An open collaborative of educators


Please reach out and connect. We are an open, peer to peer collaborative of educators in private and public schools. The only requirements for joining the consortium is the willingness to offer a capstone program, join the conversation, contribute and share your unique approach to teaching and learning.


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Jon Calos has taught at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY since 1998. “Signature” is the name of Emma’s capstone program. He can be contacted at

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Judi Freeman has taught at Boston Latin School, the nation’s oldest public school, in Boston, MA since 2000.   “Senior Capstone” is the name of her Capstone program.   Judi may be contacted at


Other Capstone Veterans


Jeff Hooper,
Thacher School, Ojai, CA
”He Who Started it All”

Eden Maisel,
Hillbrook School, Los Gatos, CA
”Always Up for Leading”

The National Capstone Consortium is an open-source collaborative of educators represented by a diverse range of schools — public and independent, large and small, day and boarding — from across the country. The capstone programs they represent are similarly diverse, which yields a rich pool of experiences and perspectives.

Members of the National Capstone Consortium believe that long-term authentic and personalized academic research projects culminating in a formal community presentation have the potential to be transformative educational tools. Most capstone projects incorporate embodied or experiential learning alongside traditional text-based academic work. Active participants of the Capstone Consortium network with educational leaders from like-minded schools to examine, improve, and expand the reach of this kind of education.

With the generous support of an E. E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant, the National Capstone Consortium was established in 2012 to provide support for capstone education. The group’s inaugural Summer Summit was held in June 2013 at the Thacher School in Ojai, California. Through lively discussions, presentations, and workshops, participants produced the materials shared on this website in hopes of encouraging, supporting, and nurturing capstone programs at all types of schools throughout the country. In addition to hosting the annual Summits, the Consortium remains an active community, supporting capstone education and teachers throughout the school year.

Capstone projects offer students a chance to create a supported but unique academic experience. The goal of Capstone is for students to merge their deepest interests, curiosities, and passions with their academic and intellectual lives.

A Capstone project provides students with a critical learning experience and an opportunity for intellectual problem solving, social change, and community engagement. The focus of Capstone is to put students in the position of the “expert” in an area of study or a career setting of their choosing. Capstone projects require students to develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting on data. For students, it’s an opportunity to interweave their learning in all these areas and to do so in an unpredictable, complex, and real-world environment.


Nina Leacock has taught at Bosque School in Albuquerque, NM since 2009. Bosque’s capstone program is “Senior Thesis”. She can be contacted at


Dagan Bernstein is a Capstone teacher at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, HI. Capstone at HPA is a multifaceted, long-term project that serves
as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students. He can be reached at


Other Capstone Veterans


Molly Perry,
Thacher School, Ojai, CA
”Always There for Capstone”

Steve Chinosi,
Andover Public Schools, MA
”Artisanal Capstone Craftsman”