideia top grades for:

  • Increasing critical thinking skills and reading comprehension
  • Improving communication skill, oral and written
  • Focusing more time on integrated curriculum
  • Improving participation of students across cultural backgrounds
  • Changing the dynamics between teacher and learning
  • Contributing to better attendance

Faculty: Anne Kaufman, Ph.D. is an experienced Paideia trainer in Minnesota and nationally. Joining her is a team of Paideia trainers who also have extensive experience in classroom settings.

Tuition: The $600 tuition includes: all materials (including computer access) and 3 Continuing Education Units. A late registration charge of $50 is added after June 15, 2016. Two semester graduate credits are available for an additional $150 transcript fee. Refund is available, less a $100 cancellation fee, if made 48 hours prior to the Institute.

Schedule: The Paideia Institute is July 25 – 29, 2016. Each day begins at 8 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m.

Housing: Both on-campus and hotel accommodations are based on availability. Contact Anne Kaufman (952-475-0101 or for campus rates or contact the hotels directly.

The following hotels offer free shuttle service to Augsburg College. Contact the hotels directly and mention that you would like the Augsburg academic rate. Rates will vary by hotel.

Days Inn University:  2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 1-800-225-3297 or 612-623-3999.

Marriott Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown: 1500 Washington Avenue South,  Minneapolis, MN 55454;  1-800-448-3663 or 612-333-4646.

The Commons Hotel: 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 1-800-822-6757 or 612-379-8888.

Registration: Complete the Online Paideia Institute Registration Form and choose your method of payment. You may pay online by credit card or electronic check at our secured eCommerce site. If you must pay by check, make it payable to Augsburg College Paideia Program and mail it along with a copy of the Paideia Institute Registration Form to: Dr. Anne Kaufman, Augsburg College Paideia Program, 2770 East Road, Wayzata, MN 55391. The early registration ($600) deadline is June 15, 2016 in order to receive the readings and allow time for advanced preparation. However, late registration ($650) is open until the start of the institute. Note: If you are applying for the ITQP social studies grant, follow the ITQP Application process and do not complete the Paideia Institute Registration Form.

For Further Information: contact Anne Kaufman, Augsburg Paideia Program Director, at 952-475-0101 or