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Topics and dates for future seminars in the series.


Suggest an experienced teacher, administrator, professor, or policymaker to attend one of our seminars.

About the Seminar Series

Our Seminar Series brings small groups of experienced practitioners together to talk at length about schooling. We open a space for professionals to begin to construct a school experience in which study takes precedence over technical and instrumental goals.

The House of Study proposes two innovations to contemporary educational thinking. Each of these – the ethical center and the dialogic pedagogy – is a radical departure from currently accepted practice.

Guiding Philosophy

• We are committed to an educational imperative we call “study.”
• Study is the ethical center of schooling, just as care is the ethical center of medicine and justice the ethical center of law.
• We require each seminar attendee to read a brief document on the nature of study before attending.
• Every seminar is predicated on the idea that school should be “a house of study.”

The Series

• Each Seminar lasts a full day and focuses on a specific aspect of schooling.
• The House of Study pays for all meals, lodging (for out-of-towners), and an honorarium for each partici pant. We do not believe that teachers or schools should have to pay to professionally develop.
• The proceedings of the Seminar Series are open source and are available free of charge on the web or by mail. Who Should Attend? Experienced teachers, professors of education, school administrators, researchers and policy makers.



“Let’s face it: Professional development, as we have known it for years now, has yielded little or no positive effects on student learning.”

Gabriel Diaz-Maggioli

, Author

“Often teachers get a lot more out of smaller, more intimate workshops where there is the opportunity to discuss and debate ideas and opinions and take away ideas for classroom activities and to reflect on.”

Jenny Johnson

, British Council