Designing a Culture of Inquiry 2018

Course Overview

The Culture of Inquiry course is designed to elevate the practice of teachers interested in developing inquiry-focused approaches and seeking ways to weave inquiry into their current curriculum. Classes will offer participants new tools and strategies for implementing inquiry across the curriculum.

Course Description

What is inquiry-based learning? How can you integrate inquiry in the classroom to spark curiosity and engage students in deeper learning? Designing a Culture of Inquiry will examine the definitions, theories, and impacts of inquiry and identify strategies for enacting inquiry in planning, instruction, and assessment. We will highlight inquiry tools and methods that can be transferred across diverse early childhood through middle school contexts and domains.

Instructors and participants will share and discuss classroom experiences and create plans to integrate new inquiry tools into our work. Additionally, woven throughout the course will be ongoing opportunities to understand inquiry as it relates to the reflective practitioner. Participants will actively engage in the inquiry cycle and investigate how it can provide a guide for continuous professional growth and deeper student learning.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to support participants to:

  • Understand the definitions, theories and impacts of inquiry based learning
  • Reflect on their school context/culture and consider the possibilities of using inquiry more actively in their teaching
  • Explore the language and environment of inquiry, identifying strategies for enacting inquiry in planning and instruction
  • Investigate inquiry through the lens of different subject areas
  • Learn about inquiry in other programs and contexts and network with other learning professionals
  • Learn how to use inquiry to assess student understanding and their own teaching
  • Deepen their own reflective practice

Course Instructors

This course is designed by a four person, collaborative teaching team from UCDS comprised of classroom teachers, specialist teachers and administrators:

  • Sarah Donahue, Classroom Teacher
  • David Garrick, Graduate Program Dean
  • Dr. Katie Morrison, Science Specialist
  • Katie Walters-Krohn, Studio Director

Dates and Fee

Saturday, October 13 from 9:00am-1:30pm

Thursdays, Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 15, 29; Dec 6: 4:30-6:30pm at UCDS

$490 (all course materials included), plus the option of 20 clock hours ($40 billed after the start of class). Possible credits available through Seattle Pacific University. Please call for updates, 206-547-8237.

UCDS is located at 5062 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

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$ 490.00