Inquiry By Design is committed to student-driven literacy marked by the reading, writing about, and discussion of content-rich, culturally relevant, complex texts. We firmly believe that all students deserve equitable access to a rigorous, culturally relevant curriculum.
Texts are embedded in coherent courses built on sequenced, yet independent units, designed to continually reinforce the integral relationship between reading and writing—a distinguishing feature of our work. Key concepts and skills are revisited within units, within grades, and across grades in developmentally appropriate ways and with increasingly more difficult and complex texts and tasks.
Inquiry By Design’s unique, inquiry-based curriculum is seamlessly integrated with transformative professional development—a pairing we believe is key to reigniting teacher passion, engaging students, changing classroom culture, and raising expectations. The end result is a vibrant, student-centered learning environment supported by a collaborative community of educators.
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… 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.
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… Students are writing much more—some even tripling their writing output.
I am so excited to implement these materials. I taught fourth grade last year using Inquiry by Design curriculum and it was so amazing how engaged my students were in the learning.
I’ve become aware of the power that a really great text can provide to learning, literacy and independence.
I like the texts that are in the modules, and the lessons are very descriptive. Finding close reading texts is always challenging. I am so excited to use these materials!
I appreciate the sophistication of the lesson design and the methods [used] incorporate into other texts and content areas. Also, the Common Core connection is very strong.
This gives me such a great model for letting go of the teacher-driven classroom and letting the students do more of the hard work and research, resolving their own difficulties with a text. I feel like it changes my role as a teacher and helps me align to Common Core at the same time.
I am so encouraged that there is a curriculum out there that is seamless and works for the 21st century student. This is definitely the direction we need to go to give our students the best education.
In an Inquiry By Design classroom, everybody comes out smarter…
I really like the three shared reading components and the free book choice for engaging students… I know increasing their reading time will have a positive impact.