Discover the Power of Shared Inquiry

Strong inquiry-based learning has been proven to engage all students at higher levels of reading and thinking. Our research-based approach to learning through questioning and collaboration is what we call Shared Inquiry™.

In Shared Inquiry, the teacher serves as model learner and coach, showing how to explore complex texts and rich content while shifting to a student-centered process. The goal is creating a community of learners where every student is supported and challenged to find his or her own voice, develop deep understanding, and engage in respectful, civil discourse to learn from others.

Shared Inquiry enhances all the basic language arts skills—reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, speaking, and listening—and enables students to learn more across the curriculum.

In Shared Inquiry, students—guided by their teacher—explore fiction and nonfiction texts by discussing open-ended questions and sharing responses and insights. In schools that use our classroom materials and method of teaching and learning, students consider important ideas, discover how these ideas have shaped events of the past, and learn critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future.

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See the Impact Inquiry-Based Learning Can Have
on Teachers, Students, and Communities

Great Books trained teacher uses inquiry based learning to engage student

Shared Inquiry Training with Great Books Programs

These trainings are designed to support implementation of Shared Inquiry with Great Books materials for grades K–12.

We will customize an implementation plan for your school, which includes staff training, coaching and support, and Great Books materials for teachers and students. Teacher materials have step-by-step lesson plans that ease implementation into the classroom. We will work with you to identify your objectives and create a customized implementation plan to meet the goals of your school.

Group of teachers receiving Great Books training for Inquiry based learning

Shared Inquiry Method Training

These trainings are designed to give teachers across content areas the tools to implement inquiry-based teaching and learning in their classrooms.

We will customize a training plan to support your curriculum and enhance inquiry-based teaching and learning in the classroom. Our ongoing professional development includes group training, 1:1 coaching, and curriculum development to give your teachers the tools to implement inquiry-based teaching across content areas. Our experienced team of trainers will work with you to customize training to meet the individual needs of your school.