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Summer Institute: Student Inquiry Across the Curriculum

August 17, 2015 from 9:00 am - August 18, 2015 from 2:00 pm

Across the country, many teachers, schools and boards are embracing student-centered, inquiry- based learning as an excellent means to engage students and develop the critical skills necessary for success in today’s fast-changing world. The newly revised Ministry of Education (MOE) curriculum documents focus on student inquiry and its implementation.  Schools will soon be required to show evidence of compliance in use of this approach.
Three key elements necessary for inquiry classrooms will be explored and clarified:
  • Creating the conditions and environment that spark inquiry
  • Building and scaffolding the skills and habits of mind necessary for inquiry
  • Engage, model, and support an inquiry process that can be used across subject areas
Connections will be made to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum, Monographs on Inquiry, and The Adolescent Literacy Guide. The workshop will reference a variety of disciplinary lenses to promote building Inquiry-Based Learning into programs and lesson plans. Participants will come away from the day with many new ideas, strategies, and resources to help increase student engagement, thinking, and learning.
Target audience: Elementary & secondary teachers and administrators

Downloadable Materials

Presentation slides (PDF)

The Facilitators

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Neil Stephenson

Neil Stephenson is a District Principal of Innovation and Inquiry for the Delta School District, Vancouver, BC. During his time as a classroom teacher, Neil received several distinguished awards and was chosen as an Apple Distinguished Educator for his work on integrating technology and inquiry-based learning.

sandra-mirabelli-bioSandra Mirabelli

Sandra Mirabelli is an Academic Consultant with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. She supports elementary and secondary teachers in developing integrated, inquiry- based programs in their classrooms. Sandra has authored literacy strategy and skill development lessons for a number of junior and intermediate science resources across Canada.


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August 17, 2015 from 9:00 am
August 18, 2015 from 2:00 pm


Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3E8 Canada
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(905) 977-9091