Summer Institute 2018

The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University

Summer Institute (July 25-27, 2018)

Guided Inquiry for Student Learning

Fifth Residential
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 Dr. Carol Kuhlthau, 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 25-27, 2018
Beginning in the morning on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 and
Concluding in the afternoon on Friday, July 27, 2018

Rutgers University
University Inn and Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ  08901

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, and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School, Guided Inquiry Design in Action: Middle 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
  • Engaging in effective teaching strategies for use in the inquiry context
  • 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 collaborative partnerships among teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and the community
  • Assessing learning through Guided Inquiry tools

Institute Outcomes

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
  • Prototype of a complete unit of study with assessment tools for inquiry based learning

Preparation & Follow-up

Participants are asked to bring the details of a curriculum unit, including Common Core (or state) Standards to be addressed, which they will develop as a Guided Inquiry unit throughout the Institute. Institute staff will follow up periodically with participating teams.

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be provided to each participant and may be evidence of professional development by your school administration.


The $650 per person fee includes:

  • All instruction
  • 2 nights’ accommodation July 25 and 26 at the conference center in a double room with bath (or increase the per person fee to $950 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 25th.  All snacks and breaks each day.
  • Wi-Fi access
  • All materials including Guided Inquiry:  Learning in the 21st Century, 2nd edition; Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School; Workshop notebook; GID digital resources, templates and protocols.

Additional Fee

Add $150 per person for dinner and accommodations if you plan to arrive on July 24th to be ready for the 9:00 AM start on July 25.


K-12 Public and independent schools are encouraged to participate by sending a complete team of 2, 3 or 4 members consisting of:

  • The school librarian and
  • One or more classroom teachers (entire team is best)
  • An administrator (curriculum coordinator, director of instruction, or principal) if possible

Please complete the application by May 4, 2018.  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 18, 2018.


Dr. Mary Jane McNally, Institute Director

Teams attending the past CISSL Institutes have significant success in applying Guided Inquiry Design in their schools.
(Members of the 2016 Cohort shared their progress in implementation on the GID blog.)


Jennifer Lussier, Jessica Loffredo and, Carole Sibiskie Durham, Connectticut
K-2 Unit


Mary Rose (Teacher Librarian, Melissa Kovacs (6th ELA Teacher) Kristin Bruno (6th ELA) Edgar Middle School, Metuchen, NJ

Donna Young (Teacher Librarian), Peggy Rohan (Literacy Coach), Cara Kreibsbach (7th& 8th Science Teacher), De Pere Middle School, De Pere, Wisconsin


Amanda Biddle, (HS Special Education teacher, Sarah Zhender Math Teacher, Amanda Hurley (teacher librarian) Felica White (Teacher Librarian)



Donna Woody and the team from Greenwood School in Addison, Texas said, “It changed the way we teach!”

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. Anita has shared her work with local conferences as well as at the AASL conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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.

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 and continues to learn from the process and model.

Bridget Flynn and the team from Germantown Academy is weaving Guided Inquiry into their school wide approach.

Margot Pickworth from Shore Prep in Australia wrote an article for the National Library Association’s journal about the institute and continues to practice the model and connect to others in Australia doing so.

Most participants from 2016 voluntarily participated in the GID 52 week Blog challenge to share their units, practice, and professional learning about the Guided Inquiry model, that continues through the implementation. Here are some highlighted posts from our CISSL 2016 participants.

2012  COHORT

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.

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.