As advocates of literacy and critical thinking, we work toward a civil and just society, advancing the ultimate promise of democracy—participation for all.
What We Do
- We create reading and discussion programs for students and adults in the conviction that literacy and critical thinking help people of all ages become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens.
- We teach preK–12 students in Great Books programs how to think critically—sparking a passion for literature and ideas through the discussion of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.
- We provide instruction for teachers, parents, and adult volunteers in Shared Inquiry™, a method of teaching and learning developed by Great Books that promotes close reading, careful questioning, active listening, and the respectful exchange of ideas.
- We create partnerships with educational and community organizations to advance reading and discussion as a means for exploring shared concerns and common ground.
The Great Books Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Through Shared Inquiry™, an inquiry-based method of teaching and learning, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.