We are proud to offer you our two most popular advanced Shared Inquiry™ courses now completely asynchronous and on-demand:

Now you can continue your Shared Inquiry learning journey with the subjects that suit you when you have time to commit to professional learning. In each advanced on-demand course, you will engage with short online modules and actively apply what you’ve learned by submitting lesson responses and materials to demonstrate your progress. When you complete advanced training, you will earn a 200-level badge that you can share in an email signature, LMS profile page, or on social media.

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The Power of Student Questions

This Advanced Shared Inquiry course will help you teach students how to pose better questions after a first reading to best help them build their understanding of the selection. You will learn how to stimulate students’ initial curiosity about a specific text and help them learn to zero in on parts of the selection that may raise questions. You will also learn how to help students identify the types of questions they have formulated and how to best answer their questions. This course focuses on the sharing questions activity, but the strategies you will learn will help students develop a process that enables them to have the confidence to ask their own questions about any text they may encounter.

We strongly recommend that you complete the Shared Inquiry Essentials course before taking this course. This course assumes an understanding of the basic concepts of the Shared Inquiry method.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Help students express their initial reactions to a text in the form of questions
  • Use modeling and other strategies to help students articulate authentic questions
  • Teach students how to recognize different kinds of questions
  • Use follow-up questions to enable students to address their own questions
  • Use the power of students’ questions to engage the class in exploring answers and sharing their ideas.

Implementing Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry

Designed for teachers, this advanced-level asynchronous course introduces participants to the Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry materials using the Shared Inquiry™ method of reading and discussion with nonfiction texts. We strongly recommend that you complete the Shared Inquiry Essentials course before taking this course. This course assumes an understanding of the basic concepts of the Shared Inquiry method.

After completing this self-paced course, you will be able to:

  • Utilize Nonfiction Inquiry reading strategies and engage in discussion effectively
  • Apply the Shared Inquiry sequence of activities to nonfiction texts
  • Reflect on the elements and advantages of the Shared Inquiry sequence of activities as they pertain to nonfiction texts
  • Demonstrate proficiency in generating follow-up questions to enhance students’ understanding of nonfiction texts
  • Organize nonfiction discussions around a single text or an anchor text

Participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussion forums and take part in the Shared Inquiry Community. Those who complete the asynchronous modules, required coursework, and course evaluation will receive the Nonfiction Specialist Badge.

Learn More About Advanced Courses and What’s Coming Next!

We will continue to bring new professional development opportunities to you through our Shared Inquiry Learning Center. To find out what’s coming and when it will be available, please get in touch with the Great Books partnership manager for your area!