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 25 Minnesota licensed 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 five half-day Paideia Reunions during the school year. The Paideia Institute will be held at Augsburg College, July 25-29, 2016. 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. Paideia Reunions and consultations during the 2016-17 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 2016 and 2 credits in June 2017). 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  and mail it along with a $75 materials fee to Dr. Anne Kaufman, Paideia Program, 2770 East Road, Wayzata, MN 55391. You will be notified when your application is complete with payment and being considered. NOTE: The $75 fee will be returned after completion of the summer institute or refunded if cancellation occurs prior to June 1, 2016.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2016 or until the program fills. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and receive a packet of readings by July 1, 2016. Please note that since only 25 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 612-209-2100 or