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Summer Institute

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the summer Paideia Institute has been postponed until the summer of 2021. In lieu of the campus-based institute, we are offering an online, variable-credit, graduate course. This course will run from June 29-August 14, 2020 on both synchronous and asynchronous platforms. Contact Rachel Lloyd ( by June 26 for more information. Please don’t hesitate to contact either Rachel or Anne ( with your Paideia requests and needs. 



The Augsburg Paideia Institute offers educators hands-on experience with seminars. Sessions are designed for participants to feel the excitement of learning through discussion while gaining expertise in 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 relevant.

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 five-day, concentrated schedule, the Institute offers experience and practice for new and veteran Paideia teachers in all subject areas and at all grade levels through 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: Co-directors Dr. Anne Kaufman and Dr. Rachel Lloyd are experienced Paideia facilitators. Joining them is a team of Paideia trainers who also have extensive experience in classroom settings.

Tuition: The $700 tuition includes: the Paideia Handbook, all materials (including computer access) and 4 Continuing Education Units. A late registration charge of $50 is added after June 1, 2020. Two semester graduate credits are available for an additional $200 transcript fee and a 3-credit graduate course is $350. Refund is available less a $100 cancellation fee if made 7 days prior to the Institute. Participants who bring a colleague or schools who send multiple teachers will receive a refund of $50 per participant at the end of the summer institute. Schools should contact Dr. Rachel Lloyd at for payment extensions into July 2020 to accommodate change in fiscal budget years. Limited partial scholarships are also available to teachers and students.

Schedule: The Paideia Institute has been rescheduled to the summer of 2021. 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 the hotels directly or for campus rates contact Rachel Lloyd at

The following hotels offer free shuttle service to Augsburg University. When making your reservation mention that you would like the Augsburg academic rate. Rates will vary by hotel.

Days Hotel by Wyndham University Ave SE:  2407 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 1-800-225-3297 or 612-254-6418.

Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis: 1500 Washington Avenue South,  Minneapolis, MN 55454;  1-800-448-3663 or 612-333-4646.

Graduate Hotel: 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 1-800-822-6757 or 612-379-8888.

Registration: Complete the Online Paideia Institute Registration Form and choose your method of payment. In order to complete your registration click on our secured eCommerce site. You may pay online by credit card or electronic check. If you choose to pay by paper check, make it payable to Augsburg University Paideia Program and mail it along with a copy of the Paideia Institute Registration Form to: Augsburg University Paideia Program CB#312, 2211 Riverside Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55454. The early registration ($650) deadline is June 1 in order to receive the readings and allow time for advanced preparation. However, late registration ($700) is open until the start of the institute.

For Further Information: contact Rachel Lloyd at