Training and Professional Development

NEW! Professional Development Packages

Whether you are in a large public school district, a small private school, or somewhere in between, we have a professional development package for your setting. Each package includes initial training, follow-up support, and practice sessions that will give your Junior Great Books program a strong start and give teachers the guidance they need as your implementation progresses.

“I work with a team within my district that provides professional development, so we are highly scrutinizing of it. With Junior Great Books, we want to have somebody that’s the expert come in to work with our teachers to give credence to the scientific basis of the program and to make sure that it’s done in the manner in which it was designed. 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

Group of teachers sit around the table all looking happy in professional development course with Great Books

Standard Support

This package offers the Shared Inquiry Essentials online course and 1:1 online coaching, and it provides teachers with a framework for getting started. We recommend this package for experienced teaching teams of self-starters.

Plus Support

This package offers the Shared Inquiry Essentials course and a blend of growth-focused coaching and feedback both online and in person to support teachers in delivering the full benefits of the Shared Inquiry method and Junior Great Books programs. We recommend this package for teams with a mix of experience.

Premium Support

This package offers the Shared Inquiry Essentials course and a blend of online and in-person coaching and feedback. Teachers receive personalized support and become highly proficient in inquiry-based teaching. We recommend it for teams who want a high level of support or ongoing coaching to build mastery.
Small Group: 10–15 Teachers – $9,000
  • One Shared Inquiry Essentials online course
  • Three online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Nine online coaching sessions consisting of coaching and feedback, 2 hours each
Small Group: 10–15 Teachers – $12,495
  • One Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online course
  • Three online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Three in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day
Small Group: 10–15 Teachers – $20,000
  • An Overview of Shared Inquiry webinar
  • One Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online course
  • Three online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Seven in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day
Large Group: Up to 35 Teachers – $13,500
  • Two Shared Inquiry Essentials online courses
  • Six online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Nine online coaching sessions consisting of coaching and feedback, 2 hours each
Large Group: Up to 35 Teachers – $15,995
  • Two Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online courses
  • Six online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Three in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day
Large Group: Up to 35 Teachers – $24,000
  • An Overview of Shared Inquiry webinar
  • Two Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online courses
  • Six online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Seven in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day

Standard Support

This package offers the Shared Inquiry Essentials online course and 1:1 online coaching, and it provides teachers with a framework for getting started. We recommend this package for experienced teaching teams of self-starters.
Small Group: 10–15 Teachers – $9,000
  • One Shared Inquiry Essentials online course
  • Three online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Nine online coaching sessions consisting of coaching and feedback, 2 hours each
Large Group: Up to 35 Teachers – $13,500
  • Two Shared Inquiry Essentials online courses
  • Six online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Nine online coaching sessions consisting of coaching and feedback, 2 hours each

Plus Support

This package offers the Shared Inquiry Essentials course and a blend of growth-focused coaching and feedback both online and in person to support teachers in delivering the full benefits of the Shared Inquiry method and Junior Great Books programs. We recommend this package for teams with a mix of experience.
Small Group: 10–15 Teachers – $12,495
  • One Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online course
  • Three online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Three in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day
Large Group: Up to 35 Teachers – $15,995
  • Two Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online courses
  • Six online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Three in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day

Premium Support

This package offers the Shared Inquiry Essentials course and a blend of online and in-person coaching and feedback. Teachers receive personalized support and become highly proficient in inquiry-based teaching. We recommend it for teams who want a high level of support or ongoing coaching to build mastery.
Small Group: 10–15 Teachers – $20,000
  • An Overview of Shared Inquiry webinar
  • One Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online course
  • Three online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Seven in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day
Large Group: Up to 35 Teachers – $24,000
  • An Overview of Shared Inquiry webinar
  • Two Shared Inquiry Essentials on-site, blended, or online courses
  • Six online follow-up support meetings
    • 2 hours each
    • One meeting per cohort is recommended (a cohort can be a grade-level band, subject area, or school)
  • Seven in-person coaching days consisting of coaching, modeling, or feedback, 5 hours each day

Additional Shared Inquiry Support

We offer additional Shared Inquiry training and support to meet your specific needs. For intermediate and advanced training, you can register for online courses any time. For the other options below, we recommend that you schedule a brief meeting to speak with your Great Books educational consultant to discuss these opportunities:

Shared Inquiry Practice and Modeling

Great Books trainers can lead Shared Inquiry discussion and activities for a class while teachers observe. They can also coach teachers while they lead a Junior Great Books program. Choose from four- or eight-week sessions.

Intermediate and Advanced Training

We have in-person and online options. Popular courses include:

  • The Power of Student Questions
  • Implementing Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry
  • Interpretive Thinking for Grades K–1
  • Shared Inquiry Advanced Review

Custom On-Site or Online Consultation

Choose one or multiple days when our trainers will consult with your teachers to offer support where it is most needed. In-person and online options are available.

Curriculum Development 

We will help you develop your own inquiry-based curriculum for English language arts or other subject areas.

Parent and Volunteer Training 

In-person and online options are available.

Mom reading book laughing with child at home

Schedule a Meeting

To learn more about Junior Great Books programs and how they support habits that strengthen lifelong learning, please enter your state or location below to schedule a meeting with your Great Books educational consultant. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and to help you get started with classroom materials and professional development!