National Council for the Social Studies and inquirED are hosting the Elementary Inquiry Summer Institute (EISI) in Evanston, IL. Attendees should expect a dynamic, two-day exploration of the tools and strategies that educators need to bring inquiry to life in their classrooms and schools. Workshops and sessions will address key inquiry concepts such as generating questions and planning inquiries, facilitating student-led investigations, and designing and implementing informed action projects.
So many inquiry programs focus on high school instruction. But what’s it like to use inquiry with a first-grader who is just learning to read? A third-grader who struggles during group work? Or a sixth-grader who is just gaining the confidence to speak in class? EISI provides the teacher-tested strategies and tools to inspire your elementary students with inquiry-based socials studies.
Inquiry is more than theory. It’s daily practice. The EISI will help educators implement and support the day-to-day practice of inquiry. Topics will include: How do you generate questions with students during a classroom lesson? How do you facilitate group work strategies that sustain an inquiry? How can you guide students through the design cycle of an informed action project?
This event is open to teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators who are interested in how to practice inquiry in elementary social studies classrooms.
Lunch included both days
All institute attendees will receive the following bonus materials:
Baker Demonstration School, Wilmette, IL
For 100 years Baker has been a leader in innovative programs for elementary students. Find out more at www.bakerdemschool.org
Wilmette (Evanston area) is only 12 miles north of Downtown Chicago, which is accessible by the CTA “L” Trains and Metra commuter rails. Evanston is a vibrant community and the home of Northwestern University. It has a thriving art and dining scene as well as a number of lakeside beaches and recreation areas. For more information about the institute location visit: www.inquired.org/summerinquiry
Travel and hotel are not included in registration. Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. The Evanston area has many lodging options available to suit your schedule and budget needs – especially if you are planning an extended stay in the area for sightseeing or other activities after the Institute. NCSS has arranged a courtesy room block for our group at the following hotels, which includes breakfast* for overnight guests.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
*Breakfast vouchers, comp wifi, and overnight parking included
*One breakfast voucher, comp wifi, and valet parking included
Hyatt House Chicago Evanston
$150.00-$170.00/night based on occupancy
Group Code: G-GBDG
*Breakfast is included
The following keynote presenters are confirmed:
Tina's teaching and research focus on effective practices in social studies education such as professional development schools, mentoring and coaching, technology integration, mobile technologies, content literacy development, and cultural relevance. Other research interests include policy and curriculum issues in social studies and content-based online teaching and learning. Publications include eight co-authored books including titles such as: Beginning Inquiry: Short Texts for Inexperienced Readers, Seeds of Inquiry: Using Short Texts to Enhance Students Comprehension of World History, Seeds of Inquiry: Using Short Texts to Enhance Students Comprehension of U.S. History, Targeted Vocabulary Instruction in Secondary Social Studies, Strategic Reading in U.S. History, and Strategic Reading in World History, and four edited books including Exploring Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation. She has served as the 2019-2020 National Council for the Social Studies President.
After obtaining an M.Ed from Columbia University, Shanti Elangovan moved from classroom teacher to coach to curriculum director. Eager to help educational organizations scale their impact, she went on to earn an MBA. Shanti quickly put those skills to work by envisioning and implementing strategies to grow National Center for Teacher Residencies’ impact. In 2017 Shanti founded inquirED to scale the use and impact of inquiry-based learning, a powerful teaching pedagogy that prepares students for the 21st century.
Anne has over thirty years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, staff developer, and consultant in teacher preparation. Her belief in the impact of inquiry-based learning comes from her years in the classroom and her leadership of an International Baccalaureate World School. Anne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Carleton College and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University.
Elisabeth has been working in public education since 2002. Frustrated by the idea that creativity and curiosity were second to standardized test prep, she was excited to transition her teaching practice to project-based learning. As her district transitioned to a full project-based learning model, Elisabeth began supporting other teachers as an instructional coach and curriculum and professional development designer.
Since earning her Masters in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2010, Emerie has taught in South Korea, Florida, and Ohio. During that time, she designed and implemented project-based curricula focusing on the development of lifelong communication skills such as critique, presentation, conflict resolution, collaboration, and writing. Her teaching strategies in these realms have been shared across the US.
Sarah has a diverse range of teaching experience, from the traditional to the progressive. She’s been a lead teacher in Early Childhood and Upper Elementary classrooms, teaching in Washington State, California, Illinois and in Santiago, Chile. More recently, Sarah has focused on mentoring pre-service teachers both in her own classroom as well as through work with Northwestern University.
Lucy spent over 9 years teaching in elementary classrooms ranging from 1st through 5th grades, in Chicago and in Santiago, Chile, predominantly working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. More recently, she worked as a facilitator, supervisor of new teachers, and adjunct professor at the Erikson Institute.
Martin has taught for 20 years at the K-12 and college levels. As a Social Studies and Latin teacher in Ohio, he developed narrative-based middle school Latin and high school World History curricula. After earning an MFA in Theatre, Martin co-founded Working Group Theatre, helping to create over 15 original plays to educate children and adults. His work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Metlife Foundation, and others.