About GId

It’s taken our team years to take the research on how students use information to learn and put it into a practical, usable, teacher friendly framework that works.

We want our students to think critically, make informed decisions and know how to use the information available to learn new information and ideas, in order to create new knowledge.


But, we also know that all of our students need the skills of how to find, evaluate, and use information just to get by in today’s world, let alone to fulfill college, career, and civic readiness. Traditional research projects go against the students’ experience and can cause students to just cut and paste! This is not what we want our students to learn.

We want our students to think critically, make informed decisions and know how to use the information available to learn new information and ideas, in order to create new knowledge.

So, we set out to change how research is done in school by taking what we know about student learning and using it to help us work with our students. Guided Inquiry Design® reenvisions what teachers do in school to help students use the information available to them to think critically and learn new content.


Guided Inquiry Design® – a research-based instructional design framework that will change how you teach forever!

Making the SHIFT 'Knowledge Quest' Article

The article “Making the Shift” is available for free online in the archives of Knowledge Quest, an AASL publication.
This is how I’ve always wanted to teach!

This will rejuvenate the entire field of education and keep the right people in the profession!
Instructional Coach

This makes my job so much easier!
Teacher Librarian

Leslie Maniotes, PhD

Leslie Maniotes, PhD

Owner of BLV Consulting

Leslie K. Maniotes, M.Ed, Ph.D. is owner and senior consultant of BLV Consulting. As author of the Guided Inquiry Design series, Leslie leads professional development institutes building capacity in collaborative teams of librarians and teachers for inquiry learning. She also works with district leaders to implement systems of support that wrap around inquiry learning for greater impact. Leslie is a lifetime educator a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience, 5 years as a Teacher Effectiveness Coach and a K–12 literacy specialist in urban and rural Title I schools. She earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Reading K-12 and her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Curriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas as well as an administration certification in urban educational leadership from the University of Denver.

The Team

Guided Inquiry Design® was developed through a collaborative approach from three diverse fields of education—information science, museum education, and curriculum & instruction.

Carol Collier Kuhlthau is distinguished professor emerita of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University.  She was founding director of CISSL- Rutgers Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries. She is internationally known for her groundbreaking research on the information search process and the ISP model of thoughts, feelings, and actions in six stages of information seeking and use. Her published and authored numerous works include Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services (2nd ed). More

Ann Caspari, MA is education specialist at Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum and director of professional development program for preschool teachers in the District of Columbia Schools on inquiry science for young learners. She holds a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University and has experience in inquiry learning in museums in Boston, MA, Newport, RI, Calvert County, MD, and Washington, DC.

Together—Kuhlthau, Maniotes, and Caspari are the Authors of the Guided Inquiry Series; including

  • Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century
  • Guided Inquiry Design®: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School
  • Guided Inquiry Design® in Action: Elementary
  • Guided Inquiry Design® in Action: Middle School 
  • Guided Inquiry Design® in Action: High School
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