What if there were a proven way to get your students excited about learning and improve test scores—in any subject?


There is. It’s called Design-Based Learning.

The Summer Institute for Teachers is a fiveday, intensive program in this time-tested methodology. Its goal is to tap students’ natural creativity to develop higher-level thinking and enhance comprehension of the K–12 curriculum. Full-tuition scholarships are available for this one-week, four semester unit course.*

July 24–26 and July 29–30, 2019, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Award-Winning Program

Founded in 2002, the Summer Institute for Teachers received the 2006 Award of Merit in K–12 Architectural Education from the American Architectural Foundation. Also in 2006, ArtCenter’s Leslie Stoltz received a California School Board Association Golden Bell Award for excellence in education for her work in Design-Based Learning with the Chapparal Middle School in Diamond Bar, California.

Design-Based Learning was developed by Doreen Nelson, a professor at ArtCenter College of Design and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and recipient of the California State University 2006 Wang Family Excellence Award in education. Nelson directs the Summer Institute for Teachers.

All Subjects, All Grade Levels

At the Summer Institute for Teachers, you’ll learn practical techniques you can immediately use to inspire, involve and energize your students and help them develop reasoning and problemsolving skills.

Teachers Teach Teachers

The faculty of the Summer Institute for Teachers is made up of public school educators who have earned a master’s degree in Design-Based Learning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and have successfully put this innovative methodology to work in their own K–12 classrooms.

Career Advancement

Teachers who complete the Summer Institute for Teachers’ five-day program earn three semester units of professional staff development credit. A number of full-tuition scholarships, grants and group discounts are available.

Supplement Your Current Teaching Methods

Design-Based Learning is not intended to replace the techniques you’re using now. Rather, it gives you a powerful new methodology to help you present challenging concepts and reach various types of learners, including at-risk, gifted, ADD and ADHD students.

Fun, Interactive Workshop

Like Design-Based Learning itself, the five-day Summer Institute for Teachers consists of engaging, hands-on activities that challenge and stimulate creativity, improving test scores and overall student performance.

No Special Equipment Required

Design-Based Learning doesn’t require expensive materials. Paper, pencils, glue and recycled materials are all you need. As a result, Design-Based Learning programs in public schools are unaffected by textbook changes.

*Please check with your school district regarding transferability of units/salary points. Units are transferable to the M.A. Degree Program (45 units) or the Certificate Program (20 unit) in Design-Based Learning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.