Q: What is the Capstone Consortium? 

A: Members of the Capstone Consortium believe that long-term independent academic research projects culminating in a formal presentation have the potential to be transformative educational tools. Active participants of the Capstone Consortium want to network with leaders from like-minded schools to examine, improve, and expand the reach of this kind of education.

Q: How is the Capstone Consortium related to the Summer Summit?

A: The Capstone Consortium is the umbrella organization for those interested in communications and updates about this particular kind of project-based educational programming. We set aside one week in the summer for intensive in-person conversation, brainstorming, and professional development at our Summer Summit. Through a series of workshops, presentations, and discussions, attendees from a diverse group of schools share ideas to strengthen existing capstone programs. Summer Summit participants also develop a set of best practices and resources to share with others interested in establishing similar programs. Our goal during the Summer Summit is to provide a meeting ground for facilitators and educators to meet one another, grow their programs, and share ideas about capstone projects.

Q: What are the dates for the next Summer Summit?

A: Monday, June 19, 2017, through Friday, June 23, 2017. Click here for more information.

Q: Where will participants stay and eat?

A: Participants will be housed in single occupancy dorm rooms on the Thacher campus. Meals will be provided for all participants on campus. You can choose to stay off campus at your own expense.

Q: What is the fee for the conference?

A: We ask that participating schools contribute $350 per person. Scholarships are available in the event that this expense creates hardship or precludes participation. Attendees are responsible for arranging all transportation to and from the event.

Q: What is the deadline for registering?

A: We encourage you to register as soon as possible. You can do so by clicking here.

Q: What if I can’t attend the Summer Summit this year but would still like to join the Consortium?

A: We’d love to have you! Just fill out this quick online form to become a member. If you have additional questions, feel free to send an email to Jeff Hooper at jhooper@thacher.org.

Q: Who should attend a Summer Summit?

A: Anyone who is interested in capstone projects. We hope to attract educators from public, charter, and independent schools. Whether your school has an established program or is just interested in learning more about them, the summit will provide you with valuable ideas, contacts, and resources.

Q: What is the setting of the Summer Summit like?

A: The Summit is held at the The Thacher School. The campus is in Ojai, California, about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles. Surrounded by National Forest, our campus enjoys access to numerous hiking trails and excellent facilities.