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Read the latest press releases and media coverage about Inquiry By Design and our school partners to see how we are working together to shape literacy teaching and learning.


Federal Way Public Schools Adopts Inquiry By Design for Grades 9-12

By unanimous vote, the Federal Way Public Schools board of education adopted Inquiry By Design as its English Language Arts curriculum for grades 9-12. The adoption ends a one-year search and selection process guided by an ELA curriculum review committee. The 28-member committee, composed primarily of teachers, was also unanimous in its recommendation of Inquiry By Design.

This is the first time in more than 20 years Federal Way has adopted a common high school English Language Arts curriculum.

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Portland Public Schools adopt Inquiry by Design curriculum for grades 6-12

We are thrilled to announce our newest partnership with Portland Public Schools! The school board voted on Feb. 23 to approve the adoption of Inquiry By Design as the language arts curriculum for grades 6-12.

Watch the opening discussion from the PPS school board meeting where a middle school teacher describes her experience piloting an Inquiry By Design unit with her students:
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AUSD students score higher than county, state in most areas

“We are pleased with our results,” said Sean McPhetridge, superintendent of Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). “Many of our students met or exceeded the standards in the areas tested. This is an excellent start for AUSD. Our baseline is higher than we expected, and we have good data about where we need to focus our efforts going forward.”

Alemeda Unified School District Press Release, September 10, 2015.


Cupertino Union students outperform county average

Cupertino Union School District scored higher than Santa Clara County’s average in the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress exams.

Santa Clara County averaged 57.3 percent of students above or at state standards in English and 53.3 percent at or above state standards in mathematics, comparing with 84 percent of students exceeding or meeting standards in both subjects in Cupertino Union.

Cupertino Union students outperform county average in new CAASPP exams, September 30, 2015


Inquiry By Design partners with UC Irvine

UC Irvine Writing Project partners with Inquiry By Design to provide teacher training to improve academic performance of English learners.

Professional development institutes will focus on best practices for teaching close reading and writing skills.
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Alameda Board of Education candidate speaks highly of Inquiry By Design

Our district is ahead of the game because of the implementation of Inquiry By Design several years ago. Training was provided to and embraced by our dedicated teachers and the proof is reflected in student results. Though there will likely be adjustments along the way, the days of standardized testing are behind us and I believe this is a very positive step towards 21st century learning.

The Alamedan questionnaire: Board of Education candidates. February 2, 2015.


Alameda School District features Inquiry by Design

The district uses a program called Inquiry by Design to promote deeper reading, writing and discourse, with an eye toward building critical thinking skills. The program, which has been used for several years in grades six through 12 and is in its second year of piloting at grades four and five, has students performing the close reading, analysis and classroom collaboration that are expected under Common Core.

Alameda’s schools prepare for Common Core.  October 30, 2013