Learning Inquiry: The Teacher-Learner
Educators are adult learners, and like the students we serve, educators also have specific needs when it comes to acquiring new knowledge and skills. As such, we are intentional about our pedagogy for teacher-learners. We believe it’s important to keep in mind that we learn the most about teaching from actually doing the day-to-day work.
We design our professional development learning events to ensure that participants 1) are taught in ways the brain learns best, 2) have time to practice as authentically as possible, 3) see the immediate application to their work, and 4) leave excited about creating communities of practice and support back at their schools.
Our approach honors the teacher-learner by focusing on the specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions teachers need to create dynamic and engaging classrooms.
Not Your Typical Professional Development Experience
We share inquiry-based instructional strategies by modeling them ourselves. We boil down the research to its most essential elements, demonstrate for teachers what these practices look like in real classrooms, collaborate, co-create with teachers in “lab” classrooms, offer clear and ready-to-implement inquiry-based instructional strategies, and offer tools and templates to help teachers reflect upon and evaluate impact.
Liberating Structures for Educators
Liberating Structures are a collection of 33 powerful facilitation strategies that can be used in our everyday classrooms, block classes, project planning sessions, presentations, and staff meetings.
Join Inquiry Partners for this one-day immersion workshop on Liberating Structures. Experience with other educators how tiny shifts in how we organize our students and craft the invitations for inquiry can dramatically change student engagement and make teaching easier and more joyful.