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.
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.
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View this video 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.
From President Valentina Parissi
Every fall brings the excitement of a new academic year, along with new challenges. This year, we are all facing the unprecedented challenge of returning to the classroom after a year of making compromises and adjusting techniques to keep students’ education and growth our top priority. And even though the pandemic is not entirely behind us, we are all eager to get back into the classroom with a renewed sense of our collective mission, equipped with new strategies and best practices to create a stimulating environment for all students to learn and succeed.
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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