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Whether you are an experienced Shared Inquiry™ practitioner or a relatively new Junior Great Books® leader, we have a variety of trainings that can lift you to a new level of expertise and comfort. Choose from these popular courses for the one that fits your needs best!

To schedule any of these webinars for your own group of educators, please contact us today.

In Great Books training, teachers really get to see what good questioning is all about and how to get students to think divergently while maintaining focus on the text being discussed. Shared Inquiry is different from a Socratic seminar in that it really teaches the teachers how to focus, and stay focused, on the text. Also, it teaches how to ask a question from a question, as well as how not to be the leader but to be the facilitator.

Ann Taylor
Content Specialist for Gifted and Differentiated Services
Charles County, MD, Public Schools

The Power of Student Questions

  • May 18, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • June 8, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • June 28, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This intermediate-level course will help you teach students how to pose better questions, identify different kinds of questions, and focus on the questions that will best help them build their understanding of the selection. You will learn how to stimulate students’ initial curiosity about a specific text and guide them to become active partners in inquiry. The process begins with the sharing questions activity and can lead to students helping to choose effective questions for Shared Inquiry discussion and for expository writing or research after discussion.

Shared Inquiry Advanced Review

  • May 11, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • June 9, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This course provides participants with a review of the essential elements of a Shared Inquiry discussion and the Great Books interpretive reading activities that enable students at all levels to participate successfully. Through active engagement in an instructor-led demonstration and/or a video of students in discussion, teachers will solidify their understanding of their role as leader, as well as of how Shared Inquiry connects to state and district standards and improves students’ reading, critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills.

Using Junior Great Books Online

  • May 20, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This two-hour interactive webinar prepares teachers who have taken previous Great Books professional development courses to implement Junior Great Books effectively in an online or hybrid environment. Participants will have ample opportunities to weigh options for using Shared Inquiry activities synchronously and asynchronously, and will explore strategies for:

  • Building a collaborative, civil community of online learners
  • Adapting core Shared Inquiry activities for online or hybrid use
  • Leading discussions online, with an emphasis on active listening and text evidence
  • Balancing participation and engaging all learners
  • Planning effective, flexible implementations

Interpretive Thinking for Grades K–1

  • May 25, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • June 23, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This course will help you introduce the basic principles of Shared Inquiry—listening, wondering, and sharing—to students in the primary grades. Learn to provide the challenge and critical thinking elements every balanced literacy program needs and achieve realistic goals such as helping young students listen to a story, ask relevant questions, make sensible comments about it, and learn to provide reasons for their ideas. You will explore ways to use simple forms of discussion, drama, drawing, and writing to help students connect with a story and begin their interpretive thinking about it.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Help students in grades K–1 begin to respond interpretively to a story
  • Engage students in listening, asking questions, and sharing ideas with classmates
  • Use the new Junior Great Books K–1 program to engage all students in higher-level literacy and inquiry activities
  • Plan a Shared Inquiry unit with strategies and activities tailored to your students’ needs

Implementing Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry

  • May 26, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • June 21, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This 90-minute live webinar introduces the Shared Inquiry method of reading and discussion and prepares participants to use Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry materials effectively in the classroom.

The interactive, hands-on workshop includes:

  • A demonstration of JGB Nonfiction Inquiry reading strategies and discussion
  • Reflection on the elements and benefits of the Shared Inquiry activity sequence
  • Introduction to and practice with using follow-up questions to deepen students’ thinking about texts
  • Time for questions about implementation and troubleshooting

Participants will receive a PDF highlighting key strategies, and will be ready to implement JGB Nonfiction Inquiry in their classrooms.