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Free Family Seminar Plans to Support and Extend Learning At-Home

The National Paideia Center is dedicated to supporting families and educators around the world as conversations at home extend ideas from school. The structures of learning are changing before our eyes, and we are all responding and adapting to our home-based experiences at different rates. While we recognize that there are some genuinely innovative and dynamic digital opportunities, we at the National Paideia Center are thinking and responding to the opportunity that opens when the screen closes.

Traditionally, a Paideia Seminar is a classroom-wide collaborative, intellectual dialogue about a text, facilitated with open-ended questions. Our Family Paideia Seminar Plans still have the essence of a classroom seminar while allowing for rich and authentic dialog at home. Seminars are perfect no matter your household size. These plans will be free and can be used by ALL to help enrich our time at home. Our goal is to help support households as we seek to better understand this ever changing world we live in.

Please view the video introduction to our Family Plans from our assistant director, Jeremy Spielman.

Talk to Us!

You can now share your experiences with our At-Home Learning initiatives on our Paideia Flipgrid account. This platform allows you to record a short video about our Family Plans and the kinds of conversations they are sparking with your family. We would love to interact with you in this fun new way, so please gather your family around the screen and start a dialogue with us.

Paideia Seminar Family Plans

To download a plan, simply click on the title below.

A Branch Cut Off (Family Plan)

Bike by Gary Soto (Family Plan)

Caterpillar by Christina Rossetti (Family Plan)

Cat and the Fox by the Grimm Brothers (Family Plan)

Counterfeit Coin by Oscar Wilde (Family Plan)

Dove by Romare Bearden (Family Plan)

Einstein Refrigerator Patent (Family Plan)

Eleven by Sandra Cisneros (Family Plan)

Elves and the Shoemaker by the Grimm Brothers (Family Plan)

Emperor's New Clothes (Family Plan)

Grasshopper and the Ant (Family Plan)

Hansel and Gretel (Family Plan)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times by Charles Dickens (Family Plan)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Family Plan)

Joy of Writing (Family Plan)

lessons by Jacqueline Woodson (Family Plan)

Mending Wall (Family Plan)

Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Grant Wood (Family Plan)

Museum of Forgotten Emotions by Alexander Weinstein (Family Plan)

No Man is an Island (Family Plan)

One of the Family (Family Plan)

Only Connect (Family Plan)

Peace in Adversity (Family Plan)

Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali (Family Plan)

Pudding Like a Night on the Sea by Ann Cameron (Family Plan)

Relativity by M.C. Escher (Family Plan)

Some People by Rachel Field (Family Plan)

Song of the Jellicles by T.S. Eliot (Family Plan)

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Trees by Harry Behn (Family Plan)

Ugly Ducking (Family Plan)

Velveteen Rabbit (Family Plan)

Why Anansi Has Eight Thin Legs (Family Plan)

You Never Hear the Garden Grow by Lilian Moore (Family Plan)

We hope that you will consider gifting a subscription to our Paideia Seminar Plan Collection to one of your child’s teachers. The Seminar Plan collection has hundreds of plans that span all content areas and grade levels. As a small independent non-profit organization, we rely on the livelihood of our school partnerships. Your contribution not only helps a teacher gain access to valuable content, but it also helps us continue our life’s work in supporting schools, teachers, and most importantly, students. Click the button below to donate a $35 tax-deductible subscription. 

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