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Guided Inquiry for Student Learning: CISSL Summer Institute

  • 09 Jul 2014
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11 Jul 2014
  • 1:00 PM
  • Rutgers University, University Inn and Conference Center
CISSL Summer Institute (July 9-11, 2014)

Guided Inquiry for Student Learning

Third Residential
CiSSL Summer Institute

Preparing teams of teachers, school librarians and administrators to implement Guided Inquiry in their school districts

This is a rare opportunity for a team from your school to learn how to design and implement Guided Inquiry, a method that transforms the way students engage information to build critical thinking, creativity, and deep understanding for college and career readiness.

Based on the extensive research of CiSSL, Guided Inquiry provides a  visionary, constructivist approach to addressing Common Core State Standards and developing students as reflective learners in the process of seeking, evaluating and using a variety of sources of information.

July 9-11, 2014

Beginning at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 and
Concluding at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 11, 2014

Rutgers University
University Inn and Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University hosts the CiSSL Summer Institute entirely on its suburban campus but those traveling from out-of-town who wish to visit New York City or Philadelphia will find easy access via public transportation.

Dr. Ross Todd – Director of CiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries and Sponsor of the Summer Institute.  Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. International keynoter and researcher on the impact of school libraries on student learning.
Dr. Carol Kuhlthau – Distinguished researcher on students’ Information Search Process (ISP) that forms the basis of Guided Inquiry and the Guided Inquiry Design Framework.  Professor II Emerita at Rutgers where she directed the #1 ranked graduate program in school librarianship, and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School.
Dr. Leslie Maniotes – Co-developer of the Guided Inquiry Design Framework and Workshop leader.  National consultant on inquiry learning, Teacher Effectiveness Coach in Denver Public Schools, and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School
Ann Caspari -  Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington,  D.C., co-developer of Guided Inquiry Design Framework and  co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School.
LaDawna Harrington – Award-winning school librarian in top ranked public school district in NJ, expert in implementing Guided Inquiry Process and author of Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center
Featured Speaker - Dr. Joyce Valenza -- Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, widely sought speaker on technology and learning, digital youth,  social networking, and students learning in digital environments.

The Institute Curriculum
The 3-day Institute will address the following:

●      What is Guided Inquiry? How does it fit with the Common Core?
●      Research foundation of Guided Inquiry
●      CiSSL research that supports Guided Inquiry
●      Designing and implementing Guided Inquiry in K-12 schools
●      Understanding the digital environment in which our students live
●      Integrating information literacy by learning from a variety of sources of information
●      Promoting creativity, critical thinking, and preparing students for college and careers through Guided Inquiry
●      Developing instructional partnerships between teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and the community
●      Assessing learning through Guided Inquiry

Institute Outcomes
Each participant will come away with:

●      An understanding of Guided Inquiry:  Research foundation and design framework
●      A knowledge of the CiSSL research in Guided Inquiry
●      Ability to design and implement Guided Inquiry learning
●      Strategies for information literacy through learning from a variety of sources of information
●      Ability to assess learning outcomes of Guided Inquiry
●      Strategies to develop an inquiry community in your school
●      Capacity to collaborate in instructional teams for guiding inquiry
●      Prototypes of learning materials and assessment tools for Guided Inquiry

Preparation & Follow-up
Participants are asked to bring the details of a curriculum unit, including Common Core Standards to be addressed, which they will develop as a Guided Inquiry project throughout the Institute. Institute staff will follow up periodically with participating teams.

Continuing Education
A Certificate of Completion will be provided to each participant and may be evidence of professional development by your school administration.

$600 per person includes:

·      All instruction
·      2 nights’ accommodation July 9 and 10 at the conference center in a double room with bath (or increase the fee to $900 per person for a private room).  Because space is limited, preference will be given to teams willing to share.
·      All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beginning with continental breakfast on July 9 and ending with a full breakfast on July 11
·      All snacks and breaks each day.
·      Wi-Fi access
·      Intercampus transportation
·      All materials including  Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (ABC-CLIO, 2012)

Additional Fee
Add $125 per person for dinner and accommodations if you plan to arrive on July 8 to be ready for the 9:00 AM start on July 9.

Public and independent schools are encouraged to participate by sending a team of 2, 3 or 4 members consisting of:

●      The school librarian and
●      One or more classroom teachers
●      An administrator (curriculum coordinator or director of instruction or principal) may join the team on site or virtually

Please complete the application by April 1, 2014. One application per team, please. Space is limited, so apply early.  Teams that are accepted for the institute will be required to make a financial commitment by May 1, 2014.

Dr. Mary Jane McNally, Institute Director

Teams attending the 2012 Institute have significant success in applying Guided Inquiry Design in their schools.

San Antonio, Texas Public Schools has awarded the Guided Inquiry team the 2013 district collaboration award.  The Driscoll Middle School in San Antonio has been recognized by the Gale Library Media Connection Teams Award competition for their critical collaboration between teachers and library media specialists to promote learning and increase student achievement.  Librarian Ellen Hagan and 8th grade teachers Johna Smjkal and Christie Gudowski implemented Guided Inquiry units to increase student engagement and promote critical thinking.

The team from the Tamagawa School in Tokyo, Japan implemented Guided Inquiry into the Science program of the middle and high school that was presented by Professor Yumiko Kasai in a workshop specially for librarians and teachers in the Pacific Rim on Guided Inquiry Design at the 2013 IASL conference in Bali.
The leadership team from Baltimore County Public Schools successfully updated all the online research modules using the Guided Inquiry Process. These extensive modules are open source and available to all on the BCPS website.

Newport News, Virginia, Public Schools Guided Inquiry team revamped the district inquiry process to align with Guided Inquiry.  Mary Keeling, Patrice Lambusta and her team presented  the implementation of Guided Inquiry across K-12 at the 2013 AASL National Conference and the CISSL Symposium.
The Guided Inquiry team led by Marci Zane, director the lMC-Library at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey, has created Guided Inquiry units that integrate content across the curriculum with a blog on ongoing progress and assessment that they presented at the 2013 AASL National Conference.

Rachel Bouhanda in Revere, Massachusetts has redesigned the school library to facilitate Guided Inquiry, implemented Guided Inquiry units and written articles on Guided Inquiry for the state library publication.

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