A Description
of Inquiry


Workshops
and
Programs


Which
Districts
Are Eligible?


How to Apply

Institute
Faculty


Institute
Advisory
Board




Eligibility and Criteria for Acceptance

To be eligible, districts and projects must be:
1) seriously engaged in elementary science education reform
2) providing district-wide professional development to support the implementation of an inquiry-based elementary science program, and/or
3) currently working to strengthen their existing professional development program.



Who Should Attend the Institute for Inquiry?

The Institute for Inquiry serves as a gathering place to integrate the experiences and insights of the nation's inquiry leaders. Participants expand their ability to serve as professional development leaders, and have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of inquiry and their skills as inquirers. The Institute serves educators who play key roles in their district or project's elementary science reform efforts. Programs are tailored to meet the needs of educators in a wide range of leadership positions. In general, however, participants should be involved in the following aspects of science reform:

  • Moving classroom instruction from structured, hands-on work with teacher-prescribed questions to more open-ended, inquiry approaches that allow students to raise and investigate their own questions
  • Exploring new methods and tools that facilitate inquiry-based learning
  • Developing a network of educators who understand inquiry-based instruction and can foster that understanding in others
  • Sharing ideas and interacting professionally with a national network of inquiry-based educators

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