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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!

Earn Shared Inquiry Badges with Great Books Training

We want to recognize your expertise in Shared Inquiry™ and make it simpler to share your achievements with others. Beginning this June the Great Books Foundation will issue a Shared Inquiry Leader digital badge to participants who complete the Shared Inquiry Essentials course.

In addition to the Shared Inquiry Leader badge, Great Books will be awarding badges that recognize higher levels of professional learning.

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.

Junior Great Books Virtual AcademyTM

Virtual Academy Fall Sessions Now Enrolling!

What People Are Saying

Shared Inquiry Educators Share Their Expertise with You!

Lisa Pagano, Jennifer Flannery We recently spoke with Lisa Pagano and Jennifer Flannery in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), part of a thriving Junior Great Books implementation. Pagano, the Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) and Talent Development district lead teacher, says that CMS revived their Junior Great Books program in 2019, picking up onContinue reading

Shared Inquiry Method Benefits Students and Teachers

Brienne Cundiff, an educator in Crown Point, Indiana, has 19 years of elementary teaching experience, and has used Junior Great Books® as a classroom teacher with first-, third-, and fourth-grade students. She recently began serving as one of the high ability teachers in her district, the Crown Point Community SchoolContinue reading

Create a Classroom of Active Listeners

Are your students listening, or just waiting to talk? And how hard is it to tell the difference? If you find teaching and assessing active listening skills challenging, you’re far from alone. But it is possible to teach students how to listen more effectively—and doing so deepens learning for everyoneContinue reading