How do we recognize, support, and model inquiry-based instruction?

Meeting the goals in today’s in-person and virtual classrooms involves building students’ communication, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Designing classrooms and online learning environments around these goals requires teachers to step back and allow for more student leadership and inquiry.

The same can be said for school leaders. Our teachers will more easily transfer these skills when they see inquiry successfully practiced at the leadership level. But what does that look like? What does it mean to step back and allow teachers to ask questions and pursue answers to their questions? What might we give up and get back in return? TheLeading Inquiry workshop explores these questions, offers school leaders practical tools to embed inquiry in every part of their work, and models what’s possible in an online learning environment.
The Art of the Online Workshop

Like the students we serve, adult learners have specific needs when it comes to acquiring new knowledge and skills. This online workshop is designed to ensure that teachers and teacher leaders:
  1. are taught in ways the brain learns best,
  2. have time to practice as authentically as possible,
  3. see the immediate application to their work,
  4. leave with a plan of action, and
  5. feel supported by a community of professionals.

Using the same “inquiry five” framework that we share with teachers as they deepen their inquiry practice in classrooms, we will use the following five strategies for leaders to reflect upon and use in their instructional leadership practice:
Day One (Three hours with 15-min. break and take-home assignment):
#1 Get Personal: Is your school emotionally safe enough for teachers to ask questions, innovate, and receive / integrate feedback on their teaching?
  • Impromptu Networking
  • Inquiry Self-Survey

#2 Stay Curious: What are you still curious about?
  • Consultancy Protocols (Troika)
Day Two (Two hours with a 15-min. break):
#3 Ask More; Talk Less: What is the role of listening in leadership? What questions are you asking? Are your questions achieving the desired effects?
  • Appreciative Inquiry (Heard, Seen, Respected)
  • The Question Formulation Technique for Leaders
Day Three (Three hours with a 15-min. break):
#4 Encourage Evidence: How well do you conduct due diligence, share research, and maintain transparency?
  • What are we looking for in inquiry-based classrooms?
  • Setting up faculty-driven feedback loops

#5 Extend Thinking Time: Do you protect time for your teachers to reflect, collaborate, discuss, and integrate new information?
  • Rethinking the staff meeting
  • Spiral Journaling
Designed for Heads of Schools, Principals, IB Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, PLC Facilitators
Kimberly, author of Experience Inquiry, is an internationally-recognized speaker on student-driven learning and inquiry-based instruction. Her workshops and videos are well-known throughout the international school community, and she is praised for her “accessible, engaging, and practical” approach to inquiry.

In addition to her work with her inquiry consultancy, Inquiry Partners, Kimberly teaches undergraduates at the University of Washington’s College of Education in Seattle, USA. Kimberly has experience at all levels of educational leadership and grade levels. She is a former teacher, principal, senior program officer at the Gates Foundation, and director for Teach for All in Argentina.

Kimberly is the former Chair of the International Baccalaureate Americas Regional Council and currently serves on the Board of Teach For America Washington. Kimberly received her BA in History and Philosophy from Skidmore College and her MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.

4th, 11th, 18th November 2020
PDT 8:00 am | EDT 11:00 am | London 4:00 pm | Dubai 7:00 pm | India 8:30 pm
USD 400 Per Participant
Group Rate for 4 or More Participants USD 300 each.
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation will be issued for 12 Professional Development Hours.