Guided Inquiry for Student Learning
CiSSL Summer Institute
Preparing teams of teachers, school librarians and administrators
to implement Guided Inquiry in their school districts
This is a rare opportunity for a team from your school to learn how to design and implement Guided Inquiry, a method that transforms the way students engage information to build critical thinking, creativity, and deep understanding for college and career readiness.
Based on the extensive research of CiSSL, Guided Inquiry provides a visionary, constructivist approach to addressing Common Core State Standards and developing students as reflective learners in the process of seeking, evaluating and using a variety of sources of information.
July 20-22, 2016
Beginning the morning of Wednesday, July 20, 2016 and
Concluding the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2016
University Inn and Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University hosts the CiSSL Summer Institute entirely on its suburban campus but those traveling from out-of-town who wish to visit New York City or Philadelphia will find easy access via public transportation.
Dr. Ross Todd – Director of CiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries and Sponsor of the Summer Institute. Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. International keynoter and researcher on the impact of school libraries on student learning.
Dr. Carol Kuhlthau – Distinguished researcher on students’ Information Search Process (ISP) that forms the basis of Guided Inquiry and the Guided Inquiry Design Framework. Professor II Emerita at Rutgers where she directed the #1 ranked graduate program in school librarianship, and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School.
Dr. Leslie Maniotes – Co-developer of the Guided Inquiry Design Framework and Workshop leader. National consultant on inquiry learning, Teacher Effectiveness Coach in Denver Public Schools, and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School
The Institute Curriculum
The 3-day Institute will address the following:
● What is Guided Inquiry? How does it fit with the Common Core?
● Research foundation of Guided Inquiry
● CiSSL research that supports Guided Inquiry
● Designing and implementing Guided Inquiry in K-12 schools
● Understanding the digital environment in which our students live
● Integrating information literacy by learning from a variety of sources of information
● Promoting creativity, critical thinking, and preparing students for college and careers through Guided Inquiry
● Developing instructional partnerships between teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and the community
● Assessing learning through Guided Inquiry
Each participant will come away with:
● An understanding of Guided Inquiry: Research foundation and design framework
● A knowledge of the CiSSL research in Guided Inquiry
● Ability to design and implement Guided Inquiry learning
● Strategies for information literacy through learning from a variety of sources of information
● Ability to assess learning outcomes of Guided Inquiry
● Strategies to develop an inquiry community in your school
● Capacity to collaborate in instructional teams for guiding inquiry
● Prototypes of learning materials and assessment tools for Guided Inquiry
Preparation & Follow-up
Participants are asked to bring the details of a curriculum unit, including Common Core Standards to be addressed, which they will develop as a Guided Inquiry project throughout the Institute. Institute staff will follow up periodically with participating teams.
A Certificate of Completion will be provided to each participant and may be evidence of professional development by your school administration.
Thanks to a generous contribution by CiSSL, this year's Institute is being offered at a greatly reduced rate.
$300 per person includes:
· All instruction
· 2 nights’ accommodation July 20 and 21 at the conference center in a double room with bath (If there are special circumstances, the fee is $500 per person for a private room. Because space is limited, preference will be given to teams willing to share.)
· All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beginning with continental breakfast on July 20.
· All snacks and breaks each day.
· Wi-Fi access
· All materials including Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (ABC-CLIO, 2012)
Add $150 per person for dinner and accommodations if you plan to arrive on July 19 to be ready for the 9:00 AM start on July 20.
Public and independent schools are encouraged to participate by sending a team of 2, 3 or 4 members consisting of:
● The school librarian and
● One or more classroom teachers
● An administrator (curriculum coordinator or director of instruction or principal) may join the team on site or virtually
Please complete the application by March 1, 2016. One application per team, please. Space is limited, so apply early. Teams that are accepted for the institute will be required to make a financial commitment by May 1, 2016.
Testimonials from the 2014 Institute
Havre De Grace, MD middle school team implemented the unit designed at the Institute and in May won a district award for Outstanding Curriculum Enhancement for that unit. They also created a google site outlining their unit to share widely. https://sites.google.com/site/challengechangegid/home
Donna Woody and the team from Greenwood School in Addison, Texas said, “It changed the way we teach!”
Jonathan Alder high school in Ohio went beyond one unit for their senior project to introduce a unit including tech integration as well as a learning commons redesign in geometry.
Anita Cellucci and the team from Westborough Mass, have integrated Guided Inquiry into Physical Science for all 200 freshman, as well as a unit in humanities, language arts and a special project on empathy.
In Lexington Mass, Harriet Wallen and the team implemented 2 years of the National History Day project using Guided Inquiry Design and had great success. Bridget Flynn and the team from Germantown Academy is weaving Guided Inquiry into their school wide approach.
San Antonio, Texas Public Schools has awarded the Guided Inquiry team the 2013 district collaboration award. The Driscoll Middle School in San Antonio has been recognized by the Gale Library Media Connection Teams Award competition for their critical collaboration between teachers and library media specialists to promote learning and
Teams attending the 2012 Institute have significant success in applying Guided Inquiry Design in their schools.
San Antonio, Texas Public Schools has awarded the Guided Inquiry team the 2013 district collaboration award. The Driscoll Middle School in San Antonio has been recognized by the Gale Library Media Connection Teams Award competition for their critical collaboration between teachers and library media specialists to promote learning and increase student achievement. Librarian Ellen Hagan and 8th grade teachers Johna Smjkal and Christie Gudowski implemented Guided Inquiry units to increase student engagement and promote critical thinking.
The team from the Tamagawa School in Tokyo, Japan implemented Guided Inquiry into the Science program of the middle and high school that was presented by Professor Yumiko Kasai in a workshop specially for librarians and teachers in the Pacific Rim on Guided Inquiry Design at the 2013 IASL conference in Bali.
The leadership team from Baltimore County Public Schools successfully updated all the online research modules using the Guided Inquiry Process. These extensive modules are open source and available to all on the BCPS website.
Newport News, Virginia, Public Schools Guided Inquiry team revamped the district inquiry process to align with Guided Inquiry. Mary Keeling, Patrice Lambusta and her team presented the implementation of Guided Inquiry across K-12 at the 2013 AASL National Conference and the CISSL Symposium.
The Guided Inquiry team led by Marci Zane, director the lMC-Library at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey, has created Guided Inquiry units that integrate content across the curriculum with a blog on ongoing progress and assessment that they presented at the 2013 AASL National Conference.
Rachel Bouhanda in Revere, Massachusetts has redesigned the school library to facilitate Guided Inquiry, implemented Guided Inquiry units and written articles on Guided Inquiry for the state library publication.