We offer a full cycle of professional development to support teachers in the implementation of an Inquiry By Design microcourse.
For TeachersTypically, teachers begin by working primarily as learners in a curriculum institute—reading, writing, and discussing complex texts just as their students will. Throughout this experience, teachers learn how an inquiry-based approach to teaching enables rigorous academic work in English language arts classrooms.Inquiry By Design offers a unique cycle of professional development that supports the implementation of curriculum and instruction throughout the school year, rather than the “one-and-done” professional development offerings typically offered.While schools can choose just one professional development offering from this cycle to meet specific teaching challenges, our recommended professional development follows this continuum:
- Curriculum institute to set the stage for implementing an Inquiry By Design microcourse and to familiarize teachers and administrators with an inquiry-based teaching approach.
- In-school and in-classroom coaching, observations, and co-teaching experiences.
- Peer learning labs, which incorporate classroom observations and structured debriefings.
- Student work study, during which teachers study and analyze students’ writing to describe students’ writing moves and identify trends on which they can base follow-up instruction.