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2018 Southeast IDM Institute

June 5, 2018 to June 6, 2018

The Southeast IDM™ Summer Institute will be at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, June 5-6, 2018. 

Sponsored by C3 Teachers and National Council for the Social Studies, the Southeastern IDM 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-based teaching and learning.

Designed to meet the needs of teachers, schools and school systems in the Southeastern United States, the institute emphasizes network building, relevant state standards, and the powerful content available at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Participants will be introduced to the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and will craft classroom-ready inquiries through whole group and small group work with classroom teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists/coaches. The institute 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.

IDM is 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 (pdf)

Cost: $329 NCSS members / $399 nonmembers

In addition to lunch, all institute attendees will receive a copy of the new book by Institute leaders Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant, Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies.


Hotel Accomodations

Travel and hotel are not included in registration. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. The DC area has many lodging options available to suit your schedule and budget needs – especially if you are planning an extended stay in the area for sightseeing or other activities after the Institute. NCSS has arranged a courtesy room block for our group at the following hotels, which includes complimentary Internet and parking for overnight guests. Room block cut off date is May 14, 2018.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park (0.4 mi)
267 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313 

$148+ tax/night —includes complimentary WifF & 20% off parking


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Atlanta Marriott Marquis ​(​0.6 mi)
265 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

$​161+ tax/night —includes complementary WiFi for Marriott Rewards Members (join for free)

800.​789​.​3090 (reference National Council for the Social Studies Room Block at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis)

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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.

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!



National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313