A Description
of Inquiry


Workshops
and
Programs


Which
Districts
Are Eligible?


How to Apply

Institute
Faculty


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Advisory
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How to Apply


The next Institute for Inquiry application deadline is March 1, 2004. If you are interested in receiving the next program brochure and application, please contact Pat Koblenz at 415-528-4331, or by e-mail at pkoblenz@exploratorium.edu. Beginning in December 2003, the brochure (PDF format) and application may also be found online (in Word or PDF format). For help with the PDF format, click here.

Costs
Participants' districts or projects are responsible for 100 percent of all travel costs for Institute workshops and seminars, including lodging and meals. A materials fee of $175 per person is required one month before the start of the workshop. Checks should be made out to The Exploratorium and sent to the attention of Pat Koblenz.

The Application Process
The application process is composed of two rounds.

Round I, The Written Application: Commitment to Science Reform.
This round involves a written application designed to assess a district’s or project’s commitment to science education reform, and requires the superintendent’s or project director’s support and signature. To advance to Round II, applicants must have a cohesive internal structure for professional development that supports reform and offers professional development opportunities. Applicants selected for Round II will be contacted by Institute for Inquiry staff.

Round II, Phone Conversation: Final Team Composition
consists of a phone conversation between Institute for Inquiry staff and the district or project contact to discuss whether the Institute’s workshops match their needs, and if so, to determine the most strategic composition of team members.

Round I: Written Application

Commitment to Science Reform
Round I of the application process is intended as a general review of the district’s or project’s professional development structure and offerings.

Applicants will:

  • Provide a diagram representing the district’s or project’s professional
    development infrastructure, including who decides on, designs, or implements workshops
  • Provide a brief description of the current science professional development offerings of the district or project, listing the topic and duration of representative activities
  • For Associate Districts (those that have previously participated in Institute for Inquiry programs), indicate how past materials were used and how the district or project plans to use materials from the current workshop
  • Provide a tentative team composition. List the proposed positions or roles or specific individuals, recognizing that final selection of specific individuals on the team occurs in Round II

Round II: Phone Conversation
Applicants who qualify in Round I proceed to Round II, which consists of an exploratory phone conversation between Institute for Inquiry staff and the project contact. Through this dialogue, Institute staff determine whether the project’s or district’s professional development goals are strategically matched with Institute programs. Applicants will be asked to make a case for their district’s or project’s ability to carry out the lessons learned at the Institute in their home districts. Applicants should demonstrate that they have the resources and professional development structure that allow for this transfer. IFI staff will then work with the district or project contact to determine the most strategic composition of team members, as well as team size.

Team Composition
A team may be composed of two to five educators who play lead roles in a district’s or project’s professional development offerings. Team members may include science specialists, curriculum coordinators, teachers on special assignment, and administrators, as well as museum educators, university faculty, and scientists who spend a majority of their time as professional developers. Team members should be proposed based on their:

  • level of responsibility in professional development
  • ability to impact the science education-reform agenda
  • willingness to work collaboratively with fellow team members to implement what they have learned at the Institute
Applicants must guarantee that the district or project supports the participants’ efforts—both financially and structurally—to provide professional
development.

Acceptance Letters and District Contacts
A district or project accepted into an Institute for Inquiry workshop will receive a letter identifying its team members. This letter is mailed to the district or project contact, who is responsible for communicating all relevant information to every team member.

After the acceptance of a particular team, any changes or substitutions to team composition must be approved by the Institute for Inquiry.

New and Associate Districts

The application process for New Districts (those that have never participated in Institute programs) varies only slightly from the process for Associate Districts (those that have previously participated in Institute for Inquiry programs) in that the two are asked different sets of questions in Rounds I and II. To be considered for Institute for Inquiry participation, both New and Associate Districts must fully complete both rounds of the application process.

 


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