Summer Teacher Institute

Summer Teacher Institute

Summer Teacher Institute 2022

Join educators from around the state as they learn about the new North Dakota Studies high school curriculum and the Inquiry Design Model.

The Summer Teacher Institute will feature hands-on opportunities to develop inquiry materials. The institute will be held in person July 25-28, 2022, at the Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, ND. The content focus is the new North Dakota Studies high school curriculum, but participation is open to educators of all grade levels. Capacity is limited--register soon!

Registration Opens April 4, 2022


  • Explore strategies to engage students in your history classroom.
  • Teach students how to develop historical arguments and defend them with primary and secondary source evidence through the IDM approach. Develop and share their own IDMs with other educators.


  • Erik Holland, Curator of Education, State Historical Society of North Dakota
  • Dani Stuckle, Education Outreach Coordinator, State Historical Society of North Dakota


  • Kathy Swan
  • Sharla Steever
  • Scott Simpson


  • Inquiry Design Model: Building Inquiries in Social Studies by Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant. This book is available through the National Council for Social Studies online bookstore as well as most major and independent book dealers.
  • Bring your own device (tablet or laptop) for the in person option.
  • Reliable internet and computer access for the online option.

CREDITS: 2 ($100)


  • $45 application fee for either the in person or online seminar options.
  • Apply for free until July 5, 2022.
  • Application Deadline: July 15.
  • Travel reimbursement available for eligible participants.


Education Outreach Coordinator, Dani Stuckle, at or 701-328-2794.

TENTATIVE AGENDA (Subject to Change)


8-8:30 a.m.: Registration
8:30-11:30 a.m.: Introduction to the Inquiry Design Model (IDM)
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Lunch on your own (there are two cafes on the Capitol grounds and a catering kitchen with a fridge next to the classroom if you want to bring lunch)
12-5 p.m.: How to construct an IDM


8:30-9:30 a.m.: Project-Based Learning and National History Day in North Dakota
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Tour of the State Library and Archives
10:30-11:30 a.m.: Finding primary and secondary sources
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Lunch on your own
12-1 p.m.: Building historical arguments
1-3 p.m.: Constructing IDMs for your classroom--Group Collaboration
3-5 p.m.: Gallery Tour: Objects as primary sources


8:30-9:30 a.m.: Creating a Sense of Place--using your local community to teach state, U.S., and world history
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Group collaboration on IDMs
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Lunch on your own
12-3 p.m.: Scope and Sequence--a pacing guide to the high school curriculum
3-5 p.m.: Gallery Tour: Teaching in museums--using an IDM to focus a field trip


8:30-9:30 a.m.: Using the IDM approach to foster a culturally responsive classroom and teach difficult history
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Group collaboration on IDMs
10:30-11:30 a.m.: Guiding students through the process of asking better questions--characteristics of student directed inquiry
11:30-12 p.m.: Lunch on your own
12-5 p.m.: Presentation and discussion of IDMs (assessment/feedback)

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