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Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Series

The Mandell Academy offers professional learning in inquiry-based pedagogy through a series of five-day immersion workshops and follow-up support.

Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Series

Our longest-running PD, the Inquiry for Teaching and Learning (ITL) Series was launched in the summer of 2005. ITL was overhauled in 2016 to be fully compatible with the latest standards and to provide a common pedagogical framework that can be applied to the design of lessons in all subject areas. We also offer follow-up workshops and embedded lesson coaching to support putting workshop principles into practice.
Audience: K-12 Educators in all subject areas
Enrollment: School-wide teams are highly recommended, but individuals may participate
Duration: Five days per year for up to three years (summer sessions occur in one week; school year dates can be scheduled in close proximity), with customizable follow-up support available
Location: Summer: In the Hartford area; School Year: In your district with sufficient enrollment (travel costs apply)
Format: Immersive inquiry activities with pedagogical analyses and structured lesson planning
Facilitation: Connecticut Science Center Professional Development Specialists and Trained Facilitators
Cost: $1,500 per educator per five-day session; follow-up support is competitively priced
Note: In lieu of a follow-up conference in 2019, the Science Center is recommending customized support for your school during the 2018-19 school year. As a promotion for this, for every summer 2018 Inquiry for Teaching and Learning participant that a district pays $1,500 for, the district will receive a credit of $150 per participant that can be (exclusively) applied towards $5,000+ of follow-up workshops and/or coaching during the 2018-19 school year (credits expire 6/21/19; credits may only be applied only for this purpose and is otherwise not refundable; advance booking is recommended so we have the best chance of accommodating your school year schedule).

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For more information and custom quote, contact us at:
Phone: 860-520-2193
Email: MandellAcademy@ctsciencecenter.org

Introduction to Inquiry Workshop

The Introduction to Inquiry professional development workshop is the first of three workshops in the Inquiry Teaching and Learning series. This workshop will create and support an environment in which participants immerse themselves in activities as learners. In this environment, attitudes and strategies will be modeled that help learners deepen their own understanding of inquiry.

Introduction to Inquiry

  • DATE: July 16th - July 20th
  • WORKSHOP LENGTH:
  • TIME: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • LOCATION: Connecticut River Academy; 9 Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • COST: $1,500
Registration Open

Introduction to Inquiry

  • DATE: August 6th - August 10th
  • WORKSHOP LENGTH:
  • TIME: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • LOCATION: Connecticut River Academy; 9 Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • COST: $1,500
Registration Open

Classroom Application Workshop

This five-day workshop will focus on additional classroom strategies for implementing inquiry-based experiences in your classroom.

Classroom Applications

  • DATE: July 16th - July 20th
  • WORKSHOP LENGTH:
  • TIME: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • LOCATION: Connecticut River Academy; 9 Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • COST: $1,500
Registration Open

Classroom Applications

  • DATE: August 6th - August 10th
  • WORKSHOP LENGTH:
  • TIME: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • LOCATION: Connecticut River Academy; 9 Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • COST: $1,500
Registration Open

Formative Assessment Workshop

This five-day workshop will focus on creating and using formative assessments for your inquiry-based units.

Formative Assessment

  • DATE: July 30th - August 3rd
  • WORKSHOP LENGTH:
  • TIME: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • LOCATION: Connecticut River Academy; 9 Riverside Dr, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • COST: $1,500
Registration Open