Improving Teacher Quality Program

Thanks to funds provided by the Improving Teacher Quality Program of the No Child Left Behind Act administered by the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, Augsburg College is able to offer 20 Minnesota social studies teachers currently teaching in grades 5-12 the opportunity to participate in a project designed to incorporate 1) primary source documents in social studies, 2) methods of inquiry, and 3) reading and writing skills through the use of a Socratic questioning pedagogy called Paideia (Py-day-a) seminars.

Training will consist of a five-day summer institute, on-site consultations, and four faculty seminars during the school year. The Paideia Institute will be held at Augsburg College, July 27-31, 2015. During the summer institute, teachers will participate in a variety of seminar formats and write curriculum combining an appropriate selection of social studies content with inquiry strategies. Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills will be developed through pre- and post-seminar activities. Faculty seminars and consultations during the 2015-16 school year will supplement and reinforce both content and pedagogy.

The tuition for the Paideia Institute and on-site training is free. Four semester graduate credits and continuing education units will be awarded upon completion of each course (2 credits in August 2015 and 2 credits in June 2016). Some housing and mileage reimbursement for participants out of the metro area is provided. In addition, a stipend of up to $200 will be given to each participant upon successful completion of the program.

If you are interested in being considered for the program contact Anne Kaufman at with your intent to apply.  Then, complete the ITQP application form and mail it along with a $75 check for materials to Dr. Anne Kaufman, Paideia Program, 2770 East Road, Wayzata, MN 55391. The check should be payable to the Augsburg College Paideia Program. NOTE: Your check will be returned at the completion of the summer institute or refunded if cancellation occurs prior to the June 1, 2015.

The deadline for application is June 1, 2015 or until the the program fills. Applicants will be notified and receive a packet of readings by July 1, 2015. Please note that since only 20 teachers can be selected for this program, priority will be given to teachers who are teaching students in Minnesota high-need public or private schools. However, all qualified teachers are encouraged to apply. Information and questions may be directed to Anne Kaufman at 952-475-0101 or