Summer Institute

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 know-how 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 four-day, concentrated schedule, the Institute offers experience and practice for new and veteran Paideia teachers at all levels of schooling: 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 M. Kaufman, Ph.D. is an experienced Paideia trainer in Minnesota and nationally.

Tuition: The $600 tuition includes: all materials (including computer access) and 3 Continuing Education Units. Two semester graduate credits are available for an additional $150 transcript fee. Refund is available, less a $75 cancellation fee, if made 48 hours prior to the Institute.

Schedule: The Paideia Institute is schedule for July 28 – 31, 2014. 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.

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.

Registration: Complete the Paideia Institute Registration Form and mail it to: Dr. Anne Kaufman, Augsburg College Paideia Program, 2770 East Road, Wayzata, MN 55391. MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Registration deadline is June 1, 2014 in order to get readings out to participants. However, registration is open until the start of the institute.

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

Paideia Brochure 2014