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Inquiry Learning Step by Step
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School (CT); Jen McCarty Plucker, Ed.D., Director of Professional Learning, Mackin Educational Resources; and Lindsay Simmons, M.A., Professional Learning Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources
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There are many excellent inquiry models out there, but what does it look like to work through them? What should students be doing? How does each stage of inquiry inform subsequent stages? Why is inquiry recursive? How do we empower learners to move past relying on “above the fold” Google results? To what extent can they distinguish, then relinquish reference resources as they deepen their research?
During the Emerging Tech community’s March edWebinar, which featured the work of Dr. Joyce Valenza, Grace McCusker, and their team, we briefly touched on this, then promised to revisit the discussion. During this session, Michelle Luhtala will take a deep dive into building strong inquiry skills.
This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and librarians of grades 6-12. Michelle will answer questions throughout the presentation.
About the Presenters
Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow Michelle on Twitter @mluhtala.
Dr. Jennifer McCarty Plucker has spent over 20 years in public education, first as an English teacher and high school speech coach, then as a reading intervention specialist and literacy coordinator at a high-performing high school in the Midwest. She has also been a teaching and learning coordinator leading 6-12 English/language arts, literacy, social studies, and English learner programming. Currently, she is Literacy Consultant and Director of Mackin Learning.
Lindsay Simmons, M.A., Professional Learning Specialist, has several years of experience working as an upper elementary school teacher and has most recently served as the STEM education programming manager for a science center in Pennsylvania. She has her master’s degree in art history with a museum studies certificate and has a passion for learning about most effective engagement strategies, in both design and learning.
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