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Summer Institutes

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PDCE is here to help you hone your teaching skills year-round.

Our Summer Institutes focus on improving teacher quality across the state, giving teachers the tools they need to align their instruction with the demands of the Common Core State Standards.

The PDCE offers annual Summer Institutes for teachers.  Below you will find the Summer 2015 institutes.   We’d love for you to participate!


Summer Institute on Nonfiction Writing  Enrollment CLOSED for 2015.

We will introduce teachers to the characteristics of high quality writing programs and the writing process, with particular emphasis on nonfiction writing.

Target Audience: Teachers of Grades K-12 ELA, Science, and/or Social Studies
Instructors: Christine Weis (Brandywine School District), Robyn Howton (Brandywine School District)
Dates: July 6-9 and July 13-14, 2015
Time: 12:30-3:30 pm
Location: 200 Academy Street, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

For more information, visit 2015 Nonfiction Writing Institute.

The Responsive Classroom Course (RCC)

Responsive Classroom teaching practices help you to become a more effective teacher.  This course is interactive and highly practical. The research-based strategies shared during this 4-day entry level training will lead to:

  • Engaging academic instruction
  • Better classroom management
  • Positive learning communities

Instructor: Certified Responsive Classroom facilitator
Dates: June 16-19, 2015 OR July 7-10, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: 133 Alison Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Participants Receive: A certificate for 28 clock hours upon completion of the course.

For more information, visit Responsive Classroom Course or click here for the information flyer.

Teaching Discipline in the Classroom

Teaching the social curriculum increases the time that children are actively engaged in the classroom.  This workshop will focus on the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching discipline which is designed to develop children’s self-control, increase their understanding about what positive behavior looks and sounds like, and assist teachers in the development of skills to handle challenging behaviors.

Target Audience: Teachers of grades PK-6, priority given to those in Title II grant schools
Instructors: Linda Zankowsky, Ed.D., and Laurie Palmer, Ed.D.
Dates: July 13-17, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 200 Academy Street, Room 104, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Participants Receive: The book Rules in Schools: Teaching Discipline in the Classroom and a certificate for 20 clock hours to be approved by your district.

For more information, visit Teaching Discipline in the Classroom.

NGSS Math-Science Professional Development for Middle School Educators

This four-day professional development (3 day summer intensive, 1 day follow-up in schools) is designed to enhance middle school science and math teachers’ knowledge and skills of practices common to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. This PD will focus on models and modeling in math and science, but will draw on other math and science practices, including planning and conducting investigations, using computational thinking, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, analyzing and interpreting data and engaging in argument from evidence.  Teachers will engage in a variety of activities that enhance their knowledge of science and math practices as well as their content knowledge of math and science. We strongly suggest that small teams of math and science teachers from particular schools participate in this PD rather than individual teachers from individual schools. Teachers will receive stipends for their participation.

Instructors: Amy Trauth-Nare, Ph.D., and Faith Muirhead, Ph.D.
Dates: July 8, 9, 10, 2015

Elementary Mathematics

The PDCE is offering an exciting professional development opportunity this summer for teachers of children in grades K-5! The week long sessions are designed to develop teachers’ skill in getting children talking about their mathematical thinking. Number routines such as Choral Counting, Number Talks, and Number of the Day will be used as the central focus of the PD.

This opportunity is unique in that teachers will have the opportunity to learn about these number routines and also try them out in our experimental classroom setting. In the moment coaching will be provided to ensure that opportunities are not missed to draw students thinking out. The day will be broken into three segments: 8:30-10:30 am: Learning about number routines and planning for their enactment; 10:30-12 noon: Learning how to draw children’s thinking out by using these routines with children from grades K-2 while being coached, and 1:00-3pm: Debriefing the enactment to develop teachers’ skills of noticing, questioning, and maintaining student ownership of the ideas.

Instructor: Faith Muirhead, Ph.D.
Dates: K-2  – July 20-24; Grades 3-5  – July 27-31
Registration: K-2 –
Registration: Grades 3-5 –

The Democracy Project Civics Education Summer Institute 

The Democracy Project Institute for K-12 Teachers is a nine-day, three-credit graduate seminar designed to inspire civic involvement in America’s youth through innovative classroom teaching. The institute focuses on deepening teachers’ understanding of the Delaware civics standards and how to teach them. The agenda includes meetings with leading policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels (e.g. Congressional delegation, Governor, state legislators, lobbyists, jurists), as well as field trips to our national and state capitals.

Contact: Fran O’Malley, Ed.D
Dates: June 15-19 and 23-25, 2015
Information and registration:

Project Based Learning Seminar

PDCE in partnership with Innovative Schools will conduct a 3-day Project Based Learning seminar to introduce this research-based approach to learning to educators in the Mid-Atlantic region. Thom Markham, the author of several works on PBL, will conduct the workshops with the assistance of the PDCE staff.

Contact:Debbie Doordan of Innovative Schools or Frank Livoy
Date: August 4-6, 2015        Location: TBA

200 Academy Street · University of Delaware · Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1279
Fax: 302-831-2708