Join us for a fun, participatory session to learn the Teach Different three-step protocol for classroom conversations. Learn how this method helps students develop essential questions and fosters reflective classrooms. You will leave with a go-to method to build inquiry-based classrooms that combine social emotional learning activities with academic content to drive student engagement. 

All participants will receive one-year access to an online library of conversation starters from Teach Different and supporting templates from Inquiry Partners.
Participants will:
  • Understand why conversations are important for promoting engagement and inquiry
  • Learn a 3-step protocol for starting and managing conversations
  • Learn how to use Google forms to prepare and assess conversations
  • Strategize how to use conversations to promote social-emotional learning
  • Strategize how to use conversations as hooks for academic content
  • Build an original conversation and essential question from scratch using the 3-Step protocol
Kimberly Mitchell
Kimberly is the founder of Inquiry Partners, author of Experience Inquiry, and former Chair of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Americas Regional Board with 30 years of experience in education. She is an award-winning instructor at the University of Washington’s College of Education in Seattle, Washington where she practices inquiry in her undergraduate courses.

Kimberly has worked in the United States, Ecuador, and Greece as an Elementary and Middle Teacher, a High School and Elementary School Principal (Diploma and PYP), a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Program Director at Teach for All in Argentina. She is currently on sabbatical researching international education systems in Kenya. She has a BA from Skidmore College in History and Philosophy and an MA from Stanford University in Educational Administration. She has two teenagers and is married to an elementary and middle school PE teacher.
Dr. Steven G. Fouts
Steve is a social entrepreneur with over 20 years of teaching experience in K-16 education and is currently CEO of Teach Different, a professional development organization from Chicago that has pioneered a 3-Step conversation technique for the classroom. Steve has experience teaching philosophy on the undergraduate level and has spent over a decade teaching mathematics and social studies to underserved student populations from Chicago’s west side.
Dan Fouts
Dan is a practicing high school social studies teacher from the Chicago land area with 30 years of experience. In this role he has led curriculum teams, served as departmental instructional coach and spearheaded the creation of a philosophy elective which he has taught for 10 years. Critical thinking, love of questioning and conversation are what Dan values most in education.

Along with his twin brother Steve, he co-founded Teach Different which specializes in helping educators and parents start and manage conversations using a powerful 3-step protocol. His passion is to teach how to use this conversation protocol in conjunction with essential questions to give young people and adults alike the courage to speak, listen and understand.

As part of his work with Teach Different, Dan has presented extensively at a state and national level on inquiry-based instruction techniques including a recent webinar series offered by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Dan and his brother produce and host the Teach Different podcast which showcases the benefits of inquiry-based instruction, critical thinking and the art of conversation.
2nd April 2022

London 5:30 am | Zurich 6:30 am | Dubai 8:30 am | India 10:00 am | Hong Kong 12:30 pm
Melbourne 2:30 pm

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