The Private Eye - looking closely and thinking by analogy with jeweler's loupes and inquiry method for hands-on interdisciplinary science, art, writing, math, and more

History of The Private Eye
History of The Private Eye

The brainchild of Kerry Ruef, The Private Eye Project began in 1988 and was first piloted in the Seattle Public Schools (grant-funded by the Discuren Charitable Foundation for the first three and one half years).  Since then, the program has spread to thousands of teachers, scientists, writers, artists, and parents, and over three million students.

Teachers report that students using The Private Eye are highly motivated to learn, that they write, draw and theorize above previous levels in all subjects—that it changes forever the way they see the world.  See Testimonials.


"I'm very impressed.  A really exciting set of tools... to bring out the gifted in everyone."
— Joseph Renzulli, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of
       Connecticut; Director, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

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