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Our design institute moves teams of educators through theory and into the practice of using the Guided Inquiry Design(R) framework to design a unit of study for a course in any content area. Participants leave with unit ready to go that has student led inquiry and research at the center. In this course, you’ll get practical applications and tools for best practice in teaching and learning in the inquiry context. Attend with your school-based team, and become a top notch instructional designer ready facilitate learning centered inquiry for our students in this Information Age.

The GID process is based on research and designed for deeper student learning. Research tells us that inquiry-based learning requires good instructional design. This course was created so teachers have the tools to generate and design exceptional learning experiences for their students. Based on what we know about how STUDENTS learn from information as students do their own research (Kuhlthau, 2004) your learning designs will transform inquiry learning and research for greater success for you and your students.

Knowing the research and understanding the GID phases will give you a clear path for effective unit designs and how to guide inquiry learning with your students, as well.

Course includes:

  • 24 hours of credit
  • Two virtual sessions bookending the course (kick off and send away)
  • Five hours of asynchronous video content
  • Notecatchers in a complete course companion workbook
  • Five Sections with more than 33 lessons
  • Connections to the book Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (need to purchase separately)
  • One hour of virtual coaching by the author, (at least 2 sessions via video chat)
  • Feedback on unit plans
  • Complete design and revision process
  • Tools for implementation and student success
  • Downloadable online templates
  • Collaborative design time with your school-based team

The course is created for teacher teams in prek-20 settings. This course must be attended by teams. Teams ideally include your school librarian. Teams may also include curriculum specialist, school leaders, librarians, department heads and other support people (literacy, gifted, SPeD, technology, instructional coaches…) After the course, you’ll be ready to implement a unique unit of study with your students.

This course is available in scheduled cohorts, through districts, and by request only. Please Email for more information.