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Paideia Summer Institute


The Paideia (pie day a) approach to teaching and learning is built around the development of a student to think critically, listen carefully, question thoughtfully and make education relevant. This approach can be applied to a variety of educational subjects and settings. The Institute is open to teachers in all subject areas and at all grade levels. You will develop new skills necessary to improve your teaching and fostering a learning environment through interactive workshops. We focus on coaching for skill development and Socratic seminars for enhancement and understanding of ideas.

What are the results?

Teachers give Paideia top grades for:

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








Cost: The registration fee is $750 (on or before April 28, 2023) which includes: all materials and 4.0 Continuing Education Units (40 hours). After April 28th, the registration fee is $875. The registration deadline is July 14, 2023. Schools should contact for payment extensions into July 2023 to accommodate change in fiscal budget years. This fee covers all materials needed during the week, lunch all five days and any food served during breaks.

Discount: We like to partner with schools and small teams of teachers to offer discounts. If you have three or more teachers attending from the same team/school, please contact us before registering to learn about our discounts. Additionally, we offer tiered discounts for taking additional continuing education courses with Augsburg. If you register for the APSI, you will also receive a $50 discount toward the Paideia Institute. Inquiries can be directed to

Faculty: Dr. Rachel Lloyd is an experienced Paideia facilitator. Joining her is a team of Paideia trainers who also have extensive experience in classroom settings.

Schedule and Format: The institute will run as an in-person intensive this summer. You will participate in a workshop series through the week of Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Credit:  You can elect to take the institute for two semester graduate credits for an additional $300. If you elect to take it for graduate credit, there will be additional work that is completed in between each class. You will also have a final assignment that is due at the end of the institute.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your registration, you must send an email from the email address you used to register for the institute to There is nonrefundable fee of $200 if you cancel, but may be rolled forward as a credit for future workshops at the Director’s discretion. Any cancellation received within 21 days of the start of the institute or during the institute will result in a full forfeiture of all tuition and fees.

If insufficient enrollment or instructor illness requires us to reschedule a workshop, all registrants will be notified of any changes in the published information. If a workshop is cancelled, all registrants will be given the opportunity to receive a full refund.


We offer need-based scholarships for people who want to use the Paideia approach in their classrooms/schools but lack the personal funds or school funds to attend our summer institute. The Patricia F. Weiss Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a practicing K-12 teacher, and the Marie O. McNeff Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a current Augsburg graduate or undergraduate student. After consideration of need and availability of funds, an applicant statement expressing how the scholarship might be used to enhance professional development and student learning will be used to determine selection. The deadline for scholarship awards is May 15th for that year’s summer institute. In order to qualify, please complete the short online scholarship form.

PAIDEIA and the History at augsburg

Visit our Paideia website to learn more about Paideia and the history of the Paideia program at Augsburg.