Project Wayfinder and Durham Academy Partner for East Coast Wayfinder Summer Institute

Press Release ( - DURHAM, N.C. - Mar 28, 2019 - ​Project Wayfinder and Durham Academy have partnered to host the East Coast 2019 Wayfinder Summer Institute. Project Wayfinder was developed at the Stanford d.School and uses a wayfinding metaphor focused on using navigation techniques to equip students and teachers with skills to create purposeful lives. In Fall 2019, Durham Academy launched a pilot program to incorporate Project Wayfinder into its eighth-grade advisory curriculum, with trained faculty leading students through exercises to help them determine how their own individual strengths, values and aspirations might intersect with real needs in the real world.

The East Coast Wayfinder Summer Institute consists of a four-day training program from Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 12, 2019 at Durham Academy. The institute will bring together educators from around the world for training to implement Project Wayfinder in the classroom and will feature guest speakers from Harvard and Duke University. Upon completion of this training, educators will be equipped with strategies, tactics and skills based in social-emotional learning, project-based learning, design thinking and 21st Century Skills to integrate directly into schools and community programs.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the rich history of Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh as well as tour the campuses of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State University. These three cities and three major research universities represent the anchors of the Research Triangle.

“We are always seeking better ways to make school more relevant and meaningful,” says Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School at Durham Academy. “Among our central aims is helping each student find a deep sense of purpose and begin to pursue it with vigor. Having followed Project Wayfinder since its founding and tested its curriculum with 100 of our students this year, we are thrilled to host the Summer Institute.”

The program is open to high school educators including advisers, administrators, counselors, teachers, coaches and more. Schools are encouraged to send between two and seven educators from a school or program to the Institute. Priority for admittance will be given to teams with one school leader and one teacher or more. Training for eight or more educators from a school or program can be facilitated through On-Site School Trainings.

To view and submit an application, visit

About Project Wayfinder

Project Wayfinder helps the next generation connect to a sense of purpose in all aspects of life, including work, social relationships and leisure time. This year, Project Wayfinder is being taught by 200 teachers to more than 4000 students at 56 schools and colleges. Partner schools are located in 17 states across the US and in Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. Learn more at Email Tim Klein to bring Project Wayfinder to your school community.

About Durham Academy

Durham Academy is an independent, co-educational day school founded in 1933 in Durham, NC. The school serves 1,228 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The purpose of Durham Academy is to provide its students with an education that will enable them to live moral, happy and productive lives. DA employs more than 200 faculty and staff and has more than 5,000 alumni. 

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