We offer professional development in inquiry-based learning and teaching by providing a series of week-long immersion workshops, as well as an annual two-day follow-up conference.
The Connecticut Science Center’s Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series was launched in the summer of 2005 and funded by the GE Education Foundation. Based upon the Exploratorium’s "Institute for Inquiry" in San Francisco, our Science Center’s Introduction to Inquiry professional development workshop is a five day immersion experience in inquiry-based learning and teaching plus an additional two days at the Annual Follow Up Conference.
The Introduction to Inquiry Workshop, Classroom Application Workshop, Formative Assessment Workshop and the Annual Two-Day Follow-Up Conference constitute our Inquiry for Teaching and Learning workshop series.
Summer 2015 Workshops
Annual Two-Day Follow-Up Conference
The Connecticut Science Center's Inquiry for Teaching and Learning workshop series is committed to the philosophy that professional development is a continuous process rather than a one week event. To this end, we have support offerings during the school year and a Two-Day Follow-Up Workshop at the end of each school year.
The Two-Day Follow-Up Conference is a critical piece of your development and is mandatory to each phase of the series. At this annual conference, all participants from each year of the series come together to present and share what they have implemented throughout the year.
Our overall inquiry professional development program applies the inquiry learning model learned in the Introduction to Inquiry workshop. Using the model of the 3 stages of inquiry learning (below), the Introduction to Inquiry workshop week you attended was the inquiry starter, where you raised questions about using inquiry in your practice (as teacher, administrator or otherwise). At the end of the week you may have developed a plan (a classroom inquiry or set of ideas) to implement or investigate in your practice. This was getting into the second stage; focused investigation.
The Two-Day Follow-Up Conference will be your opportunity for Shared Understanding. This means a focus on sharing out your experience with inquiry learning in your practice and an overall synthesis by facilitators.
Due to the new format for the The Two-Day Follow-Up Conference only those participants applying for graduate credit need to attend day 2 of the conference. Please see your workshop syllabus for further details regarding graduate credit.
Two-Day Follow-Up Conference
- DATE: June 29 & 30, 2015
- TIME: 8:30AM–3:00PM
Day 1 & 2 - Connecticut Science Center 250 Columbus Blvd | Hartford, CT