2012 National Technical Assistance Training Conference

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October 14 - 16
Washington, DC


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Keynote Luncheon Speaker
Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lynette Emmons, Ed.D.
National-Louis University
Center for City Schools Director
Urban Institute

TOPIC: Why Inquiry?

Inquiry invites us to understand who we are, teaches us that our voice is important and helps us to recognize and value the difference of others. This kind of learning is respectful to our student’s cultures and experiences as it gives them ownership in their learning and chance to collaboratively construct knowledge.

With inquiry students become activated, engaged and motivated as they become involved in the learning and begin to care deeply about critical issues. During this process they are gathering and weighing information as they are reading, thinking and talking with each other creating an exciting, authentic experience.

Inquiry causes us to think about information causing us to acquire knowledge. Only then can we integrate it and actively apply it to the experiences, situations, and circumstances in our daily lives. We can then make informed choices about how to act and behave, persuade others, and even take action.

Darling-Hammond (2005) states, “Teachers in many schools will need to create new conditions for learning that provide more equal access to challenging curriculum and more engagement in decision making.” Inquiry is the host for this kind of learning creating a synergy between teacher, student and knowledge. Knowledge that is collaboratively constructed by integrated groups of students, uses intentional instructional strategies, and is fostered around curriculum that matters.

As educators use inquiry that is learner-centered, social, cognitive, highly stimulating, intellectually demanding, collaborative and democratic in its structure, they can lead a generation of students to become empowered. Teachers also become empowered refocusing their philosophy, instructional strategies and calling for a new paradigm to match this way of teaching.

Writing & Refining for the Next MSAP Grant:

  • Participate in working groups to review successful MSAP applications
  • Quality of Project Design
  • Budget & Resources
  • Quality of Project Services & Personnel
  • Commitment & Capacity
  • Competitive Preferences & Priorities - Statement of Need
  • Evaluation

Learn about new and emerging magnet themes for your proposal, and how to integrate different learning initiatives into your magnet program: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

  • Arts Integration
  • Common Core & Essential Standards
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Dual-Language Programs
  • Using Inquiry to Connect Curriculum to Your Magnet Theme

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