Unfortunately, the CISSL Guided Inquiry Summer Institute is canceled for summer 2020. Please check back in the fall for updates on the next Summer Institute.

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

Summer Institute (July 29-31, 2020)

Guided Inquiry for Student Learning

Fifth Residential
CiSSL Summer Institute

Limited spots – Only offered every other year! Act now!


Preparing teams of teachers, school librarians and administrators
to implement Guided Inquiry in their school districts

Guided Inquiry Design®

Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from all three creators of this innovative model. GID is a comprehensive framework for inquiry-based learning that transforms the way students learn.

Based on the extensive research of Dr. Carol Kuhlthau, GID provides a visionary, constructivist approach to addressing standards-based content and developing students as reflective learners in the process of seeking, evaluating, and using a variety of sources of information.

Through this institute, teachers and librarians become powerful collaborative partners in instructional design and implementation in critical learning for life, college, and the workplace. Using a complete interdisciplinary unit created here, your students’ will have voice and choice in their learning, think critically, develop their own curiosity and creativity, and gain a deep understanding of content, and themselves as learners.

Send a team from your school to become inspired, learn together, and collaboratively design and implement Guided Inquiry Design®(GID) to achieve higher goals for all students in the school year 2020/2021 and beyond.

July 29-31, 2020
Beginning in the morning of Wednesday, July 29, 2020 and
Concluding the afternoon of Friday, July 31, 2020

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.

Ann Caspari — Educational Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum, 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:
  • Inquiry learning as the way to learn in the information age preparing students for life, college, and the workplace
  • The Guided Inquiry Design® – Instructional design for rigorous, interdisciplinary, standards-based learning
  • Dr. Carol Kuhlthau’s research on the Information Search Process (the foundation for GID)
  • Supporting students with their social/emotional response to learning from a variety of resources
  • Leveraging Third Space for student curiosity and deeper personalized learning
  • Harnessing the digital environment (Smithsonian Institution resources) to enhance learning
  • Effective teaching strategies in the inquiry context
  • CiSSL research that supports Guided Inquiry
  • The power of “just in time” information literacy instruction embedded into content area unit
  • Developing instructional collaborative partnerships among teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and the community that have a greater impact on student learning
  • Assessing Inquiry Learning
  • Collaborative worktime, design coaching and unit revision protocol

Institute Outcomes

Each participant will come away with:

  • An understanding of
  • The 30 years of research that backs every aspect of the GID model for inquiry
  • The GID process
  • Smithsonian resources for teaching and learning
  • Leveled up professional collaboration for designing, implementing, and co-teaching inquiry learning
  • Be able to:
  • Design a GID® unit plan for high quality interdisciplinary learning
  • Facilitate the inquiry process for deeper student learning
  • Prioritize standards and generate learning goals in content, literacy, social, and research
  • Embed information literacy learning into a content area unit of study
  • Use the inquiry process for student reflection for learning how to learn
  • Guide students to learn from a variety of sources of information
  • Embed technology for reflection, learning, curating, and creating
  • Increase student conversation and high quality collaboration
  • Implement effective teaching strategies for building an inquiry community
  • Assess student learning outcomes of Guided Inquiry using embedded Inquiry Tools
  • Work effectively as a collaborative a learning team

Preparation & Follow-up

Participants are asked to bring the details of a curriculum unit, including standards to be addressed, which they will develop as a GID unit throughout the Institute. Participants will follow up with a reflection on the Institute and unit implementation sharing the impact on teaching and learning. 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 $895 per person fee includes:

  • All instruction
  • 2 nights’ accommodation July 29 and 30 at the conference center in a double room with bath (or increase the per person fee to $1,095 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 29th. 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.
  • 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 28th to be ready for the 9:00 AM start on July 29.


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 April 20, 2020. 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, 2020.


Dr. Mary Jane McNally, Institute Director mmcnally@comminfo.rutgers.edu

Teams attending the past CISSL Institutes have significant success in applying Guided Inquiry Design in their schools. To see examples visit our blog and search CiSSL. http://52guidedinquiry.edublogs.org