GID wins Barbara Spriestersbach Award

OKS presented the Barbara Spriestersbach Award to Heather DeShazer and Morgan Schaefer
for their collaborative unit on the Tulsa Race Massacre with librarian (and 2021 Polly Clarke
Winner), Carol Jones from Shawnee Public Schools. Congrats! Learn More

GID Has Won Two Awards in 2021!

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8. Using the Guided Inquiry Design® Framework, Shawnee Middle School eighth graders connected local Oklahoma history to contemporary events by evaluating conflicts made through assumptions. Learn More

AASL Collaborative School Library Award
Amanda Hurley, recognized GID practitioner, trained at the Rutgers CISSL Summer Institute extends her practice of GID in this award winning unit. Amanda is the recipient of the 2021 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Collaborative School Library Award. Learn More

GID has been selected for a grant funded national study on inquiry based learning and training practices

Cohorts with educator teams from New Jersey and Wisconsin are being selected for this summer’s training.  Please reach out if you are interested in participating.

This Research into Practice exploratory project will identify the specific components of Guided Inquiry Design® units, collaboratively designed and implemented by school librarians and classroom teachers, that lead to higher academic achievement and student mastery of K-12 learning outcomes. This study is funded by a three-year Laura Bush 21st Century Library grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Introducing GID Academy and our first course 'Small Tweaks, Big Rewards'


This Starter Course is a great introduction inquiry for you or your staff.  It introduces concepts behind why inquiry is important for all students today so teachers can begin to see their content using a lens of inquiry design. 

Flexible Use of Content – The course can be used as a self-directed course for individuals, or in PD as a group. Chunked into 4 sections it can easily be used at faculty meetings or PD for building community around the ideas as you grow your inquiry culture at your school. Our community guide for school use includes prompts for debriefing on the content together.


The Course Content Includes

  • 18 videos by author of the GID series
  • 1 downloadable writable PDF workbook
  • 10 reflections designed to construct new understandings and connect to practice 
  • 1 article published in Knowledge Quest
  • The GID Framework
  • Actionable takeaways

Register today from the GID Academy or

Or Email: Dr. Leslie Maniotes for district/group discount

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to


Britannica, GID partner to help teachers impart inquiry skills


Britannica® Digital Learning announced that it has partnered with Guided Inquiry Design® to offer a professional learning workshop to help educators teach and promote inquiry in the classroom and across the curriculum.

The new workshop is part of Britannica’s professional-learning offerings and is included with other on-site training sessions the company facilitates at school districts on topics such as information literacy, processing complex informational texts and analyzing primary-source documents. In these workshops, Britannica’s education-consultant team of experienced educators facilitates teacher learning opportunities with the latest instructional approaches to critical inquiry, information and nonfiction texts.

National Air and Space Museum Teacher Innovator Institute


GId was chosen as the instructional design model for the National Air and Space Museum Teacher Innovator Institute.

Through hands-on activities, museum tours, visits to other museums, group work, and expertise from museum educators and content experts, teachers will use aerospace science, history, and technology to shape their ideas about authentic learning and bring informal education techniques into their classrooms.

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