Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach Summer Institute

Ninth Annual Summer Institute at the Robert Allerton Conference Center
Monticello, Illinois
August 3-8, 1999

Join instructors Lilian G. Katz and Sylvia C. Chard, co-authors of Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach, for seminars on implementing the Project Approach and sharing experiences with the Project Approach.

The Project Approach involves children in investigating aspects of their own environments worth learning more about. During these investigations, children apply basic literacy and numeracy skills and strengthen their social competence; they learn research skills, conduct field work, and deepen their individual interest in various aspects of the topics investigated. In the Engaging Children's Minds summer institute, educators develop a thorough understanding of the Project Approach and how to apply it in the classroom. The in-depth, in-residence experience allows participants to exchange ideas with fellow educators and to interact with faculty who are readily available to answer any questions. The institute is specially designed for classroom teachers, for those responsible for early childhood pre-service and in-service teacher education, and for faculty members in teacher education.

The August 3-8, 1999 session is designed to help participants understand the three phases of the Project Approach and how to implement them in preschool and primary classrooms. Participants apply the techniques by working in teams on projects which include all the processes and procedures used by children engaged in project work. The program includes lectures, audiovisual presentations, group discussions, practical field work, and classroom activities. (Note: The three-day session "Sharing Experiences in Using the Project Approach" will be offered again in the summer of 2000.)

Registration Information

Advance registration for the institute is required by July 20, 1999. The registration fee ($975) includes: all course materials, airport shuttle to and from the conference center, all meals and refreshment breaks, and five nights' lodging. Participants pay for their own travel and incidental expenses. For a complete program brochure and registration information:

Call: 217-333-2880 Fax: 217-333-9561 Email: engaging@c3po.conted.uiuc.edu

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