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 four half-day Paideia Reunions during the school year. The Paideia Institute will be held at Augsburg College, July 24-28, 2017. 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 2017-18 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 2017 and 2 credits in June 2018). 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 institute and on-site portions of the program.

If you are interested in being considered for the grant 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 Augsburg College Paideia Program CB#312, 2211 Riverside Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454. You will be notified when your application is complete with payment and being considered. NOTE: The $75 fee will not be cashed/charged unless you are selected. It will then be refunded if cancellation occurs prior to June 1, 2017 or upon completion of the summer institute.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017 or until the program fills. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and receive a packet of readings by July 1, 2017. 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. Your completed application holds your spot. Information and questions may be directed to Anne Kaufman at 612-209-2100 or

In the case you are not selected to participate in the ITQP you can still attend the summer Paideia Institute for a fee. If an opening occurs, you may be able to join the grant and your fee will be refunded. Interested teachers in other subject areas or grade levels may also attend the summer institute through Paideia Institute Registration.