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C3 Teachers Inquiry Design Model Summer Institute

July 17, 2017 to July 19, 2017

Are You Ready to Inquiry?

The third annual (IDM)™ Summer Institute will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 17-19, 2017.

Sponsored by C3 Teachers, the National Council for the Social Studies, and North Carolina State University, the Institute will feature 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 teaching and learning.

  • Day 1-2 Institute Only: Focus on introducing IDM and crafting inquiries, combination of whole group and small group work with classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists/coaches. Lunch will be provided.
  • Day 3 Leadership Day: We invite professional development coordinators and local teacher leaders to participate in a IDM Leadership Day. On this day, we will 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 presented during Days 1 and 2. Lunch will be provided.

All institute attendees will receive the following bonus materials:

  • A copy of the upcoming book by John Lee, Kathy Swan, and S.G. Grant, Inquiry-Based Practice in Social Studies Education: Understanding the Inquiry Design Model
  • Access to the fall 2017 NCSS webinar, “C3 in the Classroom: Teaching with the Inquiry Design Model” on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT (available live to the first 100 registrants, and archived for all institute participants.)

The Institute will feature the Inquiry Design Model (IDM), a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials while relying on teacher expertise and experience. If you are working on implementing inquiry in your classroom, school or district – then this conference is for you!

Draft Agenda and Schedule (pdf)

What is the IDM Institute?

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 John Lee (North Carolina State University), SG Grant (Binghamton University), and Kathy Swan (University of Kentucky). John, SG, 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!


Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601