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Institute for Inquiry® workshops immerse participants in the process of science inquiry. Tailored to the needs and experiences of participants, each workshop is crafted to provide powerful and transformative experiences that address essential features of inquiry teaching and learning as well as common misconceptions about inquiry—that it is content-less and structure-less.

For specific opportunities, email ifi@exploratorium.edu.
Science specialists and resource teachers, curriculum coordinators, museum educators, university faculty
A series of workshops about inquiry and professional-development design provides professional developers with experiences and materials that enable them to provide workshops for others.
of Inquiry
Provides an overview of inquiry through science investigations that explore the relationship between process skills and conceptual understanding. Examines the anatomy, structure, and facilitation of the inquiry experience.
Assessing for Learning Explores methods for assessing student learning when using inquiry-based approaches. Includes opportunities to practice and critically review ways to assess students’ science skills and conceptual understanding “as you go.”
Classroom Strategies for Teaching Inquiry Provides techniques and strategies to help teachers implement inquiry in the classroom in incremental steps. Employs a series of activities with strong connections to curriculum and standards to illuminate aspects of inquiry. Uses videos and vignettes to provide “images” of inquiry in the classroom.
Teaching Science Content through Inquiry Provides experience with investigations in several physical, earth, or life science topics that serve as models for developing learners’ knowledge of conceptual scientific ideas. Examines strategies for teaching science content through inquiry within the curriculum, exploring what content lends itself to inquiry and why.
Administrators Superintendents and assistant superintendents, principals, curriculum specialists
Seminars examine policy issues central to science education reform. Focuses on the exploration of standards-based inquiry teaching and learning and how to support their implementation. Uses case studies to illuminate effective reform efforts in districts across the country.
Teachers Classroom teachers, mentor teachers, lead teachers
Workshops provide strategies for integrating inquiry into classroom practice. Draws upon topics in earth, physical, and life sciences. Includes exploration of techniques for building fundamental skills for inquiry learning, such as helping students raise questions and design ways of investigating their questions.
Education reform leaders, policy makers, researchers, funders
Seminars for educators in leadership roles across the country. Creates new visions, research, and publications that influence the national discussion on science education reform. Provides a platform for presenting new exemplary practices and exploring viable solutions to implementing inquiry in the schools. Forums are organized around special topics, such as “Inquiry Across Disciplines” and “Supporting Inquiry through Assessment.”
Program Leaders
Workshops for out-of-school program leaders illustrating hands-on approaches to science learning that can complement classroom instruction in schools and extend field trips to informal learning centers (museums, aquaria, etc.). Introduces activities that provide science-rich, student-centered learning experiences for youth. Supports ways for programs to develop their staff’s capacity to create standards-based, engaging science activities for youth.
Undergraduate and graduates students, post-docs and faculty in the education and science fields
Workshops tailored to students and faculty in schools of education, and to scientists in science departments and research centers that address learning science content through inquiry and pedagogical approaches to learning inquiry. Helps support scientists and labs in planning and preparing educational outreach programs in order to address the broader-impact plans now required for many grants.

Consultation and portfolios designed specifically for the needs of science education reform projects. Includes a range of materials, on-site visits, workshops structured to match and enhance reform efforts, and methods of implementing approaches to inquiry teaching and learning.


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