Junior Great Books® programs make reading fun and meaningful for students. Learning the inquiry-based strategies taught in our Shared Inquiry™ Essentials course makes teaching reading fun and rewarding for you! By adopting the effective questioning strategies you learn in our introductory course, you’ll be equipped to help students read for deeper comprehension, increase their critical thinking skills, engage in collaborative discussions with fellow students, and incorporate writing into every encounter with a text.

In our Shared Inquiry Essentials online training, you will:

  • Become fully prepared to lead Junior Great Books fiction and nonfiction programs in your classroom
  • Learn questioning strategies that keep discussions lively and focused while improving 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

Register now for convenient upcoming courses!

  • February 7–9, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–noon central time • Register
  • March 2–4, 2022, 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • March 28–30, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–noon central time • Register

The first six hours of the course are taught in three live two-hour webinars. The remainder of the course is online and covers several key areas of the Shared Inquiry method, including the core lessons and activities and tips for asking effective follow-up questions. These online modules are entirely self-paced and take about four hours to complete.

Are you interested in scheduling your own course for multiple educators in your school or district? Would you like to learn about intermediate and advanced training options? Just select your state or location below to schedule a quick meeting with your Great Books educational consultant. We are here to help!

What do course participants say?

“Denise possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has such an approachable teaching style and found a way to connect us even though we were Zooming from different states and time zones. She gave us meaningful information combined with relevant and appropriate anecdotes.”

“Michael was a great instructor. The material was great as well. This was the best professional development class I have ever taken. I cannot wait to implement Junior Great Books with my third graders.”

“Nancy Carr was PHENOMENAL! She definitely is well versed on the effective utilization of Shared Inquiry and provided us with exceptional training so that we are well-prepared to begin utilizing the Junior Great Books materials. She also welcomed questions and answered them with ease. She is definitely a great asset to your organization.”

“This training was one of the best I’ve been to in some time! I was completely engaged the entire time! Not an easy feat when you are online for six hours!”

“One of the better trainings I’ve had in a while! It was very informative and helpful. I got excited to use this with my students. The leaders were very knowledgeable. Thanks for a wonderful session.”