Our Shared Inquiry Essentials online training course will get you up to speed and give you the confidence and support you need to implement Junior Great Books® programs with your students. Choose from these dates and times:

  • October 18–20, 2021 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • November 3–5, 2021 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
  • November 22–23, 2021 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. central time • Register

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This training will empower you with the tools you need to increase academic performance and student engagement while creating an inclusive environment, whether you’re in the classroom or online. It also will prepare you to begin using our Shared Inquiry™ method of learning through reading and discussion with students of all levels. In this hands-on, interactive training, you will:

  • Learn questioning strategies that keep discussions lively and focused and 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 professional development that we have had from Great Books has always been top-notch.”

—Amy Keir
K–12 Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Elyria City School District, Elyria, OH

Course Format

The first 6 hours of the course are taught in either three live 2-hour webinars or two live 3-hour webinars. The remainder of the course is asynchronous and provides an overview of core lessons and activities. It also covers several key aspects of the Shared Inquiry method, such as asking effective follow-up questions. These online modules are entirely self-paced and take about 4 hours to complete.

The Shared Inquiry Method

All Great Books professional development is designed to help educators learn, practice, and master our Shared Inquiry method of teaching and learning. Our experienced trainers have helped thousands of educators use the Shared Inquiry method with Junior Great Books materials and other curricula. Shared Inquiry empowers teachers to use interpretive, evaluative, and factual questions to help students dig deeper into whatever they are reading so they can express themselves, listen to others, and synthesize new ideas from the input they receive.

To learn more about Junior Great Books professional development and classroom materials for your grade level, select your state or location below and arrange a meeting with your Great Books educational consultant, who will be happy to discuss how we can meet your needs.

“The professional development for us was essential. I think having the materials is super, but the professional development is really the sweet spot that gets the implementation and the teachers’ usage to the next level.”

—Lauren Guest
Instructional Coach/Reading Intervention
Oakwood Intermediate School, College Station, TX