What our Texas partners say about Inquiry By Design

“Some of our biggest gains from using Inquiry By Design curriculum have come in our most diverse schools, where we’ve seen huge leaps in reading improvement. We’ve also noticed a big increase in the use of writer’s notebooks. Students are writing much more—some even tripling their writing output.”

Eric Simpson
Secondary Literacy and Language Arts Supervisor
Lewisville ISD

“Our work with Inquiry By Design is the most exciting initiative we’ve undertaken in years. Our teachers are energized, and our students are writing and talking in ways we’ve only rarely seen in the past. I can’t recommend their work highly enough.”

Dr. Lisa Thibodeaux
Executive Director for Secondary Academic Services
Plano ISD

“This is one of the best workshops I’ve been to in my twelve years of teaching.”

Teacher
Region 14 ESC

“I loved the authenticity of the experience and the confidence it inspires in teachers to trust students and themselves.”

Teacher
Region 11 ESC

“In all honesty, one of the best professional developments I’ve been to!”

Teacher
Lewisville ISD

“It was a refreshing deviation from the teach, test, teach, test pattern to the implementation of authentic inquiry of text.”

Teacher
Houston ISD

“I learned how to relinquish some control and promote student thinking rather than spoon-feeding them what I want them to know.”

Teacher
Lewisville ISD

“Hands-on practice. Becoming the ‘student learner’ was beneficial.”

Teacher
Houston ISD

“You validated many of the beliefs I have about working on new texts with students. I feel like my teachers left with strategies they could use tomorrow.”

Administrator
Region 11 ESC

“I really like Inquiry By Design! I see the benefits in the classroom all the time.”

Dept. Chair
Plano ISD

“My entire way of teaching is changed for the better! I am looking forward to watching students discover texts and writing!”

Teacher
Lewisville ISD

“Pacing was perfect—interactions between presenter and participants incredibly meaningful —academic yet personalized, professional. Such a wonderful learning experience!”

Curriculum Coordinator
Plano ISD

“The content was fantastic, but the best, in my opinion, was the opportunity to practice the methods.”

Teacher
Region 11 ESC

“I can’t say how ‘on board’ I am and want to bring this to my classes. It really covers so much of the process of learning that we seek to help our students find.”

Teacher
Lewisville ISD