1984 – The Dallas Institute’s Cowan Center™ began as a two-summer literature seminar for high school English teachers conceived by Dr. Louise Cowan and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The seminar grew into what is now the Sue Rose Summer Institutes.

1987 – Teacher’s Academy was founded.

1991 – Dr. Louise Cowan was honored with what is now called the National Humanities Medal for having created the Sue Rose Summer Institutes. The success of the Summer Institutes prompted other programs modeled on this vision. The programs expanded to include Pre-K – 12 educators.

2010 – Education Forum was established.

2011 – Superintendent’s Symposium was established. Additionally, The Dallas Institute found the need to house its growing programs in what is now The Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education™.

2014 – Arête Institute was established and open to all Pre-K–12 administrators to replace the Principal’s Institute.