Would you like to increase inclusivity and explore more multicultural content in your classroom? Do you want students to be more engaged and collaborative? Consider learning the Shared Inquiry™ method to bring Junior Great Books® to your students.

Shared Inquiry fuels lively discussions and helps students investigate fiction and nonfiction texts from and about cultures around the world. It also supports teacher growth, not only in ELA instruction but across the curriculum!

Discussion group of multiethnic children in library talking to teacher.

We are now filling Shared Inquiry Essentials online training courses for the spring and summer to get teachers ready for next year. This course empowers teachers with the tools they need to increase academic performance and student engagement while creating an inclusive environment—in the classroom or online. This training prepares educators to begin using the Shared Inquiry method of learning through reading and discussion with students at all levels. In this hands-on, interactive training, teachers will:

  • Learn questioning strategies that keep discussions lively and focused
  • Discover activities that improve students’ reading, critical thinking, and oral communication skills
  • Practice writing interpretive questions and using follow-up questions to involve students of all ages and proficiency levels
  • See how interpretive activities support student learning and meet state and district standards

The Shared Inquiry Essentials online training course includes six hours of live online instruction and four hours of self-paced online modules. To register, you can:

Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch!


“Our students’ ability to engage in academic discourse and debate with others has truly blossomed while using Junior Great Books! They have also grown in asking deep and insightful questions . . . not only in Shared Inquiry discussions but throughout the school day. We attribute this to the practice, support, and modeling they experienced with JGB.”

Karen Bebelaar, NBCT
Instructional Coach
Oldham County Schools
Oldham County, KY