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Connect inquiry to improved teaching and learning across your district!

Now that federal and state initiatives require school districts to provide job-embedded professional development, the next step is making it happen. This book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a laser-like focus on both adult and student learning. This book�s inquiry model challenges educators and students to: Define questions they are passionate about exploring; Collect and analyze data to inform their questions; Share what they have learned through the process with others; Collaborate to build on their results and improve student achievement

The authors' award-winning school improvement program, featured in the text, offers a fresh look at how to improve the quality of teaching and learning across a district. Administrators, teachers, and students will find an invaluable road map for tackling real-world challenges and taking control of their own learning.

Introducing Inquiry into the Classroom
Introducing inquiry into the classroom

Most people believe our schools’ primary purpose is to prepare children for their future as workers, rather than to educate them to be complete human beings. This narrow aim of preparing children for employment means that our schools do not teach a love for learning, caring and empathy, moral consciousness, media literacy, social responsibility, ecological literacy, peace and nonviolence, creativity and imagination, intellectual curiosity, and global awareness. Rethinking curricula as inquiry is one of the best ways we can teach this essential knowledge and make content and skills infinitely more meaningful.

—Steven Wolk (2008, p. 116)

So far in this book, we have focused on the critical role inquiry can play in the continuous learning of the adults ...

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