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2020 IDM Summer Institute

July 27, 2020 to July 30, 2020

The Sixth Annual IDM™ Summer Institute now ONLINE!

Are You Ready to Inquiry?

Sponsored by C3 Teachers and the National Council for the Social Studies, the IDM Institute is back with a virtual experience for the summer of 2020! The Institute introduces the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and features hands-on opportunities for teachers to develop inquiry materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating their classrooms through inquiry-based teaching and learning. 

IDM is a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials while relying on teacher expertise and experience. Through whole group and small group work with classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists/coaches, we provide the tools and connections educational leaders need to deliver an IDM workshop in their schools or school systems and to scale up the IDM approach.

We’ve had a blast helping teachers design inquiries over the years and are eager to do so again. While this year is different, our commitment has not changed. We’re planning the same level of energy and engagement as always. You’ll learn about IDM from Kathy, John, and SG in live sessions. You’ll get a chance to work with your colleagues and new friends in design groups. And most importantly, we’ll help you design an inquiry that you can use in your classroom.

We can’t be together in person, but we sure can inquiry! 

Cost: $299 NCSS members / $399 nonmembers

Draft Agenda and Schedule (PDF)


 What is the IDM Institute?

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Uniquely Different

Following the Inquiry Design Model (IDM)™, participants will develop a blueprint that begins with a compelling question and moves to the elements necessary to support students as they address that question in a thoughtful and informed fashion. Sessions are designed to actively engage participants in the construction of an inquiry by focusing on its key elements: questions, tasks, and sources. In doing so, participants will understand the conceptual foundations of inquiry and how to create additional materials on content topics that resonate with their students.

Distinctive Features

  • Smaller, intimate sessions facilitated by expert teachers and co-creators of the Inquiry Design Model.
  • Collaborations with K-20 educators across the country.
  • Time to work on inquiries for classroom implementation.
  • A Leadership strand to focus on scaling inquiry within a school, district, or state.

Who Should Attend?

  • K-12 Classroom Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Specialists/Coaches
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Teams: Exceptional opportunity to grow your leadership team. Time to learn and plan for your school or district’s next steps in implementation.

Who is facilitating?

The IDM Summer Institute will be guided by SG Grant (Binghamton University), John Lee (North Carolina State University), and Kathy Swan (University of Kentucky). SG, John, and Kathy direct the C3 Teachers Project and are writers of the C3 Framework and Inquiry Design Model™. They know first hand the critical role teachers play in the implementation and realization of ambitious teaching. Their work extends beyond the C3 into teacher education and preparing new teachers to tackle the challenges of teaching social studies in the 21st Century. The Facilitation Team will also include expert teachers who are steeped in IDM as both developers and implementers of inquiry. The Team looks forward to learning from all educators at the Summer Institute as they work collaboratively towards a common goal: Making inquiry possible in K-12 education!