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View this video, featuring Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, to see how Junior Great Books programs help students at all levels express their ideas, listen carefully to others, and create more collaborative, caring communities.

Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit best known for having originated the Shared Inquiry method of teaching and learning. Our flagship K–8 program, Junior Great Books®, has been a favorite of teachers and students for more than 7 decades. We believe that literacy and critical thinking help form reflective, knowledgeable citizens equipped to participate constructively in a democratic society.

Our Mission

The mission of the Great Books Foundation is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of people of all ages through Shared Inquiry™ discussion of works and ideas of enduring value.

The Great Books Foundation’s Associate Board of Ambassadors is excited to bring you Sing It Forward, our virtual giving event featuring Reuters Entertainer of the Year Michael Cavanaugh. He will delight the audience with favorites from the American rock and roll songbook, and will take requests for songs in his vast repertoire!

Student participating in a Junior Great Books Classroom during the new school year

Building Confidence and Skills for English Language Learners

Teachers who engage students in the Shared Inquiry™ activities we have created for all Junior Great Books® programs can help English language learners gain the confidence they need to work in English. ELL students typically have greater ability in receptive skills, such as listening and reading, while struggling with productiveContinue reading

Five Tips for Fostering Happy Holiday Conversations

We’ve all experienced some awkward holiday conversations. Many people will be gathering in person this year for the first time in quite a while, so you might be navigating some challenging relationships—like talking to the cousin you rarely see and don’t have much in common with, or the uncle whoContinue reading

Parents and children lying on rug and reading book in living room at home

Four Ways to Create a Climate of Inquiry at Home

Shared Inquiry™ empowers teachers to use interpretive, evaluative, and factual questions to help students dig deeper into whatever they are reading so they can express themselves, listen to others, and synthesize new ideas from the input they receive. Parents and caregivers can reinforce the Shared Inquiry mindset their students areContinue reading

We are taking our mission beyond classrooms with a vision to build stronger, more innovative working and thinking communities, and activate influential leaders to foster positive change.

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