The fifth annual (IDM)™ Summer Institute is in the books! One hundred and twenty educators from 27 states and seven countries gathered at American University to learn more about using inquiry in social studies. Every child should be empowered to inquiry, to ask questions, and to wrestle their way to an argument. That’s what bought us to our nation’s capital to learn more about the Inquiry Design Model and create their own classroom inquiry materials.


American University
Constitution Hall
3501 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, DC


Sponsored by C3 Teachers and the National Council for the Social Studies, the IDM Institute 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.

The Institute focuses on introducing the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and crafting classroom-ready inquiries. 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.

IDM is a unique approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials while relying on teacher expertise and experience. So, what did we learn and what are building and sharing? Read on the learn more.